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!!!
In "Dry As Rain," Gina Holmes has written a unusual novel detailing the story of one man's "moment of weakness" and the resulting consequences. What I found especially unique was the fact that its written as a first person narrative and from the perspective of the adulterous spouse. While I would not normally gravitate to a book with this as the central plot, I did enjoy the story and the fact that Ms. Holmes was able to make the novel quite realistic and yet also hopeful.
However, coming from Tyndale Publishers, I did expect a more "Christian" or at least Biblically infused book, yet I do think it would still be encouraging to spouses on both sides of adultery.
Dry as Rain by Gina Holmes is her second book. I really liked Crossing Oceans but I enjoyed Dry as Rain even more. Gina has a gift for writing issue driven stories that include wonderful characters. The characters are very human and you like them at times and you dislike them at times. They could be our neighbors, family or even ourselves. Which always makes for an interesting read if not a comfortable one.
Eric and Kyra had something wonderful and they promised each other it was forever. On their way to success they lost each other and the promise they made. When Kyra finds an incriminating email she tells Eric he needs to leave.
When Kyra loses her memory, Eric has to decide if what they had is worth figthing for. With support from a friend and little support from Kyra's sister, he decides it is and goes to work. But when Kyra gets her memory back will she be able to forgive him? Will it still be worth it?
Statictics are showing that the greatest number of divorces are happening in marriages that are 20 - 35 years old. It is happening across the board, in and out of churches. When asked why, infidelity is still listed as number 1, but running a close second is the "we just grew apart" reason. Empty nesters find themselves suddenly having lots of time on their hands and don't know what to do with each other. They have their own lives and nothing in common with their spouse. This can even lead into the first problem.
What makes Dry as Rain so interesting is that it is told from Eric's perspective. He talks a lot about why he did things like earning a living and moving the family into a certain neighborhood and even why he sent and received the email. I thought it was an interesting perspective on the story that usually gets written from the woman's perspective. I am not sure how Gina was able to write this perspective so well, but like I said, it is interesting to get the guy's point of view.
If you haven't had a chance to pick up a book by Gina yet, this is a great place to start.
This is not your typical love story. It's one fraught with the humanity that is so prevalent in a fallen world. Their marriage deadens like the frog who goes from cold to boiling water without realizing he's being cooked. Much like many marriages around us. Real.
And then, Eric, the main character, discovers he has done the thing he never believed he was capable of. But isn't that the insidious nature of sin? We are most vulnerable to that which we believe we are not.
Now, how to heal what has been broken. Eric is given an opportunity when his wife loses the portion of her memory where the marriage had been crumbling. Unfortunately, Eric takes too long to see and own the effects of his woundings, and how God would have him heal them, so rather than build the marriage on truth, he selfishly takes advantage of the advice the doctor gave him.
Will he see what's wrong before it's too late? Can he work to build back what he's destroyed? You'll have to read to find out.
Gina Holmes is a very talented writer. I am instantly drawn to her characters and their story and hope their lives will turn out well. They are strong and vulnerable, good and bad, spiritual and selfish. Human. Her writing made it easy to enter into the world of this man struggling to heal the effects of his own wrongs. And though the reader may not always agree with his choices, he or she has a better understanding of why he made them. A reminder of the reason God tells us not to judge.
What I love about this story is that it is very real. The characters are flawed and desperately in need of a Savior, even when they think they already have Him in their hip pocket. Most troubled marriages develop from a lifetime of cracks and often require a lifetime of spackle. And sometimes, when the hole is too big, one needs to build from scratch.
And yet, it can be done! My only wish in reading this book is that I could have lingered a little longer in the real rebuilding of the relationship. It was beautiful. As God's healing always is. It just takes truth, work, and sometimes the hands of time.
Dry as Rain is not only a great title, but an incredible story of redemption and discovering what is truly important in life. Money won't keep you warm at night or hold your hand when you are old. Just like in real life, the author doesn't make it easy on the characters when their lives unravel. I've read a number of great books this year on the subject of infidelity and found this one to be better than most for a number of reasons. First, I loved how the author wrote the entire story from the male point of view even though the author is a woman. I thought she did a great job with first person point of view. Eric's internal dialog rang true to me. For the duration of the novel, I felt like I was Eric.
I really empathized with Eric on a number of issues. He'd dug himself a pretty big hole with a few dumb decisions that cost him dearly, and he couldn't take the consequences back for a do-over. Who wouldn't want their wife to forget the bad stuff from their past when an opportunity to have their heart's desire--intimacy with the person who hate been hateful toward them--presented itself? The guilt he experienced was plenty of punishment, and typically the anguish a person can inflict on himself from guilt is often worse than what the spouse can dish out anyway.
While it's not an excuse, as is true in most affairs, one person strays because the other has grown cold toward them. It usually starts out with something as innocent as an e-mail. Most of the people I know who have had infidelity in their marriage said it started the same way. It's a sorry substitute to feel valued and attractive by someone other than your life-mate, which Eric soon discovered after he got a taste of what he thought he wanted. He learned the hard way that he'd sacrificed his family to earn more money, which caused his wife to resent him and grow distant. So many men do that when what their family really wants is not a bigger house, but a dad and husband who spends time with them.
I have never understood how women can become such witches when they have been cheated on, but I found the portrayal in this novel totally believable because I've known many women who acted just like Kyra did. Their anger and hurt just makes them look ugly and bitter, rather than attractive and someone desirable to the person who cheated. So in my opinion, Eric was a saint to be patient with her. I know he's the one who did wrong, but how many times does someone need to be yelled at and reminded of what they did wrong over and over again? He was truly sorry for what he did. He realized his mistake and had no desire to repeat it. Bitterness just hurts the person who is bitter about things, and Kyra was a great example of that. Sure she had the right to be angry, but she hurt herself more than she hurt Eric.
At any rate, I loved how the story played out and how Eric learned to be honest with himself and others over time. I loved how his priorities changed and how he decided to never give up regardless of what he faced every day. Most of all, I loved how God took an ugly situation and turned it around so it was used for the good. Great story with a convincing spiritual arc too. This is a powerful novel that is definitely making my top fiction list for 2011.