The latest First Reads Goodreads giveaway this pedometer geek reader enjoyed was an uncorrected proof of Stephanie Butland’s The Lost for Words Bookshop. This is this reader’s introduction to her writing. It may be because she hails from the North East of England, but regardless of the reason, this was an enjoyable read. Furthermore, this reader will be searching out other books of hers. This is the extended review.
The Lost for Words Bookshop
By Stephanie Butland
Published by Thomas Dunne Books,
An imprint of St. Martin’s Press, 2018
Originally published in Great Britain under the title Lost for Words by Zaffre Publishing, an imprint of Bonnier Zaffre, a Bonnier Publishing company, it is a character-driven story. At the heart of the story is Loveday Carew, a waiflike young woman with secrets.
Loveday (what a cool name!) Cardew prefers books to people, and she works in a little bookstore owned by Archie Brodie, a man with a history of his own. In a sense, the store is her whole life and gives her a way to stay tucked away, hidden from a past that haunts her. That is, until it isn’t.
Into her life come a poet, a lover, and a few suspicious packages. What is the significance of them?
The story is told from Loveday’s perspective, and she is a little snarky, a little damaged, definitely quirky, and wise beyond her years. And she digresses (something this reader and writer can relate to). Yet, all those things make her into a character that you’ll love.
Her story, her past, is slowly unraveled, and frankly it is heartbreaking, yet perhaps she will have a happily ever after anyway with a family she creates on her own.
This is a delightful read by an author who knows that books can be lifesaving and she even sets the story in a bookstore. She divides the different sections of the book by book genres (poetry, crime, history, travel, and memoir), too.
The book was described as perfect for fans of The Storied Life of A.J. Fikrey and The Little Paris Bookshop, and having read both of them previously, this pedometer geek reader would agree.