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Love Lettering: The charming feel-good rom-com that will grab hold of your heart and never let go Kindle Edition
--Alisha Rai, Bustle "Fabulous!"
--The Washington Post
--Smart Bitches Trashy Books, Grade A "Flirty."
--First for Women on Love Lettering by Kate Clayborn "I flew through this creative and original book. I was completely absorbed by the world Kate Clayborn creates -- the characters felt so real and their joys and sorrows and struggles and triumphs felt so relatable that I forgot I was reading fiction. I can't wait for the whole world to fall in love with Love Lettering!"
--Jasmine Guillory, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Proposal
"On the surface, Love Lettering is the story of a letterer falling in love, but in actuality, it's a novel of lush complexity, one bursting with humor, a tender melancholy, and meditations on love, friendship, and life any reader can find solace and inspiration in. It's lyrical and engrossing, a novel that possesses all the colors, idiosyncrasies, and range of the alphabet. Like the pages Meg designs, Love Lettering is a novel bursting with hidden messages essential to discover - so long as we open our hearts to analyze the codes."
--A+, Entertainment Weekly
"This is the first Kate Clayborn I've read. It won't be the last--this book is utterly captivating, with a voice that leaps forward and then back on itself, like a series of curling loops inked a blank page. Dizzying, in the way of good champagne."
--Olivia Waite, Seattle Review of Books
"Fresh, funny, clever, and deeply satisfying."
--Kirkus Reviews STARRED REVIEW "Written in a wry but vulnerable first-person voice, Love Lettering moves at a stroll, but readers will be happy to enjoy the scenery of the city and the interactions between Meg and her friends. With smart characters and authentic dilemmas, this is a very special romance to both smile and sigh over."
--BookPage STARRED REVIEW "Clayborn (Beginner's Luck) delivers an emotionally resonant love story filled with charming details of city life and the artisanal trendiness of handlettering and calligraphy that adorns the urban setting. This will be popular among the enthusiastic and growing audience for romantic comedies."
--Library Journal "Love Lettering is delicious and beautiful and perfect."
--New York Times bestselling author Sarah MacLean
"Love Lettering made me laugh and made me cry. Kate Clayborn is my new go-to romance author."
--New York Times bestselling author Stacy Finz Kate Clayborn's writing is uniquely, intensely beautiful. This book will wake you up in the middle of the night aching for these perfectly imperfect characters. It's layered, nuanced, and unrelenting in how deep it digs.
--Sonali Dev, author of Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B07TRQGTHQ
- Publisher : Hodder & Stoughton (31 December 2019)
- Language : English
- File size : 846 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 279 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 16,281 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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It’s about creativity and how productivity doesn’t exist in a vacuum. It’s about trust and honesty. It’s smart, it’s kind, it’s very well researched.
It got me right in the feels.
A bunch of readers have some dealbreakers that they’re not into, so for the purposes of writing a review that’s useful:
It’s written in first person
There’s explicit on-the-page sex. Consent is explicit and ongoing.
There’s no cheating, no gaslighting, no violence in the main relationship (although there’s one punch-up in a bar)
Publication date: Dec 31, 2019
This book y’all… it had me hook, line and sinker. I adored (pretty much) all of it and found myself wistfully drifting away in to the land of Meg and Reid. Seriously, if you’re in the mood for a heart-warming and hilarious love story then this is the one for you! If you don’t fully appreciate yet how much I adored this, then let this serve as a visual representation:
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 . . .
This book was such a cute read! Within the first chapter I found myself fully immersed in Meg and Reid’s unusual relationship and begging for more of their semi-awkward, off-the-charts chemistry-filled encounters. Reid’s grumpiness and Meg’s nice girl personality were enough to have me wishing they’d get together already but the wait was oh, so worth it. This story is slow burn to the core and made every page seem like a delightful prelude to the final event.
The pace, character development and tropes were all a hit for me. I adored learning about the more subtle features of each character’s personality and how they influenced their daily interaction. I must say, Clayborn’s writing may not be for everyone. She detailed, in depth, the small gestural instances that we often miss in a story’s dialogue and conversation. Small, but ever present, descriptions of the subtle changes in body language really made me appreciate the glorious awkwardness of these two characters. They danced around each other for ages but I received just enough budding love and continuous intrigue to keep me highly interested in getting to the end. Bear in mind though, this may not be to everyone’s taste.
Really the only negative point about this story was the one side character, Meg’s best friend, and this was purely because she annoyed me so much. She did have a purpose and place in the story though, so it’s something I found easy to look over. Despite this, I would bet that this is a story I will gladly re-read many times. No just to get to the end but to savour the glorious slow-burn journey along the way to the HEA.
This is one of those much-buzzed-about romance books that came out around about the same time in the same contemporary category (I'd say books by; Talia Hibbert, Lyssa Kay Adams, Emily Henry and a few others) there seemed to be a real up-swing in these books being read by mainstream readers, not just the romance community, so I *heard* about them but the ability to read as they came out just got away from me ... I've bought lots of those books, but they just sat on my shelves because I have to build up an inclination to read them and really feel like diving into one genre.
But I finally did, and - gotta admit - the first couple of chapters I really struggled. I can't quite put my finger on it, but in the opening chapter we're kind of dropped into this very awkward first meeting between hand-letterer Meg Mackworth and Reid Sutherland, a groom she once met and did hand-lettering for his and his fiancee's invitations, but the wedding never went ahead ... something Meg knew would happen instinctively (they were ill-matched, and it was blindingly obvious to her) to the point that she even wove in a cryptic clue and the word MISTAKE to the lettering type. Well, when we first meet them, Reid is confronting Meg with the hidden word he can now see, and she's trying to deny and deflect.
