I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Burying Water by K.A. Tucker
Published by Atria on October 7, 2014
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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.
STOP!!! – the first few lines of this review may be spoilish.
Against my better judgement I’m giving this book four stars. There are a few things I consider “hard limits” when I’m selecting books to read. One of them is cheating. I don’t like it. I don’t like it when it’s not mentioned in the synopsis letting me know ahead of time. I can understand for the sake of this story (plot wise) that it was necessary, but still I gotta say overall that I don’t like cheating. It’s because of this that I almost DNF’d this book early on. The reason I didn’t and decided to stick with it is because K.A.Tucker is one of my favorite authors. I love her books and I just couldn’t give up on this story. Now after having finished Burying Water I’m really glad I stuck with it.
I loved both Water & Jesse from the beginning. They meet under extraordinary circumstances. It struck me as a little bit unrealistic that Water would react the way she did upon meeting Jesse, but the more I read the more I could see why she did. Both of these characters are very interesting. And I really enjoyed getting to know them. They seemed drawn to each other right away. I think Jesse was sort of a safe Haven for Water. Someone she could confide in. Someone she could trust.
I’m finding it hard to not give away spoilers in this review. So I’m going to keep this review short and simple. Burying Water has multiple layers to it. It switches in time from the past and to the present. It will hold your attention all the way through. At least it did for me. It will keep you guessing about what’s going to happen next. I love stories like this. I love trying to figure out what’s going to happen next and how things are going to end. While I had a few things figured out, there were others I didn’t.
Overall, I really liked this book and how things ended. It really was an enjoyable read. I can’t wait to read more of Ms Tucker’s books in the future.