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|Format: DRM Protected ePub|
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2008
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 wont 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 Nicoles 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. Nicoles 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
SparklesAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5I was disappointed in this book.October 5, 2013SparklesAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 2Value: 2Meets Expectations: 1I did not find this story very interesting. It did not keep my interest. It also ended feeling unfinished.
Kay MonroeTelford, PAAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Fun book enjoyable readAugust 7, 2013Kay MonroeTelford, PAAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Couldn'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.
Ronna LMarylandAge: Over 65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Living through pain and lossMarch 30, 2013Ronna LMarylandAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Southern 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.
MissyAge: Over 65Gender: female1 Stars Out Of 5Do not look for this product to be very popular.November 16, 2011MissyAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 1Value: 5Meets Expectations: 1Tried 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.
Rambling Reader5 Stars Out Of 5Thought-Provoking and Deeply Moving NovelJuly 5, 2011Rambling ReaderQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5As 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.