This is one of my absolute favorite books that I have ever read. It gets pretty dark towards the end, but there is light at the end of the tunnel. Victoria has never had parents. She’s moved from foster home to foster home and eventually from group home to group home until the age of 18 when she is emancipated. No one ever understood her, except for Elizabeth. Elizabeth was her safe place, but like everything else, she gave up on her and returned to relying only on herself. But Elizabeth had taught her so much, including the language of flowers. Since the Victorian era, each individual flower has had a meaning, whether it be unrequited love or apology. Victoria had been captivated by this secret language and used it to communicate when she couldn’t do it with words. But no one ever understood her messages until she meets Grant one early morning at a flower market. Grant teaches her more about life than she could have ever imagined, but it could drive her away.
–Madison Duckworth, Liberty Bay Books, Poulsbo, WA