Saturday, 17 March 2018

Lost For Words by Stephanie Butland

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 show you.

Into her refuge - the York book emporium where she works - come a poet, a lover, a friend, and three mysterious deliveries, each of which stirs unsettling memories.

Everything is about to change for Loveday. Someone knows about her past and she can't hide any longer. She must decide who around her she can trust. Can she find the courage to right a heartbreaking wrong? And will she ever find the words to tell her own story?

Once I became used to the name Loveday I started to enjoy this story. I then discovered it is a Cornish name. Loveday is quite a mysterious character. Something that happened in her past has damaged her. She is content to hideaway in a bookshop with only the owner Archie for company because she knows he doesn't ask any questions about her past.
But secrets can only remain secrets until such time as someone finds them out. 
When books she recognises are sent to the bookshop Loveday doesn't know who to trust...who knows about her past? 

I loved this story. Loveday is such a gentle fragile girl who can be very easily hurt. Archie,the owner of the bookshop has helped Loveday in more ways than she knows and it is a lovely man. 
Bit by bit we begin to understand Loveday's story and why she seems to be alone in the world. 
It made me want to take her back in time and fix things for her. 
This book had most of the things I want from a story, a secret past, love interest and a few interesting characters. I am now reading another book by the same author and I'm enjoying that too.

Out in paperback or for kindle (98p)


  1. A lovely review of what sounds like a touching story, Anne!

  2. I can't seem to share these posts anymore, Anne? Have you changed the format?


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