It's a really weird opening scene, because you're *just* meeting Meg and getting a grip of what she does (which - I don't know how many people know the in's and out's of hand-lettering tbh) and she's being obtuse and vague because she thinks she's in trouble. On top of the fact that it's pretty hard to be reading a book that talks a lot about type-face and hand-lettering but not actually *see* it. Especially this scene where it's a hidden-message within lettering?
This was actually a slight issue I had with the book overall. There's not really enough done, in my opinion, to communicate the hand-lettering aspects. There are a few instances where we'll get a type change in the text but I didn't think it was enough and reading descriptions of certain loops and brush strokes, kerning, etc etc. just left me cold? And, look - not the author's fault I am sure! I am sure Kate Clayborn was all; "I bet my publisher will be able to do something cool with the actual lettering in the text!" but they ... did not. Not really. Even that cover is (I am so sorry to say) God-awful for a book that's all about this really unique hand-letterer working out of Pake Slope who hates the twee commercialisation of her art-form, to an extent - and wants to elevate it. That cover. My GAWDY.
But that's really my main qualm and I recognise it's less with the author and story, and more with the presentation - which is on the publisher. But in a book about hand-lettering, the lack of imaginations in its presentation *did* impact for me. That's just a fact.
But this is a totally solid romance overall and typeface aside - Meg and Reid are incredible. I'd say Reid is on the spectrum, and he's very reserved and unsure initially when clearly he starts having feelings for Meg. Meg is a little scatterbrained by comparison, but that's also because - and we learn this throughout - that she has her own familial hang-ups, a pretty emotionally traumatic childhood, and current fractures with her best friend and roommate. But when Reid and Meg do get together, OH BOY! It is explosive and surprisingly (happily!) explicit and sexy. I was not expecting that, but I appreciated it.
Something else I LOVED in this book was New York. New York, New York is another character in here and especially reading this when I've been deprived of travel, it was a freakin' visceral delight! Reid and Meg end up walking all over Brooklyn and New York and go to little hole-in-the-wall restaurants, ride the subway and hang out in the park and it was like I was there, exploring. That was wonderful.
Overall this was a really solid introduction to Kate Clayborn for me, and I can't wait to read more from her!
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Overall, I'm glad I persevered with the book and very much felt this story left me with a content and happy smile.
You know when you read the first lines of a story and something just clicks and you think "YES, this book is definitely going to be for me"? I felt that when I read the first lines of Love Lettering. I will admit to experiencing a bit of a rocky start after those first few lines though. There was something about Clayborn's writing that threw me off and I wasn't sure whether it'd be f0r me. But although it took me a bit to get used to, I ended up liking it. What I know for sure is that Clayborn writes with such heart. I felt every awkward encounter and whimsical moment, and every punch to my gut and feels. Her words hit surprisingly deep and it's a big reason for why I fell so completely in love with this book and her characters. The story did take a turn to the unexpected but I thought it actually was pretty fitting considering 'all the signs' we're given and I think it actually made the story even more unique than it already is!
I became so invested in both Meg and Reid and I think a lot of that had to do with how Clayborn wrote them and their personalities. They are complete opposites and as you'll already know from the blurb, they don't exactly start off on the right foot. Their confrontation and initial meetings are awkward (almost painfully so) but also hilarious because of it and also because of Meg's personality and awk-weird thoughts. There were quite a few laugh-out-loud moments alongside the constant giggling and serious swooning.
Meg and Reid have deep rooted personal issues from their past that they have to work on being open about and I thought their character growth was wonderfully written and well-paced. I connected so strongly to Meg. I empathised with her loneliness and commiserated with the lack of inspiration she felt in her life. I felt her longing for understanding, for company, for a way to rid herself of the block she was experiencing, as if it was my own. Probably because these are thoughts I've been having for a long time and reading it in her character really hit close to home. Reid is a little bit of a tropey character but I still really enjoyed his serious-brooding-math genius type. I loved watching him slowly thaw with Meg and watching their relationship grow slowly (while torturous because I needed it to happen STAT) was so worth the wait! He may be all about the numbers and she might be all about the signs but together they're an absolutely perfect fit (that was so cheesy but that's what this book turned me into so I can't help it okay)! This was also steamier than I thought it'd be (a good 4/5 on the steamy scale) but I'd be lying if I said I minded lol their chemistry was serious fire!!!
If you're a lover of romances, slow-burns, quirky and endearing characters, some steamy chemistry and a story that's absolutely full of heart, then you need to pick this book up now! Seriously, what are you waiting for? This book is just... It's given me all the feels and I'm just so happy right now. I'll be recommending this to everyone now!
This was an enjoyable read. It was a nice steady story throughout, with no particular major storyline or event as such, though there is a small twist towards the end.
The characters were likeable, and I felt a little connection to the female protagonist, Meg. The male protagonist Reid was likeable enough, though his character, by intention, was a little off, and I felt that.
The story itself, the writing style, the description etc was really nice.
It's not a story I loved, hence why not 5⭐s.
I also knocked half a ⭐ off because the description of how Meg (who's a hand letterer) sees and describes letters and fonts is way too much.
Whilst I understood a good enough amount about what she was describing (as someone who uses fonts in my design work), I can imagine that it may put off people who have no knowledge or interest in how artistic lettering works. It's too technical and a bit too often throughout the book.
If you can get passed that then overall the story is a really nice one.
Reid is more of a numbers and patterns guy. So when Meg puts a code into the wedding brochure for Reid's (later aborted) wedding, he spots it. Of course he does.
I love the gentle relationship between Meg and Reid. I really enjoyed the visual aspects of the story - the way they see the city through its signs and noticeboards, the way Meg's thoughts unspool in different fonts.
This is a charming, beautifully written romance. You should read it.