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, Romance, Writing, Books About Books, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit, Contemporary

Reviews Lost For Words

  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Paula Bardell-Hedley
    “I don’t like people much. Well, some are okay. But not enough to make it a given.” When the misanthropic Loveday Cardew discovers a tatty copy of Grinning Jack by Liverpool poet Brian Patten carelessly abandoned on the ground, she cannot foresee that her actions to reunite it with its negligent owner will provoke a sequence of disruptive events in her carefully regulated life.I wasn’t at all sure that Lost For Words by Stephanie Butl...
  • Ana Duque
    Los libros sobre librerías siempre me llaman la atención, pero este (aparte del maravilloso ambiente de la librería de Archie) tiene un drama buen documentado, que va abriéndose ante ti y atrapándote poco a poco. Recomendable.
  • Angela Smith
    Labelling this as chick-lit I feel I do it a bit of a disservice because there are plenty of weighty issues covered in this story, loss, abuse, mental health and the foster system. This book is also a love story to the written word in that the protagonist, beautifully named Loveday Cardew is a true bibliophile after my own heart. If you have ever felt that a book/s has/have saved you through difficult times you will totally get her.Loveday has a ...
  • Inés
    Me ha gustado la historia a pesar de ser algo escuchado,visto y leído un millón de veces,ni siquiera es de un dramatismo extremo pero está bien. También me ha agradado el personaje principal (Loveday Cardew) y los secundarios que la rodean. La manera de narrar de la autora es agradable,incluso sorprendente en ocasiones cuando se dirige directamente al lector que resulta poco habitual y muy curioso.Me ha fallado el tema de la metaliteratura qu...
  • Donna Irwin
    Just loved this book. Just loved Loveday.And set in a bookshop in my home town of York.Wonderful writing.Full review to follow.
  • Leyendoenelbus
    4'5 estrellas.Me ha gustado muchísimo. La protagonista, Loveday, se refugia en los libros para huir del dolor que le provoca su pasado. Pero un hecho hará que se tenga que enfrentar a él, y poco a poco iremos descubriendo qué es lo que le sucedió cuando era una niña, y cómo eso ha influido en su vida.Loveday es uno de esos personajes que te conquistan sin remedio, me ha encantado descubrirla.
  • Jill's Book Cafe
    Having read and loved both of Stephanie Butland's previous books I was looking forward to reading this latest title and I was not disappointed. In fact, I think this is the best so far - I loved it. Of course as an ex librarian, with an obsessive passion for books, I was probably pre-disposed to be enchanted by someone who prefers books to people, I can quite understand the notion that you know where you are with books.Loveday works at the second...
  • Sumaiyya
    This was such a heartwarming story about a young woman who works at a bookstore. Lost for Words was a comfort read for me, and as a bookworm I really loved reading about a bookish protagonist. I'd recommend this if you're looking for something light to read that has a bit of a dark twist.
  • Julia Wilson
    Lost For Words by Stephanie Butland is a beautiful and powerful contemporary novel that will stay with you long after the last page is read.Set in a second hand bookshop in York, the reader is in for a real treat - books within a book. Books that will evoke memories. Familiar quotes. Plus a 'dear reader' transported this reader back in time and place. A paradise for the book lover and an absolute delight.The novel is about love, loss and life. It...
  • Helen
    Loveday Cardew is a quiet, antisocial bookworm working in a small bookshop in York. She closes herself off from relationships and finds herself lost for words when she tries to talk to people. But she wasn't always this way, and through flashbacks and memories we find out what happened in Loveday's past that has left her so guarded and reluctant to trust anyone.I really need to stop judging books by their covers. This is the second one recently w...
  • Dracos99
    Con una narrativa muy dulce, poética, vamos conociendo a Loveday; tanto en el momento actual, como su pasado. Su vida se nos va mostrando poco a poco; nos va desvelando sus secretos, sus vivencias... siempre marcadas por determinados libros, cada uno en su momento apropiado.Los personajes están bien desarrollados, algunos de ellos con sus propias cicatrices, como la misma Loveday. El ritmo se va incrementando a medida que se desarrolla la histo...
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  • Kelly
    The cover is perfect, it gives nothing away at all. I like to go into a book knowing as little as possible. It’s meant to be an adventure, I want to meet everyone in my own time and settle into my new surroundings. I also like that the book is suitable for all seasons. I could give it as a present for someone’s birthday in June or a Christmas gift in December. Which will be happening, because the story and characters are a must for everyone t...
  • Vicki
    4.5 stars! The second I spotted this book, I was in love and snapped it up at the first opportunity. I mean, the cover is just gorgeous for a start. But set in a book shop? A quirky character with an emotional story to tell? Yes Please! This book couldn't sound more up my street if it tried.And oh, how I absolutely loved it. I haven't read anything by Stephanie Butland before, so her beautifully encompassing writing was new to me. I was completel...
  • Sid Nuncius
    I enjoyed Lost For Words; I found it readable, humane and rather perceptive.Loveday Cardew is a damaged young woman working in a second-hand bookshop, and she also recounts episodes from her childhood trauma and her relationship with a somewhat sinister ex-boyfriend and so on, all told in a fractured timescale… It sounds very familiar ground with the potential to be pretty dreadful, but it's so well done here that it felt very fresh and involvi...
  • Fiona
    Loveday ist ein Einzelgänger. Sie braucht nicht viel, eigentlich nur Bücher und ihre Ruhe. Damit konnte ich mich direkt identifizieren. Auch der Prozess, den sie durchlebt, um Menschen an sich ran zu lassen, konnte ich gut nachvollziehen und fand ich sehr schön umgesetzt.Loveday hat in ihrer Kindheit etwas Traumatisches erlebt und alles verloren, seit dem verlässt sie sich nur noch auf sich selbst. Doch da ist Archie, ihr Chef im Buchladen, d...
  • Jewel
    3.5An emotional yet a quiet readWritten by the POV of Loveday, we are introduced to her life and the very few people in it and slowly on what makes Loveday the way she is.The chapters go back and forth between present andpast - revealing the affects of domestic violence and crime on people's lives.But it was not an intense read but strangely comforting in some ways to know that survival and happiness are not impossible even through some sadness i...
  • Gail Atkins
    I really loved this book because the love of books and reading came through. Us bookworms can understand Loveday's love and devotion of books.Loveday has a passion for books and poetry: she has her perfect job working in a small secondhand bookshop. She spends her time going through donations and looking for lost treasures.Loveday is lost and alone. Secrets from her past come back to haunt her: can she let go of the past and find a positive futur...
  • booksofallkinds
    LOST FOR WORDS by Stephanie Butland is a deeply moving tale of family, loss, and finding a way through your heartache, and it is all rolled up with a perfect second-hand bookshop and an understanding of how books can really become such a hugely important part of your life. Loveday Cardew doesn't like people, preferring to keep herself to herself and seeking refuge in her books whenever she needs company. Burying her past, Loveday has created a ne...
  • Hyggelig
    Una vez más iré en contra de la mayoría de las clasificaciones, quizá se pregunten por qué sólo dos estrellas, y no les voy a mentir diciendo que fue un lectura pésima, porque ni siquiera eso fue, el problema está en que no sentí nada, ni la historia ni sus personajes despertaron algo en mí.Tal vez un detalle con el pasado de Loveday, pero fue más un pensamiento al que llegué yo por medio de una frase, del resto se sintió como si no ...