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 . . .
Publication Date: December 31st, 2019.
My Favourite Quote: *subject to change*
“I think you have to love it to stay.”
I see my words float up to the place where we’re both staring. It wouldn’t be difficult at all, to hide something in them. It’s all there, after all, everything I’m not really saying, everything I’ve been trying not to let myself think.
The I, the love, the you. The stay.
Received an Advanced Reader’s Copy from publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
Love Lettering was both wonderfully whimsical and supremely quotable. There’s not a single page that that I turned without quoting or laughing or having my heart moved at least a little. There are those few books that make you feel like you’re curled up beside a fireplace with your favourite drink cupped between your palms as you lean in conspiratorially, speaking in soft tones and silent laughter with a close friend.
Love Lettering is one of those books.
What I loved about Meg and Reid was that they represent real people, with real flaws, real problems, real insecurities, real doubts and pain. They’re real people in a real world, however, they just see things we don’t always see. The book is snowflakes upon snowflakes of signs; the ones you see, the ones you miss, the ones you love and the ones that scare you. A woman who loves letters and a man who loves numbers and the story of how these two characters find where the love they have for their respective glyphs fit into their lives and in turn, how these two fit in one another’s lives.
This book is a fantastic read on how to work on relationships, but it’s so subtly done that it fits beautifully in the unravelling of the story. Some of the secondary characters have some very very crucial role in Meg’s understanding of what a healthy relationship looks like. I love how Meg actively works on what she has learnt. It’s what all of us would do, when we find a healthy solution to something that has been plaguing us all our life. We’d insistently work on it, trying to find how this solution fits in our life and how we can change some of it to suit our needs.
Sometimes while reading about Meg and Reid you feel like you’re cradling a newborn baby in your arms for the first time in your life, or caressing the wings of a butterfly or holding gently the wrinkly soft hands of your grandparent. The vulnerable beauty of that is evident in both of them and their interactions and it makes something soft and sweet bloom inside you that you want to protect, cherish and hope for in your life.
There are certain people in this book that upset you, certain things that hurt and being more used to characters that lash out, hurt and spiral, we’re a little shaken with how different it is in Love Lettering. In the beginning you want them to just cut their losses and leave, but would we do that in our lives? To people we’ve known and loved with all our heart? I wouldn’t. I would try. I would speak, put effort and try again. Meg is gentle in a way most of us probably are in real life, perhaps that’s why it took me a moment to ease myself into the pattern.
Love Lettering is definitely not a predictable read. It takes you by the horns in the most gentlest way possible. But when your world turns on its head, whether gentle or not, it is always evident. Five stars. I highly recommend it.