Now this is a story that I felt could honestly happen in real life. That might sound like an exaggeration but trust me, it’s not. As far as stories go, this was so realistic, so honest and endearing that it felt incredibly believable. Author K A Tucker wrote such a lovely story, that every interaction was so strong and heartwarming it felt so real. You could honestly imagine everything that happened.
Poor Catherine has made a few bad choices in her life. I can relate to those as I made similar mistakes, becoming pregnant at a young age and having to deal with town gossip and nasty comments, I too had to deal with that too. Like Catherine, it was challenging making a life for my young daughter and I, and finding someone to share my life was the last thing I wanted.
I eventually let my guard down, but my man was not famous, nor did he have a rich and powerful family. To say that Catherine had a lot to deal with is an understatement. Meeting Brett should have been a wonderful moment, but all Catherine wanted was to stay out of the lime light and to continue living her sheltered life with her young daughter. But Brett is not just anyone. He has spent his childhood, teenage years through to his adulthood making a career out of something her loves. His determination has paid off and he is reaping the benefits of years of hard work. He knows how to win, and he wants to win Catherine heart.
Until it Fades teaches us how wonderful life can be when we open our hearts and take a risk. Despite all that has happened to Catherine, you just want her to be happy. You want her to let Brett in and for her to replace all the bad memories in her life with new happy experiences. I loved how self-sufficient Catherine is, and I admire how strong and tenacious she could be. She had a wonderful network of friends around her, for which I was happy to see, and her mum, well I couldn’t help but think of my own. But at the end of the day she was still lonely, and needing s strong man to help break down her walls and show her unconditional love.
Brett is such a likeable guy. He is simply wonderful. He is charming, good-looking, kind-hearted and caring. Everything a girl could want. He isn’t arrogant, self-centred or controlling, he simply wants to know Catherine and her daughter. He explains his career, the amount of time he spends travelling with his team and doesn’t play emotional games with her.
So many times I have read about miscommunication in books, problems that could have been easily fixed with just a simple conversation. In Until it Fades, it was so nice to read a couple that actually talked to each other. Catherine and Brett made me cry, made my laugh and made me smile. Their story has become a favourite, one I will read again soon just so I can relive their story all over again.
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Amazon Premise –
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?
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