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Sunday 25 November 2018

Lost for Words by Stephanie Butland

I love a book in which you connect with a character and her story from the first page. And how can you not love a character named Loveday? A Cornish name that has its roots back in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.

I absolutely adored this. Every character is alive and intriguing. Each is unique, fascinating, appealing, funny, tragic…all in their own ways.

Loveday loves books and words. At the age of nine, one single event changes her life dramatically. Thrust into social care for the next six to ten years, she cocoons herself in a blanket of solitude and books and words. It's the way she learns to protect herself from hurt and disappointment. But  her wall of self-made security is in danger of crumbling around her when she realises someone knows about her past.

Butland is a superb author who sucks you into her characters with a story that's enriched with quirkiness, sadness, smiles and sheer joy.

It was with a downturned mouth that I picked up my Kindle after reaching the ever-so-brilliant ending having spent some wonderful hours with Loveday. The author of my subsequent read had a very hard act to follow.

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