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In this warm and witty romance from acclaimed author Kate Clayborn, one little word puts one 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 beautiful custom journals for New York City’s elite. She has another skill too: reading signs that other people miss. Like the time she
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Paperback, 320 pages
Published December 31st 2019 by Kensington Publishing Corp.
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    Missy Alexander I believe Reid and his father are just very intelligent in math especially, however if you paid attention his mother also was very organized and with…moreI believe Reid and his father are just very intelligent in math especially, however if you paid attention his mother also was very organized and with having 7 kids and all of them seem to be bright Reid was just exceptionally bright in mathematics. He does not have any issues connecting physically with especially we see with Meg, emotions is that he has to find like-minded individuals. That is my opinion though.(less)
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    Meredith
    Dec 10, 2019 rated it liked it
    Shelves: first-reads
    3.5 stars

    CHARMING!


    This is a sweet romance with well-developed characters and a little something different.

    Meg Mackworth, a letterer, has the gift of being able to decipher signs--Not signs of the universe, but actual signs. Letters, their format, font, hand-painted or printed, speak to her. She has turned her gift into art, but sometimes what she feels comes through in her work, as is the case when she designed a wedding invitation for a couple she thought doomed. What she didn’t realize is
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    Nilufer Ozmekik
    Nov 04, 2019 rated it liked it
    I couldn’t believe that I’m giving three romantic story with full of signs, shining with its bright lights of big city but unfortunately full of conspiracy and action parts, unexpected twisty turn of the story shattered my soft, swoony plot stars!

    When I read the excerpt of this book I cursed a few times, because it ended with a sweet cliffhanger and I thought I had to read this book ASAP.I wanted to devour it so passionately!!! I couldn’t give my soul as a payment method(most of my reviewer
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    Dita
    Dec 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: netgalley
    Confession: I requested this book by mistake.

    I don't read or like romances because "feelings"... Ew, no thanks.

    But Meg and Reid? Cutie Patootie. And Kate Clayborn? Well, she can really write.

    Thank you to Kate Clayborn, Kensington and NetGalley for giving me this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
    Larry H
    Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
    4.5 stars.

    Love Lettering was a slow-burn rom-com that snuck up on me and grabbed my heart!

    First of all, I’ve got to say that this book wins for the most unusual professions of its main characters. Meg is a designer who specializes in hand lettering—she does in journals, planners, signs, cards, etc., and has even been called "The Planner of Park Slope"—and Reid is a quant, or quantitative analyst. (He’s a numbers guy in the finance world.)

    Meg met Reid about a year ago when she was finishing up
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    Hollis
    This is a hard review to write because I want to get it right. Why I loved this. How extraordinary the writing is, the moments we were given, shown, even the ones that were hidden until they were ready to be told.

    To me, this a love story for all the people who were told they were mistakes or were mistaken, and even felt it in themselves. Who never got a do-over, never got a second chance, or the opportunity to explain themselves. It's a quiet story, in a way, one that just goes along with
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    emma
    Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
    in a word: swoon.

    review to come / 4 stars

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    just sat down to read a bit of this and accidentally read 100 pages.

    SIRI, CLEAR MY SCHEDULE. I'M BOOKED
    Astrid - The Bookish Sweet Tooth


    TITLE: LOVE LETTERING
    AUTHOR: Kate Clayborn
    RELEASE DATE: December 31, 2019
    GENRE: Contemporary Romance
    THEMES & TROPES: Opposites Attract
    RATING: 5 Stars
    CLIFFHANGER: No

    READ MY REVIEW ON THE BLOG





    When I read a sample of LOVE LETTERING a while ago, I knew I had to have this book. Kate Clayborn is a new-to-me author but what jumped right at me was her insane talent to bring multi-faceted characters to life over the course of a couple of pages and from a single point of view. I was so intrigued
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    Blackjack
    As it turns out, my favorite book this year is an arc for 2020. I've enjoyed all of Kate Clayborn's books and she just keeps getting better and better with each one. Love Lettering is my favorite for many reasons, and not least because it is elegantly and intricately written, with each piece of the story falling perfectly into place to illuminate key themes of the life of an artist, of how we navigate our way in the world through visual images, and of how much we rely on visual cues to ...more
    Joanna Loves Reading
    I stayed up late finishing this book. That is a rare occurrence these days. So while I don’t think this was perfect, it was consuming. It was intricate and interesting and unique.

    This is the story of Meg, a hand letterer who is having a bit of a mid-life crisis. She has a big career opportunity and is having a creative block and is lonely, with her best friend drifting away. This has a romance but Meg was central to the story as it is told from her POV entirely. I do prefer a less one-sided
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    *The Angry Reader*
    Jul 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: arcs, 2019, best-of-2019
    Have you ever reached 15, 20% in a “romance” book and thought “there’s nothing here for me. I don’t understand these characters. I don’t see myself anywhere?” That happens to me - over and over again. Sometimes a book is just a book - and sometimes it’s more. It sends a message about relationships and how we feel about ourselves and What an author thinks about women and love.

    In 2018 I read 253 books. In 2017 I read 299. 2018 had 31 “best of the year” books. 2017 had 36. So about 12% of my reads
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    Dilek VT
    Well, I am sorry but... what did I read? What even is this book?

    Has it been written to torture us mortals who seek some pleasure in reading or to make us hate reading during this journey?

    I picked up this book because the blurb was interesting and I thought the concept was new and intriguing. However, the way it is written is pure torture – very cruel, indeed.

    I tried to make sense but most of the time, it was confusing, weird and ridiculous. I was lost in the absurdity of it all.

    Such a shame
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    Sam (AMNReader)
    When I started reading this book, all I could think of was the phrase killing me softly

    This book is full of this quiet angst, the kind you feel everyday in relationships. The kind you relate to, wondering what you did, where you went wrong, if mistakes are really ever forgiven and what they mean. And holy hell, this will be my fourth review of Kate Clayborn where I'm at a loss for what to even say.

    It will be a time I say once again why I love her-her inclusiveness as a matter-of-life. Her
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    Aisling Zena
    3 stars

    2/2/2020

    I don't know what happened.. I wanted to love this. The concept and blurb sounded so original, they truly intrigued me. Somehow all that excitement fizzled out and I was left deflated. And I still don't really understand how that happened.

    The beginning was so promising and made me relate to Meg on so many levels. The loneliness in a new city, the best friend that starts behaving odd without explanation, the fear of confrontation, not wanting to rock the boat in case you drown and
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    Ira
    What a lovely lovely romance.
    I read it in one sitting in two decades! Hah!

    My first book finished this year and my first by this author too.
    Her books already in my TBR list for sometimes but I’m very picky with Contemporary Romance lately. However, Love Lettering sounds unusual and very intriguing, and I’m glad to have this one as my 2020’s first read.



    Btw, Happy New Year 2020 my goodreads friends.
    Happy Reading to you all too, I hope we will have many fantastic reading this year!
    xoxo
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    Patty (IheartYA)
    Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
    Shelves: won-net-galley
    Syrupy sweet, Love Lettering is a romance with a very, very slow beating heart.

    The premise had potential and I really wanted to like it more than I did. The characters are endearing and charming, but the story is bogged down by poor pacing and semi- torturous, long winded inner monologue. I was surprised and blindsided by the sex scene as it seemed to not flow with the rest of the story. Cute and quirky storyline, la la la, then BOOM--hot and heavy. I trudged through and probably would have
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    Books Just 4 Me
    Dec 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Meg, a whimsical artistic letterer, and Reid, a serious analytical no-nonsense man, meet for a second time when he confronts her about how she knew his relationship would fail. They both have an underlying connection of looking for signs and decoding messages.

    I’m not going to lie, I had a hard time getting into this book. I’d say until I hit the 25% mark I was struggling, lots of letter references. I was trying to wrap my brain around all the letter descriptions. Meg is having a creative block
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    Kat
    Probably going to be pelted with rotten fruit and veg by romancelandia for not unequivocally loving this but whateverrrrrr.

    So what happened here? It was like I read a book of two parts. The first part (which was almost 50%) I thought was excellent and easily going the way of 5 stars. I loved Meg; loved getting to know her. I loved the way her job was written about, and the way you can be doing well, know you’re good at what you do, but still not be satisfied. She had relationships independent of
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    Rachel McMillan
    Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    I FREAKING LOVED THIS BOOK

    I have had an ARC on my kindle forever now but was waiting for the right time/ mood to indulge and BAM! Snowstorm Saturday and five pots of tea and this was my ever-loving jam!!!

    This is intellectual romance at its finest underscored by themes of vulnerability, insecurity, love, loss


    It also has one heck of a twist that plummets straight out of nowhere but if you look back and read the signs you can see how Clayborn was building toward it all along. I could not
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    OLT
    Dec 22, 2019 rated it liked it
    I truly appreciated the style and quality of the writing and the easy-breezy plot exposition in this new romance by Kate Clayborn. So my inability to give the book more than a 3-star rating has more to do with "It's not the book; it's me."

