Kate Clayborn comes to the blog with a story all about finding your perspective and messages with
Utterly engaging after the first few pages, the story focuses on seeing signs: some literal, some figurative, and how you process this often hidden information for clues about what steps to take next. Using typography and lettering design, Meg has created a business from crafting hand-lettered journals. She believes that letters and their design have a voice that speaks to her – giving her clues about next steps, pitfalls, you name it. Rather like her own version of a fortune teller, she uses her skills for positive outcomes. And it isn’t until she is caught out after seeing a hand-lettered invitation to Reid’s wedding, and altering it with one secret word to banish the bad to come.
But, Reid is a pattern guy – and relies on patterns, negative and positive space and numbers to process the world around him. He spotted Meg’s addition, it threw off the pattern, and he wants to see why she choose to do it, and if the patterns in the invitation meant that his marriage was doomed. Never before confronted with her belief, or her ability, the two find a way to explain their similarities and differences in how they process information, particularly in terms of interactions, and their relationship moves on from there.
Far more a story of typography and the little artistic touches to signs and printed materials that speak to those who ‘see’ them in a language that few spend time thinking of, the story is gently pulling Reid and Meg together and explaining their perspectives and what sort of clues they take from them. No stranger than studying body language or facial expressions, Clayborn has allowed readers to think of lettering and signage as a breathing entity, used to create a mood or an impulse – much as Meg sees things around her. With a few twists that felt rather ‘overstated’ until the story’s end and some time to ‘absorb’ the impact, the writing kept me engaged, the premise kept me thinking and the characters of Reid and Meg allowed it all to feel natural and organic, leaving me with a smile.
Title: Love Lettering
Author: Kate Clayborn
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Friendship, Magical Realism
Published by: Kensington
Published on: 31 December, 2019
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Audio Length: 11 Hours: 50 minutes
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AMAZON BEST ROMANCE OF THE MONTH
TOP TEN BEST ROMANCES OF 2019—ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY
In this warm and witty romance from acclaimed author Kate Clayborn, one little word puts a woman’s business—and her heart—in jeopardy . . .
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 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...
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.