The Lost for Words Bookshop by Stephanie Butland 368 pages
a weak spot for books and bookstores, or perhaps I should say a bookshop since
the setting of this novel is England.But
my love of books is why I picked up Butland’s novel. And I loved the second
sentence on the dust jacket: “If you look carefully, you might glimpse the
first lines of the novels [Loveday] loves most tattooed on her skin.”
a quirky character this Loveday must be,” I remember thinking. “I’m gonna love
this book!”Ah, but once again, I was
wrong, so very wrong.I’ve tried several
times to read what others are referring to as “a gem of a novel,” but honestly,
I don’t get it.
has been working at the bookshop for ten tears, since she was fifteen and a
product of the foster-care system. She loves books all as much as I do, and
like me, prefers books over people. There is a childhood tragedy that she wants
to remain hidden from the few people in her life. When trying to find the owner
of a lost book, she meets magician/poet Nathan. He saves her from an awkward encounter
with her ex-boyfriend, which, to me, seems to really go against the notion that
she prefers books to people.
emotions begin to rear when Loveday’s mother’s old books begin mysteriously
showing up in the bookshop, and she is forced to confront her past.
I found “The Lost for Words Bookshop” boring and predictable and that is why it receives 2 out of 5 stars in