Like many marriages, Eric and Kyra Yoshida's has fallen apart slowly, one lost dream and misunderstanding at a time, until the ultimate betrayal finally pushes them beyond reconciliation. Just when it looks like forgive and forget is no longer an option, a car accident gives Eric the second chance of a lifetime. A concussion causes his wife to forget details of her life, including the chasm between them. No one knows when-or if-Kyra's memory will return, but Eric seizes the opportunity to win back the woman he's never stopped loving.
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Eric and Kyra's marriage is in trouble when she loses her memory. She remembers most things, but not that her husband had an affair and they were separated. Eric hopes to win back Kyra's heart before she remembers all the details of their marriage.
I found the book interesting, especially since it was written from the husband's point of view. It was a good story with a decent ending.
Dry as rain was a pretty interesting novel to read. Gina Holmes brings her own style of writing which combines humour and romance. However there's another part to my opinion about this. Meets expectations, honestly for this book : around 2.5 out of 5. The beginning was promising and just flat out good. But as I kept reading, it seemed to me like the story could have had more life. It could have been more engaging. It just didn't come and get me as the reader; And I think that's because the characters (including the main one) could have been more (or better) developed. (Think about a good book you've read that just seemed like it could be a movie, because the characters were so interesting and felt 'ALIVE!') Alot of predictable things in this story, also. There's also the fact that salvation and freedom offered through Jesus Christ was not a very much present topic in this. God was mentionned and was important, but not THAT important in the story (it seems to me). And when dealing with a subject like infidelity in a marriage, that is worth noticing. But I did laugh out loud while reading and some of the things said got me really thinking... You go, Gina Holmes!
Eric Yoshida, manager at a car dealership, has been married to Kyra for 20 years. He awoke to the reality of a failed marriage, one that was supposed to last a lifetime. When Kyra is the victim of an accident and her memory lapses from the time spent apart from Eric, he begins to think that maybe this is a blessing. Can love be renewed or will it just fade?
What a fantastic and realistic novel! I loved every minute spent reading and digging deeper into the characters lives and situations. I was highly entertained and found this novel to be impossible to break away from, but when I did have to leave it for a short period of time, I couldnt wait to continue and see what happens to the characters. From the beginning I was glued to the pages. Well formed and interesting characters, exciting storyline and ending. Romance, deception, heartbreak and compassion at its best. I will highly recommend this well written novel to others.
Eric and Kyra's marriage hit the rocks when Kyra discovered the suggestive emails Eric sent to a much younger female employee. On the brink of divorce, Eric moves out of their home and begins to look at what the future will be like without the love of his life and their son. But before the future arrives, the present strikes when Kyra is in a car accident and loses all memory of Eric's infidelity. Eric moves back home, and begins the daily reality of living a lie that everything between the two is fine, while desperately hoping the lie becomes the truth and Kyra will never remember.
It's entertaining. Very similar to Francine Rivers' 'The Scarlet Thread' and 'The Vow' by Kim and Krickitt Carpenter. The plot is fairly predictable, but it's well executed. If you enjoyed either of the books above, then you will probably enjoy this as well.
Dry as Rain is a story of forgiveness, redemption and family. Kyra has lost her memory and cannot remember the last few years with her husband, years that had not been so good. Eric is consumed by his work believing that he does it so his family can have the best, so that they can be happy. Eric has been unfaithful, and with the lost of Kyra's memory he sees his chance to start over, to get Kyra to fall in love with him all over again. In his plans to make his marriage what he has once dreamed of he hides the truth from Kyra, not telling her the whole story and keeping the truth from her in hopes that her memory won't return, or if it does all he has done will outweigh the past.
This book has many valuable lessons throughout it about honesty and forgiveness and redemption and reminds us about what in life will truly make us happy. Dry as Rain is told from the perspective of Eric, I was not a fan of Eric and the choices he was making and was a struggle to really connect with the characters. The deception and Eric's unwillingness to listen to those around me, although true to life at times made me very frustrated. The book tended to be a bit predictable. It was still a decent read and very well written, it just wasn't the type of book I would choose for myself to read again.
Interesting perspective on marriage/reconciliation
Date:June 15, 2012
Location:Bay Area, CA
On some levels this was tough book to read. I don't mean that in a negative way, more in that it made me think a lot. Anyone who has been married would probably relate to some aspects of this story, and for those that aren't, perhaps it would provide some cautionary elements.
Eric & Kyra Yoshida have been together for about 20 years, married for most of that time. They have one grown son, Benji, and used to be madly in love but are now experiencing some serious problems. During their separation, Eric has an affair, Benji is discharged from the military, and Kyra is in a car accident serious enough to cause some memory loss. Conveniently for Eric, who has now decided he wants to reconcile, Kyra doesn't recall their separation and views him in a way she hasn't for quite a while. Although he wants to tell her, he wants her back more and justifies that on some level, being completely honest isn't in her best interests.
There are a lot of layers to this book, and although I would overall be glad to recommend it - Gina Holmes is an excellent writer (loved Crossing Oceans), there were times when reading it was a challenge. Since the main character wasn't extremely likeable to me, I had a hard time rooting for him when I just wanted to give him a good shake. And then kick him in the shins. That said - it's a worthwhile read.
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.
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 situations—just 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.
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.
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 ‘only until I can’t stand you anymore’ rather than as ‘til 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. I really enjoyed the book. The ending is plausible, the various crises are real, and the Christianity described in the book is recognizable without being excessive or clichéd. I will look for other books by this author, and I hope I will enjoy them just as much. 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