Reviewed: “Love Lettering” by Kate Clayborn

I want to write a love letter to Kate Clayborn to thank her for writing “Love Lettering.”

Sounds cliche and horribly pun-y, but it’s true. So consider this review my love letter.

I am in love with this story, head over heels in love.

It’s mid-December and I’m considering not reading another book this year because I kind of want to 2019 with this book that I absolutely freakin’ adore.

“Love Lettering” is the story of Meg Mackworth, a twentysomething who has become the ‘Planner of Park Slope’ because of what she creates with lettering and designer in planners, journals, and at one point, wedding invitations and programs. She’s an artist. An artist who puts a bit of herself in her work. An artist who might’ve left a secret message in a wedding invitation for heiress Avery Coster and Wall Street ‘numbers guy’ Reid Sutherland. That message was MISTAKE.

They don’t get married, Avery and Reid. And Reid wants to know what, and how, Meg knew.

This question leads to the story of Meg, of Reid, of Meg & Reid. And it is an amazing story. It would’ve been so easy to make this story simply a romance, but Kate Clayborn didn’t do that. She created three stories in one, because Meg and Reid are their own fiercely independent people who hide things and keep secrets, to protect themselves and to protect each other, and hold back until just the right time for things to go from one step to the next.

The story is in turns funny (Meg’s inner monologues are hilarious because they are so relatable), mysterious (whatever is happening to Reid makes your heart clench for him before you even know), heartbreaking (the things that happened to Meg and Reid are not things they deserved), endearing (you can’t help but become wholly invested in rooting for these too), and satisfying (it’s all good, all perfect in it’s own Meg & Reid way in the end).

“Love Lettering” is, at it’s heart, a story of friendship. A story of what friendship can be, a story of how friendship can evolve and grow. A story of how sometimes you have to fight with every fiber of your soul for friendship, and how that fight is worth it.

This book is, easily, one of the best I’ve read this year and I hope very much that you’ll read it too.

(Thanks to NetGalley and Kensington Books for an advance copy of “Love Lettering” in exchange for an honest and original review.)

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