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Lost For Words

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  18,798 ratings  ·  2,737 reviews
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 whe
Paperback, 352 pages
Published April 20th 2017 by Bonnier Zaffre
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Penny Haw It was renamed The Lost for Words Bookshop for the North American market. Perhaps there was already a well-known book of the same title published ther…moreIt was renamed The Lost for Words Bookshop for the North American market. Perhaps there was already a well-known book of the same title published there?(less)
Sara Garcia That's a tough one to answer. While the cover and description make it sound like a YA book, the trauma that the main character goes through is pretty …moreThat's a tough one to answer. While the cover and description make it sound like a YA book, the trauma that the main character goes through is pretty harrowing, and she is very comfortable having sex with the men in her life, so I think it would be a personal choice on your part.(less)

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Meredith (Slowly Catching Up)
May 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Booklover, bookworm, booknerd, bibliophile--whatever you prefer to be called--this is a book for you!

“Who wouldn’t rescue a book?”

Touching read about a bookseller with a dark past who finds solace in books. When she finds a lost book, she doesn’t expect to connect with its owner in a way that forces her to come to terms with her difficult childhood. This is an enjoyable, poignant story that pulled at my heartstrings.

Loveday likes books more than people. Books mean so much to her that her
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 frie ...more
Kristin (KC)
Jul 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
*3.85 stars* <-- (Don't judge, book-nerd struggles are REAL)

A delicate rendering of heartache and forgiveness, and the healing power of a bookshop!

Give me a cozy bookshop setting, a quirky cast of sarcastic bibliophiles, and a shake of mystery to pepper my pages and I’ll be a happy reader every time.

LOST FOR WORDS was a lovely read, even if it wasn't a particularly lively one. This author has a unique writing style that shines as though it’s been freshly polished—sophisticated, sharp, and witt
Apr 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Do you ever open up a book and connect with it right away? That’s what happened to me with this one. The writing, the characters, the dialogue - it all hooked me from the get go and didn’t let go.

The beautiful cover is a little misleading - I thought this was going to be a light-hearted read based around a bookshop but it ended up being so much more. This is a very deep, detailed look at a woman who has gone through an unimaginable amount of pain in her life and how it affects all of her decisi
Well what is better than reading a book that speaks to you like a book and has so many references of books that is so easily relatable to? THE LOST FOR WORDS BOOKSHOP!

THE LOST FOR WORDS BOOKSHOP by STEPHANIE BUTLAND is a wonderfully charming, light, moving, and endearing tale that is set in the greatest place ever, a bookshop.

Any books that have any indication that it is going to be about a bookstore or books, I’m in, no questions asked. They are by far one of my favourite settings! Also, I hav
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Not being British, I had to look up a lot of words and phrases in this book but I loved them all and feel that the words and how they were said, is part of why I liked Loveday so much. Loveday had a life and parents that she loved and that she misses, after she loses both parents when she is ten years old. She then spends time in foster care and finally with a permanent foster mom. She is traumatized by what has happened to her life and won't accept help from others, especially because she doesn ...more
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
4 bibliophile stars to The Lost for Words Bookshop! 📚 📚 📚 📚

My friend, Melisa, spotted this book even before it was listed on Netgalley. When I heard about it, I knew I had to read it, too.

Loveday Cardew is an introvert known to prefer books to people. Any of us could relate to her bibliophile ways. She is fortunate to work in a bookshop of all places, and within those walls, she holds some significant secrets about her own dark past.

This story is all about Loveday. What is she hiding, and how
JanB(on vacation till October)
Here I am again, in the outlier club. Did I read the same book as everyone else? Or is it just me? I picked this book up because I'd heard it described as a book for booklovers, and a charming book for fans of Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine.

I didn't find it charming, nor was the comparison to Eleanor Oliphant fair or accurate. What that book had was humor, warmth, a quirky, funny main character I won't soon forget, and charm. In Lost for Words, the character is snarky but in a mean-spirited
May 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this story about a quirky young lady named Loveday Cardew, with nose ring and first sentences of novels tattooed on her body, who has worked in a bookshop in York since she was fifteen years old.
Loveday had spent years in a foster home after a tragedy happened in her family life, and she just has a crazy love for books which makes her job ideal.
Because of what happened in her family, I don’t think she believes in love for herself, and she just really doesn’t like people anyway... exce
May 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was instantly intrigued by this story by the cover and the title. The Lost for Words Bookshop... what more can you ask for?!

