Victoria Jones is an unreachable foster child. Aging out of the system, she finds herself alone, with no job and no place to stay. But she has one thing going for her - her love of flowers. She takes over a small plot of land in a city park and begins to grow flowers. Then she stumbles into a job with a florist and quickly proves her worth. For anyone else, this new beginning would bring hope, but Victoria is convinced that she will mess things up as she has always done in the past. Her way with the flowers and her ability to match flowers to the sentiments customers wish to convey is the only thing keeping her afloat. But her past is bound to catch up to her at some point and she will learn the truth. Will she destroy everything she has gained, as is her habit, or will she find the strength to push into the life she really wants and make peace with the actions of the past.
I loved how the author developed the characters gradually. Victoria certainly has rough edges, but I really felt pulled in by her character and wanted good things to come to her for once. Moreover, I marveled at the perfect pacing - every other chapter dipping back into the past to set the stage for events in the present. I loved the conflict raging beneath the surface. And the flowers, while I wouldn't have been drawn to them normally, were full of significance and beauty. This was simply an outstanding debut novel. I'm eager to delve into further works by this talented author.