Thursday, July 6, 2017

Review: UNTIL IT FADES by K.A. Tucker


by K.A. Tucker
Publication Date: June 27, 2017
Published by Atria Books
Pages: 368
Source: Netgalley 
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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?

My Thoughts

I straight-up loved this book! I learned about UNTIL IT FADES when I met K.A. Tucker at Apollycon earlier this year and I have been anxiously waiting for it ever since. And even though I have several of Tucker's books, it was the concept of a small town, a young woman with a past, and fear of the media spotlight, that put this book at the top of my TBR list.

This story sunk its hooks into me and I read it well into the night. I enjoyed Tucker's style of writing and the first person perspective and really getting to understand Catherine - her life, her friendships, and her relationship with her family.

What I liked:
  • The idea of Catherine being a truck stop waitress. I knew this occupation/profession would bring a lot of interesting people into her life. (I was a waitress at a restaurant right off of the interstate, so I find this part of her life totally relatable.)
  • Brett Madden - I fell for him immediately. His gratitude and that first hug he gave Catherine and I was a goner.
  • Catherine's five year old daughter, Brenna. She was inquisitive and active and adorable. Her presence wasn't to add a cuteness factor to the story, but rather to show the love between a mother and her child. And to show the wonder of a child's love for the people in her life.
  • The flashbacks - I enjoy this method of storytelling and getting to learn about the character's past
  • This book made me laugh and filled my heart with hope. There were moments of intensity that had my heart pumping and the tears threatening to flow.

Favorite Quotes:

"for the fairy-tale lover in all of us" - THIS DEDICATION.I need more of the happily ever afters

"This is the problem with where I live. Small towns, small lives. Big mouths." - There are wonderful things about small towns, but when people get to talking and your life becomes everyone's business, Catherine can't help but focus on the negative. 

"Because this is a good thing, and you deserve good things in your life, whether you'll accept that or not." Catherine is just too hard on herself

I feel foolish for waiting so long to read a book by this author because I enjoyed UNTIL IT FADES so much. I'm just thankful that I have a whole collection to dive in to.

I highly recommend this book because everyone deserves their happily ever after!

Disclaimer:  I received this e-ARC from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.  I was not compensated in any way other than the e-ARC provided. Quotes were taken from the Advanced Reader Copy and may differ from the final published version. Thoughts and opinions are my own.

K.A. Tucker is the author of He Will Be My Ruin and the Ten Tiny Breaths and Burying Water series. She currently resides outside of Toronto with her husband, two beautiful girls, and a Chug.

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