Love at First
Love at First
By Kate Clayborn
“The most delightful cast of characters I’ve met in ages…a modern romance masterpiece.“
—New York Times bestseller Christina Lauren
One of Goodreads Hottest Romances of 2021!
A sparkling and tender novel from the acclaimed author of Love Lettering, full of bickering neighbors, surprise reunions, and the mysterious power of love that fans of Christina Lauren, Sarah Hogle, and Emily Henry will adore.
Sixteen years ago, a teenaged Will Sterling saw—or rather, heard—the girl of his dreams. Standing beneath an apartment building balcony, he shared a perfect moment with a lovely, warm-voiced stranger. It’s a memory that’s never faded, though he’s put so much of his past behind him. Now an unexpected inheritance has brought Will back to that same address, where he plans to offload his new property and get back to his regular life as an overworked doctor. Instead, he encounters a woman, two balconies above, who’s uncannily familiar . . .
No matter how surprised Nora Clarke is by her reaction to handsome, curious Will, or the whispered pre-dawn conversations they share, she won’t let his plans ruin her quirky, close-knit building. Bound by her loyalty to her adored grandmother, she sets out to foil his efforts with a little light sabotage. But beneath the surface of their feud is an undeniable connection. A balcony, a star-crossed couple, a fateful meeting—maybe it’s the kind of story that can’t work out in the end. Or maybe, it’s the perfect second chance . . .
“Will and Nora’s chemistry and the quirky side characters keep the pages turning. Clayborn’s fans will be pleased.”
I’ll admit, I was in a bit of a reading slump when I started Love at First. Because of this, I didn’t do my usual read-in-one-sitting read of this book but rather, stretched it over a few days. This actually gave me more time to enjoy the book and revel in the beauty of Kate Clayborn’s writing. I honestly don’t have words to describe how skilled her writing style is. You really used need to pick up one of her books and experience it for yourself.
The title of Love at First and the description made me think this was going to be a lovers reunited story. But really, it was a story about discovering what love is and what it means to you. There are examples of unhealthy love, platonic love, love in friendships, love in found families. This is honestly just a love story. Will and Nora are such expertly crafted characters with hidden depths and as they find their way to each other and develop their own love story, it’s just everything. In addition to Will and Nora, there is a whole cast of intriguing side characters who help bring this story to life. Love at First is a beautiful story and one that really hits home with a reader who’s life is going through changes.
*Received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.