Loveday Cardew prefers books to people. If you look carefully, you might glimpse the first lines of the novels she loves most tattooed on her skin. But there are some things Loveday will never, ever show you.

Into her hiding place – the bookstore where she works – come a poet, a lover, and three suspicious deliveries.

Someone has found out about her mysterious past. Will Loveday survive her own heartbreaking secrets?


The Lost for Words Bookshop opens to reveal a young, socially awkward woman trying to hide from her past and her pain, burying herself in books. Working in a second-hand bookshop sounds like the perfect place for her.

Her boss, Archie, is so much more, having found her and nurtured her by hiring her and mentoring her. Like a guardian angel, he has surrounded her with support and comfort. He has also kept some secrets from her, most of which she will discover just when she needs to know them.

Other characters surround her, some good and some not so good. Having survived a family broken by violence, she is careful with her heart. But somehow bad characters find a way to pierce her armor. And then they do their worst.

The story started slowly, gradually filling us in on her daily routines and activities. Then, as more and more secrets are revealed to us, we see the danger that is approaching…and I held my breath until the final denouement. In the end, I had some hope for her. 4.5 stars.



  1. This sounds lovely and while I’m not really picking up slow starting books right now but this sounds like the perfect kind of slow start. It’s already on my TBR but I’m going to add it to my next book order I think.

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