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The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

To celebrate this week’s launch of the beautiful The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh, I’ve 3 copies to give away and all details can be found at the end of this post.

The Victorian language of flowers was used to express emotions: honeysuckle for devotion, azaleas for passion, and red roses for love. But for Victoria Jones, it has been more useful in communicating feelings like 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, Victoria has nowhere to go, and sleeps in a public park, where she plants a small garden of her own. When her talent is discovered by a local florist, she discovers her gift for helping others through the flowers she chooses for them. But it takes meeting a mysterious vendor at the flower market for her to realise what’s been missing in her own life, and as she starts to fall for him, she’s forced to confront a painful secret from her past, and decide whether it’s worth risking everything for a second chance at happiness.

The Language of Flowers is a heartbreaking and redemptive novel about the meaning of flowers, the meaning of family, and the meaning of love…

This stunning debut novel was the subject of a fierce 9 publisher auction and is to be published in 31 countries this year. The Language of Flowers is compelling, beautiful and, really, very special. It combines literary merit with prose that is both effortless and accessible. The theme of the Victorian language of flowers that runs throughout provides a cohesive thread, one that excited me (the rather lovely flower dictionary at the back is a delight too). I have no doubt that this novel will be absolutely adored by many.

A rather fabulous  website has been set up to mark this week’s publication of The Language of Flowers. Do pop on over and watch the stunning trailer or send a glorious virtual bouquet. You get to choose your blooms according to the language of flowers (every bloom has a corresponding emotion), then add a special message and dispatch to your loved one of choice (I’ll be expecting at least one, yes?).

I’ve 3 copies of The Language of Flowers to give away. It’s a stunning hardback to own and stroke. All you have to do is leave a ‘please pick me’ comment by 3pm (GMT) August 19, then I’ll pop all names in a mug and ask a small child to select 3 winners. This competition is open to all.

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28 Comments

  • Posted August 14, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Permalink

    I can never refuse a book giveaway :D!
    So yes pleaaaase pick me :D xxx

  • jane dale-beaumont
    Posted August 14, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Permalink

    pick me plz :)

  • Posted August 14, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Permalink

    oooh.. this sounds a beautiful book! even reading the description got me interested in the character… pick me! pick me! :)

    • Posted August 20, 2011 at 9:53 am | Permalink

      Hi Xenia – your name was selected. Can you let me know your address please? x

      • Xenia
        Posted August 20, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Permalink

        wooooooooooohoooooooooooo!! :) :)

  • Cyran Dorman
    Posted August 14, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Permalink

    Happy Sunday and please pick me. Thank you :)

  • Rosie
    Posted August 14, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Permalink

    pick me

  • Posted August 14, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Permalink

    I’ve heard this is very good. Please pick me!

  • Posted August 14, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Permalink

    Caroline, I don’t mind if you don’t enter me for the giveaway as I’ve just won a book from you. I just wanted to say how beautiful this book sounds, and I love the cover.

  • Barbara
    Posted August 14, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Permalink

    Sounds lovely please pick me x

  • Posted August 14, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Permalink

    Me – please. Put my name in the pot!

  • Posted August 14, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Permalink

    That sounds gorgeous! I’d love to go in your hat, please.

  • Posted August 14, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Permalink

    Sounds a gorgeous read x

  • Posted August 14, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Permalink

    Fab giveaway – this book has been on my wish list for a while so I’d live you to ‘pick me!!!’

    Thanks x

    • Posted August 14, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Permalink

      Or even ‘love’! I’m all thumbs doing this on my phone!

  • Aynslie McKeith
    Posted August 14, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Permalink

    Please pick me…sounds like a lovely read. x

  • Carol
    Posted August 14, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Permalink

    Love books, love flowers, it will have a lovely home!

  • Rachel Joy
    Posted August 14, 2011 at 6:35 pm | Permalink

    Pick me, small child. I really want to read this.

  • Posted August 14, 2011 at 7:19 pm | Permalink

    Sounds fab! I’ll keep a look out for it. No need to enter me for the draw :) x

  • Kayleigh Griffiths
    Posted August 14, 2011 at 11:38 pm | Permalink

    PLEASE PICK ME!! x

  • Posted August 15, 2011 at 8:48 am | Permalink

    Pick me pretty please with a flower on top.

  • Posted August 15, 2011 at 8:57 am | Permalink

    I read a book on the language of flowers a while ago. I’d love to read this one too. It’s a great topic. So, pick me, please. :)

  • Posted August 15, 2011 at 9:56 am | Permalink

    Ooh, read a great review of this in The Express. There was then a double page spread feature in The Sunday Magazine too. Funny how you can never of heard of an author/book & then they pop up everywhere. Would love a copy, please put me in the hat.

  • Posted August 15, 2011 at 10:06 am | Permalink

    What a great sounding book. Please pick me.

  • Posted August 15, 2011 at 11:17 am | Permalink

    Oooooh, can you add me to the mug for this one please! xxx

  • Louise
    Posted August 17, 2011 at 10:01 am | Permalink

    Please pick me :)

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