Title: Love Lettering by Kate Clayborn
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Release Date: December, 2019
Format: Paperback (325 pages)
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Women’s Fiction
Blurb: 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 . . .
This was a mature romance. I really enjoyed the slower pace of it and character development that allowed the read to connect with Meg the artist and Reid, who more literal in the way he sees the world. Reid’s failed engagement was the nexus that connected them as Meg designed the wedding invitations.
Meg is at a crossroads with her business but Reid helps her find her mojo by playing games finding hidden means in signs all over the city. As they discover clues, sparks fly between Meg and Reid. The writing style was pretty unique from the romance and fiction that I have been reading lately. The heroine was strong, likable and her gift of deciphering lettering make Meg really unique in the way she saw the world. Reid felt like a typical mathematician, structured and risk adverse. I enjoy how opposites seem to pull their counterparts out of their comfort zone. It was fun to follow their journey. I did find the twist in last third of the book to be less enjoyable. But overall, it was an entertaining read and a well written novel.
*Special Thank you to Kensington Publishing Corp for the holiday gift.