I love it when a book lives up to expectations, but it’s even better when it exceeds expectation. I thought that this novel was completely engrossing. To say I devoured it would be too mild. For four hours I inhaled it like air.
The story is told from the point of view of Victoria, a ward of the state who ages out of the system without a family. She’s had such a traumatic life that she only connects with others through the Victorian Era language of flowers. The story is split between an especially important foster home episode during her childhood, and her present. The two play off each other, giving us a better understanding of Victoria. We know that her past doesn’t include a happy ending which gives us some insight into her present. The narratives progress together, one rushing to its inevitably tragic conclusion while the outcome of the other is more uncertain.
Bookwyrm Rating: Meat and Potatoes