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Rain Song

Rain Song

3.8 191
by Alice J. Wisler

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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


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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Publishers Weekly

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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Library Journal

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.

—Tamara Butler

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Baker Publishing Group
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5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)

What People are Saying About This

Annabelle Robertson
"Alice J. Wisler has written an astonishing debut for a first-time author. The daughter of missionary parents, she grew up in Japan, so she is definitely following the writer's dictum to "write what you know." What is surprising, however, is that unlike most Christian novelists-who put the message far above the medium-Wisler writes with a tremendous amount of talent.

Her prose is good-beautiful, at times. Although it doesn't consist of heart-pounding action (it's not a thriller, after all), the story flows and engages the reader on many levels with numerous thought-provoking scenes and situations. Wisler's characters are also real-very real. Like all the other members of her family, Nicole is flawed. But she is lovable, and readers will enjoy her journey toward healing and love.... those who appreciate good writing, interesting characters and a love story set within a subtle Christian framework will definitely enjoy this book."--(Annabelle Robertson, Crosswalk.com)
Susan Miura
"After reading the first chapter, I wondered if Rain Song would have enough going on to hold my interest. I liked Nicole's endearing voice right off the bat, as well as the colorful characters of her aunt and grandmother Ducee as they sat around planning the family reunion.... Yet the book continued to draw me in. Like Nicole, I couldn't wait for Harrison's next email to see what he would reveal about her past. I loved the North Carolina imagery and Ducee's "Southern Truths." I even longed to try some pineapple chutney, which author Alice J. Wisler makes possible with the inclusion of the recipe at the end.
Rain Song, Wisler's debut novel, is a lovely story. It provides the kind of escape from the real world that every reader seeks and leaves one feeling good about God's limitless ability to provide strength, courage and answers to prayer."--(Susan Miura, FaithfulReader.com)
Kim Ford
"Alice Wisler tells this story of Rain Song in the slow, deliberate style of Southern tradition. Along the way, you will come to love Nicole's eclectic family and you will cheer her as she makes her very cautious discoveries. I look forward to more beautiful stories from this very talented writer!"--(Kim Ford, NovelReviews.blogspot.com)

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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Rain Song 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 191 reviews.
Deborah_K More than 1 year ago
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.
Jpklmt More than 1 year ago
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.
PamT2u More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the book. Ending was abrupt. There was so much more detail that i was hoping for.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Lundy More than 1 year ago
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!
NewMexicoJanet11 More than 1 year ago
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!
skstiles612 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Unfinished, abrupt ending was decent book until "bam" the end
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the story and all the characters. I get the title of the book even if no one else does.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
JLOB More than 1 year ago
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?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Crazy good! Is it alright if I ask for a cat to be in your great story? I'm just wondering.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a good book but it was a very slow read for me.
Schaianne More than 1 year ago
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!! =)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very sweet and romantic.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Had a hard time getting into the book. Once I did, it was ok.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You people should just read this novel yourselves and write your own review on this novel. I really enjoyed reading this novel very much. ShelleyMA
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I enjoyed it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a very well written story and the characters were enjoyable. There was a lot of family tradition and love and also hope for the future. I thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone who likes a touching story without having to resort to sex or negative human behavior.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a very good story, but as so many said it ended abruptly. I was left with so many unanswered questions at the end. It definitely needs a sequel. What happened in the lives of all the characters? Nichole got many answers to her past, but what about the future? I was just VERY disappointed at the end.
Possomholler More than 1 year ago
I found this book hard to get into. I read half of it and still could not figure out what it was about or get into it. I do not recommend it. Don't waste your money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago