The Stolen Child by Brian McGilloway
Brian McGilloway / April 17, 2017

  “An abstract short story that leaves the reader hanging.” This was a good solid read of a poignant issue, with an excellent twist on where I thought the story was going. At times however, it felt like I was reading a set of unconnected extracts. There wasn’t enough background on the couple’s loss, which would have made me sympathize more with their situation. As it was, the story seemed to be just a sketch of a couple whose lives had been touched by tragedy, who eventually find a way to resolve it. A better connection of the plot between the scene breaks would have made this a really good tale.   Misty BaileyHey there, my name is Misty and I’m a book blogger 17 years old. While you may be thinking that most teens would spend most of their time blogging on their day and their life and blah blah blah. Well, I actually want to be some sort of journalist when I get that far and I’d say I’m doing pretty well. I love all things technology, whether it be computers or televisions or whatever. More Posts

The Language of Flowers
Vanessa Diffenbaugh / April 17, 2017

  The Language of Flowers (2011), a debut novel by Vanessa Diffenbaugh, is a book full of joy, laughter, sadness and growing. Just think about being tossed out of the system when you are 18 with nowhere to go. What will happen to you? Some of the brightest make it from sheer guts and determination, and that’s what Victoria Jones does; and Diffenbaugh tells us a great tale of the trip that Victoria Jones takes to get where she might belong.   Sleeping in a San Francisco park, Victoria has little to help her, guide her, and relies on one lovely memory during her life in the foster care system in a home where flowers were spoken of with reverence and in the language of flowers. Each flower has a special meaning. The young Victoria remembers those flowers, their connections, and soon grows her own flower garden in the park. Noticed by a local florist, Victoria soon uses her knowledge of flowers to create beautiful flower arrangements, arrangements that have meaning.   We all have choices to make in life. We hope we make the right choice at that given time. Victoria is faced with such a choice as she…