Love at First

Kate Clayborn

fiction romance
lighthearted slow-paced

320 pages | first published 2021

"The most delightful cast of characters I've met in ages...a modern romance masterpiece."
--New York Times bestseller Christina Lauren

From Kate Clayborn, the acclaimed author of Love Lettering, comes a sparkling, tender novel about bickering neighbors, surprise reunions, and the mysterious power of love . . .

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 . . .

Praise for Love Lettering

"Delicious and beautiful and perfect."
--New York Times bestseller Sarah MacLean

"A novel of lush complexity, one bursting with humor, a tender melancholy, and meditations on love, friendship, and life any reader can find solace and inspiration in."
--Entertainment Weekly, A+

"Fresh, funny, clever, and deeply satisfying."
--Kirkus Reviews STARRED review

" A] lush, languid romance that merges the nostalgic past with the technological present."
--The Washington Post

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lighthearted 72%
emotional 70%
hopeful 60%
funny 47%
inspiring 21%
reflective 21%
relaxing 8%
sad 5%


medium 53%
slow 39%
fast 7%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 76% | A mix: 22% | Plot: 1%

Strong character development?

Yes: 82% | It's complicated: 7% | No: 7% | N/A: 1%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 95% | It's complicated: 3% | No: 1%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 54% | It's complicated: 25% | Yes: 18% | N/A: 1%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 80% | It's complicated: 12% | No: 6%

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