#bookreview Found in a Bookshop by Stephanie Butland


Dear Lost for Words,

We are trying to stay at home . . . I am enclosing a cheque and I hope that you will use it to send us some books. Please choose books that we might think are wonderful.


Loveday Carew’s beloved Lost for Words bookshop, along with the rest of York, has fallen quiet. At the very time when people most need books to widen their horizons, or escape from their fears, or enhance their lives, the doors are closed. Then the first letter comes.

Rosemary and George have been married for fifty years. Now their time is running out. They have decided to set out on their last journey together, without ever leaving the bench at the bottom of their garden in Whitby. All they need is someone who shares their love of books.

Suddenly it’s clear to Loveday that she and her team can do something useful in a crisis. They can recommend books to help with the situations their customers find themselves in: fear, boredom, loneliness, the desire for laughter and escape.

And so it begins.

My reading experience:

Firstly I would like to thank the author, publisher and a Netgalley for my free ARC.

Meet Rosemary and George, married for fifty years and living their lives on a bench in the back garden with a mutual live of books. When time together looks to be cut short, they just need a helping hand to find some books.

This was a must read, not just because Lost for Words was a triumph of a book, but because of the Global pandemic that nobody saw coming in early 2020. The author has cleverly captured the goodwill and support some people freely gave to one another in that first year, where everyday life was the frontline of a war that affected and continues to affect us all (2022).

I highly recommend Found in a Bookshop by Stephanie Butland.


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