Dry as Rain

Dry as Rain

by Gina Holmes

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ISBN-13: 9781414365442
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Publication date: 08/17/2011
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Dry as Rain

By Gina Holmes

Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2011 Gina Holmes
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ISBN: 978-1-4143-3306-9

Chapter One

When I first became a Christian, I read what Adam and Eve had done in the Garden of Eden and it really ticked me off. Until that fateful moment, humanity had it made. If Eve hadn't allowed emotion to overwhelm logic, and Adam hadn't been so whipped, everyone would be living in Paradise right now.

If God Himself directly tells you not to do something, do you really think you'll get away with doing it anyway? Did they honestly think they could hide from the Creator of the universe? I mean, come on.

I don't know why the Garden of Eden should pop into my mind again on that January evening except that my toes were freezing inside my dress shoes as I trudged along the slushy sidewalk, and if sin had never entered the world, then probably neither would have bitter cold. If Adam had been there with me, I'd have shown him what I thought about his shortcomings with a snowball to the head.

Maybe blind dates were also the product of sin. It made a certain amount of sense. The trepidation I felt about my upcoming one certainly felt like punishment. Maybe I was the one who needed a good snowball pelting. What was I thinking agreeing to spend an evening with a woman I'd never so much as exchanged a smile with? I'd always said blind dates smacked of desperation, but here I was on my way to meet my coworker's sister.

Bobby showed me a photograph of her earlier in the week. Long hair, long legs ... long shot. If the picture wasn't old or doctored, she was an easy ten. The way I figured it, I was an eight—nine at best. Now, as I hurried under the light of the streetlamp on my way to Sophia's to meet her, I'd have given anything to turn back the clock and undo the mismatched arrangement.

Digging my hands deep into the pockets of my wool coat, I hurried from the parking lot toward the restaurant. The brittle night air burned my lungs as plumes of white rose from my chattering teeth. More to stall than to warm myself, I cupped my hands over my mouth, puffed onto my palms, and glanced at the canopy arched over the restaurant entrance. It looked like a big, red eyebrow raised in my direction. On it was stenciled the restaurant's name in gold calligraphy. Ivy, browned from winter, crawled up bricks on both sides of the entryway.

I'd been warned that the place was every bit as pricey as it looked. The fact that my date had chosen it should have been my first clue of what kind of woman she was—or at least what kind of man she was looking for. With a sigh, I grabbed the cold brass door handle and pulled.

When I stepped inside, the first thing I noticed was the immediate warmth; the second, the darkness. Other than strings of white lights winding around strategically placed artificial trees, the only illumination came from globe candles centered on each table.

The jewel-toned lighting seemed almost magical in the way it made everyone and everything look rich and attractive. I could only hope it had the same effect on me. The instant I laid eyes on Bobby's sister standing by the podium, I knew it was going to be a long night. She was just as hot as her picture, but one glance down her perfectly sculpted nose at me set my high-maintenance chick detector squalling like a siren.

Everything from her diamond earrings to the designer purse she carried was too fat for my wallet. I had always been the Mary Ann type, but this one was definitely a Ginger. I could tell by the twisted pucker of her heart-shaped mouth that I wasn't exactly her dream date either. I wondered if her brother bothered to inform her I was half-Japanese.

When the hostess told us there was a wait, I moved Bobby's sister over to the bar. I figured this girl was going to be a lobster and champagne type, so I ordered the cheapest draft they had so maybe she'd get the idea early that I wasn't Mr. Howell. Not taking my hint, she ordered a top-shelf martini.

I glanced at the wall of mirrors hanging behind the penguin-dressed bartender. That's when I first noticed the baby grand behind me ... and the redhead making it sing. I listened to her play against the backdrop of laughter, clanking wineglasses, and couples stealing kisses over ravioli.

Her hair was the color of spun sunshine, her skin as creamy and flawless as a porcelain doll, and her beautiful fingers flew over those ivory keys with such grace I couldn't help but be infatuated.

I've never been one to believe in love at first sight, but I just knew in the smoky reflection of that bar mirror that we were going to have one heck of a romance. Well, maybe I just hoped we would. She played "Fly Me to the Moon" as a waiter passed by with an oval tray perched atop his fingertips. The air filled with steam and the scent of beef and marsala cooking wine.

Something told me if I didn't make a move then, I might never get another chance. Having my date and her brother mad at me was something I could live with. Not finding out if the piano player was my soul mate was not. I turned to Bobby's sister to apologize for what I was about to do, but she'd already started flirting with the man on the other side of her.

I made my way from one end of the bar to the other and leaned between a middle-aged couple toasting something or other. After a few rounds of lighthearted negotiations, I'd purchased the rosebud the man had been wearing on his lapel.

When I walked over to my date holding the flower, I'm sure she thought it was hers. Instead of smiling, she looked embarrassed. I told her I had met the woman I was going to marry. She was so relieved to find out it wasn't her that she laughed, threw a look over her shoulder at Kyra, and grabbed her purse.

