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Touching story of a young woman's struggle against adversity
am 15. September 2012
After a traumatic childhood of growing up in abusive foster families and juvenile group homes, Victoria Jones is released from state care on her 18th birthday and left to fend for herself on the streets of San Francisco. Emotionally scarred, aggressive and unable to connect with the people around her, Victoria instead capitalizes on her love for flowers, taking a job in a small flower shop to support herself and survive. As time goes by, Victoria starts to build a tentative friendship with the owner of the flower shop, and, through a surprising coincidence, with characters from one key happy episode of her childhood. However, knowing that she has failed at every other human relationship in the past, she fully expects failure and loneliness now, and she struggles between her desire for family and friendship, and her fear of once again bitterly disappointing those who love her…
When I first came across this book, I was a little put off by the title and cover image; it looked like a silly romance novel to me. This is not the case at all. It is true that the main themes (relationships and friendship, mother-daughter love, flowers, babies and weddings) are more likely to appeal to a female audience, and almost all of the characters (with one necessary exception) are women. However, these are woven into a beautiful and cleverly written account of Victoria’s struggles against adversity, jumping between her present life and her past, offering just enough glimpses into that one particular episode of her childhood to keep the reader in suspense and trying to piece together the puzzle of her life. A very touching story, and as a bonus, you do learn a lot about flowers!