Thursday, October 2, 2014

Burying Water (Burying Water #1) by K.A. Tucker

Burying Water
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MrsLeif's Review
A woman is left to die after a horrible attack. When she wakes up she can't remember who she is but she knows she has suffered a terrible loss and that she will carry a scar on her face for the rest of her life. Tired of being called Jane (Jane Doe) she changes her name to Water. She will need months of therapy and help starting over.  She is lucky that her surgeon Meredith, her husband Gabe and her daughter Amber are all willing to help her. What she doesn't understand is why she wants Meredith's son's attention.

Jesse Welles is in need of atonement. He wants to help Water the best he can. The best way is too stay away from her. This is not an easy task. He wants Water and he fights himself until he realizes she's seeking him and her pull is too strong to ignore.
But, what happens when she gets her memory back? Those pesky secrets are like water and they come up when you least expect them.....

"If you wait long enough, the truth always finds its way. Just like that stream. Just like water."

This was such a different book from K.A. Tucker.  I liked the mystery behind the circumstances that connect Jesse and Water. It wasn't hard to figure out their connection but the reader wants to know what happened to make Water end up almost dying. The book has dual POV and a Now and a Past chapters. Each Past chapter brings you closer to the Now. 
These characters are imperfect but together they make perfect look real.

“Deep, consuming feelings. The kind that dominate your thoughts and control your decisions. And feed your soul.”

The secondary characters are well developed. I did love Ginny and I'm glad Water was able to help her heal in a way. I hope Amber is next or maybe Boone, can't decide. 

“And tomorrow is Wednesday, and the next day is Thursday, and one day you’ll learn that none of the names really matter. What matters is that you make the most of every day while you still can.”

Cliffhanger: No

4/5 Fangs

A complimentary copy was provided by the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

MrsNorthman's Review
K.A. Tucker has done it again.  Written a book with characters that I adore.  This story gripped me right from the first page and took me on such an emotional journey.  A journey full of regrets and mistakes that were overcome with resilience, love and the strength of family.

Imagine waking up in a hospital and not recognizing your own face or even remembering your own name.  Well, that's exactly what happens to Jane.  Jane Doe.  All she knows is what she's been told.  That she was severely beaten, raped and left for dead.  Maybe it's better if she doesn't have any memory of what happened.  The fear of her attacker finding out that she's still alive keeps her quiet and intent on making a fresh start.  Including coming up with a new name, Water.

"I am lost and yet somehow found.  I am afraid and yet somehow comforted. I am drifting and yet somehow...home." 

It's with the support of her doctor, Meredith, and Meredith's family that Water is able to start over.   Meredith's compassion and utter selflessness made me love her.  Her husband Gabe, the town sheriff, the strong silent type, was willing to do anything to keep his family safe.  Their old, cranky neighbor Ginny was there to offer Water a safe place to live.  Ginny was one of my favorites right from the start.  She closed herself off to the world years ago, but Water brings something out in her.  Something that gets her to open up and start to heal.

And then there is Meredith and Gabe's son, Jesse.  He's been labeled the bad seed in their small town.  He's a little rough around the edges, but he has a good heart.  There is just something about his dark eyes that draw Water in.  A feeling of comfort and ease whenever he's around.  As pieces of her memory slowly return, her reality is not at all what she expected.

"If you wait long enough, the truth always finds its way. Just like the stream. Just like water."

There were so many tender moments that just tore at my heart.  Water's need for the familiar wool blanket, the blueberries, the s'mores and most of all Jesse's patience.  His willingness to give her up, and sacrifice his own happiness, if it means that she can have a fresh start and a chance to live a simple, happy life. 

"Why blueberries?" A long pause hangs between us and then he shrugs. "Because they're my favorite."

K.A. Tucker has such a way with words.  What makes a great writer to me is one that can steal your thoughts away from anything else, but the world they have created.  That's exactly what she does.  It's just sad when reality hits and you realize that the words are about to come to an end and you have to let go of the characters you have grown to love.  I'm dying to find out whose story will be told in Becoming Rain and to get my next Tucker fix.
5/5 Fangs
*Complimentary copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

MrsAlcide's Review

“He said the truth is like that water, it doesn’t matter how hard you try to bury it; it’ll always find some way back to the surface.  It’s resilient.”

This book was unlike any other book I’ve ever read.   The different POV’s and past and present times were so interesting it made me read faster and faster.  Generally, I really dislike books that are written in the past.  It’s just one of those things that turns me off of books, but this one MADE THE STORY SO MUCH BETTER!!!!

Jesse is a gear-head.  He loves cars and is an amazing mechanic.  He can fix any engine and everyone is amazed by how awesome he is at such a young age.  Because of his skills he ends up getting a job that may not be exactly legal, but it will get him the dream car he’s always wanted so he can’t pass it up.  During this job he meets and falls for his “boss’s” wife, Alex, even though that’s not the first time they’ve met.

Okay so I really can’t talk anymore about the plot without completely ruining the story.  This book was so suspenseful and happy and sad and terrifying and angry and loving and all the emotions.  The love story was beautiful even though it started ugly. The writing was typical K.A. style and it was so enjoyable to read.  I am going to recommend this book to EVERYONE!

“The mind, it can be a deceitful thing.  But it is no match for the heart.

 4.5/5 Fangs

*Complimentary copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

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