PRAISE FOR THE BOOK
This book is crazy good. CRAZY. GOOD... Vanessa Diffenbaugh will take the literary world by storm with her debut novel.
A Million Words
Enchanting, ennobling, and powerfully engaging, Diffenbaugh's artfully accomplished debut novel lends poignant testimony to the multitude of mysteries held in the human heart.
Carol Haggas, Booklist (US) - Starred review
‘I am not giving way to hyperbole when I say that this is one of the top 10 most commercial novels I've ever read.’
Geoff Duffield, Macmillan UK Sales and Marketing
‘I loved this book!! Had thought it was going to be a bit twee but in fact it’s really well done and I found it quite compelling. Thanks for letting me see the manuscript.’
Joan - Group Book Manager, Paper Plus New Zealand
‘I’ve been reading though The Language of Flowers and I think it’s wonderful!!!’
Galina Marinov, Buyer/Marketing Manager, Leading Edge
‘I must admit that I looked at this synopsis and couldn't see the potential of this book. I am, however, the first to admit that I was completely wrong. It has everything that should fit just perfectly into the commercial women's fiction market. A bit like Household Guide … and Room, it's the sort of book that will have people who read it wanting, and needing, to discuss it.’
Praveen Naidoo, PMA Australia
‘I read this over the holidays and absolutely LOVED it. Victoria is such an intense character who you can't help but completely believe in. It's also such a beautiful, heartbreaking love-story with every emotion communicated through flowers - so odd, yet incredibly powerful. We're going to get a ton of media interest in this book, so stay tuned …’
Kate Nash, PMA Australia
There are many different flowers that represent love - red roses, myrtle, tulips, and even the cactus - but it would take a whole bouquet of them to express how I feel about this truly remarkable novel.
Jennifer Smith, Editor, Ballantine US
‘When I first read The Language of Flowers, I thought it was as close to perfect as it is possible for a novel to be. Having worked on it since then, if anything, I love it even more and if I could attach a flower to this message it might be a tulip - a declaration of love.’
Jenny Geras - Senior Commissioning Editor, Fiction, Pan Macmillan UK
"Put 11 members of an Israeli editorial board around a table and you have 22 opinions. THE LANGUAGE OF FLOWERS generated a rare, unanimous decision. For a first novelist Vanessa shows remarkable control of the plot and pacing and has created memorable characters in Victoria, Grant, Elizabeth and Renata. A truly heart-warming and satisfying read."
Ziv Lewis - Kinneret-Zmora Publishing House, Israel
‘A very clever story, well written with unforgettable characters that are convincing and appealing. The angry nature of Victoria's personality can be harsh sometimes but you feel very close to her and totally moved by her demand to be loved for who she is. The novel I enjoyed the most reading this past year!’
Béatrice Duval, Directrice Editoriale, PRESSES DE LA CITE, FRANCE
‘For an editor it is more and more difficult these days to find a book that stirs you and that you believe can also move a large group of readers. This is what an editor looks for in a book and rarely finds. THE LANGUAGE OF FLOWERS has that rare power. The storyline is extremely strong, surprising and unpredictable at times, and always moving. It has a great pace and a great voice. I loved that the book is not only about romantic love, but also about the mother-daughter love, a bond that is crucial in everyone’s lives. And the way Vanessa very elegantly managed to achieve the right dosis of emotion, mystery, revelation, without ever being too sentimental.’
Clara Capitão, Editora Executiva/ Executive Editor, Objectiva, Portugal
An unforgettable, inspiring read, you will never again look at a bouquet of flowers in the same way.
Sigrid Kraus, Editorial Director, Ediciones Salamandra, Spain
“The Language of Flowers is a deeply touching and completely humane novel. When you finish the book you understand how flowers can give sense a whole life.“
Pilar Beltran, Edicions 62, Catalan, Spain
Captivating, beautiful and moving. You will never forget Victoria, this vulnerable and incredibly strong young woman who fights for her life and makes you love flowers forever.
Synnøve H. Tresselt, Aschehoug, Norway
We absolutely fell for Vanessa Diffenbaugh's story, and feel very confident that in a country that is cold, white and dark for a greater part of the year, The Language of Flowers will come through to Norwegian readers as exotic, fascinating and, above all - heart-warming!
Gunn Reinertsen Næss, Aschehoug, Norway
It is a great conceit - love story between two people who communicate by flowers - and there is an element of suspense that turns the pages as the story switches between the present and back to a tragic event in Victoria's childhood. A wonderful and endearing read!
Paul Christoph, Editora Sextante, Brazil
“Simply gripping to the last page. The Language of Flowers is a touching novel, full of delicate yet intense emotions. It’s only through forgiveness and understanding that we can truly grow up.”
Kamloon Woo, Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Linking, Taiwan
A moving and fascinating description of the contrast between the harsh life of a ‘survivor’ (a dandelion!) and the romantic Victorian language of flowers. The novel leaves you with the comforting feeling that there is always hope.
Turid Løvskar, Nordic editor-in-chief, Bazar Forlag, Sweden
“The story of Victoria is captivating. You cannot but like this young woman buffeted by life. Her understanding of the language of flowers and the mysticism, traditions and beliefs attached to them are the carrying theme of the novel - and the satisfying end is the crown of it all. This is a perfect book for women’s spring reading, and what we learn from the meaning of flowers will stay in the readers’ minds long afterwards.”
Kiti Kattelus, WSOY, Finland
“This is a well written and deeply moving novel about love, maternity, forgiveness and reconciliation. It's about real people with real issues and the serious dark tone makes it unique among other romantic novels. It's a psychological page-turner that you can't help feeling touched by on so many levels.”
Marie Storm, LINDHARDT OG RINGHOF, Denmark
“A gripping novel, a page-turner about love and the importance of being loved. And as a bonus - the magic language of flowers!”
Marika Hemmel, LINDHARDT OG RINGHOF, Denmark
“Flowers can make you happy, can touch your soul and give comfort and hope. Flowers can speak to you like a best friend. So does this unforgettable Victoria’s story.”
Monika Mielke, Publisher, S'wiat Ksia;z.ki Sp. z o.o., Poland
“This book is sentimental in an old-fashioned style and tough in a modern way. A terrific combination, which will find millions of readers all over the world.”
Irina Bachkalo, Ripol Classic, editor-in-chief of translated fiction
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 1st September 2011
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.5 x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.386