The Lost for Words Bookshop by Stephanie Butland

book cover

Published: St Martin’s Press
Date:  19th June 2018
Format: e-ARC
Pages: 304
Genre: Fiction
Source: Publisher via NetGalley

Goodreads callout

Loveday Cardew prefers books to people. If you look carefully, you might glimpse the first lines of the novels she loves most tattooed on her skin. But there are some things Loveday will never, ever show you.

Into her hiding place – the bookstore where she works – come a poet, a lover, and three suspicious deliveries. Someone has found out about her mysterious past. Will Loveday survive her own heartbreaking secrets?


I chose this title for the word bookshop, it will I think always catch a reader’s eye. And it did mine. The cover for The Lost for Words Bookshop is kinda cute but it wouldn’t have really pulled me in. However the character of Loveday Cardew was the gem within the pages that caused me to fall in love with this story.

The story begins at a gentle walk, then moves to a trot and finally a gallop you might say. There is a slow revelation to begin with as the book seamlessly moves between present day and Loveday’s childhood. Slowly we find out why our Loveday is like she is.

And what is she like?  Well prickly… a loner kind of figure, and a great lover of books. She loves to work in the second hand bookshop, and mostly hide out from customers. She also loves poetry and wait for it… writes a bit of her own.  I liked how very occasionally Loveday addresses the reader, just enough for me to sit up with a jolt because I wasn’t expecting it!

Archie is the bookshop owner, we only see him really through Loveday’s eyes so we learn about him slowly, but everything we learn about him I loved. He has the perfect heart, well almost anyway.

Archie isn’t young so he isn’t the love interest. Leave that to Rob and ….   Rob doesn’t last too long and as you read you’ll see very soon why. But…. now quite a different person comes into the picture, he’s a keeper but will Loveday keep him?

This is a touching, quirky, delightful story. It does tackle the difficult subject of domestic violence so if that’s a trigger for you maybe avoid, although it is mostly off stage.

Often when I read I skip words/paragraphs. No word was lost while reading this book!

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