Monday, August 25, 2008

BOOK: Rain Song by Alice J Wisler

Title and author of book?
Rain Song by Alice J Wisler (to be published October 2008)

Fiction or non-fiction? Genre?
fiction, southern,
Possibly Christain? it was subtle, but it was published by Bethany House which leads me to believe this.

What led you to pick up this book?
I won it as an Early Reader edition from Librarything

Summarize the plot, but don't give away the ending!
Here's the blurb that made me request this novel:

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 website, Nicole 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! Will Nicole face her fears in order to discover her past and take a chance on love?

What did you like most about the book?
I liked that Nicole had to face some of her fears; that it used emails and the small world we live in to move the plot.
I liked the strong family portrayed.

What did you like least?
It was a little predictable and I would have liked to see to have seen more at the end, but maybe there's a sequel planned?
There are a lot of peripheral characters that could be fleshed out a bit more. For example, it was a bit of a tease to only see a bit of what happened with her cousin Grable's marriage. I would have liked more Grable, but then, it wasn't her story.

Have you read any other books by this author? What did you think of those books? This is Wisler's first novel.

What did you think of the main character?
I liked Nicole a lot. I liked how she hid a lot of her fears and looked to be functioning normally but was a wreck on the inside in many ways.

Any other particularly interesting characters?
It's a southern book! Lots. Nicole's grandmother, Ducee was a really strong character and acted as Nicole's rock. I liked her teacher friend who keeps Nicole in the present, I liked her crazy aunt who kept calling her, and her niece Monet, the wild child. And there was a donkey, not a mule, but a donkey.

Share a quote from the book:
I read an Advance Reading Copy and quotes are not allowed!

Share a favorite scene from the book.
I liked Nicole's trip to the airport.

What about the ending?
A bit predictable, but at the same time, I wouldn't have wanted another ending.

Which of your readers are most likely to enjoy this book? Why?
Fans of southern novels, readers who like a hopeful, family based story.


  1. I knew I wouldn't get picked for this book for Early Reviewer's but I requested it anyways! Now I have it on my bookmooch wishlist. And also, talk about a pretty cover!

  2. This sounds really good. Nice review!

  3. Ah, that's too bad! Wisler must not have gotten the mule memo! ;D


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