G. Bianco, 2019
Kate Clayborn’s newest romance novel, Love Lettering, will have you looking at signs everywhere you go! Known as The Planner of Park Slope, hand-lettering icon Meg Mackworth is busy designing beautiful custom journals for New York City’s elite. She also has a knack for reading signs that other people miss. Like when she sat across from Reid Sutherland and his gorgeous fiancée, and knew their upcoming marriage was doomed to fail. But no one would notice the secret word that Meg wove into their wedding program, right? She hadn’t counted on sharp-eyed, pattern-obsessed Reid.
When Reid tracks Meg down after a year to find out how she knew that his life would implode on him, Meg doesn’t have an answer. She’s already too busy dealing with a looming deadline, a broken friendship, and a bad case of creativity block. That is, unless Reid can help her find inspiration among the city she loves and he hates? As the two begin to form a connection, both Meg and Reid try to ignore the fact that their friendship might be turning into something more. But the signs are there—irresistible, indisputable, urging Meg to heed the messages Reid is sending her, before it’s too late.
Simply put, this is a really inventive and unique story! The emphasis on words, letters, and numbers really makes the story stand apart from other romance novels. As many readers and writers probably know, using the right words can make or break the meaning behind them. This novel shows how words, letters, and numbers affect people in different ways. The games Meg and Reid play are so interesting to read about and the way Clayborn describes the letters Meg sees is detailed and beautiful. The reader can really visualize the letters and see the beauty of Meg’s world.
What also makes this novel stand out is the fact that it’s not just a love story; it’s a story about a woman trying to reevaluate her priorities and they way she approaches hardship in her life. The romance aspect of the novel was sexy and fun and watching Reid and Meg both open up to one another is so much fun to read about, but Reid and Meg’s connection only helps to make their faults and insecurities shine.
The whole setting of New York City and Brooklyn really solidifies the idea that New York is a city where anything is possible. Where two adults can walk around taking pictures of old street signs and not turn a single head; where a celebrity and a calligrapher can become friends; where someone can run away from one scandal and end up running into another one; where someone can find love and create her own family when her biological one is in shambles. Overall, this is a great story that will inspire anyone to follow their dreams and take destiny into their own hands. Sometimes, following the signs will lead you on the right path.
*I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion
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