Feeling suddenly emboldened, rose in hand, I turned around on my stool and made no secret of studying her. Sophia's was warm with so many bodies confined to such a small area, but with my gaze fixed on the pianist, I felt like I was baking in a thermonuclear reactor. When she stood to take a break, some mafia type stuck a fifty in her jar and told her when she got back, he'd appreciate it if she'd play anything but Frank Sinatra.

She walked to the far end of the bar where the waiters picked up their patrons' drinks and the bartender gave her a bottle of water. I strolled right up to her and handed her that rose.

"Thanks," she said, holding the stem, which had been clipped short. "Where's the rest of it?"

I felt my throat close in until she laughed. It was the most beautiful laugh I'd ever heard. We had dinner the next night—and every night leading up to our wedding reception.

If you had told me that twenty years later she'd be divorcing me, I wouldn't believe it. I loved her so much. I still do. But one person in love does not a marriage make.


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Dry as Rain 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
JoyAnneTN More than 1 year ago
Wow, Gina Holmes has now been placed on my favorite author list, I absolutely loved this book. First off, it written from the man's point of view, I think it's very well written. A thought provoking, touching, story of grace and forgiveness. A story of one man's determination to save his marriage. I won't go into detail about the story line, you will enjoy finding things out for yourself. I enjoyed getting to know the characters and felt like I knew them well by the end of the book. Christians make mistakes and fall into sin, thankfully we have a Heavenly Father who will forgive and restore us. Healing comes with forgiveness. I'm excitedly awaiting Holmes next novel and highly recommend this one. I received a copy of this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
kristen4mk More than 1 year ago
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.
harmonyturtle More than 1 year ago
What would you do if you had committed a huge betrayal, and then had the chance to start over without the other person knowing about it? That is basically the concept of Dry as Rain. Eric Yoshida has an affair with another woman while separated from his wife. The same day his wife, Kyra, has a car accident, which leaves her unable to remember their separation. Eric then has to pretend that nothing has went wrong between them as he waits for Kyra's memory to return. The book had a very interesting concept, and I was looking forward to reading it. After I began reading it though I felt it fell slightly short of it's potential of the impact it could have, but still a good novel. The story was kept at a good pace, and I was interested in how it played out. The characters were difficult to become invested in though, especially Eric. I think if he had been portrayed in third person it might have been easier to allow him to develop, but it can be difficult to accurately portray a man in third person, if you're not a man. I'm not saying it can't be done, but it definitely takes being able to step into the mindset of a guy, and a bit of research. The minor characters were highly interesting though, and seemed well portrayed. This book is a good read, but it does depend on what type of books you are into. If you are into romance, then this is definitely the book for that genre. I enjoyed, but felt it had more potential than it turned out with. This book was provided by Tyndale in exchange for a review.
oressa More than 1 year ago
Gina Holmes. A nice voice from southern Virginia. A quick, easy, engaging read. The plot is very similar to The Shadow of Your Smile also published by Tyndale. One man, one woman, and the uphill battle of regaining one's memory. When I picked up this book, I expected more, but I am thankful for the reminder even in 'times of drought' marriage is forever and worth saving at all cost and God is the author of reconciliation. Eric's character was well written. I could relate with his fall and his struggle to come to truth on his path of good intentions. As a reader, I almost put the book down after reading p. 229 Eric/Kyra's Dr. Seuss dialogue when the rhyming became a bit much with the mention of man-boobs. I suggest that others push through because the overall story is worth the read. On p. 275, the reader is reminded how relationships 'ebb and flow' and in times of 'drought' persevere. Separations do not begin in a moment. Ms. Holmes casts light on the truth of the matter: couples immerse themselves in separate lives; then stop caring. Pursuit of selfish dreams can be love's worst enemy. On p.305, Ms. Holmes confronts the struggle with food to comfort the heart, kill the pain, and worst of all abuse one's self. Grief gets buried in one's own self medication; readers are reminded throughout the novel to seek the Lord. Finally, Angelo, my favorite character/hidden in the background, surprised me. I love his conviction, his heart, and most of all his ministry. He reminds readers: the mission ground is in the inner-city and serving missions (God's people) is the greatest goal one's heart can long for; not college, not a lucrative career, but serve God. Finally, I commend Mr. Holmes for the beautiful imagery of the cross throughout the book.
AndeeMae More than 1 year ago
Another Amnesia Story The amnesia theme seems to be quite prevalent in many of today's books and this one is no different. A bad marriage, the wife develops amnesia and the husband tries to clean up his act and put the marriage back together. That is the basis for this book. I felt the characters were not extremely well developed and there was too much of the workplace drama for me. I enjoyed the book, but it was deflinately not a favorite of mine. Story
Louisa_May More than 1 year ago
Gina Holmes' book surprised me. I never expect fairly new authors to be very good and don't generally run to their books, or even finish them if I do decide to try them out. But Dry as Rain was a very moving story. I decided to read Dry as Rain because I was in the mood for fiction and there was no historical fiction available for review. I'm glad there wasn't, because truly this book touched my heart. It's a love story about a marriage that's falling apart. Eric has cheated on his wife and she's leaving him... and then she has an accident that leaves her memory a mess. The last she remembers, she was madly in love with Eric. God uses what could have been a disaster and turns it around for good... but not in the easy-going, lovey-dovey way you might expect. The story screams genuine and the ending iss very bittersweet... but mostly just sweet. You definitely need kleenexes for the last few pages of this one!
