A flat tire, a chance meeting, a mutual attraction that can’t be denied – but what should be an easy relationship between two kindred spirits is anything but. Fate took a wrong turn somewhere because the woman that Jesse has fallen for belongs to someone else. Jesse knows he should walk away, but he won’t abandon the only woman to ever win his heart. He won’t leave her at the hands of her ruthless and powerful husband. But in a cruel turn of events, he was unable to stop the brutal attack that left her for dead. Now she’s awake and fortunately has no memory of her assault… but she also has no memory of Jesse and the love they shared. Like water, will the truth find its way to the surface? Or will it be lost and buried forever?
Burying Water opens onto a chilling scene that grabbed my attention immediately and held it to the end. The story is told flawlessly in dual POVs with present and past chapters that kept me transfixed. There are pages that are filled with the sweetest moments – and then there are pages with moments so horrific, I was torn between wanting to know more and wishing I didn’t know what I already did.
I love Jesse. Everything about him, from his background story to his love of classic cars and the brilliant talent he has for restoring them. With his troublesome past, he deserves to love and be loved by the woman he gave his heart to. But her story is one of misery and desperation. It seems impossible, and it was difficult to read about at times; but Water is strong. Her body may be battered, but her spirit won’t be broken. She may be scarred, but she is resilient. Jesse says he stopped to change a flat tire but that it was the flat tire that changed him. And it did. Their meeting was meant to be, and I don’t want to imagine what might have happened to these two if they had never connected. One of my favorite passages in the book is this:
Just as it takes sadness to know happiness, to have been hungry to appreciate being full… we have to be lost in order to be found. The pain and the struggles these characters endured broke my heart, but the courage they found to prevail was inspiring and beautiful.
There are so many wonderful and intriguing characters in this book. A favorite of mine is Ginny. She plays a pivotal role in the ‘now’ portions of the story, and I love the interactions and dialogue between her and Water. I also adore the Welles family. Gabe and Meredith are so endearing; and though their relationship with their son hasn’t been easy, the love they all have for one another is obvious. The characters are so well fleshed out, and every chapter is as absorbing as the next.
The writing in this book is fantastic. The pacing is perfect and thrilling, and the way the past and present chapters unfold are brilliant. Ms. Tucker has always been a favorite of mine; but she reached new heights with this story, and I am in love.
My Rating: ★★★★★
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
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