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?
Until it Fades was a different side to K.A. Tucker than we’re used to, employing a fairytale kind of love story in place of her typical romantic suspense, but it still had her deeply vivid characters and a self-assured heroine we’re used to having from her. Both a romance and Women’s Fiction novel, this story delved deep into the small-town life, the far-reaching echoes of bad choices, and the reverberations of a selfless deed.
It beautifully and painfully captured the true upheaval and heartbreak of a family torn apart, a community involved, and the consequences from those actions years later on both sides of the fence. Catherine’s palpable strength, both as a woman and a mother, spoke volumes with each action. I don’t know that I’ve loved one of her heroines as much as I did her; there was such purity to her even with her muddied reputation. Tucker wrote her with a light hand, insisting we fall for her swiftly and easily by simple presence alone without interference. Everything Catherine was, mixed with Brett’s unbelievably sweet and caring self, created an unputdownable story with the ability to push and pull at your heart.
With one of the best slow-burn romances I’ve experienced in a long while, Until it Fades was deeply romantic and uplifting. The swirling angst of a sweet romance that built as the story turned gave me a constant swarm of butterflies. I was charmed by a strong, defined heroine that was selfless as well as self-aware, and the love that she deserved to have in return. Tucker’s skilled storytelling shone again, showing us both a different side to her writing as well as the power of love, within and outside of us. It was a truly fascinating story that lifted me up and gave me characters worth rooting for.
♦ABOUT THE AUTHOR♦
Born in small-town Ontario, K.A. Tucker published her first book at the age of six with the help of her elementary school librarian and a box of crayons. She currently resides in a quaint town outside of Toronto with her husband, two beautiful girls, and an exhausting brood of four-legged creatures.