Love at First by Kate Clayborn is out today! This is a must read, and you should one-click it immediately! Read our 5 STAR review here!
Love at First by Kate Clayborn
5 of 5 STARS
Last January, I read Love Lettering by Kate Clayborn and fell in love. Love at First stayed with me in the same way.
Clayborn has an incredible talent, and it’s on full display in this novel. At its heart, Love at First is the love story between Will and Nora. However, every secondary character is three-dimensional and their contributions to the overall story add such depth and emotion. As we get introduced to the residents in Nora’s apartment complex, we see a found family that comes to be ours, too. When we meet Will’s intimidating boss, Dr. Abraham, you wouldn’t guess that we’d be deeply invested in his second-chance romance storyline and call him Gerry by the end of the novel.
I have no idea how Clayborn can write this all-encompassing story with so many layers and different relationships and none of it feels lacking. I’m forever in awe of her writing abilities.
Clayborn invites the reader into the lives of her characters, and we aren’t just watching the story unfold, we feel like we’re part of it. Their victories and stumbles are ours as well. As Clayborn leads us down generations of struggles, we come to realize (along with the characters) that our lives are going to be different from those that raised us and cared for us.
“You don’t have to love people the way you learned to love at first.”
That line has stuck with me, and not just because it has the title of the novel in it, but because it resonated with me in a deeply personal way. I think a lot of people will read Love at First and see themselves reflected in its pages as well.
Finally, it’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of epilogues. I love things tied in a nice, neat bow, and this epilogue borders on perfection. I cried tears of actual happiness, and I can’t remember the last time that happened when I read a book.
Love at First is a really amazing book, and I’m so happy was able to read this in December of 2020 and cap off that mess of a year with some much needed hope.
Read this immediately!
Thank you to Kensington Books for the advanced copy of this novel!