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Rain Song (Heart of Carolina #1)

3.36 of 5 stars 3.36  ·  rating details  ·  1,966 ratings  ·  261 reviews
A touching contemporary romance; love blossoms from an unexpected encounter when Nicole Michelin meets a man who knows more about her childhood than she does.
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Published October 1st 2008 by Bethany House Publishers (first published January 1st 2008)
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Amber Stokes
Profound. That is the word that comes to mind when I think of what I just finished reading. The book is beautiful in its simplicity--the message as clear as rain and yet, somehow, as blurred as rain on glass. I think this is due to the fact that there is so much to relate to and so much to learn from Nicole's struggles, while at the same time it is overwhelming to try and consider all that transpires within the pages.

The quote at the beginning of the book from Helen Keller is just right for this
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Patti
A beautifully written tale of a woman who sets out to find her past and finds herself. Liberally sprinkled with lovely prose, this book was well worth the time it took to read.
Erin
This was a free e-book I downloaded on a whim. I'm glad it was free, I wouldn't want to spend money on it.

The story was like many others I have read. There was a tragedy that changed the main character forever, a strong family member who keeps the main character together, a chance encounter, a bad event that puts a bump in the road and self-discovery. Not only was it boring though, it was also poorly written.

Nicole, the main character, is passive and hard to relate to. I found myself annoyed wit
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Nancy Leigh
Nov 18, 2008 Nancy Leigh rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: women, Christians, romantics
Recommended to Nancy by: fellow writer
Rain Song by Alice J. Wisler makes a delightful weekend read. This appealing narrative takes place in Mount Olive, North Carolina and like so many stories set in the South, is chock full of quirky, charming, characters. You can’t help but like grandmother, Ducee, and her wise, yet eccentric, words of advice. Pretty cousin Grable struggles to cope with her fraying marriage and at the same time care for her daughter Monet, a special needs child with behaviors as unusual as her name. Their side sto ...more
Geeske
Interestingly, I've been reading other reviews and some people think this book is quite cliché. But in comparison to a lot of other cliché romantic novels I've read (okay partially read; I tend to not read my books completely, but when they get exciting I skip fragments) lately, I feel this one stands out in a positive way.
This book is not mainly a romantic novel, it is more of a psychological novel, about the feelings and experiences of the main character. What I like about it is the writing st
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Misty Baker
About a month ago I was traipsing through my local bookstore when I stumbled upon the mother of all clearances. Here I was, standing (trying not to droll) over a box the size of a small country, that was loaded up with $3.00 books, when I noticed a novel with beautiful cover art. So… trying not to solely judge a book by it’s cover… I flipped it over and read the blurb. Assuring myself that the plot sounded promising I tucked the book under my arm, and then turned to find my family. (That of cour ...more
Ruth
Rain song is a story about a woman who, having lived with fears and lived by tradition all her life, finally manages to face those fears - and even buck tradition.

Unfortunately, the main character is really passive, and most things happen to her rather than with her initiating the change. This makes her a pretty boring character. And she's unlikeable, too (I spent most of the book just wanting to tell her to GET OVER IT); she blames everything wrong with her on the fact that her mother is dead;
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Elizabeth
I really enjoyed this book-- it was a kindle freebie that sounded good and it was!

This story takes place near Goldsboro, NC in the year 1999.

I love books that take place in North Carolina-- whether in the mountains or near the coast-- I just love stories that take place in that beautiful state!

The main character, Nicole, is in her early 30's and is a middle school English teacher. She lives in a house alone with her fish. She is very close to her Grandmother and all her extended family which i
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Anita
Nicole is a thirty something woman who still struggles with losing her mother at the age of two during a house fire in Japan. She has many questions about her mother and her father has never given her answers. Nicole meets Harrison online and finds out that he knows about her childhood in Japan. Answers come as doors open for Nicole and she develops a friendship with Harrison.

I felt like this book was very well written. The voice was poetic. I felt like it had a very abrupt ending that left me
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Lelia Rose
I think this would make a great study book for high school English classes or book groups. I have to confess that the first time I read this book, a couple years ago at a sister-in-law's home, the book annoyed the snot out of me. The eccentric Southern relative kept on nattering about the rule of not serving cucumber sandwiches alongside egg-salad sandwiches. I had never heard of such a rule, thought it was a stupid rule, and disliked the relative going on and on about it as she wanted to violat ...more
Crystal
Rain Song is a delightful book full of old southern charm. I loved the simplicity of the storyline and the endearing characters.

Nicole Michelin is the daughter of former missionaries to Japan. A tragedy sent her and her father back to the States alone when Nicole was a young child. Too young to remember what happened, Nicole fears all things related to Japan. Then one day she begins corresponding with Harrison, someone who knew her years ago before she returned to the States.

Rain Song is the sto
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Tom Park
It began okay, but by the time it ended I was totally frustrated with the main character's constant whining, fingernail chewing and talk about the pineapple chutney. I did read it all the way, although there were times I wondered why. The final chapter or two seemed to be the best.
Lisa Carter
Definition of a really good book? When you're still reading—three hours later—and can't stop until you've finished the whole thing.

