Love Lettering by Kare Clayborn
Reviewed by Ginny
What I drank prior: sangria and rose. We just did a virtual meeting where drag queens taught us to make authentic portugese sangria and it was delicious.
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 sat across from Reid Sutherland and his gorgeous fiancée, and knew their upcoming marriage was doomed to fail. Weaving a secret word into their wedding program was a little unprofessional, but she was sure no one else would spot it. She hadn’t counted on sharp-eyed, pattern-obsessed Reid.
A year later, Reid has tracked Meg down to find out—before he leaves New York for good—how she knew that his meticulously planned future was about to implode. But with a looming deadline, a fractured friendship, 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 about their lives, work, and regrets, both try to ignore the fact that their unlikely connection is growing deeper. But the signs are there—irresistible, indisputable, urging Meg to heed the messages Reid is sending her, before it’s too late.
Drunk Overview: Meg is a “hand letterer” who wrote a secret note into a wedding invite. Reid, whose wedding fell apart in hour 9, works for a generic number firm. But they bond over intersting type faces found on signs all ove NYC. Over time they both get personalities beyond manic pixie dream girl and stick in tge mud
Spoiler-free Thoughts: this book was a manoc pixie dream girl falling in love with a stick in the mud and I was super into it??? The MPDG had enough charactet and the SITM had a lot of depth. The beautiful thing was the way they ended up working together. Ill say it here, I definitely teared up at the big romantic gesture
Characters: Meg is stuck, there’s a. Big job offer but it might not be the right one, and a roommate/besties whose gotten distant, and nothing seems to make sense. Then there is Reid who is buttoned up to a fault. In the end, theyre the only two that matter. Meg has some friends and the aforementioned roommate and a high-profile client. But they very much fill the role of friends giving advice or friend showing what Meg needs to learn.
Plot: finding inspiration? And sticking to your guns? The beauty od this book is that there is so much growth in the main characters. Mwg has to learn how to have a backbone and Reid has to learn about cause and effect.
Writing Style: fine. Rarely the thing Inpay attention to.
World building: man, this book mad eme understand a love of fonts for the first time ever. The way Meg describes words and the way she would describe them made it so clear how she loved it and why they mattered. It was beautiful.
What to pair it with: sparkling wine. Light and peppy and a joy to take in
Rating: 4/5 Shots