Amanda Magill returns to review the newly released novel of love and friendship...
The Victorians used to use the language of flowers to express emotions and send secret messages to a beloved. A pink carnation could mean ‘I’ll never forget you’ and the classic red rose ‘love’. A mixed bouquet could therefore send a complex message to its recipient, as well as providing a beautiful decoration.
This book is a beautiful story of friendship, love and hope, illustrated perfectly through the language of flowers. It also uses the different interpretations of the meaning of flowers to examine intricate relationships and explore how miscommunication can affect lives. It moves at a good pace and switches seamlessly from the present to Victoria’s past, providing the reader with a good insight into the feelings and personality development of Victoria, allowing a deeper level of reader involvement with the story.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, finding it difficult to put down. The story and characters are believable and endearing and I also found the whole background of the language of flowers fascinating. Usefully the book also comes with a flower dictionary at the back which explains the meaning of different plants and I have found myself referring to it since finishing the book.
A perfect book for a lazy Sunday afternoon!
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