Series: Burying Water #1
Published by Atria Books on October 7, 2014
Genres: New Adult, Romance
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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.
I love the Ten Tiny Breaths series, so I jumped at the chance at reading Burying Water. What I learnt is that Burying Water is nothing like the first series and it kind of fizzled for me.
There are two concurrent storylines in the novel – the past and the present.
In the present, we meet Water, a girl who wakes up in hospital with serious injuries and amnesia. She needs to put together the pieces of who she was in her past life and learn to live with her scars. The beginning of the book is what hooked me in the most – I wanted to know who Water was and what had happened to her.
The story flicks into the past, as we watch Jesse enter into an affair with Alexandria, a young married woman who feels trapped by her much older, rich, cheating and abusive husband. We watch a beautiful romance unfold, if it wasn’t for the problem that Alex is married.
Alex: “I never thought I would end up being this person who sleeps with another man. And yet, here I am, only four years later. A cheating wife.”
Jesse: “An abused wife, who’s been cheated on countless times herself, and who was hurt and angry.”
Alex: “That’s an excuse, not a reason….I guess we’re all capable of doing bad things. I was just being self-righteous, thinking I might be above that.”
You know how I feel about cheating, but somehow it’s justified here with the archetypal villain. What’s worse – being stuck with a husband that cheats and abuses you or cheating on him as well? I just couldn’t blame either of the characters for the romance that unfolds between them – which is how Burying Water surprised me. It changed my thoughts on a subject matter that I felt strongly about and it really goes to show that everyone has their own story.
I really admired Alex for being so incredibly resilient and strong when she needed to be. She’s undergone horrific trauma in her life, but she just carries on. She knows what her husband does is wrong, but she just withstands it anyway. This is the typical romance where the characters are better off with each other.
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
Jesse was a typical caring guy who wanted to save Alex from her circumstances after falling in love with her. I liked how he was attracted to her because of her strength of character, instead of just her looks. Aside from how much he loves cars and how much he wants to protect and rescue Alex, I didn’t garner much else from him though.
My problem with the book? Too much foreshadowing happens with a massive spoiler at the very start of the book. As a reader, I already knew how the story was going to play out with the beginning and the end of the story. I felt like I was just waiting for the characters to play catch up, rendering the rest of the book at a stuttering pace. The events that unfolded were predictable and unsatisfying.
Burying Water is one of the most confronting books I’ve read on abusive relationships and marital affairs. It’s a story of strength and resilience, a glimmer of hope, and a better future. It’s just a shame about the massive spoiler where the plot fizzled before it started, which made the book drag for me. I’ll keep reading the series though, because of K.A. Tucker’s amazing writing.
Rating: 2.5 out of 5
Thanks to Simon and Schuster Australia for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review!