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- Listening Length: 9 hours and 3 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 9 Mar. 2017
- Language: English, English
- ASIN: B06XCNF9Q9
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Narrated by Loveday in flashbacks to her past and the present, this beautiful story was heartfelt and moving. It covers some deeper topics than I was expecting and the book was all the better for it, raising it above standard chick lit. Loveday is a complex character, and I became so involved with her story as the mystery to her past was gradually revealed. Loved the supporting cast too, especially Archie, the kind-hearted bookshop owner.
I was a bit stumped at the ending when I thought one particular thread of the story had been left unresolved, but swipe to the next page, and well, no spoilers, but it concludes the book in the most novel and beautiful way and a little tear trickled down my face. Well done Stephanie Butland for another marvellous read!
There are some great characters, especially Loveday. She has a great voice and she’s very believable. There is something very endearing about her. Loveday works in a second-hand bookshop in York, she prefers books to people (I hear where she’s coming from!). The arrival of some donated books found within boxes left for her to sort out remind her of her past, a past which she is trying to forget. Is this just a coincidence or does someone know her secret and do they want to make contact? The story is quite enigmatic with hidden depths. It definitely shows you can’t judge a book (or person for that matter) by it’s cover. I found it very hard to put down, just one more page, just one more chapter.
A lovely, heartwarming story about books, friendship, life, love and hope.
The story centres on Loveday, a tattooed girl who works in a York bookshop. It is clear from the outset that some traumatic event featured in her childhood and this has shaped the person she is today, a withdrawn, spiky and socially awkward girl who finds it hard trust anyone, let alone allow them into her life.
Archie, her elderly employer, is the exception to that rule. He is slightly old fashioned, well travelled, well read, friendly and sociable. Although she doesn't talk a lot, there is a great rapport between them and it is obvious that Archie is looking out for her. She doesn't like to rely on other people though, she needs to be in control of her life and is happy to work in the bookshop and go back to her lonely flat at night. However, she understands that her behaviour is different to that of other people and gradually she tries to take a few steps outside her narrow life, to do something new and meet new people. Slowly we learn more about her early life and her recent past and finally we get a glimpse of her future.
This was an unexpected gem of a book that left me wanting to know more about Loveday and I was a little sad when it finished, but it ended on lots of high notes so my imagination can do the rest.