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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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Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Expected publication: December 31st 2019 by Kensington Books
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Nilufer Ozmekik
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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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; or be seen. It's a quiet story, in a way, one that just goes
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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
*The Angry Reader*
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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Aisling Zena
I'm all for this concept and blurb!! But damn that 2020 publishing date is killing me!

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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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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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b.andherbooks
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, arc, contemporary
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!
Mirjana **DTR - Down to Read**

I need this book in my eyeballs like yesterday!! In Kate Clayborn's newsletter, she described this book as "NYC-set romance featuring an Instagram-famous hand-letterer with a secret habit for hiding codes in her work and the handsome mathematician who finds her out."

Ummmm, yeah....


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Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
I only read an excerpt but it was really good!
Finitha Jose
I cannot say I am someone who won't judge the book by its cover. But if a book is selected to read, then I usually give it a chance until my kindle shows twenty percentage in reading progress. Sadly this story didn't live up to its promise at that time and I almost gave up. I said 'almost' because I changed my mind after getting recommendations from some of my fellow reviewers. Today after closing my kindle I felt glad I heed their advice. I would have missed such an amazing story otherwise.
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Patty (IheartYA)
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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nick
EDIT: I read the full book. I loved it and for me, it is Kate Clayborn's best book, which is saying something because I have loved all of her books.

I only read the excerpt and I am FULL-ON OBSESSED. That first chapter felt like total stationary/lettering porn and holy shit! I loved it! I can't wait for more of these two characters.
shre ♡
Nov 06, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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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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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Janye
Nov 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was hooked on the first page of this witty work of art. I loved the concept of how this book was constructed.

Who here hasn't been enthralled by the beautiful videos people post of hand lettering? I definitely am raising my hand!

Claybourn does an amazing job of describing Meg's job, as a letterer, early on that I almost wanted to take my ugly left-handed scrawl to the test. She described the fonts and pen use wonderfully.

That's not all you get though, you get a very well written, plot hole
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ʚϊɞ Shelley ʚϊɞ
Aug 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a review of the first chapter only.
Netgalley and Kensington books offered only the first chapter of this story and I was intrigued right away. The thought of a secret message in a wedding program and a chance of a romance between the writer and the groom!? Yes please! I enjoyed this chapter very much and cannot wait to read the rest of the story. I asked for this excerpt because I love the idea of the plot and the cover is so beautiful. Bring on the rest!

Thank you NetGalley, Kate
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book bruin
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Michelle
Meg is well known for her hand lettering skills. Her beautiful writing styles and illustrations have been on invitations, planners and more.

About a year ago, Meg hid a secret message in a wedding invitation. She hid the word “mistake”. It was so subtle. It was only for her eyes. She wasn’t expecting the groom to find it hidden there.

One day, Reid shows up and tells Meg that he found the hidden “mistake” on the invitation. He wants to know how Meg could tell it wouldn’t work out.

I thought it was
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Jojo
Nov 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 rounded to 5. Review to follow
Amanda
Wow. Just. Wow. My favorite book of hers so far, I think. RTC.

(Note: I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.)
Adele Buck
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Oh. This book. THIS. BOOK.

I adored Clayborn's last series, CHANCE OF A LIFETIME. I thought the premise was incredibly clever and the execution was brilliant. So when she announced that she was writing this one, I thought, "She's outdone herself." Hidden messages in hand-lettered programs, planners, and invitations? What an intriguing concept.

The book more than lives up to the concept. It's heartfelt, wise, and clever. Our heroine, Meg, is such a real person in all her talents and insecurities.
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Pooja (Penningtales)
Oh wow, what a marvellous first chapter! I can’t wait to read more and see how the story unfolds. That cliffhanger at the end was just mean! But I am thrilled to say I have recently received the full ARC. So I’m eagerly looking forward to reading on. For now, all I will say is I’m loving how the heroine’s art of calligraphy has been woven into the narrative.


Please note: I received an advance digital copy of this book through NetGalley from Kensington Books and Kate Clayborn in exchange for a
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Melinda
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
I just cannot even. Her previous books with mental health rep seemed to be just for me but gahhh maybe this author is just for me because both MCs were freaking everything I want out of a contemporary romance. I love the setting, the characters, the plot...*chef kiss*, everything.
Kathy - Books & Munches
Normalize periods! This book does just that! She flat-out mentions to Reid how she isn't feeling well due to having her period and he responds in a normal way. Truly, in a "do I need to go to the store?"-kind of way. Can you imagine a guy reacting like that? Because all I see is wincing men with a "let's bolt"-instinct? [Sorry, I just don't have the best experience with men responding to me saying I'm on my period.]
Another one? She actually tells Reid how "it isn't easy for her to come". I can't
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Chachic
Nov 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Originally posted as a bookstagram: https://www.instagram.com/p/B4-SX9kA5wk/

I have been a Kate Clayborn fan since I fell hard for her Chance of a Lifetime series last year. Her books soared to the top of my favorite contemporary romances, and I keep recommending them to anyone willing to listen. So I was thrilled when I was approved for an eARC of her upcoming book, Love Lettering.

I loved the premise of Love Lettering where hand letterer Meg leaves a coded message in a wedding program, which
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Regina
Nov 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's not easy to write a new and original meet-cute, but Clayborn does it with Meg and Reid, who meet after Meg places what she thought was a well-hidden message in Reid's wedding program. But Reid, a numbers prodigy, sees the pattern and confronts Meg about her m-i-s-t-a-k-e.

What follows is a more typical love story where the main characters slowly start to realize that they are falling for one another and have to overcome a series of obstacles. Reid's hiding a secret, something that becomes
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Donna Hines
This book reminds me of that day when we all searched for a 'sign' of something or anything to latch unto in life.
Now comes a 'word' as a clue to what may come next in one's life.
Check out our main gal who is now designing custom journals for elite couples while doing something else on the side.
You see Meg also finds signs left behind that might explain more than you or I can ever fully understand or even contemplate thinking.
So, when Reid sits across from her with his fiancee she knew
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Kara
Oct 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love this book! Kate Clayborn is an author I trust to take me on an emotional journey and she does it again with Love Lettering. I wanted to wrap this book around me like a big warm blanket, curl up on the couch and live there forever.

The heroine, Meg, is so charming and made me laugh out loud with her inner dialogue. When I wasn't laughing I was smiling in anticipation of her next witty quip. Her personal journey through the book is so relatable and makes you want to stand up and cheer for
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Caiti (The Romance Mom)
From start to finish this book just BLEW ME AWAY. The emotional depth. The learning to be brave and the raw honesty. The connection and INTIMACY… an intimacy that starts long before anyone’s clothes come off. (But don’t worry. Clothes do come off !) Love Lettering is creative writing at its best and a legitimate work of art.

*blows dusts off Eng Lit degree/expired Language Arts license*

Really though. Really. From a Literature with a big L perspective this book is so impressive. I think it moves
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