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.
Eric wakes up in bed with a woman who is not his wife, and realizes that what he'd been lusting after was not what he wanted after all. When his wife is in a car accident and her temporary memory loss makes her forget their separation, he seizes on the opportunity for second chances. His effort to renew their marriage comes head-to-head with the truth of his betrayal and the question of whether they can gain back what has been lost.
Gina Holmes has done it again, and penned a beautifully told, poignant story of grace and forgiveness. Dry as Rain brought tears to my eyes, the second time this author has had such an impact on me. When I began reading the story and realized it was told from a first-person, male perspective, though written by a female, I had a moment where I wondered how accurate of a portrayal the character would be. Fortunately, I kept reading and found the novel was so much more than I was expecting. I will admit the writing wasn't perfect in that some parts of the story felt a bit abrupt. However, the overall story and the powerful conclusion were so satisfying that I cannot help but fully recommend the book. The moment that resonated most for me was when Eric finally comes to realize his need to truly be remorseful and take ownership for his mistakes, and his discovery that it was that moment that brought his real freedom. I am so fortunate to have a wife who is faithful and to have been blessed with such an amazing marriage. This novel reminds me not to take it for granted, ever.
Dry as Rain is highly recommended and a clear 5 of 5 stars. I am highly anticipating future works from this talented author.
This review is based on an electronic copy provided by the publisher via netgalley for the purpose of completing this review.
Imagine that your spouse has asked you to move out, and then in an instant forgets that fact and the reasons behind it? What would you do? In this interesting spin on a marriage's twists and turns, Gina Holmes tells a story that is honest and realistic. The characters are well developed and complex enough to feel real, without being over-written.
In a world where divorce is common and marital commitment is defined as Ã¢â¬Ëonly until I can't stand you anymore' rather than as Ã¢â¬Ëtil death do us part' this book offers a glimpse into lives that are rattled by unexpected events, and the ways that even the deepest loves are changed by betrayal, dishonesty, and pride.
Overall, the story is one that will connect well with those who are or have been married. I have been married for 21 (almost 22) years, and I related with the characters, their struggles, the way they searched for what was important, and how they came to terms with the situations they found themselves in. I don't think however, that someone who isn't or hasn't been married would get the same things from the story.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255
Although it is not as I had expected after reading Crossing Oceans, it is a very good read. The story is told from Eric's view and I thought that was really original from a female author. The story went smoothly. It was an enjoyable read.