“The Language of Flowers” by Vanessa Diffenbaugh


This book was gifted by a friend, I wouldn’t have picked it up myself! It was an interesting read and I definitely loved learning about the flowers and their implied meanings during the Victorian era, Communicating through flowers and not words was a very unique and special romance.

I would love to sketch out a few flowers described in the book myself. Again, I was disappointed that the book did not have a single sketch. There should have been at least one sketch of a flower on the cover page as the book even talks about several sketches.

I also liked the narration style as each consecutive chapter goes from present to 10 years back and forth, maintaining the mystery.

I, however, didn’t like the ending. It just felt like an imposed happy bollywood ending, when suddenly the protagonist who has been screwing up and running away from every person suddenly transforms and reconciles things with everyone, all of a sudden, without any reason. It didn’t feel in sync with the book or the character.

Also the author is mainly focused on the plot and the flowers, whereas character sketch is quite perfunctory. All characters are just brushed upon and no insight is given into the minds of any character.

Despite huge potential, the writing falls short and hence the book is a good one time read but not something that would leave an indelible impression!!

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