Rain Song (Heart of Carolina Book #1)

Rain Song (Heart of Carolina Book #1)

by Alice J. Wisler

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ISBN-13: 9781441205681
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/01/2008
Series: Heart of Carolina , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 352,809
File size: 423 KB

About 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.
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. Visit www.alicewisler.com

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)

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Rain Song 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 202 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.
WillowOne on LibraryThing 7 months ago
I always find it refreshing when I read a book where the author doesn't feel the need to use profanity or sexual innuendo to tell a story. This new author is truly a breath of fresh air.After realizing that this ARC book that I had been sent, for review, was an unedited galley proof I decided to look for mistakes, as I read. I found only one, it was on page 188, 2nd sentence from the bottom. As it is written it says "I fell OF the swing" and I think it should have read "I fell OFF the swing".I don't know if editors or publishers actually read our reviews, but I feel the need to point this out for them to fix. Now, on to the review:Nicole Michelin has mostly grown up in Mount Olive, NC. She has little, if no, remembrance of her mother. When Nicole was 2 years old her Mother passed away in a fire. Nicole's parents were medical missionaries in Japan at the time and after the fire her Father moved them back to the States. Nicole is raised by both her Grandmother, Ducee, and her Father. Life in Mount Olive has always seemed normal to Nicole, but she has always felt that not having her Mother left her missing something. She becomes a teacher and in her spare time writes a column for an internet fish site named "Pretty Fishy". One day she receives an e-mail from a man, Harrison Michaels, asking for help with his Koi pond. At first Nicole just sees the man as another avid fish lover, but there is a problem, he lives in Japan. All of Nicole's life she has wondered about her life in Japan, but also been afraid of Japan and has no idea why. During the following months they exchange e-mails and it comes to light that they knew each other, as children, in Japan. Harrison holds information that Nicole has wanted to know all of her life and was never told. Slowly Nicole takes the journey into her past to find the Mother she never knew and the life she has forgotten completely.I feel that this book could actually have a sequel. There seems to be room to expand on new relationships and old. I really enjoyed Nicole's voyage into her past and the feelings of identification with her when she felt her faith was failing and the knowledge that you are never alone.I will read more of Ms. Wisler as soon as she writes another book! I give this debut author 4 1/2 stars.
aprilcamp on LibraryThing 7 months ago
This North Carolina girl loved it! Alice Wisler does a fabulous job in portraying authentic characters!! It was very believable as well as entertaining. She takes a the heavy subject of the loss of a mother during childhood and brings her main characeter full circle! I would recommend this book to anyone who loves good ol southern fiction!
rainbowdarling on LibraryThing 7 months ago
For the amount of time that this book spends leading up to the final events of the story (which play out very quickly), it ends very abruptly. It is not a satisfying ending in that it just kind of stops rather than having some semblance of a true conclusion. I'm left feeling like there should be more to the story.Nicole, as a character, is fairly bland. She has quirks as any main character is expected to have, but overall, I'm left unexcited by her, and I found it difficult to continue on reading through the story because there was no connection with the main character to make me want to see her story out to the finish.It isn't a very long story, which is probably a good thing - I can't imagine the build-up drawn out any farther than it was. The book is not a great one by any means. Something amusing for a little while with perhaps a bit too many sayings that sound like they ought to be in a cliche quotes book.
MichelleSutton on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Rain Song is an enjoyable read. There are dysfunctional family members with quirky habits, and plenty of unusual situations that keep you reading. I enjoyed the story but can't say that it moved me emotionally. I liked the subplot with Monet and Nicole's cousin Grady. I wish this could've been expanded a bit. The aunt with the cough I though surely would get cancer or something the way she was hacking all the time. And the grandmother was charming. I wish I could've spent more time with Harrison (beyond the e-mails). I would've loved to have gotten to know him better, but when she finally visited him it all happened at the end of the story and a lot was implied. So while I found the storyline fascinating and the search for memories of her mother poignant, it never moved me to tears. Not even the break up with the prior boyfriend. I think it's because Nicole never really grieved. She seemed distant from her own pain. Not very healthy.I also like more romance in a story, and this one barely touched on the subject. Again, she seemed pretty unemotional about everything. Maybe that was because it was written in the first person POV. I'm not sure. It was a charming story, though, and a perfect beach read type of book. If you want a story that will pull you through an emotional rollercoaster of feelings, this isn't it. But if you like a story with interesting characters and situations that won't bore you to pieces, this is a good read for that.
jlouise77 on LibraryThing 7 months ago
I hate to be a downer for someone's first book, but here goes it... I thought the book to lack depth and thought it to be too cliche. I did like the character of Nicole, but like others, I wanted more. I wanted to hear more about her time in Japan and more about her relationship with Harrison (was that his name?). The story had a lot of potential, but the interesting parts of the story were never developed. I feel bad I didn't like the book, but I wish the author luck, and it's only the first one, there has got to be some kind of learning curve, right?!?
frisbeesage on LibraryThing 7 months ago
A short, but sweet story of a girl coming to terms with a dark and sad past. I liked the idea in this book that you can't hide from and lie about your past, it will catch up with you eventually. As much as I liked the idea of this novel I wished that the charaters had been more fully developed. By the end of the book Nicole seemed like someone I had just met and might really like if I could just get to know her better.
indygo88 on LibraryThing 7 months ago
I enjoyed this book -- easy to read, nice short chapters, written in the first person. Some subtle humor thrown in as well. I didn't realize until about halfway through that it was Christian fiction, and I enjoyed the sporadic references to Nicole's faith -- they were woven in well within the story. The story itself was a good one, with the main character coming to terms with some fears of the past, but I was unsettled with the ending. I was left wanting to know more. I felt this was a story more about the journey as opposed to its resolution, and I'm sure it was intended that way, but I really had hoped for a little more closure at the end.
pmla1028 on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Alice Wisler's debut novel draws you into the life of Nicole Michelin and her eccentric, but likable, family in Mount Olive, NC. Nicole, a teacher at the local high school, is a fish lover and writes an internet column called "Pretty Fishy". This website introduces her to Harrison, a man half way around the world who holds the key to her past. The book is easy to read and inspirational. Nicole must be willing to step out on faith and face her fears in order to move forward with her life. I only wish the story were a bit longer so that we could find out how facing those fears impacts her life and relationships with her family and her new friend Harrison.