Burying Water

K.A. Tucker
Burying Water
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Atria Books
Release Date
October 2014
Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Romantic Suspense/Mystery

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.

Book Review by BJ (reviewer)
Oct 17, 2014   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
122 people found the following review helpful
5 "the truth, like water, always rises to the top" stars! What an emotional journey! This romance will convince you that what is wrong is right and what is right is wrong. Moreover, you will be left questioning just how far you'd go to save someone you love. Would you lie? Cheat? Give up everything you ever thought you wanted? Walk away? Nonetheless, when a love is destined to be, can any action, no matter how extreme and resolute, ever truly end it? Proving the saying that starts with "if you love something set it free", BURYING WATER is an inspiring story of survival and fate.

Imagine waking up, after having been raped and left for dead, with absolutely no memory of your past . . . not even your name. These are the dire circumstances that "Jane Doe", who later symbolically renames herself "Water", wakes up to. Fortunately for her, in a situation where she could have otherwise found herself utterly alone, she instead develops a relationship with several of the small town residents of Sisters, Oregon who help her establish a new life.

Chief among them are her doctor, Meredith Alwood, and her husband Gabe Welles, the town's sheriff, who together convince Water to stay with their elderly neighbor, Ginny Fitzgerald, once she is discharged from the hospital. Over time Water develops a special relationship with Ginny. Mysteriously, however, the one person that Ginny warns Water to stay away from is Meredith and Gabe's son, Jesse Welles. So why is it that no matter the warnings, Water can't help but feel drawn to Jesse in a strangely, familiar way?

Jesse knows that he should stay away, but like a moth to a flame, he also is unable to steer clear of Water. Even convinced that her safety and happiness hangs in the balance, and that his nearness could trigger her memory, he can't help himself.

Can true love be denied? Moreover, can it survive the onslaught that the surfacing of the truth, like water, will no doubt unleash?

I wish I could say more--there really is so much that this novel stirred within me--but this is truly one of those reads, where the less you know going into it, the more profound the experience. Suffice it to say, Ms. Tucker has impressed me so much with her writing, both in this novel and in her Ten Tiny Breaths series, that she has now earned a well-deserved, spot on my auto-buy list!
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