Lost For Words by Stephanie Butland

Lost For Words

You can trust a book to keep your secret . . .Loveday Cardew prefers books to people. If you look closely, you might glimpse the first lines of the novels she loves most tattooed on her skin. But there are things she'll never show you.Fifteen years ago Loveday lost all she knew and loved in one unspeakable night. Now, she finds refuge in the unique little York bookshop where she works.Everything is about to change for Loveday. Someone knows about...

Details Lost For Words

TitleLost For Words
Release DateApr 20th, 2017
PublisherBonnier Zaffre
GenreFiction, Writing, Books About Books, Romance, Contemporary, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit

Reviews Lost For Words

  • Meredith
    Booklover, bookworm, booknerd, bibliophile--whatever you prefer to be called--this is a book for you! “Who wouldn’t rescue a book?” Touching read about a bookseller with a dark past who finds solace in books. When she finds a lost book, she doesn’t expect to connect with its owner in a way that forces her to come to terms with her difficult childhood. This is an enjoyable, poignant story that pulled at my heartstrings. Loveday likes book...
  • Paromjit
    Stephanie Butland writes a delightfully charming, moving and beautiful piece of contemporary fiction set in a second hand bookshop in York. It features the wonderfully prickly, hard to get to know and sarcastic Loveday Cardew, with her nose ring and tattoos of lines from treasured books. Books mean so much more to her than humans, and the bookshop is her refuge from the world. Only the endearing and eccentric bookshop owner, Archie, has managed t...
  • Melisa - Traveling Sister
    Do you ever open up a book and connect with it right away? That’s what happened to me with this one. The writing, the characters, the dialogue - it all hooked me from the get go and didn’t let go. The beautiful cover is a little misleading - I thought this was going to be a light-hearted read based around a bookshop but it ended up being so much more. This is a very deep, detailed look at a woman who has gone through an unimaginable amount of...
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader & Traveling Sister
    4 bibliophile stars to The Lost for Words Bookshop! 📚 📚 📚 📚 My friend, Melisa, spotted this book even before it was listed on Netgalley. When I heard about it, I knew I had to read it, too. Loveday Cardew is an introvert known to prefer books to people. Any of us could relate to her bibliophile ways. She is fortunate to work in a bookshop of all places, and within those walls, she holds some significant secrets about her own dark past...
  • Kendall
    I was instantly intrigued by this story by the cover and the title. The Lost for Words Bookshop... what more can you ask for?! This novel features our main character Loveday Cardew. Loveday has worked for Lost for Words bookstore for over 10 years. She is quite the character with her nose ring and fascinating tattoos depicted throughout her body that represent quotes from her favorite books. It almost made me want to get one... :) Loveday isn't t...
  • Karen
    I enjoyed this story about a quirky young lady named Loveday Cardew, with nose ring and first sentences of novels tattooed on her body, who has worked in a bookshop in York since she was fifteen years old. Loveday had spent years in a foster home after a tragedy happened in her family life, and she just has a crazy love for books which makes her job ideal.Because of what happened in her family, I don’t think she believes in love for herself, an...
  • Berit☀️✨Traveling Sister✨
    4 Bibliophile Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟This was a lovely quirky book filled with books and charm... this was a very uplifting read that put a smile on my face... and even though the characters in this book did not have the most ideal of lives at all times... they all had a love for books and eventually found love for themselves and others...Loveday is a lovely quirky character... who truly underestimates herself and those around her.... my heart bro...
  • Mackey St
    All the stars for The Lost for Words Bookshop and Loveday Cardew!   “God, I don't love much but I love words.” ― Stephanie Butland, Lost For Words There are times when certain characters in a book are so vivid, so real that you want those characters to be in your life forever - in the real world and not just books. Loveday Cardew is one of those brilliant characters. Loveday is flawed, she is hurt, she is sarcastic and definitely a loner,...
  • Carolyn
