This hooked me in from the very beginning and didn’t let up all the way through. An understated and incredibly unique romance, Love Lettering features an adorably nerdy hero and the quirky heroine who complements him perfectly. The intricate descriptions of New York and typography will make you fall for the city as much as you do for Meg and Reid. In any other book, the descriptions would’ve been too much, but it’s so well written that it just made me that much more absorbed in the story.
Essentially, the story follows Meg, a woman who has become somewhat famous for her handwriting (think wedding invitations and anything else that requires some fancy lettering). The fame has given her a creative block, and it isn’t until a former client walks through her door that things start to change. A year ago, Meg did the lettering on Reid’s wedding invitations, and after observing his interactions with his fiancée, Meg predicted the relationship would be doomed to fail. When Reid – a man who makes his living looking at numbers and codes – accuses Meg of voicing her opinion about his doomed relationship via a hidden message on the wedding invitations, she’s forced to reflect on what led her to that point. The two forge an unlikely friendship of sorts that heals their broken pieces as they slowly fall for each other.
I loved the slow burn here – these two start out as strangers, almost adversaries, and gradually develop into more. Reid’s not the easiest guy to like (at least on the surface), but I fell for him in a big way. This is told exclusively from Meg’s perspective so the reader is left as much in the dark about Reid’s feelings as Meg is, which made the journey an interesting one. I’ll openly admit that I’m not one who usually enjoys lengthy descriptions of settings, etc., but typography plays a major role in the story and it totally worked for me. You’ll probably either love that or hate it, but it makes it so easy to visualize what Meg sees. I will say that this is such an understated, often serious, read that it doesn’t move particularly quickly, but it held my attention from start to finish without any loss of interest. If you’re looking for a well written, slow burn romance with characters who are as quirky as they are lovable, this is definitely worth your time. I was lucky enough to receive an ARC via NetGalley and am voluntarily leaving a review of this charming romance.
In this warm and witty romance from acclaimed author Kate Clayborn, one little word puts one 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 beautiful custom journals for New York City’s elite. She has another skill too: reading signs that other people miss. Like the time she sat across from Reid Sutherland and his gorgeous fiancée, and knew their upcoming marriage was doomed to fail. Weaving a secret word into their wedding program was a little unprofessional, but she was sure no one else would spot it. She hadn’t counted on sharp-eyed, pattern-obsessed Reid . . .
A year later, Reid has tracked Meg down to find out—before he leaves New York for good—how she knew that his meticulously planned future was about to implode. But with a looming deadline, a fractured friendship, 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 about their lives, work, and regrets, both try to ignore the fact that their unlikely connection is growing deeper. But the signs are there—irresistible, indisputable, urging Meg to heed the messages Reid is sending her, before it’s too late . . .
About the Author:
Kate Clayborn is the critically acclaimed author of six novels. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Oprah Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, Bookpage, and more. By day she works in education, and by night (and sometimes, by very early morning) she writes contemporary romances about smart, strong, modern heroines who face the world alongside true friends and complicated families. She resides in Virginia with her husband and their dog.
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