Author: Kate Clayborn
Publication Date: December 31, 2019
Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corp.
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
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.
Love Lettering was an utterly charming read. It’s my first book by Kate Clayborn and I was SO impressed. I went into this one blind, and I was addicted from the first word, first paragraph, first chapter. It was one of those types of reads.
The whole concept of letters and codes was fascinating. The way Meg saw letters and words was very cool. It’s hard to imagine a whole book being written around that concept, but it worked well. I’m going to be thinking about letters every time I look at a hand painted sign or wedding invitation now.
At the heart of Love Lettering was a sweet slow burn romance. I was completely sold on the idea of a relationship between Meg and Reid from the minute he walked into the store. His slightly awkward, buttoned up personality was perfect. It made me curious about him in ways I wouldn’t have been if I had his POV. Normally, I like a dual POV. Surprisingly, this one was probably better without due to the curiosity thing. Anyway. I liked the way Meg and Reid’s personalities and abilities fit together.
Meg also had several other relationships that were important. Her friendships with four different women stood out. The one I was most fascinated by was with Sibby. I was just as frustrated as Meg was with what was happening in that relationship. My favorite was probably Meg’s relationship with Lark and how it played out. There was just a lot of great friendship stuff that didn’t overwhelm the romance, but coexisted in a good way.
There was even a shocking twist in this book. There was some foreshadowing, but not enough to ruin the surprise for me. I wasn’t expecting things to go down the way they did, and I loved it.
So, yeah. I loved Love Lettering. I was so impressed with Kate Clayborn’s writing. I can’t wait to discover more of hers books. If anyone has a suggestion on which to read next, drop it in the comments.