Monday, June 18, 2018

The Lost for Words Bookshop
by Stephanie Butland

Title: The Lost for Words Bookshop 
Author: Stephanie Butland 
Publisher: St. Martin's Press 
Release Date: June 19, 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?

The Lost for Words Bookshop is a compelling, irresistible, and heart-rending novel, perfect for fans of The Storied Life of AJ Fikryand The Little Paris Bookshop.

A girl with a terrible past tries to forge a new beginning in The Lost for Words Bookshop by Stephanie Butland. 

Loveday Cardew is a young woman who works at a bookstore. She keeps mostly to herself. Her boss Archie has become a friend. He gave her a chance ten years ago when she needed one. She loves to read and she enjoys getting lost in the books she reads. Her mind is full of quotes of her favorite novels. 

As a person who loves books, she can't stop herself from picking up one she finds on the road. She puts a sign outside the bookstore and just when she's about ready to give up finding the book's owner,  Nathan Avebury walks in. 

Loveday doesn't want to share her past. It's too painful. Four years ago, she dated one man and he was a disappointment. She wants to stay away from Nathan but she likes him despite her desire to remain aloof.  

Nathan is a poet at heart (and a magician). Once a week there’s a poetry gathering he organizes. He doesn't know Loveday writes poetry too. In the beginning, Loveday keeps on refusing every one of his invitations but after a few weeks, she decides to join in. Surprisingly, she has fun. Afterward, each time spent with Nathan is a good one. Little by little, her walls all start coming down. Her attraction to him, as well as his patience, makes her want to trust him. But can she trust him enough to reveal her darkest secrets? 

I enjoyed reading this story. It was different. Nathan was a lovely guy. He was attentive, charming, sweet and persistent in the best possible way.  Loveday a lover of books, say no more. Just a great heroine!

My favorite character after Nathan was Archie. He was joyful and funny. He cared deeply for Loveday and he was the closest thing to a father she had.  

I got to the end and I was disappointed in the lack of a long epilogue.

Cliffhanger: No

3.5/5 Fangs

A complimentary copy was provided by St. Martin's Press in exchange for an honest review.

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