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?
I have to say when I first picked up this book, I wasn’t exactly sure of what I was going to be getting myself into. However, the cover and synopsis grabbed my attention and boy am I so glad I decided to pick this book up.
Until It Fades follows the story of Catherine and Brett. I was captivated from the moment I picked up this book. I was intrigued by Catherine’s story and couldn’t wait to learn more. Catherine’s story is incredibly well written and will take you on one emotional and heartbreaking journey. Catherine’s life is anything but easy, and she will have a lot of obstacles to overcome. Her journey is confusing and beautiful and heartbreaking all at the same time.
Until It Fades is a unique coming of age story. I believe that Catherine’s character grows and matures quite a lot through out her story. Her story is one of young love and its consequences. It’s one of making mistakes and learning from them. Her story is one of hope and doing the right thing. It is a story about learning to not be so hard on yourself. But, mostly, it’s a story about forgiveness and second chances.
I admired Catherine so much as I read her story. I couldn’t fathom all the things that she had to endure all while living in a small town where your life is essentially on display. I admired her strength and the love she had for her daughter. I loved just how good of a person she was and how as an adult, she really thought about the decisions that she made. And Brett…I wasn’t expecting him at all, but I have to say, he came into Catherine’s life at just the right moment. He was kind and supportive. He took his time getting to know Catherine and never rushed or judged her. He was just the guy she needed in her life.
Until It Fades was a fantastic read. I was captivated from beginning to end. This story broke my heart, frustrated me and made me fall in love. There were twists that surprised me and had me holding my breath. I honestly couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. I had to see how Catherine’s story was going to end. And in the end, the journey was so worth the ride. I am so glad I decided to check this book out.
*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review*