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Love Lettering Lib/E Audio CD – Unabridged, December 31, 2019
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"A quirky romance...Meg's dry observations are hilarious, and even readers familiar with New York will see the city in a new light, through its signs and symbols. Reid and Meg are wonderfully unique, and their romance carves a sweet, winding, and sexy path to self-acceptance and mutual affirmation. Fresh, funny, clever, and deeply satisfying."-- "Kirkus Reviews (starred review)"
"Delicious and beautiful and perfect."-- " Sarah MacLean, author of Brazen and the Beast"
"Listeners will melt in response to this whimsical performance by Nicol Zanzarella...Zanzarella's unique narration is coupled with an equally original story. Meg is a very relatable character. Her self-doubting thoughts are hilariously enhanced by Zanzarella's playful delivery, which will elicit sympathy from any listener. Her truly masterful performance highlights this slice-of-life romance. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award."-- "AudioFile"
"This whimsical rom-com from Clayborn contrasts cute romance with cringe-worthy moments of embarrassment for the bumbling central couple."-- "Publishers Weekly"
"With smart characters and authentic dilemmas, this is a very special romance to both smile and sigh over."-- "BookPage (starred review)"
Listeners will melt in response to this whimsical performance by Nicol Zanzarella.-- "AudioFile"
About the Author
Kate Clayborn is the author of romance fiction in the Chance of a Lifetime series, as well as stand-alone novels. Beginner's Luck was chosen as a best romance of the year by O, The Oprah Magazine, and Luck of the Draw was chosen as one of five best romances of the year by the Washington Post.
Nicol Zanzarella is an Earphones Award-winning audiobook narrator and a theater and television actress. She has appeared in productions of Richard III, Romeo and Juliet, The Winter's Tale, Cousin Bette, Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, and many others.
- ASIN : B08ZBJ4HJ8
- Publisher : Tantor Audio; Unabridged edition (December 31, 2019)
- Language : English
- ISBN-13 : 979-8200293759
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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 find them in her work so far.
But that's until the day that she is confronted by a former client, Reid, whose wedding invitations she had created for his future bride with the hidden message M-I-S-T-A-K-E. Turns out that the wedding never occurred and Reid, a quantitative analyst, had discovered the hidden message and now wants to know how she knew his marriage would have been a mistake.
Meg, at this particular moment, is having a problem with creativity block and Reid is disgruntled with life in NYC and plans to leave as soon as is feasible. So she suggests they walk the city, she to find meaning again in her work and he to learn to appreciate the Big Apple.
Along the way, there are issues in the personal lives of both that are revealed and must be addressed. Meg has had a recent devastating revelation about her past and, in addition, is feeling estrangement from her best friend and roommate. Reid has his own problems, both personal and professional to deal with. And, of course, there is the necessary romance between the two which will develop relatively slowly and fairly well.
Okay. Good enough. The story moves along pretty well. The characters are appealing enough. I should have liked this contemporary romance more than I did. As I said earlier, the problem is definitely me. Lately I am feeling older-than-dirt, disgruntled, disheartened, discouraged and saddened by what's going on in the country and even in the world. With the looming threat of climate change, the huge inequality gap between the haves and the have-nots, deregulation of protective measures for the environment and for the consumer, xenophobia and intolerance, and on and on and on, I found it almost impossible to relate to the problems of these characters.
Meg, for example, makes her living by catering to rich clients, the ones who can afford more than the usual mass-produced products that most of us middle class and upper-middle class folks can afford. In other words, her chosen career is not in my list of 21st-century professions that contribute to the common good.
Pay no attention to me. I'm just feeling particularly grumpy and picky and annoyed lately.
There was no chemistry and little humor to lighten the whole thing. Also, the style of writing -- long sentences and endless similes -- made the whole thing heavy work. Run don't walk away from this one.
Essentially, the story follows Meg, a woman who has become somewhat famous for her handwriting (think wedding invitations and anything else that requires some fancy lettering). The fame has given her a creative block, and it isn’t until a former client walks through her door that things start to change. A year ago, Meg did the lettering on Reid’s wedding invitations, and after observing his interactions with his fiancée, Meg predicted the relationship would be doomed to fail. When Reid - a man who makes his living looking at numbers and codes - accuses Meg of voicing her opinion about his doomed relationship via a hidden message on the wedding invitations, she’s forced to reflect on what led her to that point. The two forge an unlikely friendship of sorts that heals their broken pieces as they slowly fall for each other.