LadyKaty More than 1 year ago
Hearing a lot of praises for Gina Holmes’ debut novel, Crossing Oceans, I was really excited to get the opportunity to review her next release, Dry as Rain. While the writing and depth of emotions in this book was amazing, something about the story as a whole rubbed me wrong. Even now that I finished it, I cannot name exactly what it is I did not like about it. Eric and Kyra marriage is down the tubes and their son, Benji, is suddenly faced with a midlife crisis. The book is set in first person, from Eric’s point of view, thus giving me a very unique view of the story. While I understood Eric was far from perfect and enjoyed watching him grow throughout the story, I had a hard time liking him. The way he handled things and what he did had me on the verge of being depressed! Because part of their broken marriage is because of an affair Eric had with a (much younger) coworker, I wouldn’t recommend Dry as Rain for teens. But it isn’t really directed toward younger readers anyway. So, while I didn’t find Dry as Rain as captivating a read as I had hoped, I would suggest reading more reviews before coming to a conclusion. This book just didn’t work for me—but it might for you. Gina Holmes’ writing was wonderful and writing in such a way, it was almost an effortless read! Seriously, I found myself flying easily through the pages; just taking the story in. I can now understand how she became a bestselling author with her debut novel! I reviewed this book for Tyndale House Publishing. It was not required that I give a positive review, but solely to express my own thoughts and opinions of this book, which I have done.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Twenty years ago, Eric informed his date that he just met the woman he was going to marry. He and Kyra began seeing each other and married. They have a son Benji who joined the Navy but recently received a medical discharge. Now the couple is separated with Kyra filing for divorce. Eric sleeps with young co-worker Danielle, but feels guilty when he calls it making love. Kyra is severely injured in a car accident and has lost her recent memory including their marital problems. Though he knows what he is about to do is wrong, a desperate Eric realizes he loves his wife and will do anything to save their marriage. He pretends they never separated praying she forgives him for his sin if she remembers. This is an entertaining family drama filled with a fascinating lead couple as Eric learns Walter Scott's warning: "what a tangled web we weave. When first we practice to deceive!" while Kyra recovers her health and begins recalling the truth. The support cast is eccentric as Benji, Eric's BFF Larry and troubled youngster Angelo add tsuris to the mix. The lack of what caused the estrangement and a sudden ending detract from an otherwise interesting relationship story line. Harriet Klausner
MichelleSutton on LibraryThing 7 months ago
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.
Lunaluz524 More than 1 year ago
Dry as Rain by Gina Homes was a decent book, but most of it was drenched in lies & half-truths told by the characters. The ending seemed rushed
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the second book by Gina Holmes I have read. Her characters are very real. She presents them with all of their flaws exposed but also their strengths and vulnerabilities. Eric as the husband is the primary character. He starts out excusing his own behavior even while feeling guilty. He tries in his mind to point the finger of blame for his affair at his wife. When she loses part of her memory and begins acting as if they are still very much in lofe he starts to see all of the many steps that led to the breakdown of his marriage. I did not know from chapter to chapter what direction the story would go. There were many scensrios that the author could have ended with. This is writer worth getting to know.
Cindi_A More than 1 year ago
Such an emotional story for me. At times I felt like the author was trying to send me a message. No, my marriage isn't in shambles, but it could be, if I'm not careful. This is a very thought provoking novel about Eric and Kyra and their marriage. As oftentimes happens, things started out great but over time the couple drifts apart. It doesn't happen all at once, so it can be difficult to even see that it's heading downhill, sometimes. As is the case of these characters, all it takes is for one spouse to cross the line and everything shatters. Gina Holmes paints a clear picture of how even the best marriages can crumble if not handled carefully. She does a great job of opening the eyes of her readers to inspire them to keep a strong grip of what's truly important and focus on prioritizing life. Not only that, Holmes shows the need for keeping faith and God at the forefront. As with every other book that I've read by this author, I highly recommend it to anyone who appreciates a storyline that flows with some strong characters. Her writing gets better with each novel that she writes.
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McDanielville More than 1 year ago
I purchased this book because I read "Crossing Oceans" and LOVED it. This book was good. Not one of the best books I've read this summer but it was a good read and well written.
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Virginia76 More than 1 year ago
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.
Thursday4 More than 1 year ago
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 is't well executed. If you enjoyed either of the books above, then you will probably enjoy this as well.
AlaskanTebowFan More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After reading another book by Gina Holmes I expected more...this story was pretty predictable and I don't know if I would have spent the time to finish reading the book except I paid $10 for it. Not the best book I read and not the worst either.
whit1306 More than 1 year ago
I bought this book with great expectations and was disappointed. I am still glad I read it but it was not a very interesting read. It seemed to me that there was a lot of filler lines and the story did not make me want to keep turning the page. I hope her next one is much better.
JoHuddleston More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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. . . I recommend the book.