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Love Lettering

Written by: Kate Clayborn
Narrated by: Nicol Zanzarella
Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
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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 gorgeous fiancee 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....

Contains mature themes.

©2020 Kate Clayborn (P)2019 Tantor

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  • jlynnmurphy
  • 2020-01-04

EXACTLY what I needed today

So cute. So sweet. Sometimes you just want something with relatively low stakes. It is like a rom com with a little extra heart & complexity. My first from Kate Clayborn but def not the last.

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  • Mom Seeks Smut
  • 2020-01-04

Slow burn love story

This was my first time reading from this author but I was hearing about this book weeks, months perhaps before release date! I knew I had to read this.
I must say the physical book was almost an experience on its own with the capitalizations and the different fonts to play into the heroines life work.

Hero and heroine form an unlikely bond after the hero had hired work from the heroine in hand lettering his own wedding invites but when the groom catches the hidden signs within her work he knows he must call the wedding off.

The hero and heroine start building on their unlikely bond thru her love and his hate for NYC. They begin playing games thru letters and numbers playing to both their strengths. Until they realize they’ve built something together that’s undeniable.

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  • H Price
  • 2020-01-03

Beautifully Written

An exquisitely crafted love letter to hand-lettering and type, New York City, and two sweet, thoughtful, somewhat lonely people.

Meg is a calligrapher who sees words and thoughts in type and hand lettering. I easily pictured this as a movie with type and letters surrounding her whenever something profound happened to her. Reid is a numbers guy - a mathematician working on Wall Street who is charmed by her view of the city and its signs.

Originally Meg does the lettering for Reid and his fiancee's wedding, but they meet again almost a year later when she learns that they never married. He stops by the shop where she works to ask about a possible hidden message in their wedding program. And yes, Meg did hide a message there. It's a quiet, sassy quirk she has and has vowed not to do again.

Meg and Reid start out as friends. He dislikes NYC and she invites him to walk with her through Brooklyn to see a different side of it - all the beautiful hand-lettered signs that people don't normally notice. He is outwardly formal and wooden but she sees behind that to his real self. Gradually they become more than just friends.

Clayborn's writing is so thoughtful and evocative, I found myself cherishing every moment of the book.

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  • Lisa Foster
  • 2020-01-22

Slow, slow , slow

This book was so terrible, I couldn’t finish. I tried and had to return it. I didn’t care what happened to any of the characters and do not understand why it got the review it did. Trust me, you will be disappointed. It’s like reading some high schoolers diary. Just no. You’ve been warned

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  • My Audio Romance Blog
  • 2020-07-11

Lovely letters and meaningful numbers commingle

Lovely letters and meaningful numbers commingle to make this a sweet and savory romance that maybe leans more towards women’s/chick-lit.

Meg had a crush on a client about a year ago.. problem is, he was her client’s fiancé. So she wasn’t expecting him to walk through her door a year after designing the couple’s wedding lettering. Turns out he’s single and one of the reasons was the hidden meaning behind the letters, a message that he couldn’t ignore. After confronting Meg, they strike up a friendship that turns to lovers.

The romance between these two is very sweet and a bit of a slow build up and it feels very realistic in that it isn’t exactly easy... they sort of have to work to see and understand each other. But the first half of the book feels very gloomy in spite of the budding romance. Everything in Meg’s life except her career (which she still manages to make sound scary and in flux and she’s very unsure about herself) seems to just suck: her parents relationship is crap, her clients’ relationships are crap, and even her friendships are going down the tube. Every romantic relationship is an example of how toxic they are capable of being. It made me wonder if the author was trying to contrast bad relationships with (we hope) the one developing with Reid or if she is legit wary of romantic relationships in general. While it lent some realism, in a book about symbols, signs, and hidden messages, it’s hard not to think there is a hidden message in the fact that EVERY relationship portrayed in the first half of the book is problematic. It is not until we meet Reid’s family that that changes.

In fact that visit marks a change in tone for this book on multiple levels. Things improve drastically in Meg’s personal life (love and friendship wise) but then the bomb drops and she learns some things about herself and Reid that eventually strengthen them and it’s a very lovely ending with the lettering, numbering, signing threads woven throughout beautifully.

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  • C. BUTLER
  • 2020-05-29

Not mushy and predictable

I didn't know what to expect, after the synopsis on Audible. It's different from other recent listens and very engaging. The two main characters were well established and you were rooting for them from the moment they met, and the story had a twist I definitely was not expecting. I usually meander with my audiobooks, but I listened every chance I could get. A satisfying listen.

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  • KathyD
  • 2020-04-24

Perfect!

Wow! Kate Clayborn has created a brilliantly intelligent, complex and fascinating story with Love Lettering. The female lead character Meg is so fully realized as an artist, and the descriptions of her letter craft are sumptuous. Her family heartbreak and changing friendships leave Meg with a pained, lonely heart. we get to see her rebuild and grow and its magnificent! The Male lead Reid seems so starched and reserved, but seeing how he evolves as well is just plain dreamy. The underlying plot twists and peripheral characters make this a compelling and magnificent story. Angst, tension, joy...we get to feel and experience it all. Nicely read by Nicol. LOVE!

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  • Rae
  • 2020-04-23

Kinda Meh-- save your credit

So my best friend and I started a mini-book club to get us through COVID19 and we both decided to pick something light-hearted because the news is dramatic enough. The summary of this book was better than the overall story-- it was slow getting started, there was a small amount of character development, and the drama between the love interests wasn't as high stakes as it could have been and resolved too quickly. We both agreed we ended up caring more about the supporting characters (Lark specifically) than the protagonists, and it would've benefited from alternating perspectives instead of just Meg's. It's a cute story with a lot of potential, it just got published before it got all the way there.
Since I got an audible version along with my Kindle download, I decided to put it on as background noise while I was doing a day-long massive attic clean out since I'd already read it and wouldn't need to pay attention to follow along-- I barely made it halfway through the first chapter before turning it off. No offense to the narrator, but she made a lack-luster story more difficult to get through.

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  • coffee girl
  • 2020-03-21

Enjoyed this book

This is a good book..I loved the narration.
The story is fun if maybe a little heavy on the ‘lettering’ aspect. After a while I had a hard time listening to every word being described in Meg’s head. Overall I would recommend this!

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  • Karen
  • 2020-03-02

it was ok

Is was a well written story although the conflict of the story was highly unbelievable and no way that serious. It was laughable.