    Our heroine Meg is a popular hand-letterer/calligrapher who does intricate hand-written invitations, cards, journals, etc., for her clients. Meg can't resist putting secret messages into her designs, but there's no harm, no foul, since nobody has managed to
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    b.andherbooks
    Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: romance, contemporary, arc
    What can I say about Love Lettering? The writing is so gloriously evocative of the craft of the heroine that I dreamt in script? That I almost wore out the highlight button on my Kindle? That Reid and Meg have my heart?

    I fell in love with Kate Clayborn's writing with the Chance of a Lifetime series and this book just cements her place as an important voice in the Romance genre.

    Thank you to the publisher for the ARC. I will write a better review when I have collected my feelings!

    Okay so I'm
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    Nen & Jen
    I'm in love <3 Officially. After having read the first chapter of this book, thanks to receiving an excerpt from the publisher via Netgalley, this will be my most anticipated read for Jan 2020. My only complaint? JANUARY 2020! That's too far away....

    The first chapter follows instagram star and calligraphy artist, Meg and her intriguing ability to predict the failure of her customers', Reid and Cecelia's, marriage. Reid (the dashing but broody groom) has since turned up at Meg's New York shop
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    Lisa Leone-campbell
    Meg Mackworth is a famous hand-lettering creator who has designed one-of-a-kind wedding invitations and has now branched out on her own. Due to the popularity of her craft, the New York Times ran a feature on her which made her even more in demand.

    But Meg has a secret, one she thought she only knew. In her work, she sometimes hides words through her spellings which are known only to her. They can be her thoughts and feelings about the project she has done.

    So when Reid Sutherland comes into the
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    shre ♡
    Nov 06, 2019 marked it as to-read
    Shelves: arc
    DNF @ 40%

    i'm sorry.....there was entirely too much detail about words and letters and the art of lettering and not enough dialogue or.....you know.....PLOT....so this just wasn't for me. don't get me wrong.....i enjoy a little scribbling in cursive and fancy swish-swooshes to practice for when i'm rich and famous and people ask me for autographs, but i don't spend day and night dedicated to the craft.

    it IS however for people who:

    (a) enjoy spending countless hours choosing fonts
    (b) go broke in
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    Christie«SHBBblogger»

    Title: Love Lettering
    Series: Standalone
    Author: Kate Clayborn
    Release date: December 31, 2019
    Cliffhanger: No
    Genre: contemporary romance

    It feels like floating, like being untethered. Like writing without letters. Like counting without numbers. It feels like love.

    This book saved me from the dreaded end of the year book funk! I had no idea what to expect, but I did read a sample earlier in the year which impressed me. So I was cautiously hopeful that this would finally be the book to bring back my
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    Nursebookie
    Kate Clayborn’s book, Love Lettering was truly a work of art for me. I was engrossed with the story from the very first page. I did not stop and was fully engrossed with the story and the characters. Clayborn wrote a beautiful love story that developed organically with amazing dialogue with all the swoon and feels you will crave for.

    Our amazing story begins with Meg Mackworth, who is a popular and talented hand lettering artist who was working with a couple on their wedding program. Meg knew
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    Darla
    Dec 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    A relevant romance that finished strong. It starts with a slow burn and as the 50% mark approached, I was considering a three-star rating. The relationship-building was sweet. For my old-fashioned sensibilities they put the cart before the horse and caused additional complications. Then comes a major event for which I had missed all the signs -- just like Meg. I thought the last third of the book was a great addition giving the narrative much more substance than your average romance. Meg's ...more
    Sara
    You know what drives me absolutely nuts? Something I call "The Felicity Paradox." That's where you're reading or watching a romantic comedy and the heroine is living this absolutely absurd life that no one in any kind of reality actually lives. Like she's a college student (Felicity) who lives in a "dorm" that is basically a brownstone in the Village and never seems to actually go to any classes but ends up valedictorian. Or she's a quirky "dress designer" or a frazzled but adorable "wedding ...more
    Books Just 4 Me
    Meg, a whimsical artistic letterer, and Reid, a serious analytical no-nonsense man, meet for a second time when he confronts her about how she knew his relationship would fail. They both have an underlying connection of looking for signs and decoding messages.

    I’m not going to lie, I had a hard time getting into this book. I’d say until I hit the 25% mark I was struggling, lots of letter references. I was trying to wrap my brain around all the letter descriptions. Meg is having a creative block
    ...more
    Jamie beauty_andthebook_
    Dec 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    4.5 stars!

    Love Lettering is a quiet kind of love story - the kind that starts slow and uncertain but will ultimately sneak up on you and catch you in the feels. Meg and Reid are an unlikely pair (probably partially attributed to the fact that she designed the wedding program for his now cancelled wedding) but their differences compliment one another beautifully in this story. Love Lettering is about finding yourself and someone who loves you for that, while navigating career paths and
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