Rain Song is a great read. I look forward to more Alice J. Wisler novels.
Deanna Johnson
Not a big fan of this one. It seemed to drag on forever, the story line was forced. If I wasn't one of those people that has to finish a book, I wouldn't have made it through this one.
Kristy Barger clemmons
Just a free book.....not much to write about other than the pineapple chutney recipe at the end!!!!! Must try...
Lindi Peterson
What an amazing book. Alice J. Wisler can pen a novel that will remind you of all the reasons you love to read.
Meriah
I felt a little unsatisfied at the end of this novel. Without spoiling the novel for those who decide to read it, there are some unresolved issues that really put me off about this book.

However, her depiction of North Carolina is so spot on, it literally brings you to the southern state. (I should know, North Carolina is my home!) Her description of characters, their southern dialect, ways, behaviors could not have been more adhering to those of us with deep southern roots.

Anyone can write about
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Jill
I adore starting a book by an author new to me and discovering a story that keeps me thinking about it all through the day, anticipating my next opportunity to lose myself in its fictional world. Funny, I used to live not far from Mount Olive, NC!

I have seen several reviews from people criticizing the POV character as a weak and spineless young woman. My response? Yes, exactly. And Nicole Michelin is one of the most realistic heroines I have "met" in a very long while! She is also funny, inventi
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Jeni Enjaian
The second reading of this book happened as part of my "purge the shelves before I move for school in the fall" goal.

Most of these books I read a few years ago and have little recollection of my initial opinion. Thus, when I started reading I was more than pleasantly surprised.

As soon as the prose hooked me in I started trying to come up with an adequate way to describe Wisler's techniques for this review. I know what I've settled for isn't anywhere close but hopefully it will give an accurate r
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Melinda Johnson
This is the story of Nicole Michelin, a Southern girl who was born in Japan but now lives in Mount Olive, North Carolina. I don't like spoilers, so that's about all I'm going to tell you, except to say that the book is her own first-person, present tense account of her journey to grow through the effects of her unhappy childhood.

I liked this book. I brought it home with a pile of other Christian novels, and I took almost all of them back to the library unread because they were sounding like the
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Sam Woodfield
This was a spontaneous read that I found in amongst the array on my Kindle and was a very pleasant surprise to end my holiday as it was very simple yet enjoyable.
The novel follows Nicole, a thirty-something teacher in North Carolina who spends her time with her family trying to avoid elements of her past from which she has always shied away. However, an unexpected e-mail from a 'stranger' suddenly has her taking on a major adventure and returning to Japan where she must face the tragedy that mar
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Secretly Adorkable Readers
Ok, so I came back to think about this book and give it a review. I had bought Hatteras girl from the Bible house and decided to read the first 2 books of the series. This book is about Nicole who lives in Mount Olive, NC with her quirky relatives, she definitely loves fish, and her and her family love to eat 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 t
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Ronna
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 yea ...more
Rachel
Rain Song tells the story of Nicole Michelin, English teacher in Mount Olive, North Carolina where the family reunion is every year, planned by her grandmother Ducee and great-aunt Iva. She fears and avoids airplanes, motorcycles, and Japan. Japan. Where something tragic happened. And Nicole doesn't remember it. She doesn't remember her childhood. And she mainly avoids the subject. Nicole also has a passionate love for her fish and writes the online column for the Pretty Fishy website. (cool nam ...more
Bookworm
Nicole Michelin is a middle school English teacher in her thirties. She was born in Japan to missionary parents, but her mother died when she was a young child and her father, who suffers from depression, never talks about it. He raised her in North Carolina where Nicole currently lives. She is very close to her grandma Ducee and her best friend Grable.

Nicole runs a website where she gives out help and info about caring for fish. A man named Harrison Michaels from Japan emails her one day and t
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Curious
I started reading Rain Song by Alice J. Wisler at the end of July (I know I’m running late with the review :/). For some reason that I can’t quite put my finger on it took me a while to read this one. Maybe because I was on vacation or that I only downloaded it on my Cloud Reader and not the Kindle app on my phone (I read most books on my phone now). But whatever the reason, it rarely takes me so long to read a book so that must say something about this one.

I one clicked it from Amazon when it w
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Michelle
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
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Deb
Blended cultures and a lesson about facing your fears are what made this book memorable to me. Nicole has grown used to ignoring the Japanese part of her upbringing--her only nod to it being the cloth Kimino clad doll she sleeps with. But a new internet acquaintance turns out to be from Japan and as they e-mail she finds herself facing questions about her childhood she never dared ask herself--like just what exactly happened the night her mother died and why did her Father become so depressed af ...more
Melissa Maffei
I must say that I did enjoy this book. There were a few things that bothered me throughout the book, however, kinda resolved themselves towards the end of the book. The first being is that our main character is around my age and did not know how to use a computer, or owning a cell phone. I really could not believe what I was reading, until I read the conversation about the year 2000. Then all of a sudden it made sense as to why our main character was not a fan of technology and had tons of black ...more
Sandra Stiles
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 the ...more
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* Born in Osaka, Japan and lived in Japan for 18 years
* Went to Kyoto International School and Canadian Academy
* Majored in Social Work and graduated in 1983 from Eastern Mennonite University
* Worked at a group home for disadvantaged kids outside of Philadelphia
* Taught English and Culture Orientation at a refugee camp in the Philippines
* Taught English as a Second Language in Japan
* Speaks and te
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