This novel features our main character Loveday Cardew. Loveday has worked for Lost for Words bookstore for over 10 years. She is quite the character with her nose ring and fascinating tattoos depicted throughout her body that represent quotes from her favorite books. It almost made me want to get one... :) Loveday isn't the best fan of people and loves her books way more
Berit Talks Books
Jun 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: net-galley, 2018
4 Bibliophile Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟

This was a lovely quirky book filled with books and charm... this was a very uplifting read that put a smile on my face... and even though the characters in this book did not have the most ideal of lives at all times... they all had a love for books and eventually found love for themselves and others...

Loveday is a lovely quirky character... who truly underestimates herself and those around her.... my heart broke for her so many times, she really had a rough childhood an
All the stars for The Lost for Words Bookshop and Loveday Cardew!  

“God, I don't love much but I love words.”
― Stephanie Butland, Lost For Words

There are times when certain characters in a book are so vivid, so real that you want those characters to be in your life forever - in the real world and not just books. Loveday Cardew is one of those brilliant characters. Loveday is flawed, she is hurt, she is sarcastic and definitely a loner, but her soul reaches out through the pages and grabs y
What bibliophile can resist a novel about a charming used bookshop, with even more charming and quirky protagonists? I can't.  To further my interest, I've read some great reviews of this novel by some of favorite fellow bookbloggers. And... did I mention it is set in York, England?  What a package!

This delightful novel features a memorable protagonist, Loveday Cardew. She has worked for "Lost for Words" for the past ten years, is twenty-five years old, has a nose ring, and several tattoos which
Sep 24, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4-5 stars rounded up

Lost for Words is a second hand bookshop in York.

What a wonderful book. Loveday Cardew who works in the shop, is an unforgettable central character who captivates from the start. She’s funny, touchy, private and carrying some huge burdens by herself. Who couldn’t also love bookshop owner Archie and poet/magician Nathan? The locations are fantastic with beautiful York which has atmosphere in abundance and Whitby which always has its own unique appeal.

Yes, this lovely story i
Mar 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
I am surprised that none of the reviews I have read of Lost For Words have made a play on the title! Lots of five star raves and no one has yet said they were lost for words for what to write about it:) Maybe because it was so good we all have plenty to say.

Romances are not my thing but this is a romance with a difference. Let's start with that beautiful cover and the fact that the story is set in a bookshop in Yorkshire, England. Every box ticked for me so far. The story starts slowly but as i
This book was everything I hoped it would be: a book about books and life in a bookshop, a quirky main character, a handsome young man and a gentle love story. Well written with great characters and a wealth of human feelings and emotion.

Sassy, prickly Loveday Cardew is a damaged soul. Her nose-ring and tattoos of first lines from her favourite books are part of the shell she's built around herself. Something traumatic happened in her childhood and she ended up in foster care. At 15 she met Arch
Sarah Joint
Jul 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The best possible way I can describe this book to you is that it's a book for book lovers. We get a lot of book references and a protagonist that both works in a book shop and has meaningful lines from stories she's enjoyed tattooed on her body. If I didn't already have several tattoos, I might steal that idea! It is a very charming story, but darker than the book cover and even the blurb makes it look. It's still a really enjoyable read, but more emotional than I was expecting. It's a book that ...more
This is one of those contemporary reads that celebrates the unique voices in wordsmithery.

The Lost for Words Bookshop is a compelling, irresistible, and heart-rending novel, perfect for fans of The Storied Life of AJ Fikry and The Little Paris Bookshop.
The book starts out as a family drama, then slowly evolves into mystery and suspense and finally gears up for a thriller denouement with love added as the final flavor.

Loveday Cardew pulls the strings of her own life and in the end
Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews

Loveday Cardew works in a bookshop owned by Archie.

Working in a bookshop is perfect for Loveday because she is a shy almost introverted person through no fault of her own.

THE LOST FOR WORDS BOOKSHOP is a lovely read and will make you jealous of Loveday’s job, but not of the heartaches she keeps hidden.

Besides the books and the bookshop, the characters in THE LOST FOR WORDS BOOKSHOP are the best, especially Archie....loved him. He is a bit on the unorganized and fly-by-night type of person, but
Oct 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: recommend
I started reading this book thinking that it would be a light, easy breezy read that takes place in a bookstore. Boy was I surprised! This story is complex, emotional, heartbreaking and hopeful, all at once.

