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Book of the Week: The Language of Flowers
Every week, we'll be letting you know about new releases the editors at O and Oprah.com couldn't stop reading. On sale today, the lovely and wholly original novel...
By Vanessa Diffenbaugh
The idea that caused us to swoon: When it comes to feelings, let flowers do the talking—a practice that dates back to the Victorian age when each kind of flora represented an emotion. For example, a yellow rose is just another word for infidelity.
The story you've never heard before: A young woman raised in foster homes goes from marigold (grief) and lavender (distrust) to pink rose (pure love), due to the attentions of a San Francisco florist and a young, sensitive—okay, dashing—flower farmer.
The extra bonus: The descriptions of food will propel you instantly to the nearest farmers' market. Expect rare steak in a sauce of "exotic mushrooms, red potatoes, and turnips" and plenty of blackberry cobbler with cream.
The painful question: If you grow up without love—or parents, or a home—can you find a way to give love to those who try, one day, to love you?
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