    This book was everything I hoped it would be: a book about books and life in a bookshop, a quirky main character, a handsome young man and a gentle love story. Well written with great characters and a wealth of human feelings and emotion.Sassy, prickly Loveday Cardew is a damaged soul. Her nose-ring and tattoos of first lines from her favourite books are part of the shell she's built around herself. Something traumatic happened in her childhood a...
  • Fictionophile
    What bibliophile can resist a novel about a charming used bookshop, with even more charming and quirky protagonists? I can't.  To further my interest, I've read some great reviews of this novel by some of favorite fellow bookbloggers. And... did I mention it is set in York, England?  What a package!This delightful novel features a memorable protagonist, Loveday Cardew. She has worked for "Lost for Words" for the past ten years, is twenty-five ...
  • Carlene Inspired
    For this review and others visit Carlene Inspired.Wow, this book got to me in ways I never expected it to. The Lost for Words Bookshop by Stephanie Butland left me with my heart hurting, tears streaming down my face, and a desire for it to go on and on and never end. We follow Loveday in present-day 2016 and learn of her, at first wonderful and later difficult, past in flashback chapters. We see her in school plays, reading with her father, bakin...
    3.5 stars rounded up to 4.This advance reader copy was provided by the publisher St. Martin's Press via NetGalley.I was drawn to this book for its location (England, of course) and its setting of a book shop. Two great passions of mine in one tome!The story's main character is a 25-year old woman named Loveday Cardew who has worked in a book shop in York since the age of fifteen. She has a love of reading since youth, a passion she shared with he...
  • Bkwmlee
    What an enjoyable read! When I first read the summary and found out this story is about a bibliophile and takes place in a bookshop, I was immediately interested in reading it. I love “books about books” and with this one taking place in a bookshop, I anticipated that there would likely be plenty of references to various literary works. For me, as a book lover, part of the fun in reading these types of books is being able to recognize the lit...
  • Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
    Loveday Cardew works in a bookshop owned by Archie.Working in a bookshop is perfect for Loveday because she is a shy almost introverted person through no fault of her own.THE LOST FOR WORDS BOOKSHOP is a lovely read and will make you jealous of Loveday’s job, but not of the heartaches she keeps hidden.Besides the books and the bookshop, the characters in THE LOST FOR WORDS BOOKSHOP are the best, especially Archie....loved him. He is a bit on th...
  • Dale Harcombe
    A book set in a bookshop always has the potential to be good. But it needs more than just being about books. It need interesting characters. Enter Loveday Cardew. (Loveday is a Cornish name for those who were wondering.) Loveday much prefers books to people. Perhaps for good reason. She knows what to expect from books. People are much harder to figure out and sometimes those you trust let you down badly, she has found. Then into the York bookshop...
  • Robin Bonne
    3.5 A quick and pleasant read about a used bookstore, a woman with a secret past, and the men who love her. I had a little trouble relating to the main character, Loveday, as she seemed just as closed off to me, the reader, as she did to the other characters in the book.Even though I enjoyed this book, there were a few elements that were off to me. I wished for a more suspenseful build up around the ex boyfriend, Rob. I found myself puzzling over...
  • Hristina
    Copy received through NetGalleyIt's a book that talks about the power of books, it's especially written for bookworms. I loved that, I loved how the story progressed, the writing is great, but most of all, I loved the characters, they make this book. This was a very interesting, comforting read, and it's definitely a book that I will re-read soon.
  • Bam
    "A bookshop is not magic, but it can steal away your heart. A bookshop is not magic, but it can slowly heal your heart."This is a lovely character-driven novel set in the eponymous second-hand bookshop in York, England. Loveday Jenna Cardew has worked there since she was fifteen, when the owner Archie caught her trying to sneak out with a copy of her favorite book, Possession. For most of her childhood, Loveday had been in foster care after her f...
  • Michelle
    The “Books are our best lovers and our most provoking friends.” *Poetry* Books Behave by Loveday CardewI like books cause they don’t care if your knickers match your braIf you’ve washed your hair.I like books cause they don’t invade your spaceThey don’t get in your face.I like books cause they don’t mindWhat your heart containsWho you’ve left behind.I like a book cause it doesn’t give a shitWhen you get to the end what you thin...
