RM Book Lounge – The Language of Flowers by Diffenbaugh

Historically, the “language of flowers” was a Victorian way of communicating a person’s true feelings through coded messages in a time when speaking them wasn’t necessarily acceptable.  In Vanessa Diffenbaugh’s first novel, this language is a vehicle of communication for a foster child turned homeless young adult whose talent and understanding of flowers and their meanings far outweighs her understanding of the emotions she encounters in her life.

The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

“In this original and brilliant first novel, Diffenbaugh has united her fascination with the language of flowers — a long-forgotten and mysterious way of communication — with her firsthand knowledge of the travails of the foster-care system.”Brigitte Weeks, The Washington Post

“For the reader who loves an unusual love story, one that, like the seeds of a dandelion, blow in every direction, except a tidily happy one, “The Language of Flowers” is an extraordinary gift from a writer who could not spare Victoria from her anguish in the novel, because she knows the reality of her character’s plight.” -Kit-Bacon Gressitt, NCTimes.com

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Elysha Schickel

After four years of college and creating many answers to the question “So, what next?” Elysha Schickel is starting to figure it all out.  An avid reader who is addicted to researching anything that sparks her interest, and who loves to spread her knowledge to everyone she knows, Elysha is thrilled that at RebelMom, she’s found a way to combine all these interests with her love of writing.   She’s a recent graduate of Providence College with a B.A. in Humanities.

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