Friday, November 07, 2008

Rain Song

Angie's Take: I am loving this book. I'm on chapter 8 so far, due to family and business emergencies, I've been delayed in posting my review and on finishing my reading. But I've been chomping at the bit to pick it up again. In fact, I took it to the gym, the store and a basketball game today. I didn't want it far from me in case I had to wait somewhere, gasp, with nothing to do. I love those stolen moments where I've learned to multitask standing in lines or waiting for appointments. My waiting moments are filled with lovely books like Rain Song or writing my own book.

Usually, we readers are meant to fall in love with the main characters. They are wonderfully written, yes, but the star for me is the little girl, Monet. I connected immediately to Monet. My own daughter was very much a "Beauty Within." (That means one heck of a challenging pixie.)

In the story, Monet is difficult to control and demands a lot of energy from anyone in the vicinity. Her mom is run ragged trying to keep up with her and the entire family feels taxed by the intensity of the child. Ducee (Nicole's grandmother) tells Monet's grandmother, Iva, that she must have patience and look for the beauty within so she can better love the little one.

As a mom who raised a child like that, I can tell you at least up through chapter seven, how real this story seems to me. I'm experiencing a kinship only people who have been through the same things can have. Interesting that I'm feeling so close to a story. I identify with the personalities even though I'm not of Southern stock. (Evidently, there is a universal Parenting of Pixies Club I must belong to along with many other moms in the world.)

So far I'm finding Rain Song to be a lovely and, on occasion, funny read. I think you'll enjoy it too.


Rain Song








Bethany House (October 1, 2008)

by Alice J. Wisler





ABOUT THE BOOK


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 emails 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.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Rain Song, go HERE



ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Alice sold her first story to David C. Cook for a take-home Sunday School paper called Sprint. The year was 1988, this was her first submission to a paying market, and the check sent to her was for $125.00.

She was on her way!

Since then, Alice has sold articles and devotions to the Upper Room, Alive Now, Standard Publishing, ByLine magazine and others.

In 2006 she sent her novel Rain Song to Bethany House...and the rest is history! She signed a two-book deal and the second, How Sweet It Is, will be out in 2009.

ABOUT THE BOOK

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 emails 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.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Rain Song, go HERE
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