Review

Love at First. Kate Clayborn

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Published: Kensington

Date: February 23rd 2021

Source: NetGalley

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 . . .

Love at First by Kate Clayborn is a delightful story of love and friendship and found family.

It has a bunch of quirky characters who share an apartment block and who look out for each other. Into this group Will finds himself when his uncle leaves him his unit  apartment. Will has only been there once before when his uncle rejected him. So of course Will wants to do nothing more than clean the place up and let it. However… that’s not accounting for the fact that the girl/woman he saw on that first visit is still there.

What follows is a delightful story of two people who have been wounded by their upbringing, where they had learned certain things about life, that maybe no longer stood them in good stead. It was delightful to see them changing and growing and finding their way.

One of my favorite characters was Will’s boss, Gerald. He too undergoes change and finds his way in life and love in a heart warming vulnerable way.  

This book shows us what it’s like to live with a diverse group and be accepting and caring. To find love in all its facets.

Rating: 4 out of 5.
Month in Review

January Reading Wrap

Total books read this month: 11

New to me authors:

Farid Almed

Top Book for January

Every read was really good. All books that are “me”.  Hard to choose a top book but for its exploration of heart transplant issues and a good story with great characters this one just tops the others.

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2021 Reading Intentions  January Update.

Read What I Truly Enjoy. Enjoyed every book and only read what I wanted to read.

Use the Library and only buy when I need to. Library : 5

That is a satisfactory amount. I did buy some for later reading because the library doesn’t have them. The Residence was one on Kindle that I bought – forgot to check if the library had it.  Oops that would be 5 books bought!!
Read Own print and Kindle shelves:  3 paperbacks off my own shelf which is good. Would have liked to read at least one Kindle one!

Incoming Books for January

Purchased

From NetGalley

Linking up with Nicole from FeedYourFiction Addiction.

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a place to meet up and share what you have been, and are about to be reading over the week. It’s a great post to organise yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment and er… add to your groaning TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started on J Kaye’s blog and then was hosted by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn here at The Book Date.
Jen Vincent, Teach Mentor Texts, and Kellee of Unleashing Readers decided to give It’s Monday! a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels or anything in those genres – join them.

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Well what a week. I enjoyed watching the pomp and pageantry of the Inauguration of the 46th President of the USA. It was on early morning in my time zone, and while I usually wake early, that day I was so annoyed to wake later than usual and just miss the swearing in of Kamala Harris but got there for Joe Biden. Because I’ve read books by both of them I felt I knew a little about them.

After all that and jumping out of bed out of sleep I was rather dopey for the rest of the day and didn’t get much done!  I had lots of favourite parts but especially loved that gifted young woman poet.

I did get quite a bit of quilting done this week even if my reading was slight!

What I read last week:

I finished listening to an audiobook and read one review book. Slow reading week!

What I am reading now:

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And I’ve just started listening to Barack Obama’s book A Promised Land.  It will be a long haul but enjoyed the first few  hours so far.

Up next:

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Last Week’s Posts

Heart Gifts.

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It’s Monday! What are You Reading?

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a place to meet up and share what you have been, and are about to be reading over the week. It’s a great post to organise yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment and er… add to your groaning TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started on J Kaye’s blog and then was hosted by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn here at The Book Date.
Jen Vincent, Teach Mentor Texts, and Kellee of Unleashing Readers decided to give It’s Monday! a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels or anything in those genres – join them.

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Hope you are all doing well. We had a very sunny week, but this week looks like the weather is going to be windy and wet mostly. Most people go back to work here as the country gets back to normal after the summer break. Of course as I am retired it doesn’t really mean too much to me, although its nice to have everything back.

What I read last week:

Enjoyed them all. Two were almost finished as I began the week so that gave me four for this week!

What I am reading now:

One for review.

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Up next:

Time to take one of my print TBR.

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Gone but Knot Forgotten.  Mary Marks

Cozy Series I am Reading

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