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.
Before I tell you what I think about this book, I will give a little synopsis (without any spoilers, hopefully)! This book goes between the past and present. The past is from Jesse Welles' point of view and the future is from Jane Doe/Water's point of view. Jane Doe/Water wakes up in a hospital in Sisters, Oregon, badly injured and without a single clue to who she is. She cannot remember her own name, where she is from or anything to clue in why she is the shape that she is. While she is in the hospital, she has a roommate named Ginny. Ginny is an older woman that has some eccentricities. She does not want any men near her and she also does not appear very friendly. The doctor for both Ginny and Jane Doe/Water is Dr. Alwood who also happens to be Ginny's next door neighbor. As Jane Doe/Water begins to recover physically from Ginny takes Jane Doe/Water into her home. Ginny has some very odd rules and does not like to leave her house. Jane Doe/Water tries to remember who she is/was and has to keep a notebook of words and the words that she associates with them. In someway she hopes that they unlock her memory. When Jane Doe/Water finally discovers who she really was, it seems to shatter her current world.
Jesse Welles is the son of Dr. Alwood and her husband Gabe Welles (who also happens to be the town sheriff). He does not live with them, but makes an appearance in Jane Doe/Water's current life when he visits his parents. He keeps his distance and Jane Doe/Water seems to think that he is familiar somehow. In Jesse's part of the story you learn about his life as a mechanic in Portland. Without giving too much away, you also learn about his friends and acquaintances. He has a chance encounter with a stranger early on that changes things for him. You learn how his story is tied to Jane Doe/Water's story in some way. But, I'm not telling you, so you will have to read the book!
Man, oh man, was this a good book!! This book was crazy intense, but a really great read. If you are looking for a book that you will continue to think about long after reading it, than you need to check out this book for sure. The characters and their stories stay with you long after you finish! I am sure that it was difficult to write not only from two people's points of views, but also from the future and past tense. K.A. Tucker does this (or seems to anyways!) very easily. She also pulls off the fact that Jane Doe/Water can't remember who she is. The characters in this book where great and you learned that everyone had some sort of secret that they were protecting. You see that some secrets are very hard to let go of, but eventually they all come to light. Sometimes it's for the best and sometimes the cost of those secrets coming out can be dangerous and heartbreaking. This is by far my favorite book by K.A. Tucker!
About the Author:
Born in small-town Ontario, K.A. published her first book at the age of six with the help of her elementary school librarian and a box of crayons.
She has come a long way from working in crayon. All four books (ANATHEMA, ASYLUM, ALLEGIANCE and ANOMALY) in her best selling YA Paranormal Fantasy series - Causal Enchantment- are available now.
Her USA Today best selling New Adult Contemporary, TEN TINY BREATHS--originally self-published--was acquired by Atria Books (a division of Simon & Schuster), and is available now, along with subsequent books in the series: ONE TINY LIE, FOUR SECONDS TO LOSE, FIVE WAYS TO FALL. The prequel novella, IN HER WAKE, will be available September 2014. Her next project, BURYING WATER, will be out in October 2014 from Atria Books.
K.A. is a voracious reader and currently resides in a quaint town outside of Toronto with her husband, two beautiful girls, and an exhausting brood of four-legged creatures.
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