Author: Stephanie Butland
Genre: Women’s fiction / contemporary romance
Publisher: Bonnier Zaffre
Publication date: 20 April 2017
Length: 368 pages
Available from: Amazon
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?
It’s time to turn the pages of her past . . .
Fierce, tender, quirky, well-written – Lost for Words is all this and more.
This is the kind of writing that lingers in the mind between reading sessions. The mystery of the heroine’s past kept me turning the pages, and once revealed, it kept me awake that night.
There’s much to love in this book, but what really makes it stand out is its appeal for readers who don’t just read books but adore them: the bookstagrammers, the paperback hoarders, the page sniffers.
In Loveday the author has created a relatable heroine for book lovers. This is a girl who’d much rather read than be sociable; who wears lines from literature as tattoos; who has a deep reverence for books, which makes the novel that she herself inhabits really quite special.
The bookshop setting is any bibliophile’s dream and is fantastically tangible, so that you long to step into the story world and go browse (work?) in the shop. In fact, I was so taken with this aspect of the book that it felt somewhat sacrilegious to be reading on an ereader: this is a book to be enjoyed in print – it demands to exist in paper and ink.
In all, Lost for Words did initially leave me somewhat lost for words; this review did not flow as most do, because the book surprised me. I expected fairly light, fluffy contemporary romance with an edge of mystery – but in fact this book is much deeper, more poignant, more intelligent.
If you’re the kind of person who watches First Dates and roots for the underdogs, the wounded and the socially awkward, this book is going to be a keeper.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.