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?
“A book is a match in the smoking second between strike and flame. Archie says books are our best lovers and our most provoking friends. He’s right, but I’m right, too. Books can really hurt you.”
I fell in love with this book from page one. The Lost for Words Bookshop is the type of book that when finished is literally brought to your chest, eyes closed, deep breath, exhale. The writing is truly gorgeous.
Loveday Cardew has a past, one that she keeps hidden from the few people in her life. She started working at The Lost for Words Bookshop at the age of fifteen, preferring books to people. Now twenty-five, she has her life in order, so why is someone dropping off books from her youth? She thinks the books belonged to her family but can’t be sure.
The story alternates between the past and the present and is told through Loveday’s voice, which is so beautiful. She is brave and intelligent. All of the characters (except one) have a quirkiness that is endearing. They are interesting, and I found myself cheering for each of them while reading this novel. They are characters that I immediately started to care about, characters that I struggled to let go of at the end!
Stephanie Butland has written a beautiful mystery with wit and charm. The words will slowly creep into your heart leaving you breathless. But be aware, beauty can be heartbreaking too.
4.5 / 5 stars