I posted about one of my all time favorite books a few days ago and it got me thinking of other older books that I LOVE but for whatever reason have never been written about on my blog. Being home and quarantined is giving me a perfect opportunity to share these special books with all you 🙂
During a time when so many of you are looking for wonderful books to read, this feels like a wonderful time to give these suggestions and a chance for me to revisit some of my very favorite titles. Writing about these books is definitely making me want to reread them!
(I wrote this post last year but it is another example of an older book that I LOVED so I’m including it in this new blog series as well)!
Synopsis from Goodreads:
A mesmerizing, moving, and elegantly written debut novel, The Language of Flowers beautifully weaves past and present, creating a vivid portrait of an unforgettable woman whose gift for flowers helps her change the lives of others even as she struggles to overcome her own troubled past.
The Victorian language of flowers was used to convey romantic expressions: honeysuckle for devotion, asters for patience, and red roses for love. But for Victoria Jones, it’s been more useful in communicating grief, mistrust, and solitude. After a childhood spent in the foster-care system, she is unable to get close to anybody, and her only connection to the world is through flowers and their meanings.
Now eighteen and emancipated from the system, Victoria has nowhere to go and sleeps in a public park, where she plants a small garden of her own. Soon a local florist discovers her talents, and Victoria realizes she has a gift for helping others through the flowers she chooses for them. But a mysterious vendor at the flower market has her questioning what’s been missing in her life, and when she’s forced to confront a painful secret from her past, she must decide whether it’s worth risking everything for a second chance at happiness.
(Disclaimer: I will never post spoilers in my reviews HOWEVER the comment section is completely fair game to discuss any and all specifics including spoilers)
Oh how I loved this book!
It was so beautifully written. Everything about this book was absolutely stunning…the storylines, the characters, the writing style….everything. Couldn’t put it down.
I remember sitting in our library’s silent reading room 6 years ago with this book open in front of me as I DEVOURED each beautiful page. There was a cackling fire in the fireplace, blueberry oatmeal in the tupperware container next to me, steaming hot coffee in the orange travel mug in my hand, and I remember thinking that the entire scene was the most perfect definition of the word”glorious”.
Although I never wrote about this special book on my blog until today (hoooow???), I apparently did write about it on Instagram back in 2018:
One of the most beautifully written books I’ve ever read.
Have you read The Language of Flowers? What did you think? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!
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