(If by ‘lettering’, you understand I mean writing, and am—perhaps inelegantly—alluding to LOVE LETTERING, my favorite 2019 romance!)
Today’s theme: Great books, awesome authors – – and wildly wonderful, super satisfying romances! Be sure to check out the posts on Kennedy Ryan and Jayci Lee, too!
It actually came out 12/31, so it barely made the cut, and I haven’t really had the chance to talk about it too much, so I’m including it here and now.
Also it’s currently only $2.99 in e-book – so do yourself a favor and pick this one up right away.
Calligrapher Meg is highly sought after in New York for wedding invitations, calendars, and other hand-lettering projects. She’s also popular on Instagram and is competing for a huge contract with a national retailer in their stationery line.
It’s not the time to be including secret messages in some of her clients’ artwork, but sometimes she just can’t stop herself. Like in the wedding program of Reid and society bride Avery, where she hides the word mistake.
However, even she is stunned when, after the wedding is cancelled, he shows up to call her on it.
The confrontation leads to the two of them taking long walks across the city, she looking for inspiration, he trying to conquer the feelings of isolation and displacement he feels in New York. And as they walk, they grow closer. Or Avery does. When she’s not completely confused by his mixed signals and what feels like deliberate distance.
There’s a lot going on in this book, and it all comes together for captivating tension and exquisite conflict, and even as we’re carried along and are pretty sure there are things going on we don’t know, we’re still gob-smacked when we discover what those things are.
Meanwhile, Meg and Reid are working through their own wounds and insecurities, and realizing that life is just better together.
Gorgeous, touching, clever, smart and achingly perfect.
(I love everything I’ve read by Kate Clayborn, so don’t hesitate to check out her other books too. Beginner’s Luck is $1.99; Love Lettering and Luck of the Draw are $2.99. I’m also really looking forward to LOVE AT FIRST, which releases next spring and is already getting great buzz.)
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 polished 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 . . .
(This review is part of Read-A-Romance Month. Hope you’ll come back every day to check out my book recommendations. You can find the calendar here. Also check out The Romance of Reading, a Facebook “book club” where we’ll have great authors guest hosting every week.)
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