**Disclaimer: I was given a free e-book in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley.**
Title Love Lettering
Author Kate Clayborn
Release Date December 31, 2019
Description from Amazon
Meg Mackworth’s hand-lettering skill has made her famous as the Planner of Park Slope, designing custom journals for her New York City clientele. She has another skill too: reading signs that other people miss. Knowing the upcoming marriage of Reid Sutherland and his polished fiancée was doomed to fail is one thing, but weaving a secret word of warning into their wedding program is another. Meg may have thought no one would spot it, but she hadn’t counted on sharp-eyed, pattern-obsessed Reid.
A year later, Reid has tracked Meg down to find out how she knew that his meticulously planned future was about to implode. But with a looming deadline 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, both try to ignore a deepening connection between them. But the signs are there—irresistible, indisputable, urging Meg to heed the messages Reid is sending her, before it’s too late . . .
I originally applied for an excerpt of this book on NetGalley because the premise sounded cute. I normally don’t read many adult rom-coms (because I watch enough movies like that) but I wanted to give this book a chance. The excerpt was great and I really hoped I’d be chosen for the full book. Spoiler alert, I was.
Some Things I Liked
- Reid and his job. I loved that Reid was a numbers guy and that he was a quant. Despite my obvious passion for reading and writing, my actual day job is in finance so when I read quant – I knew exactly what his character was like. I’m also a numbers gal at heart. There were so many facets of Reid’s character that resonated so familiarly with me.
- Similarly, I also loved Meg’s character. While I might be a finance girl by day, I am a writer by night and I just love planners. Meg is basically living out my fantasy life being able to start a business with her creative outlet. I loved her character and the way she described so much of her surroundings with typographical adjectives.
- The setting. I have lived right outside of NYC for my entire life and I go to work in midtown every day. I felt like I got to see it from a whole new light while reading this book. There is so much more that I want to see and explore now. The setting fit this story so perfectly.
- Realism in the relationships. A lot of this book is about relationships that are broken and I found that super refreshing. Too often, romantic comedies are filled with happily ever afters where nobody fights and everything is just perfect. This book had characters with a lot of issues and they fought, they mended some relationships, and they let others go. It was a very realistic take on relationships.
I loved this book. I’m so glad I received the entire book because, I’ll be honest here, I had forgotten about reading that excerpt until I got the email that said I received the full book. I am entirely disappointed that I forgot that first chapter at all and I will definitely not be forgetting this book any time soon. The story, the setting, and the characters were perfect.
Recommendations for Further Reading
- Parental Guidance by Avery Flynn – if you liked the rom-com elements and Meg’s creative self-made business, give this book a try.
- The Christmas Countdown by Donna Ashcroft – if you are looking for a Christmas-y version of these feelings and themes, give this new release by Donna Ashcroft a try.
- Again, but Better by Christine Riccio – if you are looking for a more YA version of this book and you enjoy themes of making mistakes and making them right – give this book by Christine Riccio a try.