Rain Song - eBook  -     By: Alice J. Wisler
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Bethany House Publishers / 2008 / ePub

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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Bethany House Publishers
Publication Date: 2008
ISBN: 9781441205681
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Publisher's Description

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...

Author Bio

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.


Rain Song is a romance written by Alice J. Wisler about a woman who wants to find out more about her past, which her father has kept hidden from her for many years. These secrets have left holes in her heart, and she longs to find out what should be filling the spaces.

The main character Nicole is a simple woman who likes to stay curled up at home with her pet fish or in the company of her grandmother. She is not the type of gal to go out looking for adventure, but when she was a young child a fire killed her mother in Japan. Her father won’t tell her anything about her past and she wonders if she will ever know what her childhood was like. Then, unexpectedly, she starts communicating on the Internet to a man named Harrison, who claims to hold the key to the mystery of her past. One problem is that he lives in Japan, and Nicole is terrified of flying. Should she go to Japan and unlock the secrets of her past or stay at home where she is safe and sound?

Since this story has many strong ideals involving family, it is no surprise the supporting characters are mostly family members. The grandmother in this novel is a great encourager of Nicole, especially when Nicole’s father is so distant. Surprisingly, the relationship I expected to be the main focus of the book was not mentioned very often and appeared quite weak. Nicole’s relationship with Harrison was somewhat of a letdown. There were not many descriptions of how she felt about him, nor were there meaningful connections established between them.

Throughout the story Nicole has to remember that the Lord is always with her and that God has a plan for her. A scripture that supports the theme is Deuteronomy 31:6 : “Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the LORD your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.”

Nicole is a believable character. She has flaws, but she has strong Christian values and prays to God many times to help her through the situations she faces. Her personality is believable but not necessarily endearing to those reading the story. She tends to over complicate simple situations, which can get old when you feel like she is leading you around in circles throughout the story.

I enjoyed the ending. I thought it was cute, clever, and unexpected. I was not particularly engrossed by the book in the beginning and middle and I found it hard to stay focused on the plot, but the ending was charming. This book is directed toward women of all ages, but I feel that teenagers would not be able to get into it. Women of a mature age would be more apt to find this book to their taste. - Miss Casey Sargel, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com

Publisher's 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.)Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

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  1. Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    I was disappointed in this book.
    October 5, 2013
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 2
    Value: 2
    Meets Expectations: 1
    I did not find this story very interesting. It did not keep my interest. It also ended feeling unfinished.
  2. Telford, PA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Fun book enjoyable read
    August 7, 2013
    Kay Monroe
    Telford, PA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Couldn't decide to give this a 4 or 5. Not an over the top kind of book but an enjoyable read. I really enjoyed the way the story played out. A good story for a rainy day.
  3. Maryland
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Living through pain and loss
    March 30, 2013
    Ronna L
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    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.
  4. Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    1 Stars Out Of 5
    Do not look for this product to be very popular.
    November 16, 2011
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 1
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 1
    Tried three times to read it, but didn't like it. Didn't like the way things were described. Believe the main prson telling the story is as "nutty" as, I believe it was, her aunt. Talking about fish, noises you make when coughing, one of her aunts always upset.....just didn't interest me or make a good story line. Will not finish reading it.
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Thought-Provoking and Deeply Moving Novel
    July 5, 2011
    Rambling Reader
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    As I began reading Rain Song, I expected the plot to consist mainly of Nicole's experiences in Japan, but I soon realized that taking the steps to travel to Japan is the greatest part of the journey. Like me, Nicole Michelin does not like the thought of flying, and she has her share of insecurities. Like all of us, she has certain fears and past experiences that she must face before she begins to fully embrace her future. We may have dreams and desires to accomplish something, and we may know how to take a series of small steps to get there, but taking action is often the most difficult part. Opportunities can be overshadowed by our own fears.

    Rain Song is a deeply moving novel that resonates with the part of each of us that has experienced loss, self-doubt, and fear. Written in first person, Nicole shares her daily thoughts about her relatives and past in a way that often jumps from topic to topic, much like our own minds. She has avoided her painful past and the mystery that surrounds the death of her mother, but the loss has left a gaping hole in her heart. Nicole deeply loves her aging grandmother, but fears losing the only mother-figure that she can remember. After beginning her correspondence with Harrison, she is given the opportunity to learn about the past, but only she can fully overcome her fears.

    Alice Wisler has crafted a very well-written and thought-provoking novel that will both inspire and challenge each reader. I highly recommend Rain Song to be used as a book study as well because it offers many possibilities for group discussions.
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