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Love Lettering

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  27,602 ratings  ·  4,611 reviews
Kirkus Best Fiction Book of 2020
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Meg Mackworth’s hand-lettering skill has made her famous as the P
Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published December 31st 2019 by Kensington Books
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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 ( on Semi-Hiatus until February)
3.5 stars


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 th
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 read
h o l l i s
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 thing
Larry H
Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 u
Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Y’all know where I can meet and befriend a professional calligrapher with a cute Brooklyn apartment and great style?

Or, perhaps - and hear me out here - a nerdy but extremely hot math guy who is emotionally available and ready to take long scavenger hunt walks around New York at any time?

Asking for a friend.

Also, their names should be Meg and Reid, respectively. Thanks.

This was just so cute and fun. I loved Meg (my new calligrapher best friend) and I was so invested in her life and everyone in i
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 i
Anne Bogel
Oct 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just realized I never reviewed this! I loved it and was thrilled to include it in the 2020 Modern Mrs Darcy Summer Reading Guide.

Hand-letterer Meg designs custom journals and sees the world in fonts and signs. She also sees the signs other people miss, like the time she wove a secret message into a doomed couple’s wedding invitations. She didn’t count on the groom to actually notice—or for him to track her down a year later and demand answers.

I especially enjoyed how this novel weaves typogra
4 stars

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The thing is, the letters don’t always tell me truths about myself. Sometimes they tell me truths about other people, and Reid Sutherland is— was —one of those people.
Love Lettering is the first book I’ve read by Kate Clayborn and I really enjoyed it. It had a unique premise, and though it took me a while to get invested in the story, once I did, I devoured it.

Meg and Reid meet in an unconventional way. Meg is a professional at hand-lettering and she did the invitations to Re
Jan 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
A charming and emotional love story between an artist, a mathematician, her friends, her art and NYC!

Meg Mackworth is an artist, who creates using letters and words. She makes beautifully creative journals and wedding invites, but sometimes her feelings seep through into her work! When she designed wedding invites for a couple who she thought were doomed, she didn't count on the groom seeing her hidden message, or on him confronting her on it a year later, hugely impacting her life in all areas!
Aisling Zena
3 stars


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
Chloe Liese
Dec 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was a fresh-concept, gently-paced, tender love story. It felt slow in the best way, an intentional, methodical unfurling that I found very engaging and also...peaceful somehow. I really *really* loved the chemistry between Reid and Meg but I will warn diehard romance readers it takes us a bit to get there and their initial reason for hanging out isn’t a true meet cute—in fact it’s a bit weird. But that works for these two—Reid who is awkward and quiet and pensive, Meg who is hiding so ...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
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 fe
Bookphenomena (Micky)
2.5 stars

I saved this book for when I needed a go-to, guaranteed great romance. I had a number of friends singing it’s praises. Let me tell you, that backfired on me so bad. I’m not here to rant just to tell you why this didn’t work for me.

I was confused when by 20% I just did not get what was going on with this couple. I got that Meg was trying to engage Reid but what did Reid think he was there for? Reid was a super awkward character that I think may have had ASD (just my take, unconfirmed) an
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
DNF @ 35%: I feel like I've been DNFing books a lot lately, but this one really just didn't grab me the way I was hoping it would. I may give this another chance someday but right now it just feels too bland to bother with. Womp. Onto the next one! ...more
Astrid - The Bookish Sweet Tooth

AUTHOR: Kate Clayborn
RELEASE DATE: December 31, 2019
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
THEMES & TROPES: Opposites Attract
RATING: 5 Stars


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 th
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 communica ...more
Patty (IheartYA311)
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 aba
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 sto

This book was basically a love letter to hand lettering and numbers, and if you know me, you'll know that I love hand lettering. Am basically obsessed with it. There really was no surprise that I loved this as much as I did.

I absolutely LOVED Meg and Reid. The way that their relationship grew as they walked through the city and looked for signs was honestly so perfec
Jenny Jo Weir
I'm most definitely in the minority here, but I just don't get how people like this book. I couldn't connect to any of it. Maybe I'm too realistic...but I love fiction so...IDK.

The best thing about this book was the title. The next best thing was…hmm, nope, I guess that’s the only good thing about it, the title. The entire "game" and "code" thing was over the top ridiculous.

I don’t know if I should be proud of myself for finishing this book or if I should be worried about why I torture myself t
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!

Okay so I'm stil
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!
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 pla ...more
Jacob Proffitt
Apr 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, steamy
This is a very internal story with a main character who sees the world in a specialized, visual way. I'm not sure I'd have found it half so interesting if I hadn't learned so much about fonts from the love of my life (who actually pays for fonts for fun!). So I didn't have a hard time at all picturing Meg's world or following her thoughts. So I had no learning curve and I wonder if this would be harder for someone who was learning of these design elements on the fly.

This story is very much in Me
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
Kat, short for Clara
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
Feb 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Meg Mackworth hand letters journals and invitations (How cool is that job?), and when she codes a secret message into a couple's wedding program, she has no idea what she's gotten herself into.
Meg's character was so real and authentic--she was vulnerable, honest, playful, creative, and genuine. The relationships between Meg and Reid, Meg and Sibby, and Meg and Lark are also realistic and refreshing, displaying real feelings and growth.
I look forward to reading Kate Clayborn's next book, Love at
Feb 26, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021, romance
What a surprise this turned out to be: a love story with a twist. A twist I didn't see coming, so it completely took me by surprise. Just when I thought the story was winding down to a happily ever after ending, a surprising event occurred that brought the story to a screeching halt followed by chaos.

Meg and Reid are an unlikely pair whose relationship is impacted by various unknowns and roadblocks. It's definitely a slow burn romance, and for about 60% of the book I was considering it a 3-star
Dec 22, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 fin
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Kate Clayborn is the critically acclaimed author of six novels. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Oprah Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, Bookpage, and more. By day she works in education, and by night (and sometimes, by very early morning) she writes contemporary romances about smart, strong, modern heroines who face the world alongside true friends and complica ...more

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