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
Author
Release DateApr 20th, 2017
PublisherBonnier Zaffre
LanguageEnglish
GenreFiction, Writing, Books About Books, Contemporary, Romance
Rating

Reviews Lost For Words

  • Meredith
    2018-05-23
    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...
  • Kristin (KC) - Traveling Sister
    2018-07-14
    *3.85 stars*
  • Paromjit
    2018-02-22
    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
    2018-04-11
    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...
  • Norma * Traveling Sister
    2018-07-19
    Well what is better than reading a book that speaks to you like a book and has so many references of books that is so easily relatable to? THE LOST FOR WORDS BOOKSHOP!THE LOST FOR WORDS BOOKSHOP by STEPHANIE BUTLAND is a wonderfully charming, light, moving, and endearing tale that is set in the greatest place ever, a bookshop. Any books that have any indication that it is going to be about a bookstore or books, I’m in, no questions asked. They ...
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    2018-06-12
    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
    2018-05-16
    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
    2018-05-11
    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☀️✨
    2018-06-18
    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
    2018-06-19
    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
    2018-06-12
    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...
  • Sarah Joint
    2018-07-18
    The best possible way I can describe this book to you is that it's a book for book lovers. We get a lot of book references and a protagonist that both works in a book shop and has meaningful lines from stories she's enjoyed tattooed on her body. If I didn't already have several tattoos, I might steal that idea! It is a very charming story, but darker than the book cover and even the blurb makes it look. It's still a really enjoyable read, but mor...
  • Fictionophile
    2017-07-24
    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 ...
  • Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
    2018-04-25
    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...
  • Bkwmlee
    2018-06-22
    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...
  • Margitte
    2018-08-06
    This is one of those contemporary reads that celebrates the unique voices in wordsmithery. FROM THE BLURB:The Lost for Words Bookshop is a compelling, irresistible, and heart-rending novel, perfect for fans of The Storied Life of AJ Fikry and The Little Paris Bookshop.The book starts out as a family drama, then slowly evolves into mystery and suspense and finally gears up for a thriller denouement with love added as the final flavor.Loveday Carde...
  • *TUDOR^QUEEN*
    2018-06-10
    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...
  • Carlene Inspired
    2018-04-11
    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...
  • Dale Harcombe
    2018-03-04
    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...
  • Ingrid
    2018-07-22
    Loveday has worked in the Lost for Words Bookshop for 10 years, one of those shops booklovers aren't able to resist. With every chapter a layer hiding the secret in her life is peeled away which makes it compelling reading. There is romance, but it fits well in the story. It could have been a YA book.
  • Michelle
    2018-06-20
    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...
  • Umut Rados
    2018-07-09
    DNF at 30%. I received this book from NetGalley, so thanks to them and the publisher. The blurb seemed cute and it was taking place in a book shop. Who doesn’t like stories in a book shop, right? Unfortunately, this book joined the trend of having a protagonist, who suffered from domestic violence and dealing with the effects of it in her current life. The blurb doesn’t mention this. It was along the lines of Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fi...
  • Diane Barnes
    2018-06-24
    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...
  • Juli
    2018-08-20
    Loveday Cardew's best friends are books. She tattoos the first lines of her favorite books on her body like a collection of fond memories she wants to keep close forever. She hides a secret about her past and never lets people past her defenses. Books don't judge. Books don't pity. She works in a bookshop, surrounded by the peace and feeling of safety the books give her. But, someone has found out about her past. And Loveday Cardew's quiet little...
  • Robin Bonne
    2018-04-13
    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...
  • Bam
    2018-04-11
    "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...
  • Krista
    2018-06-21
    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...
  • Hristina
    2017-03-29
    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.
  • Jo (An Unexpected Bookish Geek)
    2018-07-21
    This book was a rather quick and mediocre read. I picked it as it made for something different, and when I realised the story itself was centered around a bookstore, well, who wouldn't be up for that? Although this book was okay, and wasn't terrible, I found a few things wrong with it.First off, I had difficulty relating to the main character, Loveday, in any way whatsoever. This I think, is because she comes across as reserved, and she is pretty...