One of my favorite novels of last year was Gina Holmes’s debut novel Crossing Oceans. When I heard she had a new book called Dry As Rain out from Tyndale I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it.
I just finished it the other day, and the night I read the last page I had a problem falling asleep because I couldn’t get her characters out of my mind. That to me is the sign of a good story.
Dry As Rain is written from the male protagonist’s point of view which is very difficult for a woman to do well. I know, because I’ve tried it and have been told by critiquers that my character sounded too girly. Not so with Eric Yoshida, Gina’s POV character. Gina nailed the male POV expertly. Although this is a romance story, it is not a boy meets-girl-and-lives-happily-ever-after-kind of romance. This novel is about a marriage that has gone south and how Eric and his wife Kyra have to learn to forgive each other as the Lord has forgiven them.
The tagline for Dry As Rain is “Behind every broken vow lies a broken heart.” Rather than write a new summary of this story, I think the back of the book description does the job well.
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.
About the Author: Gina Holmes is the President and founder of Inspire a Fire and Novel Rocket and award-winning author of Crossing Oceans and Dry as Rain. In 1998, Gina began her career penning articles and short stories in Ten years, and a stack of rejection letters later, she held her first published novel. She holds degrees in science and nursing and currently resides with her husband and children in southern Virginia. She works too hard, laughs too loud, and longs to see others heal from their past and discover their God-given purpose. To learn more about her, visit www.ginaholmes.com, www.novelrocket.com or www.inspireafire.com
You can order Dry As Rain at Amazon in either book format or for Kindle.
I highly recommend it!