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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (August 17, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1414333064
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414333069
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #972,734 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Fans of emotionally packed domestic fiction will love it." Library Journal


"Adultery guilt, forgiveness, and, eventually, healing are exarnined in this well-written, compelling, faith-based novel." BookList


"a unique storyline about infidelity and what it truly means to forgive after betrayal."  Romantic Times

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Behind every broken vow lies a broken heart.
When Eric and Kyra Yoshida first met, they thought their love would last forever. But like many marriages, theirs has gradually crumbled, one thoughtless comment and misunderstanding at a time, until the ultimate betrayal pushes them beyond reconciliation. Though Eric longs to reunite with Kyra, the only woman he has truly loved, he has no idea how to repair the damage that’s been done.

Then a car accident erases part of Kyra’s memory—including her separation from Eric—and a glimmer of hope rises from the wreckage. Is this a precious opportunity for the fresh start Eric has longed for? Does he even deserve the chance to find forgiveness and win back Kyra’s heart . . . or will the truth blow up in his face, shattering their last hope for happiness? A richly engaging story of betrayal and redemption, Dry as Rain illuminates with striking emotional intensity the surprising truth of what it means to forgive.

Customer Reviews

The book tended to be a bit predictable.
OrganicShoes
Most of all, I loved how God took an ugly situation and turned it around so it was used for the good.
Michelle Sutton
You will have to read the book yourself to see how it ends up!
Michelle

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kelly Klepfer VINE VOICE on August 12, 2011
Format: Paperback
Dry as Rain is a completely different book than Gina Holmes's freshman release, Crossing Oceans, but it is as well-written as thought provoking as Oceans. Told in first person male voice, this story explores the theme of death, like Oceans, but the death is a slow, lingering death of a marriage. By the time the reader is introduced to the characters the marriage has crumbled into full separation, it is at the point where those who vowed to love til death do them part now revile the very faces that made those promises. Bitterness, blame, misunderstandings and selfishness have replaced all that was good and promising in the marriage.

These hindsight-wisdom tinged details all come out through the inner thought life and conversations of the husband, Eric. The wife, Kyra is in no position to share her thoughts with the reader because an accident has left her without memories of the rancor. Because she believes that their marriage is what it once was, the doctor suggests that the couple reconcile temporarily until her memory begins to return. Eric is given a chance at a do-over. But can he possibly win back his wife's heart before she sees the disaster of what their marriage has become?

Holmes successfully weaves in some story elements that would be soap-operish if not written with skill and capable hands. I was also impressed with the honest grit that Holmes realistically portrayed. The characters are an authentic mix of likeable and frustratingly selfish at times. Kyra is not as fleshed out as Eric because the story is written in his POV. There are themes in this novel that will make some want to avoid it as it hits heavy in areas that some Christian fiction sidesteps around.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Bartelt on July 1, 2012
Format: Paperback
At first, I was not excited about this book because I'd just read one by Susan May Warren with a similar premise: dying marriage, wife has an accident erasing part of her memory, husband tries to rescue marriage. I wondered why a publisher would release two books with similar themes so close together. The more I read, though, the more I realized they weren't as similar as I first thought.

Dry as Rain is written from husband Eric's perspective. Just after he has strayed from his marriage with a co-worker, he learns that his wife, Kyra, has had an accident. She hasn't forgotten him but she doesn't remember the problems they've been having or that he was not living in their house. As she showers him with the kind of love they shared early in their marriage, he begins to want his marriage back. Only he wants it on his terms and not God's. Eric hopes that Kyra will never remember the events that led to their separation or find out about his infidelity.

It's a painful and awkward journey at times because I just wanted him to come clean. And I didn't really like Eric. I thought he was shallow and a self-centered. His transformation, though, is worth the read.

I appreciated Gina Holmes' willingness to take on this topic in a novel. Forgiveness and infidelity are not easy subjects, and she handled the story and characters with grace.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By CarolM on October 16, 2011
Format: Paperback
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.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By KAT on December 4, 2011
Format: Paperback
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers. I did not enjoy this book. The main character is trying to save his marriage, but the only thing he says about his wife is how crazy she is. She has thrown him out because she thinks that he has cheated on her. He makes it sound like the last several years of their marriage have been awful, and I have a hard time understanding why he wants her back. Then he has an affair. I have a hard time understanding why he would have an affair if he really wanted to save the marriage. I did not enjoy the book or the characters.
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Gina Holmes is the founder of popular literary site, Novel Rocket and the author of award-winning novels: Crossing Oceans, Dry as Rain, Wings of Glass and Driftwood Tides. Holmes writes about flawed people living in a flawed world with the help of a perfect God. She's also a practicing Registered Nurse, a wife to the love of her life, mom to two boys and stepmom to 3 daughters. She and her family make their home among the Blue Ridge Mountains in South-Western Virginia.

You can find her at: www.ginaholmes.com or, on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/authorginaholmes or twitter:@1GinaHolmes.


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