For my first read in September I read, The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh. An old college facebook friend recommended this book and I'm so glad she did. The story is about a girl named Victoria Jones. Victoria grows up in the foster care system and finds herself at eighteen "aging out". She is alone except for the comfort she finds in flowers and their secret meanings. She bumps into a person from her past and starts to question her life and what it is missing.
This book was a page turner from beginning to end. Victoria is a character you love, despise, want to shake and want to hug. Her personality is so difficult, yet you want the best for her and you want to see how her life turns out. All of the main characters in this book have seen so much sadness but also so much joy, I became invested in each one.
The really fun thing about this book is what it's title refers to, the language of flowers. You'll learn a lot about the meanings of flowers and the messages they can convey. It left me wanting to find out what my favorite flowers meant and to get some bouquets of the ones whose meanings I particularly liked.
The book goes back and forth in time (from Victoria in the present and Victoria at age ten) but it does so seamlessly and you may be be like me, longing for the next section in each respective time period. I highly recommend this book, especially to all the lady readers out there.