Gina Holmes hooked me as a reader after her debut novel Crossing Oceans released in 2010. When Dry as Rain came out I, of course, had to read it. Dry as Rain does not have the same tone as her first one. I recommend you go into this one with that understanding. Sometimes we get hung up on wanting a book just like the last one we read. Gina Holmes is much more talented than that.
I could understand Eric wanting to grab this second chance. But what a risk he took. Any woman would have known that. And Kyra's women friends tried to tell him. . .
The opening pages of Dry as Rain introduces us to Eric Yoshida, a 40-something man who's been married for 20 years. I gritted my teeth as the story began because Eric wakes up in bed with a woman who is NOT his wife. That's not exactly the best way for a character to work his way into my heart. But despite his flaws, Eric did.
The first person male voice was unexpected but was the perfect vehicle to tell this story of marriage in ruins and one man's effort to restore his relationship with his wife.
Dry as Rain by Gina Holmes is an emotional journey of forgiveness and redemption amid the chaos of poor choices. The book is a fast and satisfying read, and one I'm pleased to recommend.
I read Gina's freshman novel, Crossing Oceans, several months ago and was very, very impressed. I didn't review, and can't honestly recommend it, but that's ONLY because of the subject matter [Mom with young daughter, Mom dying of cancer] and how it hit WAAAAAAAAY too close to home for me [Mom died of cancer when I was 10; had I realized what the plotline was, I would have steered clear - but all I saw was friends I trusted gushing about it so read it without reading the back cover - by the time I realized I probably shouldn't have started it, Gina had sucked me completely in, which says scads about the quality of the writing].
But the writing was so good, that when Gina put out a call for influencers for her sophomore offering, Dry as Rain, I jumped over to Amazon to check it out.
The topic was quite different and something I thought I'd find interesting. A marriage in shambles, but then she [Kyra] has a car accident leaving her with partial amnesia - mainly that their marriage is little more than a farce by that point. In fact, Eric isn't even living at home anymore.
Everyone in Kyra's life goes along with the doctor's orders not to tell her what she doesn't remember but to let her remember on her own. To an extent that feels almost plot device-y to me, but I'll give Gina the benefit of the doubt - that a doc really would say that [especially since my experience with amnesia is mostly on TV - where it's rarely more than a plot device ;)].
So no one tells Kyra what's going on. The whole book is written in first person from Eric's point of view, so we never really see what Kyra is thinking or feeling about the whole matter. But in Eric's mind, he's getting a second chance to fix everything that was broken - if he can truly figure out what it is.
Dry As Rain is just as well written as Crossing Oceans. I was sucked in and didn't put it down until I was finished.
I think this is classified more as Women's Fiction [though the main character is male] rather than romance, but I still expected a happily ever after, which I got. I don't, as a general rule, read tons of WF, but I enjoyed this one and would recommend it to friends who like more serious tones in their reading.
Thanks to Gina and Tyndale for a free copy in exchange for influencing. This is my unbiased opinion.
Eric Yoshida has worked hard to provide a great living for his family - but at what cost? Over the years he distanced himself from the wife he meant to spend the rest of his life with, finally committing the ultimate betrayal of their love.
All seems to be over until Kyra loses part of her memory in a car crash. Will Eric have a second chance at love? Or will Kyra remember his wrongdoing and ask him to leave forever?
Gina Holmes delivers another heartfelt story in Dry as Rain. Although this one didn't bring me to tears like Crossing Oceans did, I enjoyed reading Dry as Rain. It evoked a desire to give Eric a good talking to, yet it produced a yearning for Kyra to find forgiveness, as well.
Tackling the issue of adultery, Gina didn't water it down, make excuses for it, or glorify it. She told it like it is. Not every story has a happy ending, and I applaud her realistic look at a marriage gone wrong. There is no fluff in this novel, and that elevates her as a true storyteller in my eyes. She didn't candy coat the circumstances surrounding her characters. They are incredibly believable, and reading the novel played like a movie in my mind.
I highly recommend Gina Holmes' novels. If you are looking for women's fiction dealing with real life issues and an honest, believable approach to them, her books are for you.
Please note: I received a complimentary copy of Dry as Rain from Tyndale House Publishers for the purpose of writing this review. Although I am not required to provide a good review, I can honestly say that I enjoy Gina Holmes' novels and will continue to read them as she has them published.
First, I give the author Gina Holmes props for writing this story from mainly the male's point of view. She did a very good job of it. It's one of those stories that could belong to anyone we know. Whether they are a Christian or not. Infidelity is real, even for some Christians who lose their focus and what God has called them to do. This story starts off with Eric being separated from his wife over an "innocent" email. He hadn't done anything at that point, but after getting kicked out of his house and being accused of something he hadn't done, he felt that gave him the excuse to do the real thing. We've all heard the saying two wrongs don't make a right. Eric felt so horrible the next morning, of course. He loved his wife so much, but she wasn't returning the love. She didn't even want him to touch her. And here this young co-worker of his was throwing herself at him.
His wife ends up getting in an accident and forgets that they were even separated. Eric thought this was his chance to make things right. Should he tell Kyra what has been going in between them? Maybe not, the doctor said it would be better if she remembered on her own. They start doing the romantic things they used to do and rekindled this fire he forgot they had. At some point she visits his work and is confronted with the woman he slept with. She asks Kyra if her husband had told her, and she lied and said yes. She returns home and they get into it again and he is once again homeless and on his friend's couch. Eric realizes he has to tell the truth so he writes Kyra a letter of apology for everything he had done over the course of their marriage. You have to read the story to find out, but this book can teach us a lot. There needs to be GOOD communication with your spouse. You can't expect the other person to know what's going on in your head and heart. Pray for your spouse! Another thing, God forgave us so we can forgive others. There are some good messages in this book if you pay attention to what you're reading.
I received this book for free from Tyndale Publishers in exchange for my honest review.