Review: Lost For Words by Stephanie Butland


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.


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 decisions and personality going forward.

This is a book for book people. The main character, Loveday (what a cool name!), has worked in a bookshop since she was fifteen years old, enjoys books more than people, and even has her favorite quotes tattooed on her body.

I absolutely loved the character of Archie (and not just because my son’s name is Archer!) he was such a charming, lovely character who always had Loveday’s best interests at heart.

This is a slow moving, highly developed story that will tug at your heart strings and give you a whole new cast of characters to love. Recommend to all bibliophiles!

4 stars

Thank you to St. Martin’s press for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


  1. A lovely review. I really enjoyed this book too! 😊

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