Reviewed by: Jennifer Chretien, Reference Librarian
Rating: 5 stars
As a child, Loveday Cardew, experienced a traumatic incident that landed her into foster care. She is prickly, tattooed, sarcastic, hard to get to know, and has more use for books than people. The only person who has managed to fully pierce her armor is Archie, the owner of the bookshop Loveday works at.
Loveday's carefully controlled life is thrown for a loop thanks to a lost book of poetry and three mysterious book donations. The lost book puts her in contact with an intriguing poet/magician named Nathan. The donations are a link to her past life. Are the donations a sign someone has uncovered her secret? Can she overcome her past trauma in order to let Nathan in?
I knew I was going to enjoy The Lost for Words Bookshop before I even started to read it. It ticks off all of my summer reading boxes: bookshop, introverted heroine, mysterious past, British setting, quirky characters. I had no idea how much I was going to adore the book. The setting was quaint, the characters were so endearing, and the story was riveting. Even the secondary characters were interesting and well crafted. I found the whole reading experience to be an absolutely joy. Someone described the book as a cross between Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine and The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry. While I find the description to be incredibly accurate, there is so much more to The Lost for Words Bookshop. If you are looking for a charming book with heart and an interesting mystery, I highly recommend it.