In Review: Love Lettering by Kate Clayborn

Posted January 12, 2020 by Kim in 5 Stars, In Review / 0 Comments

In Review: Love Lettering by Kate ClaybornLove Lettering by Kate Clayborn
Genres: Contemporary, Romance

Publication date: December 31, 2019
Publisher: Kensington Books
Format: ARC, 320 pages
How I got it: From the publisher
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Reading Challenges: 2020 Romanceopoly
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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...

I received a complimentary copy of this book for review consideration.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

In Review: My Thoughts

Kate Clayborn is one of those authors who has been on my TBR for ages. I own more than one of her books, but somehow never made time to read any of them. I’m pretty sure I fell half in love with Love Lettering from the minute I saw the cover. I was lucky to get an early copy but didn’t get a chance to read it until a few days ago. I understand why so many folks rave about Kate’s writing and why Love Lettering was on the “best of” lists of so many readers. I’m aware it’s only January, but this book is destined to be on mine here in about eleven and a half months.

Love Lettering was an absolutely gorgeous book. It’s been a couple of days since I finished reading and I’m still struggling with how to put my thoughts into words. I just loved it so, so much. It was a story of self-discovery, personal growth, friendship, and love. I laughed, cried, and swooned. My feels had feels and I loved every single minute of this emotional roller coaster.

I fell head over heels for both Meg and Reid early on. It did take me a little bit of time to get fully into Meg’s head, however. Her thoughts were a little hard for me to follow at first. But it didn’t take that long. I ended up with a major girl crush on her. Can we be best friends? And Reid? Oh, my Reid. He’s a new favorite swoony book boyfriend for sure. These two gave me all the delicious slow burn goodness I could handle. I loved the pace at which everything developed between them. I especially enjoyed how it happened as he was falling for New York and she was finding her spark again. They brought out the best in each other.

Generally speaking, I am not a book savorer. When I’m totally enamored by characters and a story, I want to read it as quickly as I possibly can. But, I took my time with Love Lettering. If I’d have read it on ebook, I probably would’ve highlighted every other page. As it is, I flagged several quotes. Kate’s words were just so lovely. As was everything about this book. I can’t wait to tackle her backlist this year. I love finding new-to-me authors to love.

Favorite Quotes:

“I think anyone would want to be your friend.”
“Even you, huh?”
“Even me. Especially me.”

“I could barely breathe for how much I missed you.”

“I hide things. My feelings about things in my life, or in the lives of people I care about. I hide them in my letters, and I hide them when I’m talking about the weather or Frisbee or whatever other thing I fill up the space with—”

About Kate Clayborn

Kate Clayborn lives in Virginia, where she's lucky enough to spend her days reading and talking about all kinds of great books. At home she's either writing, thinking about writing, or--during long walks around her fabulous neighborhood--making her handsome husband and sweet-faced dog listen to her talk about writing.

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