Friday, June 15, 2012

Review of "Dry as Rain" by Gina Holmes

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.

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