Welcome to Pump Up Your Book’s Virtual Book Tour for The Language of Flowers
Victoria Jones does not know her actual birthday because she was abandoned by her birth parents. Court records reflect that she was about three weeks old when she became a ward of the court and Meredith Combs was appointed her case worker. During her childhood she bounced from one foster home to another. Finally, she was sent to live with Elizabeth, a solitary woman residing on her family’s ranch north of San Francisco. Elizabeth promised to adopt Victoria, referring to her as her daughter and vowing that she would never leave or abandon her. There, amid Elizabeth’s fields of beautiful flowers and with a dictionary given to her by Elizabeth, Victoria learned the language of the flowers, used in the Victorian era to express emotion and sentiment. But at the age of ten, Victoria was removed from Elizabeth’s care and placed in a group home.
On her eighteenth birthday, Victorian was emancipated and placed in a halfway house where she had just three months to find a job and begin supporting herself or face eviction. With no marketable skills, no high school diploma, and no definable goals for her future, Victoria spent the three months cultivating flowers in her room and wandering the San Francisco streets. Alone and destitute, Victoria begins sleeping in McKinley Park, a beautiful oasis in the midst of the bustling city.