Published by Kensington Books on 2020-01-01
Genres: City Life, Contemporary, Fiction, Romance, Women
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In this warm and witty romance from acclaimed author Kate Clayborn, one little word puts one 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 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 . . .
Tropes :#Women’s-fiction, #1st-POV, #secrets, #Geek-Couple , female-friendships
This is a WF book… A first POV account of the world of Meg.
At the point we meet Meg, Reid, an ex-client, walks back into her life months after leaving of her typography business with his fiancee months before, offering her a new opportunity to look at New York through his eyes and cure her writer’s block.
With both of them at a cross-roads, Reid newly single and Meg struggling with the breakdown of her main friendship, they navigate their new landscapes through the signs they find in NYC . But their relationship is full of secrets. Are the limited details they share with each other enough? Or will the secrets destroy them?
The issue I always have with first POV is that, if I don’t enjoy being in the particular character’s head, I struggle and I struggled with Meg. I think it was because I couldn’t get on board with how she thought. I also know very little about letter writing, which didn’t help as it is such a prominent theme throughout!
As this is women’s fiction, this story centres around Meg’s life. Her work (which is going well apart from the Writer’s block), her strained relationship with her parents, the widening gulf between her and her best friend and her burgeoning relationship with Reid. lt was when these threads of the story started to play out on a page that I started to enjoy the book. Kate Clayborn’s writing is truly beautiful and watching Meg grapple with these situations was both refreshing and captivating. I don’t think I’ve ever read the nuances of female friendship explored in such depth in a book. I also don’t know if I’ve ever read menstrual cramps discussed between protagonists unless it was around why they couldn’t have sex and I really enjoyed how seamlessly they were slotted into the overall plot.
I didn’t struggle with Reid’s character. At least I didn’t think I did until the end and then I realised that I actually didn’t know Reid. That again, was very clever, and I’m unsure how I felt about that deliberate decision by the author. I’m not sure I read the development of a relationship between Meg and the actual Reid. I’m not sure the swoony moments were theirs or the banter was truly as honest as it seemed. The again, I’m not sure that actually matters because the end didn’t surprise me, showing that I did get to know the core of his personality, even if the details weren’t quite the same.
I enjoyed this book. It was a total change of pace for me and there was so much to enjoy. It took me a while to get into it, but once I did, I read it quite quickly. I want to read it again to see how I much I enjoy it after I got used to being in Meg’s head – I think that I may enjoy it more.