Lost For Words

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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 to pierce her heavily fortified armour, with a friendship that has developed through the years, and even he has no idea of the secrets she keeps close to her chest. Archie adores Loveday, feeling that she is worth the time and effort it takes to get to know her.

Fifteen years ago, Loveday experienced a huge heartbreaking trauma that led to her being taken into foster care. One day, she happens to come across a book of poetry outside on the pavement, picks it up and puts up a found notice in the shop. This fateful act presages the entrance of the magically entrancing poet, Nathan Avebury, who sees beyond the difficult and unprepossessing exterior of Loveday's character. Strange parcels begin to arrive which have meaning for Loveday. This is a dark story of heartbreaking secrets and love. Will Loveday be able to let love enter her life after her experience with Rob This is a novel that goes back and forth in time narrated by Loveday. This is a brilliant read with great quirky characters, the memorable Loveday and the perfect setting of a bookstore where it is understood just how special books are. Just wonderful and highly recommended! Many thanks to Bonnier Zaffre for an ARC.


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.
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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.

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