Dry as Rain is Lush with Promise

It seems inconsistent, I know: I don’t read romances because I prefer a book with depth. But what could be deeper than love?

Gina Holmes is a writer friend and founder of the Novel Rocket blog (formerly Novel Journey). Her debut novel last year, Crossing Oceans, was well received, for good reason. But I like her second book, Dry as Rain, better.

Though not a romance by genre, it’s a love story for sure. It’s about love blossoming at first sight, only to dry up and wilt over time.  It’s about love’s pain. Love betrayed. Love’s power to heal.

Stirring the emotions without stooping to sentimentality, Dry as Rain is the story of Eric Yoshida and his wife, Kyra, at the end of a once-happy marriage. Their love fades and erodes as one thoughtless comment and gesture leads to another, creating a rubble of misunderstanding and confusion. Finally, an ultimate betrayal pushes them past the point of no return. After what Eric did, reconciliation is out of the question.

But when an auto accident erases part of Kyra’s memory, he wonders if they can start over. Is this a chance to mend their relationship? Can true restoration be based on a lie?

This beautifully crafted story raises some good questions, which the reader is led to answer for him or herself. Though the questions are sticky, the journey is enjoyable.

Gina’s done a fine job portraying a delicate situation and bringing the story to a satisfying conclusion. I give it five stars.

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