Eric and Kyra's marriage hit the rocks when Kyra discovered the suggestive emails Eric sent to a much younger female employee. On the brink of divorce, Eric moves out of their home and begins to look at what the future will be like without the love of his life and their son. But before the future arrives, the present strikes when Kyra is in a car accident and loses all memory of Eric's infidelity. Eric moves back home, and begins the daily reality of living a lie that everything between the two is fine, while desperately hoping the lie becomes the truth and Kyra will never remember.
It's entertaining. Very similar to Francine Rivers' 'The Scarlet Thread' and 'The Vow' by Kim and Krickitt Carpenter. The plot is fairly predictable, but it's well executed. If you enjoyed either of the books above, then you will probably enjoy this as well.
Dry as Rain is a story of forgiveness, redemption and family. Kyra has lost her memory and cannot remember the last few years with her husband, years that had not been so good. Eric is consumed by his work believing that he does it so his family can have the best, so that they can be happy. Eric has been unfaithful, and with the lost of Kyra's memory he sees his chance to start over, to get Kyra to fall in love with him all over again. In his plans to make his marriage what he has once dreamed of he hides the truth from Kyra, not telling her the whole story and keeping the truth from her in hopes that her memory won't return, or if it does all he has done will outweigh the past.
This book has many valuable lessons throughout it about honesty and forgiveness and redemption and reminds us about what in life will truly make us happy. Dry as Rain is told from the perspective of Eric, I was not a fan of Eric and the choices he was making and was a struggle to really connect with the characters. The deception and Eric's unwillingness to listen to those around me, although true to life at times made me very frustrated. The book tended to be a bit predictable. It was still a decent read and very well written, it just wasn't the type of book I would choose for myself to read again.
On some levels this was tough book to read. I don't mean that in a negative way, more in that it made me think a lot. Anyone who has been married would probably relate to some aspects of this story, and for those that aren't, perhaps it would provide some cautionary elements.
Eric & Kyra Yoshida have been together for about 20 years, married for most of that time. They have one grown son, Benji, and used to be madly in love but are now experiencing some serious problems. During their separation, Eric has an affair, Benji is discharged from the military, and Kyra is in a car accident serious enough to cause some memory loss. Conveniently for Eric, who has now decided he wants to reconcile, Kyra doesn't recall their separation and views him in a way she hasn't for quite a while. Although he wants to tell her, he wants her back more and justifies that on some level, being completely honest isn't in her best interests.
There are a lot of layers to this book, and although I would overall be glad to recommend it - Gina Holmes is an excellent writer (loved Crossing Oceans), there were times when reading it was a challenge. Since the main character wasn't extremely likeable to me, I had a hard time rooting for him when I just wanted to give him a good shake. And then kick him in the shins. That said - it's a worthwhile read.
I read, "Crossing Oceans", Gina's 1st book, and enjoyed it very much. When I heard she'd finished her 2nd book I was excited to read it, knowing it would be good. However, it wasn't just good - it was GREAT! Without giving anything away, I want to say the issue of unfaithfulness in marriage is handled delicately and very realistically. The story is told from the husband's point of view and there is not condemnation or justification for him being unfaithful to his marriage vows. I know she has a 3rd book coming out sometime in the next few months and I'm SUPER excited to read it!!!