Burying Water by K.A. Tucker

October 3rd, 2014 Kimberly Review 55 Comments

3rd Oct
Burying Water by K.A. Tucker
Burying Water
by K.A. Tucker
Series: Burying Water #1
Published by: Simon and Schuster
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: Publisher
Purchase: Amazon
Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star

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.

Burying Water is the first novel in the Burying Water series by K. A. Tucker and fans of her Ten Tiny Breathes series,  will not be disappointed. Tucker weaves in a little mystery, memory loss, and romance then drops them in a rural Oregon countryside with horses, and an ornery old woman who will steal your heart.

Tucker is fantastic at plotting out her stories and fleshing out characters. Even secondary characters have a unique voice and enhance the story. The tale is broken into “then” and “now” chapters that allowed us to experience our Jane Doe and important characters before her accident and after. Each chapter is powerful and reveals clues. I never felt pulled between the two timelines, and each ended in such a way that kept me as the reader flipping the pages.

Our characters are flawed, sweet, and vulnerable. Jane Doe has lost her memory, and her only clues consist of the clothes she was wearing the night of the accident. Through her, we learn of her past, present, and experience her regaining her memories even as she creates new ones. I enjoyed getting to know Jane and her inner thoughts as she struggles to decide who she is. Jessie Welles is her new next-door neighbor, a sexy mechanic who is always willing to lend a helping hand. Jessie has made a few mistakes, and he is genuinely a good guy, who loves hard. Ginny is the ornery old woman who weaves quilts and befriends Jane. I adored this woman, and her backstory was fascinating. She made me laugh aloud and had me hugging myself tight as I thought about her past.

The romance threaded between the two timelines is a beautiful one, and yet tainted. I worried Tucker would not be able to make me see past some concerns and issues that I first experienced, but I was safe in her care. Both relationships felt genuine, and I loved how they entwined. This is mild on sexual content and high on sweet moments.

Jane’s memory loss created a little mystery, suspense and tension as the reader slowly pieces things together and begins to worry how it will unfold. Will we get our HEA? Since this is a series, I am hoping that Tucker delivers some of the secondary characters in future novels. Burying Water hooked me from page one and the hours slipped away from me. When I wasn’t reading Burying Water, I was thinking about it. I love when a book holds me captive like that. The title ties into Jane’s tale; it is so appropriate and made me smile.

Burying Water and the characters in this new series will thrill fans of Tucker. The story gave me all the “feels”, and I look forward to heading back to Oregon.

About K.A. Tucker

Born in small-town Ontario, Kathleen published her first book at the age of six with the help of her elementary school librarian and a box of crayons. She is a voracious reader and the farthest thing from a genre-snob, loving everything from High Fantasy to Chick Lit. Kathleen currently resides in a quaint small town outside of Toronto with her husband, two beautiful girls, and an exhausting brood of four-legged creatures.

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55 Responses to “Burying Water by K.A. Tucker”

    • kimbacaffeinate

      thanks Melliane. I enjoy her novels and she has a way with characters.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Thanks Melanie, I try to stay on top of her releases 🙂

  1. Rita

    I’m under the assumption that Ten Tiny Breaths was YA, but this doesn’t sound like it is. It sounds really interesting! Haven’t read anything by this author but I will be checking her out further, thanks.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      No, Ten Tiny to me was adult, but some classified them as NA, but since these peeps hold jobs, and do not attend college..it is adult.

      • Rita

        Thanks for clarification. I am confusing the author with someone else. I’m still getting used to NA category, was always YA into adult when I worked in bookstore years ago 🙂

  2. Amber Elise

    I’ve heard great things about this author but haven’t picked up her Tiny Breaths series yet. It sounds really sweet and I LOVE onerous old ladies! 🙂 Can’t wait to travel to Oregon via books!

    Amber Elise @Du Livre

  3. Nick

    I loved this one too, Kim! I’m excited to see you enjoyed it as much as I did. I thought the romance was really well-done. The only complaint I had was I wanted to know what happened to the douchey ex at the end. I wanted him to be punished, but we never find out. But still, this was beautifully written and I’m excited that it’s a series. 🙂
    Lovely review!

  4. Heidi

    Gosh this book is a regular blog whore this week. I have read countless reviews, okay at least half a dozen in the last two days. I am not the biggest fan of NA these days as I am so tired of the drama, but this one has caught my attention and I am willing to give it a go and heck it is set here in Oregon 🙂 Happy weekend, get some well deserved rest.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      To me this is an adult novel Heidi. No one is in school etc.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      It is all over the sphere right now Lauren, and thankfully everyone seems to love it.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I hope you try her Debbie, she writes a captivating tale.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      To me, that is a spoiler, and too complex to touch. The story deals with memory loss, and of forgotten plans and serious danger, etc. If there was cheating..it is not the kind that will piss you off. That’s all I am saying.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      That is exactly how this was and this is an adult novel Katherine 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Yay..another Tucker fan..woot! Enjoy I am sure you will love it 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      It does have a mystery/suspense/thriller feel to it and of course the characters were brilly.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I am so delighted to hear you enjoyed it as well Lorna 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      This was really good Sharon, and I cannot wait to hear what you think!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Enjoy Jennifer, I look forward to your review of the audio

    • kimbacaffeinate

      It was, I really enjoy Tucker, she weaves great stories.