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.
A compelling novel about love, betrayal, and forgiveness. In the beginning Eric and Kyra thought they would grow old together. Twenty years later they're separated. Because of a memory loss from a car accident, Kyra does not remember that she and Eric are separated. Eric grabs onto the hope that before her memory returns he can get a second chance with Kyra. This strong story is real, with real people and their situationsÃ¢â¬âjust like you and me. Holmes ties all the plot lines into a flowing tapestry of life's ups and downs, good days and bad ones.
"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.