“Touching and complex…Tucker unerringly hits all the high notes of romance—the spark, the emotional depth, the mental and physical struggles—while creating a couple who seem perfectly attuned even when they are in conflict.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
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 three thousand outside of tourist season).
And then one foggy night, on a lonely road back from another failed date, Catherine saves a man’s life. It isn’t until after the police have arrived that Catherine realizes exactly who it is she has rescued: 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. There’s an immediate connection, and it’s more electric than the bond of two people who endured a traumatic event. It’s something neither of them expected. Something that Catherine isn’t sure she can handle; something she 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?
Bestseller Tucker's touching and complex contemporary pairs privacy-loving Catherine Wright, a single mother in Balsam County, Penn., with garrulous Brett Madden, the wealthy, handsome captain of the Philadelphia Flyers hockey team. When Catherine spots a wrecked sports car, the driver dead and the passenger unconscious, she has no clue that the latter is superstar Brett. Catherine manages to free him as the car flames over, only to become the focus of a media circus, a circumstance that brings back terrible memories of when her high school teacher turned her love life into the talk of Balsam County. Catherine attempts to normalize her life by ruthlessly keeping her regular schedule. Brett disguises his fears of career-ending injuries with strained humor and bravado. Each time they meet, ostensibly to deal with the media, the attraction between them grows stronger. Tucker unerringly hits all the high notes of romance the spark, the emotional depth, the mental and physical struggles while creating a couple who seem perfectly attuned even when they are in conflict.
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A sweet love story!
This book is an overall easygoing love story between two people that meet in an unfortunate situation.
I agree with another review that states that the Epilogue could have been better, especially ending the book the way the author did. Meaning, I felt like the author kind of threw the ending together and ended the story fast without much detail. There were a few details that were left untied, that kind of thing.
However, the novel is short and sweet and perfect for a weekend read!
The story was great but it need a better epilogue.
Contemporary lighthearted romance
Until It Fades had a jumping timeline throughout the book referencing back to the past. I didn't quite understand the relevance of this format until later. Catherine was primarily the main character and narrator of her own love story. She lived in a small town where gossip mongers destroyed her image from one teenage mistake.
Catherine was an impressionable teenager who was easily manipulated by her art teacher. Her involvement with her teacher caused Catherine to become ostracized.
Catherine always dreamed about leaving the small town, but found she had limited options when she became pregnant. Catherine moved out at eighteen having brought shame to her family for her scandalous affair with her teacher. “she was victimized not only by a teacher but also by the school principal and her community”.
Then one foggy night Catherine played hero to a hockey player who had the capability to redeem her reputation.
Brenna's character was an adorable five year old, but I had a hard time believing most of what came out of her mouth. I know children are very observant but they also have short attention spans so when Brenna made observations in regards to sad eyes I thought that was too much for a five year old to notice. Most of what Brenna remembered in conversations was questionable for her young mind.
Brett's character was caring and thoughtful. The connection was a hard sell for me with Catherine's questionable doubts and fears. I didn't feel the attraction in an angst driven way. Too many obstacles were part of the reason for the disconnect. He himself was a wonderful character and welcome addition to the story.
Catherine's character was stubborn and independent. It was admirable her drive to provide a life for her daughter with limited resources. Her stubbornness was annoying and stupid at times. Her relationship with her mother was a huge factor in her choices, but she was so determined to prove her independence that she isolated herself.
Ms. Tucker delivered a lighthearted contemporary romance. She proved she can write story's from various genres without it infringing upon her writing ability. However, at times I felt the storyline moved too slowly. Certain scenes seemed to drone on and on as if rehashing the same scene from one character to another. Some of the information regarding Brenna was not typical knowledge of a five year old. I did love all the minor characters who were supporters of Catherine's. They added to Catherine's growth and development.