Burying Water (Burying Water #1) by K.A. Tucker
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.
Publishes in US: October 7th 2014 by Atria
Genre: na contemp
Series? Burying Water #1 the 2nd Becoming Rain Expected publication: March 3rd 2015 by Atria Books
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I wanted to read this one because I loved Tucker's other series-- her writing, emotional depth and characters. So it was a no brainer when I saw that she was writing a new series, I knew I had to try it.
I have read a lot of the memory loss books this year, but I am still not tired of them and this one gives its own spin to the idea. It is dual narrative and I like the voice of both Jessie and Jane Doe/Water. She is such a fighter and I admire her strength in the face of huge physical ailments as well not knowing her name, anything about her life, or why or who could have hurt her so badly.
I really appreciated how her doctor and nurse as well as a patient who roomed with her at one point all rallied around her, and gave her options when she is finally released from hospital and has no where to go. They took her as a member of the family and hooked her up with a woman who is older, eccentric, but also had a similar history and understood how being broken could effect every aspect.
I liked Jesse too, he is a great mechanic. Through his roomate he is hooked up with a job and also gets in with a Russian business partner. With a lot of chance he meets what he later figures out is a completely off limits woman that he finds so intriguing and can't seem to leave alone.
There are hints of romance but the majority of the first half it is mostly setting up the characters, the intertwined nature of how they know each other. I raced towards the end knowing that I would see how everything came together and finally see some of the scenes that the beginning only alludes to.
Now this book has some cheating. But I will use that in a loose sense because if you are in a relationship where you are treated like that, but afraid, I could see the draw of being treated with respect and an almost reverance, and makes you realize all that you are missing out on. So, it was basically a non-issue.
I liked the ending and how tied up everything felt, and this great hope for their future. I imagine that the others in this series will focus on another couple in this world, though I surely wouldn't mind getting Jessie and Water's story even more in depth.
My question to you, my lovely readers:
Have you ever known someone who lost their memory?