The Lost for Words Bookshop

Stephanie Butland

Large print - 2018

"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?"--Back cover.

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Series
Thorndike Press large print women's fiction series.
Subjects
Genres
Romance fiction
Love stories
Published
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company 2018.
Edition
Large print edition
Language
English
Physical Description
451 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
ISBN
9781432853518
1432853511
Main Author
Stephanie Butland (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Butland's (The Secrets We Keep, 2015) novel is truly a book for book lovers. The story revolves around a bookshop and its shopkeepers and, while set in modern day, creates a feeling of time long past, when customers browsed through print books, technology was slower, and local communities thrived. The main character is an enchanting misanthrope, Loveday Cardew, who runs the store with her quirky, fatherly manager. Unlike her boisterous coworkers, Loveday is reserved—a character who will resonate with readers who prefer getting lost in a book over socializing with people. Loveday isn't just quiet, though—she is hiding a dark family history that prevents her from living life to the fullest. Loveday's intriguing personality as well as her stunning beauty draws others to her, people who want to support her in overcoming her family's tragic past. Readers who want to get lost in a world of literature, love, and companionship in a story about breaking out of the past to create a new life will fall in love. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

Loveday Cardew is an introvert bookworm who works in a secondhand bookshop. She is content to surround herself with literature instead of people, with the exception of the shop's proprietor, Archie, and love interest Nathan, a magician/poet. This is a novel about how history can shape our lives, and so much of Loveday's tortured past revolves around books, from the classics her mother owned to the first lines of literary works tattooed on her body. Filled with mystery and intrigue, Butland's latest (after The Secrets We Keep) takes readers on a literary journey via chapters that jump through time and are named for distinct genres of crime, poetry, history, and travel. Readers gain insight into Loveday's character at calculated moments in the story through flashbacks, poetry nights, and her relationships with others. Ultimately, this is a story about family, accepting help when it's offered, and the age-old conundrum of why people like you. VERDICT Strong characterization and a sarcastic, relatable first-person perspective carry a tale that is slow to start but explosive in the end. Lovers of literature will enjoy this mix of contemporary women's fiction and mystery.—Natalie Browning, Longwood Univ. Lib., Farmville, VA Copyright 2018 Library Journal.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

The latest from Butland (The Secrets We Keep) is an appealing novel about love's many forms and the power of books. Loveday Cardew, who has taken refuge in books since her childhood in the foster care system, has spent the past 10 years selling books at the Lost for Words Bookshop, a ramshackle used bookstore in York. Following a brief but disastrous affair, Loveday has retreated even further into her solitary world of books and work. One day, she finds a lost book at a bus stop and posts a sign letting the owner know she has it, setting off a series of events that gradually change her plans to withdraw from the world around her. Poet Nathan Avebury, who responds to the sign, keeps returning to woo the hesitant Loveday with words and magic tricks, and his efforts are aided by the bookshop's exuberant owner, Archie. When books from Loveday's childhood home, including her mother's well-used Delia Smith cookbook, start to mysteriously show up in boxes left at the store, Loveday must risk trusting those around her if she is to discover who is reaching out to her from long ago. Rich characterizations, a vibrant bookstore setting, and several poignant Wednesday poetry nights will have readers hoping for a sequel. (June) Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly.