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Nicole Michelin avoids airplanes, motorcycles, and most of all, Japan, where her parents once were missionaries. Something happened in Japan...something that sent Nicole and her father back to America alone...something of which Nicole knows only bits and pieces. But she is content with life in little Mount Olive, North Carolina, with her quirky relatives, tank of lively fish, and plenty of homemade pineapple chutney. Through her online column for the Pretty Fishy Web site, she meets Harrison Michaels, who, much ...

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Overview

Nicole Michelin avoids airplanes, motorcycles, and most of all, Japan, where her parents once were missionaries. Something happened in Japan...something that sent Nicole and her father back to America alone...something of which Nicole knows only bits and pieces. But she is content with life in little Mount Olive, North Carolina, with her quirky relatives, tank of lively fish, and plenty of homemade pineapple chutney. Through her online column for the Pretty Fishy Web site, she meets Harrison Michaels, who, much to her dismay, lives in Japan. She attempts to avoid him, but his e-mails tug at her heart. Then Harrison reveals that he knew her as a child in Japan. In fact, he knows more about her childhood than she does...

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In Wisler's likable debut, a young woman is offered a chance to find romance and make peace with her past. After her missionary mother dies under mysterious circumstances in Japan, young Nicole Michelin returns to North Carolina to live with her depressed father and loving grandmother. Now 31, and a middle school English teacher, Nicole bears the scars of a time she can't remember. She sleeps with her cloth kimono doll and nurses phobias ranging from anxiety about flying to a fear of commitment. But when she "meets" an intriguing man through a Web site column, her yearning for love encourages her to risk getting to know him even though he lives in Japan. Wisler's cast of Southern women is lightly sketched but no less charming for this, and her development of the relationship between Nicole and her three-year-old autistic cousin strikes poignant notes throughout. Faith fiction fans will appreciate the strong faith of Nicole's influential grandmother, Ducee Dubois, who helps Nicole face her fears. (Oct.)

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Nicole Micheli, the daughter of a missionary in Japan, is haunted by fears of secrets from her childhood. She writes an online column that brings an intriguing man into her life, but when she learns he lives in Japan, Nicole may not be able to face the past that prevents her from moving on, unless she can trust God to help her find the way. A worthy first novel with a Southern flair, this title addresses dealing with a painful childhood in a realistic way. Recommended for CF and women's fiction collections. The author lives in North Carolina.


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764204777
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/1/2008
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Alice J. Wisler is an author, public speaker, advocate, and fundraiser. She has been a guest on several radio and TV programs to promote her self-published cookbooks, Slices of Sunlight and Down the Cereal Aisle. She graduated from Eastern Mennonite University and has traveled the country in jobs that minister to people. Alice was raised in Japan and currently resides in Durham, North Carolina.

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  • Posted November 2, 2008

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    A Stirring Debut

    This book was nothing at all what I was expecting. The cover, while unique and inviting, does not begin to hint about the depth of this story. I was drawn immediately into the mystery of the story as Nicole takes us along to figure out her past. The finding of her website by Harrison just makes the story even more amazing. Some may see situations like this as coincidence but it's more about a plan that God always had in mind. I loved reading about the Japanese culture throughout the book. I felt like I could see the two different worlds that Nicole was a part of, the one she knew vs the one she couldn't remember. Her family is unique as a whole, they definitely make me want to try their famous pineapple chutney (thank goodness there's a recipe included in the back of the book). My only minor gripe is that I felt a little annoyed with the way Monet acted sometimes, but then I felt immediately bad and I felt sympathetic towards her mother. The style of writing just pulls the reader in and connects you with the characters. This was a wonderful debut by Alice Wisler and it shows how she has made her mark in the fiction world. I am looking forward to reading any future book by her.

    13 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 31, 2011

    just ok

    While this book was well written, it seemed that it wasn't really thought out. The ending could have held so much more, but it seemed that the author just got sick of writing and stopped the story. It was fun and good otherwise, it was just a huge disappointment the way it ended.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 6, 2010

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    Great read

    This story was really cute. The characters are interesting and have their own unique quirks. There are several subplots going on in the story but all of them are easy to follow. The book is considered to be Christian fiction and I think the author did a good job of incorporating scripture into the story line but not in an overly preachy way. The ending leaves room for a sequel and it would be nice to see if the main character ends up finding her true love with Harrison. I liked that the characters were supportive of one another and the family was close-knit. The setting is Mt. Olive, the pickle capital of the world. That cracked me up. There are some very well written lines that caused me to jot them down in my journal....things like that are nice elements of surprise.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2012

    Greeat book!

    Loved the book. Ending was abrupt. There was so much more detail that i was hoping for.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2012

    It was a wonderful story but...

    I feel like the ending was too rushed. I was hoping for a little bit more. I spent a while reading the story and, when I got to the ending, I felt like it was just unfinished. If the ending was more descriptive, I would have without a doubt give this book a 5 star rating.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 13, 2008

    Love it and I want more!