  • Krista
    Rating: 5 Glorious Stars!I didn’t know much about this book before diving into it, and first third of it didn’t prepare me for how much I’d love it by the end. I’m giving this 5 stars, and am recommending it to all my friends. The author, Stephanie Butland, danced along the edge melodrama, but didn’t step over that line. This might be categorized as chick-lit, but it’s really a primer about life. I grew to love the main character, Lov...
  • Diane Barnes
    Now this is my idea of a great summer read. A mystery in a bookshop, although it's so low key that I didn't even realize it was a mystery til about halfway through. A joy to read because of all the book references, and for anyone who has worked in a bookstore, there's all that inside knowledge you are privy to. Not too heavy, but not fluff. A snarky, sarcastic heroine who made me laugh, but had some substance to make the story believable. Some ba...
  • Joanne
    Despite the title, I won't be lost for words reviewing this lovely book. It is full of characters you will take to your heart and I loved the way the story unfolded. Loveday Cardew is a young woman in her twenties, quite a spiky character, who works in an independent bookshop in York owned by the wonderfully eccentric Archie. Some years previously as a young girl, as the story hints at and gradually reveals, she suffered terrible loss. This is on...
  • Alyson Larrabee
    The Lost for Words BookshopByStephanie ButlandBook ReviewI won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway, and it turns out that I really hit the jackpot with this win. Loveday Cardew (It’s not a “my parents were hippies” name. It’s Cornish – from Cornwall, in the UK.) works in a dusty, old bookshop in York. She doesn’t just work there; she hides there, protected by a fat, eccentric dragon called Archie. She’s more prickly than the stems on ...
  • Emma
    A bookshop is not magic, but it can slowly heal your heart.This was a heart warming book. What happens to us when life goes wrong at an early age? This is the story of love, redemption, healing, expression and overcoming our fears. An interesting cast of characters and the book shop setting help Loveday grow into herself. A coming of age tale...
  • Lisa *OwlBeSatReading*
    What can I say? I'm lost for words!Loveday on her passion:'Anyone who’s worked in a bookshop for longer than an afternoon will tell you that people buy books for all sorts of reasons. There’s the simple love of books, of course: the knowledge that here is an escape, a chance to learn, a place for your heart and mind to romp and play'.I read that statement, and I was sold. I knew I'd love this book.Stephanie Butlands story started out as a qui...
  • Karen
    Having loved Stephanie’s last book, The Other Half of My Heart I just knew I was in for a treat with this one – and the story is set around a book shop. What’s not to like!Loveday Cardew hasn’t had the happiest of lives. Until she met Archie, the owner of a second hand bookshop ‘Lost for Words’, she had had a troubled life but she was a survivor and such an intriguing character. Sometimes I felt so much sympathy for her, and at others...
  • Sheila
    4 stars--I really liked it.This is a charming, whimsical book about books, bookstores, and creating your own found family. It deals with some tough subjects but doesn't become maudlin; overall the feeling was cozy and very satisfying.I stayed up way too late because I wanted to know more of Loveday's story. I absolutely adored both Archie and Nathan. Recommended for readers who love bookstores (who doesn't?) and crave cozy reads.I received this r...
  • María Valero (Mecomenloslibros)
    INSTAGRAM: @mecomenloslibros✨¡Buenas tardes, [email protected]!✨Ayer terminé ✅ LA VIDA ESCONDIDA ENTRE LOS LIBROS de Stephanie Butland. ⭐4,5/5⭐ No puedo decir con palabras lo agradecida que estoy con @lince_ediciones por haber elegido enviarme este ejemplar. Ha sido una historia maravillosa que tardaré tiempo en olvidar.✨✨✨✨Loveday es una chica muy especial. Tras un suceso horrible que destrozó su encantadora infancia, encontró en los...
  • Judy
    Of course I had to read this book because: 1) it's set in a bookshop; 2) the description ensures a quirky character (which I always love); and 3) it has a cute cover. How could I possibly pass it up? I loved the main character, and get this name - Loveday Cardew. Even her name was interesting. Loveday's father is dead and we don't know where her mother is - at least for a good portion of the book. She works in The Lost for Words Bookshop for anot...