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In this warm and witty romance from acclaimed author Kate Clayborn, one little word puts a woman’s business—and her heart—in jeopardy . . .
Meg Mackworth’s hand-lettering skill has made her famous as the Planner of Park Slope, designing custom journals for her New York City clientele. She has another skill too: reading signs that other people miss. Knowing the upcoming marriage of Reid Sutherland and his polished fiancée was doomed to fail is one thing, but weaving a secret word of warning into their wedding program is another. Meg may have thought no one would spot it, but she hadn’t counted on sharp-eyed, pattern-obsessed Reid.
A year later, Reid has tracked Meg down to find out how she knew that his meticulously planned future was about to implode. But with a looming deadline and a bad case of creative block, Meg doesn’t have time for Reid’s questions—unless he can help her find her missing inspiration. As they gradually open up to each other, both try to ignore a deepening connection between them. But the signs are there—irresistible, indisputable, urging Meg to heed the messages Reid is sending her, before it’s too late . . .
Praise for Love Lettering
“Delicious and beautiful and perfect.”
—New York Times bestselling author Sarah MacLean
“This book will wake you up in the middle of the night aching for these perfectly imperfect characters.”
—Sonali Dev, author of Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors
This whimsical rom-com from Clayborn (Best of Luck) contrasts cute romance with cringe-worthy moments of embarrassment for the bumbling central couple. Meg Mackworth is a New York City calligraphy artist whose intricate hand-lettering is in high demand. No one but Meg was ever supposed to notice the secret messages she doodles into her designs to keep her work from becoming boring. When Meg's former client Reid, a high-strung math genius, confronts her about spotting the word mistake hidden in the wedding programs Meg made for him and his now-ex, Meg admits to having picked up on the couple's discontentment. Stalled out on her latest project and feeling guilty for embedding the subversive message in Reid's wedding programs, Meg impulsively invites him to walk the city with her in search of inspiration in the form of signs both literal and figurative. This leads to a sweet, if frequently awkward, slow burn as the pair grows closer over the following weeks. Though Clayborn's style occasionally verges on twee, her loving descriptions of New York are deeply appealing. This touching story is full of love and laughter.
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Okay romance but lovely female main character!
~Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC!~
I read an excerpt of Love Lettering that I loved a while ago, and I’m so glad the full book overall didn’t let me down!
One star is taken off, though, because I was so bored throughout the first 50% of this book. Barely anything happened, and I was never that into Meg and Reid when they were together. There were a few moments that I loved, but there was just a lot of meandering around with their feelings. Meg’s questioning of where Reid was and what he was doing when he wasn’t with her got old quickly.
Because of what Meg did to Reid and Avery’s wedding program, there was always this shadow hanging over them about what happened. Even when they were together, the shadow was still there. Meg would time and again worry about Reid holding it against her what she’d done to the program and never forgiving her, while Reid couldn’t let go of it for most of the book, sometimes even reminding Meg of it.
The tone change in the book also caught me off guard but not in a good way. Since the beginning, this book almost always had this tone of being very sweet and romantic. Reid and Meg’s relationship would progress slowly as they did their walks together and got to know each other.
But then the tone completely changed later on when Reid and Meg slept together. I’m not against this, but when you go from sweet and romantic to hot and heavy all of a sudden, it does make you go “What?”
I loved Meg as a character! Even after what happened with the wedding program, Megan was genuinely remorseful about it and didn’t want it to put a permanent dent in her and Reid’s relationship. As a creative like Meg is, I liked seeing how Meg tried different ways to get out of her creativity block for the Make It Happyn thing she was doing and its deadline. To see Meg slowly but surely come out of her block was relatable and heartwarming.
Kate Clayborn’s descriptions and explanations of what Meg does for her job was enjoyable but got a bit over the top. Sometimes it would go on and on and on, especially when Meg was thinking to herself about the meaning of everything she did for her lettering. Much as I loved the uniqueness of her job, I still think an actual image of Meg’s lettering would be more effective. Unless you’re already familiar with lettering, I think it would be hard to understand what’s being described.
There is one twist towards the end that I wasn’t a total fan of because it was too much and too out of place in the book, but I changed my mind about this because of how well the epilogue was written, taking place after that twist.
It’s not a romance I loved, but Love Lettering would be a cozy winter read for when it’s snowing out and warm indoors!
This novel was a joy to read. Gentle and brave in its depictions of love, friendship, and family, I know it will stick with me. Highly recommend!
Loved this lyrical romance
Kate Clayborn just keeps getting better with every book she writes! Her books are filled with so much heart and intense feelings, yet they are quiet books that don’t need overwrought plots to score an emotional bullseye. On the face of it, Meg and Reid don’t seem to have much in common. She’s a brilliant artist who expresses herself through exquisite calligraphy (lovingly and meticulously described in the book) who is inspired by everyday signs, letters and fonts throughout bustling NYC while Reid is quiet and introspective, a true “numbers” guy who takes comfort in patterns and regularity and is feeling worn down by the neverending energy of the city. Yet somehow, they come together to form a beautiful whole. They complete and inspire each other to be their best selves, and really, isn’t that what we all deserve in our partner?
This was such an great romance to end my year with and left me with a lovely warm glow. In addition to the central romance, I also loved the way Meg was presented as a complete person. So many times in romance, the only well developed relationship is the one between the two leads, but in this book, Meg was also dealing with the apparent withering of her oldest friendship as well as the start of a new one and both were perfectly depicted and added depth and maturity to the basic plot and to the character development. I highly recommend this romance.
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advance copy of this book from Netgalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.