    Rain Song is a wonderful mixture of the South and Japan. The details from both sides of the globe are fantastic. Alice clearly knows the South and Japan. She has a fresh and unique voice that keeps the pages turning. Nicole is fearful, but she learns, with the help of her grandmother Ducee, how to deal with the uncertainties she has held so long. I found myself in these pages. Truly, a wonderful read and I recommend to book clubs and to everyone wanting to live the adventure! Don't miss it!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 25, 2011

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    Great Book

    Nicole Michelin has had a lot of heartache. She was born in Japan. Her parents were medical missionaries. At the age of two, she lost her mother in a fire and she and her father moved back to the United States. Like many children, Nicole has fears related to things she doesn¿t fully understand. Her father refuses to talk about the past so she is left without answers and too afraid to seek them out. Then she meets Harrison Michaels through a website. He knew her as a child in Japan . He knows there are many in Japan that can answer some of those questions. This means Nicole will have to takes some steps of faith and courage. This is accomplished through the love, encouragement, and wisdom of her grandmother. There are other side stories that add to the warmth and depth of this story. This was a wonderful book. One that lets the reader know that we have to let go of fears and lean on our faith. This is an author to watch out for.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 26, 2013

    Southern charm and wit infuse this faith based book about 31 yea

    Southern charm and wit infuse this faith based book about 31 year old, Nicole.  She was born in Japan where she lived until she was 2, when a home fire killed her mother.  Her father brought her back to live with her grandmother in North Carolina. Depression and guilt so plagued her father, that her mother's mother Ducee, became Nicole's true parent.  But Nicole was not alone in a large extended family of aunts, uncles and cousins who were very close, and focused on a grand family reunion every year.  




    Nicole enjoyed her life with all these quirky relatives, and their long standing traditions, family recipes, and windoms.  She was a middle-school English teacher and lover/blogger about all things fish and aquariums.  Unfortunately, not knowing much about her life in Japan and her mother's death, has plagued her all of her life.  Even when some relatives strongly encouraged her to explore her roots and learn more about the Japan parts of her life, fear and anxieties overcame her curiosity, until she connected with a reader of her blogs in Japan.  He has lots of questions about his fish, but he soon realizes that he knows more about her life in Japan than Nicole does.  




    This is a great faith based story of love, loss, acceptance and courage.  Ducee is the grandmother we all wish we had in our lives.  Even the quirky relatives are inspiring. There is an especially engaging 3 year old autistic cousin,  that adds wit, wisdom, and sometimes dread into the characters' lives.  I definitely felt taken into Nicole's family as I watched her face her fears and  TRUELY blossom into the woman that God had meant her to become.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 28, 2008

    Loved it!

    Real characters I would love to meet one day. Alice Wisler has captured my heart with this lovely story set in the South. Her writing is dynamic. I enjoyed this book and hated to see it end. More, please!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2013

    While well written, with a good flow and great editing, I wondered, what is the point of this novel?

    There is no actual ending to this novel, it ended so suddenly, I was left wondering is that it? What is the point of this book? What was the author trying to convey? It was as if it ended in the middle of the story. It was well edited, a nice length, with likable characters and had a nice flow to it. Not a single sub plot or the plot was completed. The reader is left hanging. Why was her father so against her going to Japan? Did her gtandmother die? What about her Aunt, she seemed to be the sickest one? What about the neice, was help ever found for her, what was the diagnosis? Did the family reunion happen and who hosted it? Did the cousin and her adultrous husband divorce? The uncle go to jail? No answers were ever given and that is just a few of the loose threads. No cursing, sex or violence, although the mother died in a house fire, many years ago, but no horrendous details were given, thank goodness. I do not recommend, but you may love it, many readers did. I like a complete story.

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    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2013

    Okay

    Unfinished, abrupt ending was decent book until "bam" the end

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2013

    Anonymous

    I loved the story and all the characters. I get the title of the book even if no one else does.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2013

    Good story

    Enjoyed the book but it was somewhat slow to get started and was written in present tense, which was distracting. I wanted to give it 4 stars but couldn't because the ending just leaves you hanging with no closure. Not bad for a first book though.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 10, 2013

    Very enjoyable! Loved the quirky characters! Not entirely sure w

    Very enjoyable! Loved the quirky characters!
    Not entirely sure what "Rain Song" has to do with anything.... Strange title for the book. Maybe I missed something?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2013

    Jaysoar, author of Jaysoar's story and Hawkpool and the disaster

    Crazy good! Is it alright if I ask for a cat to be in your great story? I'm just wondering.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2012

    Rain Song

    This was a good book but it was a very slow read for me.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 18, 2012

    I really loved the characters and the story. They came to life

    I really loved the characters and the story. They came to life and had me laughing and crying with them. It was definitely not the story I thought it was going to be but I highly recommend it. My only complaint? It was too short!! =)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2012

    Nice story

    I wanted to know more at the end.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2012

    Excellent Story!

    Very sweet and romantic.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2011

    Had a hard time getting into the book

    Had a hard time getting into the book. Once I did, it was ok.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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