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.
Praise for Lost for Words:
'Loveday is a compelling character, you love her in the way you love a cat who always scratches but you love it anyway . . . this book is quirky, clever and unputdownable. I really enjoyed it.' - Katie Fforde
'Loveday is a marvellous character and she captured my heart from the very first page . . . and her bookshop is the bookshop of readers' dreams.' - Julie Cohen, bestselling author of Dear Thing
'Loveday is so spiky and likeable. I so loved Archie, Nathan and the book shop and the unfolding mystery' - Carys Bray, author of A Song For Issy Bradley and The Museum of You
'Burns fiercely with love and hurt. A quirky, rare and beautiful novel, one you'd be delighted to unearth in any bookshop. And Loveday Cardew is a character who leaps from the pages into our hearts.' - Linda Green, bestselling author of While My Eyes Were Closed
'It is such a beautiful read and Loveday's voice is so compelling . . . an exquisite story that I couldn't put down.' - Liz Fenwick
'Beautifully written and atmospheric. Loveday is an endearing heroine, full of attitude and fragility. The haunting story of her past is brilliantly revealed.' - Tracy Rees, Sunday Times top ten bestselling author of Amy Snow
'What an absolute stunner of a book. I LOVED it and cried like a motherf***er. If you care about books (or humans) read it!' - Shelley Harris, author of Jubilee
'This book will warm and break your heart in equal measure! Loveday Cardew is funny and sassy, angry and loving, and she is running scared; she wears her scars deep within her and on the outside too. In Butland's consummate hands, the story of Loveday's past and her present is bravely told and is transformative. This is a must-read novel.' - Claire Dyer, award-winning poet and author of The Perfect Affair
'A beautiful, touching, moving, sweet treat of a book. Sad, intriguing, cleverly plotted, sometimes shocking, compelling read. I was with Loveday all the way. I absolutely loved it' - Jane Wenham-Jones, author of Prime Time
'Loveday is an incredible character. Oh, the writing . . . Vibrant, vivid, sometimes visceral; Engaging, funny, searing. Dares to mix prose and poetry seamlessly. Archie had me head-over-heels in love. You can't help but hurt when it's over' - Helena Sheffield, author of The Art of Wearing Hats
'I just finished. I can totally see why you fell in love with it. What a unique, beautiful novel that cleverly builds to a heart-stopping climax. Any book lovers out there would be mad not to adore the quirkily drawn character of Loveday who pulls you in right from the get go with her distinctive voice!' - Tracy Buchanan, number one bestselling author of My Sister' s Secret, The Atlas Of Us and No Turning Back
'Wonderful. So many beautiful one-liners too!' - Ayisha Malik, author of Sofia Khan is Not Obliged
'OH poor, brilliant Loveday. Gorgeous, gorgeous bookshop book . . . So, so lovely!' - Sarah Franklin, author and Costa Book Awards judge
'I loved it! Spent all day today engrossed in Loveday . . . a superbly drawn character.' - Alex Gray, bestselling author of The Darkest Goodbye(less)
What a treat of a story this was! And much more than I was expecting too! I am always drawn to books set around a bookshop and this is set in a beautifully old fashioned bookshop full of old books and owned by Archie who is a larger than life character, but a very perceptive and caring man. Loveday has worked at the bookshop for many years and within the shop she feels at home. She is very wary of people and the more you read her story, the more you understand why. So she prefers the company of books - let's be honest, don't we all! ;)
The story is set over 3 separate timelines all cleverly woven together throughout, as we look into Lovedays' childhood and see the heartbreaking things that have shaped her character and made her shut off from the world in many ways. It also looks back to a previous relationship and how that has impacted her life while also focusing on her as she tries to move forward with the support of Archie and the safety net of the bookshop. And mixed in with this is a little mystery of just where the box of books that turn up at the shop have come from as they transport her back to her childhood.
There was so much more to this story than I was expecting and I loved how it took me as a reader on a roller-coaster of emotions - I may have shed a few tears! The supporting cast of characters are also beautifully created and add so much to the story of Loveday and it captured my heart as I followed her story.