Book Review: The Lost For Words Book Shop


Book Summary:

Loveday Cardew is a loner in her twenties who prefers books to people. She has worked at the Lost For Words book shop since she was a teenager and loves her job. For Loveday, books are uncomplicated. Unlike people and relationships.

But one day a poet walks into the book shop and straight into her life. She distrusts love and intimacy, but he wears her down. She tells herself it isn’t permanent, just a brief fling.

To love someone after what she went through as a child would be against everything she’s promised herself about survival.

Then three deliveries to the book shop shake her world. She thought she’d erased everything about her former life, but obviously someone has figured out who she is.

When I started this book, I wondered if it had much substance. But as I turned the pages I could not stop reading.

I read this wonderful book in just a few sittings because it grabbed my heartstrings and would not let go. It made me laugh and it made me cry.

This is not just another love story or a testament to how we live our lives once we’ve survived great pain. It is so much more.

I think anyone who reads this book will come away feeling richer for having read it. I certainly did.

About The Author:

stephanie butland

Stephanie Butland is a writer who is thriving after breast cancer. (She used to say she was a survivor, but that was a bit lacking in joie de vivre.)

Although she’d never have chosen it, her dance with cancer changed her life in many positive ways. Now she is happier, healthier, and more careful with her precious life and the precious people and things in it.

Her writing career began with her dance with cancer and now she is  a novelist.

Aside from writing she works as a speaker and trainer. She also works with charities to help raise awareness and money in the hope that cancer will soon be about as scary as a wart.

She lives in Northumberland.


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  1. Your posts were the very first thing I would read in the morning. I love reading about your interesting life and viewpoints. You are a very talented writer. I really love reading about your simple decorating and cooking, kitchen appliances you like, and day to day life in the apartment. These seemingly endless book reviews are not interesting. The net is full of reviews, Amazon has many for every free kindle book they offer. I hope you will get back to the way your posts used to be, I sure do miss you.

  2. What a great review you gave this book. This story sounds like a really good read. Going to place this one on my hold list at the library.

    Thank you.

  3. This sounds like a really good read. Thank you for the review!
    My grandmother used to write a short review in all the books she read. ( She read a lot of them) The she passed away my cousin and I were invited to go through her bookcases for books we might like to read. That is the we discovered the reviews. It was so much fun reading her thoughts on different subjects. I recommend this idea for all who love to read. It helps pass on part of who you are to those that follow you.
    PS. One book that I took from her bookcase was one she didn’t really like but it ended up being one of my favorites that I have read many times. It is called White Goats and Black Bees.

  4. Thanks for the recommendation on this book! Books have been my addiction since the 7th grade. Since I am in my late seventies, I wished I I had kept tract of how many books I have read over the years. I enjoy your ability to write and express yourself. I wish you would consider writing a novel or short stories – I am sure they would sell. Perhaps, write them as eBooks, I am sure they would sell as you have many followers that would love to read them. I hope Abi is feeling better!

  5. Sounds like a very good book. I will have to look at the library and see if they have this one. I love to read as it takes me away from the day to day struggles with my husband’s life altering illness and this seems like a very good one. Thanks for sharing.

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