"Without the desert, an oasis is just another watering hole."
Eric Yoshida's 20-year marriage has fallen apart. His wife, Kyra, has accused him of an affair based on an email she found and kicked him out. Eric figures if he was accused of an affair, he might as well have one. Then Kyra suffers a concussion in an accident and has completely forgotten not only the alleged affair, but that their marriage had been on the rocks before that.
Eric loves his wife and regrets the one-night-stand. It seems he's been granted a reprieve. He only has a limited amount of time to woo her back again before she remembers everything, ending his chance at a do-over. Meanwhile, the rest of the world has carried on. Their son is hurt and confused, Kyra's sister resents him, and Danielle still works at Eric's office. Will Kyra's returning memory wipe out all the progress Eric has made?
Dry as Rain is the story of infidelity, second chances and God's faithfulness. The entire gamut of the narrator's emotions and reactions seemed logical as he works through the things that have gone wrong over their 20-year marriage. Secondary characters are clearly drawn and unique. I enjoyed watching the changes in Eric's friend Larry throughout the story and chuckling over the OCD tendencies of Kyra's sister Marnie.
Dry as Rain is the second novel by Gina Holmes. Her first, Crossing Oceans was the most powerful book I read in 2010. Dry as Rain is a worthy sophomore novel.
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.
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.