Friday, July 21, 2017

REVIEW: Until It Fades by K.A. Tucker

Our Review

Shel: KA Tucker can write anything. Right? Aren't we all in agreement? I mean seriously everything she writes has me glued to my kindle and completely absorbed--so absorbed that when I reach the ending I'm always trying to tap for the next pages and am sad when there aren't any. Until It Fades had me sneak reading at work, staying up way later than I should, and rushing home before the girls got off their buses so that I could fit more reading time in. Court: AMEN. I have officially loved this woman since Ten Tiny Breaths captivated our hearts, and I will keep right on with this book. This book was absolutely amazing and enthralling and kept my heart racing until the very last page.

Shel: I'm sure as you scroll through the reviews of this novel on Goodreads or Amazon you'll see lots of reasons why readers love this novel and the pairing of Catherine and Brett and most likely I'd agree with most (if not all) of the reasons but for me I think the thing that really worked for me was the various family dynamics. Whether it was the flashbacks to her nightmarish teen experience or what was happening 7 years later, I liked the moments of honesty and love that were a constant and that the families involved weren't just the biological ones but the ones we make on our own-our friends and our loves. The contrasts of then and now, of her family and his, of her work family and the people of her town made for a rich reading experience. Court: Uhhhh! YES! A thousand times yes. The secondary characters in this book really almost stole the show. Between Brenna, Keith, Lou, Leroy and especially Jack...I really enjoyed how much dialogue and character development is in this book. It really speeds along and is exciting in so many different way from start to finish. Nothing went as I expected (and yeah, I am still trying to guess what's gonna happen...and that is probably something that is never gonna happen with K.A. Tucker...but I can't help it!) I really enjoyed the premise, and really just enjoyed every second of Brett and Catherine. 

Shel: I'd be remiss if I didn't say that I appreciated that Tucker tried to keep Catherine's experiences as a single, poor mom were as real as possible and yet never felt grim--just real. I also liked that as much as Brett helped her, she helped him which feels like the only way they could work. Court: We love single parent stories for how much heart and grit they have to keep on keeping on every day, and when an author does it justice...perfecto! Their meeting is unlikely, but once they do...I felt their path to being friends is a genuine one that wasn't fast, or insta, or contrived. I REALLY appreciated that, and I REALLY appreciated how insightful Brenna is. She might just be the smartest character we have! She loves her momma and really wants her to be happy and it was beautiful. 

Shel: As with all of Tucker's books I can't help but see what she'll do next and hold out hope that we might see the characters again some day. Court: She opened the door! We'll be waiting to see if she walks through it! (Read: Hoping! Waiting! Excitedly!) 

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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 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?

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