Loveday Cardew is a young woman who works in a used bookstore. She has the first lines of some of her favorite, most meaningful books tattooed on her. She readily admits that she doesn’t like people, and just wants them all to leave her alone. She survived a tragic childhood and does not tru
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Wow, this book got to me in ways I never expected it to. The Lost for Words Bookshop by Stephanie Butland left me with my heart hurting, tears streaming down my face, and a desire for it to go on and on and never end. We follow Loveday in present-day 2016 and learn of her, at first wonderful and later difficult, past in flashback chapters. We see her in school plays, reading with her father, baking with her mother, and hiding with her secrets in
*TUDOR^QUEEN* (on hiatus)
Jun 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars rounded up to 4.

This advance reader copy was provided by the publisher St. Martin's Press via NetGalley.

I was drawn to this book for its location (England, of course) and its setting of a book shop. Two great passions of mine in one tome!

The story's main character is a 25-year old woman named Loveday Cardew who has worked in a book shop in York since the age of fifteen. She has a love of reading since youth, a passion she shared with her Mom. When she was a child there were a lot of sp
Jun 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What an enjoyable read! When I first read the summary and found out this story is about a bibliophile and takes place in a bookshop, I was immediately interested in reading it. I love “books about books” and with this one taking place in a bookshop, I anticipated that there would likely be plenty of references to various literary works. For me, as a book lover, part of the fun in reading these types of books is being able to recognize the literary references sprinkled throughout the story – of c ...more
Lisa Vegan
I loved this book. I have to thank Goodreads friend (artist) Laura for letting me know about the book and pushing the book and its narrator at me! She was right that it is a “Lisa book” and I’m glad that I read it. I’m waiting for so many books and it was only because I was in-between books that I decided to try it. I’m so glad that I did. I found it to be a lovely, amusing, sobering, emotional, powerful, heartwarming, and engaging book. I couldn’t give it less than 5 stars.

I simultaneously rea
The “Books are our best lovers and our most provoking friends.”


Books Behave by Loveday Cardew
I like books cause they don’t care if your knickers match your bra
If you’ve washed your hair.
I like books cause they don’t invade your space
They don’t get in your face.
I like books cause they don’t mind
What your heart contains
Who you’ve left behind.
I like a book cause it doesn’t give a shit
When you get to the end what you think of it.
Books don’t care if you’ve got a degree
What you watch on
Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
DNF at 30%. I received this book from NetGalley, so thanks to them and the publisher. The blurb seemed cute and it was taking place in a book shop. Who doesn’t like stories in a book shop, right? Unfortunately, this book joined the trend of having a protagonist, who suffered from domestic violence and dealing with the effects of it in her current life. The blurb doesn’t mention this. It was along the lines of Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine. I was not a fan of that book either. I personally ...more
Mar 31, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-bookstores
I loved the bookshop and the frequent bookish references. I liked the main characters: Archie, prickly Loveday and Nathan. I liked the importance that books and poetry held in their lives.

I didn't need the buildup to Loveday's big secret - drumroll - her traumatic past. Her break with her mother didn't make sense. All of it seemed like an attempt to make the novel heavier than it needed to be and (for me) fell flat.
Dale Harcombe
Mar 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A book set in a bookshop always has the potential to be good. But it needs more than just being about books. It need interesting characters. Enter Loveday Cardew. (Loveday is a Cornish name for those who were wondering.) Loveday much prefers books to people. Perhaps for good reason. She knows what to expect from books. People are much harder to figure out and sometimes those you trust let you down badly, she has found. Then into the York bookshop where she has worked since she was 15, comes a po ...more
Oct 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was totally enraptured with this book!
I liked Loveday right away, because like me, she respects books. She found a book that had pages bent and it bothered her as it would me. I am a terrible lender of books. When people ask to borrow a book, I tell them my rules: No dog earing pages, no bathing with my book, no eating or stains in my book and most definitely, no cracking of the spine. As you can imagine, most people decline to borrow a book after that!! BTW, I give away books I don't wish to
Marialyce (absltmom, yaya)
Mar 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Where do you go when your heart is broken, when you have lost everything that is precious to you? Where do you find solace? Where do you find escape and comfort? For Loveday Cardew, that place was a bookshop, the place where she can remain hidden behind the pages of a book, a quiet place where the memories are kept at bay. In the lovely poignant book, Lost For Words, we meet a grand assortment of characters who are bigger than life and there to help the fragile Loveday find what she needs and wh ...more
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