Lost for Words by Stephanie Butland
Clues to describe this book: Bibliophile, New Love, Mental Health, Troubled Past
Disclaimer: I received a free advanced digital copy of this book from St. Martin’s Press in exchange for my honest opinion. This has no effect on my opinion, review, or rating.
Review: Lost for Words by Stephanie Butland is Contemporary novel about a book enthusiast named Loveday. Loveday, an introvert woman, works in a second hand bookshop and has a mysterious past. The story unfolds her mysterious past as in the present she learns to let her guard down and find happiness. This book was definitely different from the other books I read. It was a bit more depressing than I anticipated it to be. I found Loveday’s perspective to be refreshing. The chapters alternate from present and past slowly unraveling Loveday’s mysterious past. The author touches upon surviving from traumatic experiences and learning to move on. The characters are unique and lovable/unlikable in their own ways. My favorite character from the book was Archie. He is such a loving caring boss and friend to Loveday. It was wonderful to see the many people who care for Loveday in different ways. I also liked the way the author unfolded Loveday and Nathan’s relationship – it was sweet and realistic. However, I didn’t like how choppy and rushed the ending was. There were a few times in the novel where certain situations felt like they were being prolonged and could have been cut short. Overall, I would recommend this novel to anyone who likes women’s fiction. The book releases on Tuesday 6/19.