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.
Kathleen Tucker, author of the Ten Tiny Breaths series, begins a new journey into the lives of a whole new cast of characters. Burying Water is the first installment in the series, with Becoming Rain following in the spring of 2015. Burying Water's story is 22-year old Alexandria Petrova, and 24-year old Jesse Welles.
The story is told in the then, and now, and from both characters POV's. Right from the start, Tucker opens with a scene ripped from the front page of the news. A girl is found beaten, raped, and barely hanging to life. When she finally wakens in the Hospital, she has no memories of her past life, no clue of who she really is, or where she came from.
The now portion of Burying Water is from Alex/Water's POV. Alex struggles to find a new life, with a new job, a new name; Water Fitzgerald, and a family that has taken her in, and made her a part of their lives. There is the kindly Doctor Miranda Welles, her daughter Amber who is a nurse, Sheriff Gabe Welles, and neighbor Ginny Fitzgerald who has a story all her own to tell. But, the most intriguing person is Jesse. He seems familiar to her and has no idea why. As they grow closer, things slowly make their way to the surface like they always do.
The then portion of the story is the most intriguing aspect since it clues readers into what actually happened to the girl people are now calling Water. Jesse is a stud mechanic. He can fix any car and make his fellow mechanics look like a bunch of first graders playing in a sand box. When he encounters Alex, he feels a pull towards her that is unexplained and dangerous. How can he be having feelings for a woman who is married?
Of course, this was a bit of a negative for me since two wrongs don't make it right when it comes to spousal cheating. If your spouse is cheating, then he/she doesn't really love you, do they? It's time to drop the anchor, and get the hell off the sinking ship before something ugly happens. And ugly is definitely a world for what happens to Alex.
From the beginning, Burying Water's mystery is who would do this to Alex and why? Did Jesse have any part in her near death? Why are people telling Water to stay away from Jesse, including her hostess Ginny? Will Alex/Water ever recover her memories, or is she better off not knowing what happened to her?
Once again, Tucker's Burying Water portrays characters who are far from perfect, and melds them until they become characters that you can understand and perhaps connect to. My other complaint about this story is the use of rape in the storyline. I wish we could get over the need for this in any sort of story. It is unsettling, and unnecessary. One can say a person has been raped, without actually WRITING a scene showing the brutality of what a woman goes through. Perhaps before I die which may be any day now since authors are absolutely intent on killing me before it's my time.
Author - K.A. Tucker
Title - Burying Water (Burying Water # 1)
Published by Atria
Released: October 7, 2014
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Format: E-Book 368 pages