Title: Until It Fades
Author: KA Tucker
Publisher: Atria Books
Publication Date: 27 June 2017
Source: Review Copy
Synopsis from Goodreads
Twenty-four-year-old truck stop waitress and single mother Catherine Wright has simple goals: to give her five-year-old daughter a happy life and to never again be the talk of the town in Balsam, Pennsylvania: population two thousand outside of tourist season.
And then one foggy night, on a lonely road back from another failed attempt at a relationship, Catherine saves a man’s life. It isn’t until after the police have arrived that Catherine realizes exactly who it is she has saved: Brett Madden, hockey icon and media darling.
Catherine has already had her fifteen minutes of fame and the last thing she wants is to have her past dragged back into the spotlight, only this time on a national stage. So she hides her identity. It works.
For a time.
But when she finds the man she saved standing on her doorstep, desperate to thank her, all that changes. What begins as an immediate friendship quickly turns into something neither of them expected. Something that Catherine isn’t sure she can handle; something that Catherine is afraid to trust.
Because how long can an extraordinary man like Brett be interested in an ordinary woman like Catherine…before the spark fades?
Until It Fades is something a little bit different from one of my favourite authors. I don’t really know how to express the ways in which it is different other than to say it is ‘lighter’. Although Kathleen tackles some sensitive issues within the narrative the overall feeling is one of optimism, hope and the fairy-tale happily ever after.
Catherine struggles with her relationship with her mother growing up, often rebelling and pushing her boundaries in order to feel in control of her own life. Unfortunately, as a teen, Catherine lacked the maturity to view specific events with a wider viewpoint instead of the narrow perspective resulting from a lack of life experience. Events transpire pushing Catherine’s life in a completely different direction than the one she had been dreaming about.
Until It Fades shows how small towns and public perception can act as judge, jury and executioner; where authority figures manipulation their position to achieve the results they want. Sadly, victims are left with the blame and ostracised by the people who should have offered them the support they deserve.
Catherine is such a strong character; her tenacity and determination propel her forward when others would have crumbled under the weight of the consequences of her actions. Finding support in unlikely places and holding onto her compassion, Catherine is determined to make her own way in life, taking ownership of her mistakes and making the most of the life she has been given.
Catherine’s world is upended when she saves the life of a famous hockey player. Bringing her into the spotlight she has been desperate to avoid since the incidents that changed her life six years previously. Dragging up the events of the past, however, due to the positive nature of the current situation, public perception of original circumstances is brought into questions as well as a few surprising revelations.
Sparks fly between Catherine and the NHL superstar, Brett, although they can’t help but question whether it is the accident that has heighten their emotions or whether it was destiny that brought them together. While the romance is fast paced, it is believable and very swoon-worthy. It is as if the car accident was the catalyst required to ensure Brett and Catherine were brought together, they quite simply fit perfectly. Although their relationship isn’t without it’s challenges, it has the feeling of being destined. The characters are the heart of Until It Fades.
Until It Fades just adds to my adoration of Kathleen’s writing ♥