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  • Swoonsh

    4.5 stars Love Lettering was such a wonderful surprise. I was already intrigued after reading the chapter preview and now, after finishing the book, I can safely say that I am in love with Kate Clayborn's writing style and sense of humor. The book was heartfelt and emotional at times, but also uplifting and hilarious. There were even a few plot twists that I didn't see coming. Meg was such a relatable heroine. I loved her inner monologue and many of the thoughts racing through her mind had me laughing out loud. I really enjoyed the gradual build up between her and Reid. Their connection felt organic, as they came to understand and appreciate the other. All of the lingering glances, the subtle (and not quite so subtle) gestures, and barely there touching, had me swooning. I'm a sucker for the Masterpiece Theatre style intimacy and tenderness that Meg so often references in regards to Reid's manners. I would have loved if the big reveal at the end and it's resolution would have been hashed out more face to face, but I understand the reasoning and significance of it being presented and resolved the way it was. The slow burn/opposites attract romance between her and Reid was wonderful, but what I loved most was Meg's journey and how she really came into her own through the course of the novel. I appreciated the focus on friendships and how they can fracture and break down, but also grow and evolve. One of my favorite parts of the novel was the discussion that Meg has with Lachelle about learning how to figuratively fight. "... sometimes fighting isn't about leaving, it's about staying. It takes practice to get it right, and it's painful, but if you want to stay with people, you do it." Love Lettering was a witty and beautiful novel that I truly wanted to savor. The epilogue left me just the right amount of warm and fuzzy and I can't wait to read more books by Kate Clayborn. Note: If you're not a fan of hand lettering or fonts, it's possible that the descriptions and level of detail that the book goes into about how Meg sees the world and all of its signs, will be a bit overwhelming. It's clear that the author took a lot of time researching the topic and my font/lettering loving heart couldn't get enough! *I voluntarily read an advance review copy of this book*

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  • Disappointed

    I had really high hopes for book. I loved the premise and the idea of Reid and Meg working together to find "signs" throughout the city, but this book just fell short for me. I wanted to like it, but instead I felt really distant and uninvested from both characters. Their familiarty felt rushed to me and I needed more build-up, more character building (especially on Meg), and just MORE. The storytelling was witty and sometimes blatantly funny, which I enjoyed, I just didn't connect with either character despite my interest in the premise.

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  • Beautiful, magical letters

    On the author’s website: Kate Clayborn – books that make you laugh, cry and happy sigh. Yep. There are books that you know as soon as you’ve read a couple of chapters you will have to read straight through. There is no stopping point, no appropriate place to take a break and get on with your life, no desire to leave these characters who have become real. Who in fact have become so real it’s almost an obsession. You almost pick up your jacket to go for a walk or to eat with them. In fact, they feel so real that you have to know what happens to them now, which means you keep reading until the very last word. And as soon as you’ve finished you want to go back to page one and read the entire book again – now. Love Lettering is one of those books. I could go on and on with a detailed account of every action that takes place, everything the characters say and do. But I’m not the exquisite writer Kate Clayborn is and I wouldn’t do the story justice. So instead I’ll just answer your burning question: should I read this book? The answer is a resounding yes. Read it. Now. Straight through. And then do it again. This is an intense, deliberate, precise, magical book. You can feel Meg and Reid being drawn together like moths to a flame. Meg is good-hearted and caring and has a wondrous gift for letters – and for listening when the letters talk to her – but she has a lot of baggage. Meg has developed so many coping mechanisms, but they fail her and she is caught out by Reid. Reid . . . Reid is . . . perfect. He is so intense you practically have to close your eyes from it, so rigid, so solid, so unyielding, so stoic, and at the same time oh, so fragile, with an air of sadness and bafflement surrounding him. Maybe he’s not really perfect, but you want to care for him, draw him into your space, protect him, and peel back some of those layers to discover the warm, tender, loving man you know is in there. Love Lettering is a book full of layers and secrets and surprises. It is amazing, wonderful marvelous, fantastic – pick a word. The writing, the words, the characters, the phrasing, the hurts and joys and expectations . . . all beautiful and magical. It’s about opening up and learning to trust, to believe in yourself and others, to communicate and be direct. Love Lettering is a special, unforgettable book. Thanks to Kensington Books for providing an advance copy for my honest review. The story of Meg and Reid is a wonderful tale that draws you in and, in fact, does make you laugh, cry and happy sigh as promised.

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  • A sign of something to come?

    Do you ever see something as a sign of what is to come? Meg Mackworth has become quite renowned in her hand-lettering skills in New York. She also has become quite good at reading people. So when Avery and Reid come into her shop to select a wedding program, she determines that this couple were not meant to be together. She cleverly weaves a secret message within the program denoting her thoughts - a message that presents itself as a theme throughout the book. Reid appears in her shop a year later and confronts Meg about this message. The two embark in a mutually beneficial relationship encased in words that are perceived, but not always said. Additionally, there are secrets throughout which are not revealed until the last chapters of the book. The first twenty percent of this book was a little lack-lustre for me because of its detailed descriptions of hand-lettering, but soon thereafter the storyline became much clearer and more engaging. The characters are well-developed and charming. The theme of the book is brilliant. A well-written book and one that I certainly recommend. Thank you to Edelweiss Plus and Kensington Publishing for the ARC of this book in exchange for the honest review provided here.

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  • 5 Swoonsh Stars!

    This is my very first Kate Clayborn read and if the rest of her library is half as good as Love Lettering, I'm destined to become a devoted reader. Love Letting was told in a single-POV by the heroine Meg. Fortunately, with Meg's apt and expressive voice, I never felt that I missed Reid's POV. I quickly fell for him and his regal poise, brusque honesty, and insecure tics, all shared through Meg’s keen observation. As for her, Meg’s character stirred a reaction in me and I simply felt like I understood her. I may not have ever had the exact thought processes as Meg in relation to her artistic pursuits, but I got how her artistry infiltrated her view of the world. I was fascinated by her compulsion to assign letters, shapes, and lines to what she saw and to what she felt, emotionally. Together, Reid and Meg are best described as lovely. After a somewhat complicated beginning, the couple chose to become (mostly) transparent with each other. It was a reader’s delight to experience this couple's journey without the miscommunication and omissions that so often plague couples in contemporary romance. Therefore, the angst and conflict were more authentic and less manufactured by unnecessary drama. The entirety of Love Lettering was a leisurely-paced, slow burn romance and it was EVERYTHING! If a book is going to move at a slower, but consistent pace, it needs to keep me invested with interesting details, meaningful characters, and graceful prose. LL had all of that along with some delicious swoon, witty banter, sweet friendships, and a convincing twist. Aside from everything positive that I've already highlighted, the grandest compliment I can bestow is this: Kate Clayborn doesn't feel the need to spell out every thought or contemplation in a character's head, but allows the smart reader to draw the right conclusion by showing through physical actions and responses. I absolutely love when an author treats the reader with above par intelligence and doesn't relay redundant information or stay in a character's head beyond what is obviously necessary. For me, Love Lettering was unequivocally original and enchanting. It was near perfect in it's pacing, writing, and story arc along with a sweet romantic reward. Absolutely, sigh-worthy!

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