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Publication date: Dec 31, 2019
This book y’all… it had me hook, line and sinker. I adored (pretty much) all of it and found myself wistfully drifting away in to the land of Meg and Reid. Seriously, if you’re in the mood for a heart-warming and hilarious love story then this is the one for you! If you don’t fully appreciate yet how much I adored this, then let this serve as a visual representation:
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 . . .
This book was such a cute read! Within the first chapter I found myself fully immersed in Meg and Reid’s unusual relationship and begging for more of their semi-awkward, off-the-charts chemistry-filled encounters. Reid’s grumpiness and Meg’s nice girl personality were enough to have me wishing they’d get together already but the wait was oh, so worth it. This story is slow burn to the core and made every page seem like a delightful prelude to the final event.
The pace, character development and tropes were all a hit for me. I adored learning about the more subtle features of each character’s personality and how they influenced their daily interaction. I must say, Clayborn’s writing may not be for everyone. She detailed, in depth, the small gestural instances that we often miss in a story’s dialogue and conversation. Small, but ever present, descriptions of the subtle changes in body language really made me appreciate the glorious awkwardness of these two characters. They danced around each other for ages but I received just enough budding love and continuous intrigue to keep me highly interested in getting to the end. Bear in mind though, this may not be to everyone’s taste.
Really the only negative point about this story was the one side character, Meg’s best friend, and this was purely because she annoyed me so much. She did have a purpose and place in the story though, so it’s something I found easy to look over. Despite this, I would bet that this is a story I will gladly re-read many times. No just to get to the end but to savour the glorious slow-burn journey along the way to the HEA.