“The mind, it can be a deceitful thing. But it is no match for the heart.”- Burying Water
Title: Burying Water
Author: K.A. Tucker
Series: Burying Water
Publication Date: October 7, 2014
Publisher: Atria Books
Synopsis via Goodreads: The top-selling, beloved indie author of Ten Tiny Breaths returns with a new romance about a young woman who loses her memory—and the man who knows that the only way to protect her is to stay away.
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.
When I first read K.A. Tucker’s Ten Tiny Breaths last year, I fell completely in love with her writing style and she easily has become one of my FAVORITE authors. My next goal was to tackle The Burying Water series and the first book did NOT disappoint. Let’s get on with my FANGIRL review!Burying Water is a gripping, suspenseful tale that follows our main character Water who after being discovered in a field, Water wakes up in the hospital with no recollection of what has happened and no memory of who she is. With nowhere to go, she is taken in by Ginny, a woman with her own blurred past, and slowly starts to settle into her new “normal”. That new “normal” includes Jesse Welles. With a magnet for trouble and a rap sheet a mile long, Ginny warns Water to stay away from Jesse. But Water can’t help but feel drawn to Jesse and despite Ginny’s warning, she starts spending time with him. The more time she spends with Jesse, the more Water starts to remember snippets of her old life. But when her memories start flooding back, will the past be something best left forgotten?Burying Water is told in alternating POVs of our main characters, Jesse and Water. What makes this story so unique is the WAY the POVs are told. Jesse’s POV is called ‘then’ and it shows the events that occurred before Water lost her memory and Water’s POV is called ‘now’ and it shows the present day events as Water tries to regain her memories. While reading, I was so conflicted because every time I was in the ‘then’, I would want to go back to the ‘now’ and every time I was in the ‘now’ I would want to go back to the ‘then’. I COULDN’T get enough of either POVs!
What I liked MOST about the POVs was when the ‘then’ and the ‘now’ finally caught up with each other because WE FINALLY GET ANSWERS! The writing in this book was INTENSE! Tucker is know for her suspense and killer twists, but I have NEVER experienced feelings like this while reading a book.
From the very first page, you are HIT WITH EMOTIONS because a number of things are happening: Water is being discovered, Jesse is losing it, and then Water wakes up with no memory of who she is.This all happens within the FIRST three chapters! I was pretty much hooked after this point and I NEEDED to know what happened to Water.
One thing I really liked about this book was the setting. I don’t know why, but I am a sucker for a story that takes place in a small town. Everyone was just so welcoming and made Water feel at home in their small community. At one point, she even starts to accept the fact that she may never regain her memories and starts to take part in community events. I LOVED seeing Water find her place in this community! After everything she was put through, to finally see her happy was EXCITING!
The relationships in this story TOUCHED MY HEART. Jesse and Water’s relationship is the main focus in this story, but the relationship I want to focus on is the one between Water and Ginny. Ginny she is not the most lovable person. She’s guarded, keeps to herself, and threatens any male that steps foot on her property. But as we get more into the story, we see Ginny open up to Water and when her past is revealed, I CRIED SO HARD! I can’t—that connection was beautiful and I was so moved by how deep it truly was.
Burying Water is a MUST read! This story grips you from the start and leaves you on the edge of your seat. I can’t wait to continue the rest of the series and if the rest of the books are as INTENSE as the first, I may need to stock up on tissues (and oxygen!)