Book Review: The Lost For Words Bookshop by Stephanie Butland

As an avid reader I was drawn to the cover for The Lost For Words Bookshop and when I read the blurb knew I just had to read it! Many thanks to St.Martin’s Press and Netgalley for providing me with a copy for review.


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?

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This book tells the story of introvert Loveday Cardew, whose workplace seems to be her only haven and refuge from the world. Apart from her job at the Lost For Words bookstore, where she has worked since she was teenager, and her friendship with store owner Archie, she is pretty much a recluse. Socially awkward, she avoids building relationships of any kind much preferring the company of books, however it quickly becomes clear that there is much more to Loveday than simply being a shy loner.

The story jumps between the past and present, carefully weaving in detail about Loveday’s mysterious, troubled past gradually building a fuller picture of why she chooses to shut herself off from the world, physically and emotionally. Loveday’s tragic and trauma filled childhood has left her with no belief in herself and the inability to believe anyone else could want to be part of her life, meaning she keeps everyone firmly at arm’s length. That is until she is unintentionally swept off her feet by poet-come-magician Nathan leaving her with a heart-breaking decision to make -Should she risk everything and tell Nathan the truth about her past before someone else does?

This isn’t your usual light-hearted story set in a bookshop, which I admit I was kind of expecting, it’s much, much more. Filled with secrets and heartache this is a compelling story about love, loss and relationships which deals with a multitude of serious topics. I personally found the first part of the book a little slow, giving a lot of seemingly unnecessary background, however that information became invaluable when putting the whole puzzle of Loveday’s life together.

Beautifully written The Lost For Word’s bookshop presents us with a wonderful, yet meek female protagonist who takes us along on her journey of growth and self-discovery. This book evoked real emotion with its honest detail about Loveday’s situations both past and present and for me that is the indicator of a great book, there’s nothing better than having tears in your eyes as you read, realising how much a character’s situation has moved you.  This is the first book I have read by Stephanie Butland and I really enjoyed her writing style, especially the poems that were dotted throughout the story. I loved this book and will be adding some of Stephanie’s other books to my TBR list.

*This book deals with domestic violence and mental illness that some readers might find upsetting.

The Lost For Words Bookshop is available to buy from Amazon**

I was sent this book in return for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

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