Book Review: Lost for Words by Stephanie Butland

Today I am reviewing a very special story. I included it on my post Top Ten 2017 Releases I Have Read So Far This Year as I absolutely loved it. Here's my full review: 

Title: Lost of Words
Author: Stephanie Butland
Published: April 20th 2017 by Bonnier Zaffre

Blurb: 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.

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.

Review: I always love books about books so I couldn't resist picking Lost for Words, I mean, it even has a bookshop on the cover! As soon as I read the first few pages though I realized that this book was something special. In fact, I would say it is a book lover's dream, with endless references to all our favorite books, charming and really interesting characters and the perfect setting, a bookshop full of rarities, surprises and secrets.

The story is narrated by Loveday, a bookworm who works in a bookshop and who definitely prefers books to people. She keeps herself to herself. The only exception is her boss Archie. He has managed, over the years, to become a closer friend. But he doesn't know everything about her, she has managed to keep her past a secret from everyone.

Thanks to flashbacks we get to know more about her story. The chapters titled History are all about her childhood and the ones titled Crime are from a few years ago. These really help us understand her better and with every new bit of information I became more and more engrossed in her story. I ended up really caring for Loveday and hers is a story I won't forget in a long time.

But Loveday is not the only amazing character in the story. As I said, her boss Archie is one of the few friends she has and what a friend. He was a people person, easily chatting to everyone, with a lively social live and a certain eccentricity that far from making him arrogant and unapproachable made him endearing and generous. He would be a friend that we would all love to have and his relationship with Loveday was a joy to read.

There were also other characters that played a big role in Loveday's story, like the magical Nathan, but I'd rather you discovered them for yourself. All I can say is that every single one of them felt real and managed to steal a bit of my heart. I am certainly gonna miss them.

All in all, I cannot recommend this story enough. It had been a while since I had felt so involved in a story like this one. It is inspiring but heat-breaking, a real gem of a book that I have no doubt will be on my top ten books of the year.

Rating: 5 stars

I would like to thank the publisher for sending me a copy of this book. This is my honest opinion. 

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