I loved the slow burn here - these two start out as strangers, almost adversaries, and gradually develop into more. Reid’s not the easiest guy to like (at least on the surface), but I fell for him in a big way. This is told exclusively from Meg’s perspective so the reader is left as much in the dark about Reid’s feelings as Meg is, which made the journey an interesting one. I’ll openly admit that I’m not one who usually enjoys lengthy descriptions of settings, etc., but typography plays a major role in the story and it totally worked for me. You’ll probably either love that or hate it, but it makes it so easy to visualize what Meg sees. I will say that this is such an understated, often serious, read that it doesn’t move particularly quickly, but it held my attention from start to finish without any loss of interest. If you’re looking for a well written, slow burn romance with characters who are as quirky as they are lovable, this is definitely worth your time. I was lucky enough to receive an ARC via NetGalley (then purchased it for my collection) and am voluntarily leaving a review of this charming romance.
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Overall, I'm glad I persevered with the book and very much felt this story left me with a content and happy smile.
You know when you read the first lines of a story and something just clicks and you think "YES, this book is definitely going to be for me"? I felt that when I read the first lines of Love Lettering. I will admit to experiencing a bit of a rocky start after those first few lines though. There was something about Clayborn's writing that threw me off and I wasn't sure whether it'd be f0r me. But although it took me a bit to get used to, I ended up liking it. What I know for sure is that Clayborn writes with such heart. I felt every awkward encounter and whimsical moment, and every punch to my gut and feels. Her words hit surprisingly deep and it's a big reason for why I fell so completely in love with this book and her characters. The story did take a turn to the unexpected but I thought it actually was pretty fitting considering 'all the signs' we're given and I think it actually made the story even more unique than it already is!
I became so invested in both Meg and Reid and I think a lot of that had to do with how Clayborn wrote them and their personalities. They are complete opposites and as you'll already know from the blurb, they don't exactly start off on the right foot. Their confrontation and initial meetings are awkward (almost painfully so) but also hilarious because of it and also because of Meg's personality and awk-weird thoughts. There were quite a few laugh-out-loud moments alongside the constant giggling and serious swooning.
Meg and Reid have deep rooted personal issues from their past that they have to work on being open about and I thought their character growth was wonderfully written and well-paced. I connected so strongly to Meg. I empathised with her loneliness and commiserated with the lack of inspiration she felt in her life. I felt her longing for understanding, for company, for a way to rid herself of the block she was experiencing, as if it was my own. Probably because these are thoughts I've been having for a long time and reading it in her character really hit close to home. Reid is a little bit of a tropey character but I still really enjoyed his serious-brooding-math genius type. I loved watching him slowly thaw with Meg and watching their relationship grow slowly (while torturous because I needed it to happen STAT) was so worth the wait! He may be all about the numbers and she might be all about the signs but together they're an absolutely perfect fit (that was so cheesy but that's what this book turned me into so I can't help it okay)! This was also steamier than I thought it'd be (a good 4/5 on the steamy scale) but I'd be lying if I said I minded lol their chemistry was serious fire!!!
If you're a lover of romances, slow-burns, quirky and endearing characters, some steamy chemistry and a story that's absolutely full of heart, then you need to pick this book up now! Seriously, what are you waiting for? This book is just... It's given me all the feels and I'm just so happy right now. I'll be recommending this to everyone now!
This was an enjoyable read. It was a nice steady story throughout, with no particular major storyline or event as such, though there is a small twist towards the end.
The characters were likeable, and I felt a little connection to the female protagonist, Meg. The male protagonist Reid was likeable enough, though his character, by intention, was a little off, and I felt that.
The story itself, the writing style, the description etc was really nice.
It's not a story I loved, hence why not 5⭐s.
I also knocked half a ⭐ off because the description of how Meg (who's a hand letterer) sees and describes letters and fonts is way too much.
Whilst I understood a good enough amount about what she was describing (as someone who uses fonts in my design work), I can imagine that it may put off people who have no knowledge or interest in how artistic lettering works. It's too technical and a bit too often throughout the book.
If you can get passed that then overall the story is a really nice one.
Reid is more of a numbers and patterns guy. So when Meg puts a code into the wedding brochure for Reid's (later aborted) wedding, he spots it. Of course he does.
I love the gentle relationship between Meg and Reid. I really enjoyed the visual aspects of the story - the way they see the city through its signs and noticeboards, the way Meg's thoughts unspool in different fonts.
This is a charming, beautifully written romance. You should read it.