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Being the relatively normal twenty something she's striven to be, she's prepared for this eventuality in two ways. 1) regular visits to her ophthalmologist, and 2) putting off doing anything concrete about preparing for a life lived in the dark until some date in the far distant future.
Seems legit. I expect I'd probably do the same, but it seems that her condition has decided for her that it's time to ditch strategy number two and start getting real.
It was over a year ago that I first heard about this story, and right off, the premise of a girl coming to know and love a new guy in her life while simultaneously saying goodbye to one of the most profound ways she experiences the world around her really captured my imagination ... and then I promptly forgot the name and title and was, for months wondering what was the name of that book before I came across it again.
By that time I'd again encountered M. Mabie and read pretty much everything else she's published leaving only her debut novel and when I went to read the blurb it all clicked into place for me.
Any suspicions I might have had that because it was a debut novel that the writing or plot line might have been less than the standard I've become accustomed to were quickly put to rest as page after page drew me in and I found myself trying to harmonize the male perspective from the prologue with the various characters introduced through the main body of the novel told exclusively from Tatum's point of view.
Simply put, Fade In, with it's emotional telling of Tatum's trepidatious journey into a future she'd much rather avoid if given the chance, paired with the burgeoning romance between her and the somewhat mysterious man in her life whose sudden appearance never seems to have a satisfactory explanation builds drama and tension upon the most precarious of foundations.
Left with no doubt that there are things left unsaid, and truths avoided when they should be faced, I found myself sucked in to the point that I doubt I could have put it down even if I'd wanted to.
Certainly a top notch read that shouldn't be missed by anyone with a hankering for angst, drama and dance with the unknown.
Tatum is a spitfire and a force to be reckoned with. She's got an amazing job, great friends and a wonderful brother. Everything seems so great for her on the outside, but on the inside she's anything but great. She's slowly loosing her sight.
To help her with her busy schedule and to help with her evolving condition, Tatum decides to hire a personal assistant. She was not expecting that assistant to be in the form of Ben Harris.
"What time is it? Who is this guy? Why does he think he's late? How in the hell do I get his shirt off?"
Attraction at first sight is an understatement! They couldn't get enough of each other.
"Is this a swoon? Am I thirteen again?"
As their relationship grows, so does Tatum's apprehension. Ben is her assistant. She can't have feelings for him. Why would he want to be with someone who eventually won't be able see him?
"You don't have to say anything. Don't think that this is an offer that will expire. It won't. When you're ready for me, I'll still be here. I'm a patient man, baby."
Yeah, Ben made me swoon too Tatum!! He was so patient with her. I kinda wanted him to take care of me! Haha!
"Tatum, just because something's in the dark doesn't mean it won't shine."
But will love prevail? Can Ben break down all Tatum's defenses?
"I'm a blind fool-in more ways than one."
This book had as many funny moments as it did emotional. I loved Tatum and Ben so much! Their nicknames for each other (Benny and Baby) were adorable. Also, I really liked Winnie and Cooper. Oh, I so laughed about that! Winnie Cooper. Get it? ;)
Like I said, great debut novel! I can't wait for more books by M. Mabie
"Sometimes a few things have to fade out to make room for better ones to Fade In."
First, we have Tatum. She won me over with her dirty mouth and her sass. She's hilarious, unfiltered, and the kind of person I'd like to be. She's successful and completely happy with her life... you know, other than the little part about going blind. Enter Ben. He becomes her personal assistant, helping her adjust to her narrowing vision and impending darkness. He's perfect for her immediately. He's sweet, funny, and adores her from the moment he sets eyes on her. The reader knows that he has a secret the entire time, and so does Tatum for a while, and when it finally comes out, it's heartbreaking but perfect all at the same time. Their chemistry is off-the-charts and very real. I loved all of the characters.
I only have two complaints. One, it took way too long for Ben to enter the picture. I actually was pretty bored for the first six or so chapters. Once Ben shows up, it picks up substantially. Two, the vacation section slows down again. It needed to happen, in a way, but it got a bit blah for me. Other than that, it was fast paced, funny, and so sweet. I'll definitely be reading more from this author in the future!
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