I borrowed Until It Fades from my library’s Overdrive. It’s not often I see a book on there and think I just *have* to read it as soon as possible, but the description got me on this one! Right up my alley.
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? (Goodreads)
I really liked this book. Honestly, it has a lot of elements of a story that’s been rolling around in my mind. I was disappointed to open it up and find present tense writing (it’s not my favorite), but I quickly got into the story and the tense no longer really mattered.
The small-town setting and the idea that everyone remembers you from an act of your adolescence is strong and, for a fellow small-town girl, seems pretty realistic.
I loved that Catherine’s daughter was part of the story, not just an element relegated to comments and recaps, but actually a part of the scenes.
–I’m writing this like a month after reading it, so now the details are a bit *faded* but I really enjoyed this book!
4 of 5 stars!