Author: K.A. Tucker
Series: Burying Water #1
Published by: Atria Books
Publication Date: October 7, 2014
Left for dead in the fields of rural Oregon, a young woman defies all odds and survives—but she awakens with no idea who she is, or what happened to her. Refusing to answer to “Jane Doe” for another day, the woman renames herself “Water” for the tiny, hidden marking on her body—the only clue to her past. Taken in by old Ginny Fitzgerald, a crotchety but kind lady living on a nearby horse farm, Water slowly begins building a new life. But as she attempts to piece together the fleeting slivers of her memory, more questions emerge: Who is the next-door neighbor, quietly toiling under the hood of his Barracuda? Why won’t Ginny let him step foot on her property? And why does Water feel she recognizes him?
Twenty-four-year-old Jesse Welles doesn’t know how long it will be before Water gets her memory back. For her sake, Jesse hopes the answer is never. He knows that she’ll stay so much safer—and happier—that way. And that’s why, as hard as it is, he needs to keep his distance. Because getting too close could flood her with realities better left buried.
The trouble is, water always seems to find its way to the surface.
I read Ten Tiny Breathes a few months ago and really liked it, but haven’t got around to reading the rest of the series yet. However, when I saw Burying Water, I knew I had to read it. And guess what. I loved it!
I love the way the author laid the story out, alternating from past to present. In the present, we get Water’s perspective of what she is going through after being left for dead and having no memory of her life. In the past, we get Jesse’s perspective that leads up to the present, until the two eventually merge.
There isn’t really a big mystery to the readers of who is who and what their roles are, since we pretty much know from the beginning what’s going on, but there is still the mystery of where everything is going and how it all unfolds. There is danger and some pretty dark situations, but it’s also a beautiful, heart touching story. I really enjoyed the journey.
Water has a nice balance of strength and vulnerability that I really like. While Jesse has a bit of a reputation, it’s obvious he’s a wonderful guy. Their relationship was a forbidden one in both circumstances they were in, but they still grew close despite the situations. They are two characters that just felt right together.
I love how Jesse’s family played a role in the story, but I especially loved Ginny. The relationship Water built with Ginny was beautiful. I actually knew an older woman like her when I was younger, and she would only allow me and another girl to take care of her horses. So that specific storyline really struck a chord with me.
Burying Water really is a terrific book, and I enjoyed it a lot. I’m definitely going to go a read the rest of Tucker’s other series now!