Lost for words

Lost for Words – Stephanie Butland

Firstly, an apology, I was sent this book to review months and months ago and I’ve just left it sitting on my kindle. Woops. My bad.

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 her past. Someone is trying to send her a message. And she can’t hide any longer.
Lost for Words is a compelling, irresistible and heart-rending novel, with the emotional intensity of The Shock of the Fall and all the charm of The Little Paris Bookshop and 84 Charing Cross Road.

When I first received a copy of this book to read I was fairly confident that I was going to love it. I am someone who loves books and loves words. I adored the Shock of the Fall when I read it a couple of years ago, I love the idea of a protagonist with literary tattoos. This is also about a girl who has a traumatic past she is trying to hide – sounds pretty good so far. You can see where I am going with this thought can’t you?

On paper, this is everything I love in a book, but I just didn’t love this. I didn’t hate it, but I definitely didn’t love it.

My problem with this was our protagonist. I really didn’t like her. I am someone who isn’t social, I prefer books to people, but I try my hardest not to be rude, I’m an introvert not ignorant. Loveday (honestly, I couldn’t get over that name) is just downright rude. I know she’s had a hard life, I know that the things she does stems from her past but I just couldn’t deal. Also, there was some very concerning stalking going on in this book and I’m a bit worried about how flippantly this was approached…

Overall, this isn’t a bad book. It is a slow burner, it does have a few problematic moments, but it isn’t terrible. I think if you love books, bookshops and can understand Loveday and Archie’s love of books and words you’ll find something in this to enjoy. Just stick with it and try your hardest to ignore Loveday’s silly name and sillier attitude.


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