Note the glossary at the back before you start!
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This is an intense, forthright, strangely poetic novel about motherhood, flowers, reconciliation, and foster care. Victoria Jones is one of the most memorable characters I've come across for quite some time.

I was depressed by the beginning of the story, and a little bored (learning about the glossary of flower meanings at the back of the book helped make this part a lot more interesting!), but I was more and more drawn into the alternating stories of Victoria's past and present, and by the ending, I was quite satisfied. I think this would make a very good selection for book clubs - there is a LOT to discuss.