Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Jane Was Here & The Language of Flowers
Jane has escaped from a mental hospital and is now searching for her home...not the home where her biological parents live, but the place she was born...in the 1800s. Jane has images of another existence from another era and will stop at nothing to discover who she really is.
This novel is filled with great characters and the writing is down-to-earth...until it hits us with the supernatural. Sarah Kernochan does a superb job of making the extraordinary feel ordinary.
Holy tearjerker! I haven't read a novel like this, where I had to have a box of Kleenex nearby, for quite some time.
This book flips back and forth between Victoria Jones as an angry, emancipated eighteen-year-old living on her own to ten-year-old Victoria, damaged by foster care, living with Elizabeth who wants to adopt her. We know it's not going to happen right from the get-go but what transpired to force Victoria back into the system is what keeps this story moving.
Elizabeth is the one who taught her all about the language of flowers and Victoria is able to use that knowledge to help her begin a new life. But, first, she has to learn how to live without hating everyone and everything.
I'm a sucker for flowers, anyway, so this book with its many references to them was right up my alley! I stayed up late last night reading and wiping tears away!