Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Review: Rain Song 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.

My Review: I really wanted to like this book. It seemed to have all the right elements...a mysterious past, Japan, quirky relatives. But for some reason it just didn't work for me.

It moved really slowly for me and in such a somber tone, I never really developed the proper empathy for Nicole. Having said that, there were some touching bits in particular Nicole's relationship with Ducee, her grandmother, was very sweet. But I was never able to fully understand Nicole's hesitation or feel her fear and therefore could not understand her hesitation.

I did enjoy the little bits about Japan and I also enjoyed the child character of Monet. But I think the book and story could have benefited from a few pages and some more background on Nicole's fears.

This wasn't a hit for me, but be sure to check it out for yourself.


Anonymous said...

Sorry the book wasn't all you hope for. Thanks for an honest review.

Anonymous said...

I had basically the same reaction to this book when I read it... just didn't work for me. :(

Anonymous said...

Always appreciate your candor in your reviews. All books are not meant for all people of course. I get a kick out of it when sometimes Anna over at Diary of an Eccentric and you get into a disagreement over the relative wonderfulness or not of a book (smile)

Amy said...

Marvin, a lot of other people did love this book, so you're right...not every book is for every person. :)

Serena said...

this sounds like an interesting book, particularly the bits about Japan.

Anna said...

I always appreciate honesty in reviews. Sorry you didn't enjoy the book. The parts about Japan sound interesting, but I think I'll pass on this one.

Diary of Eccentric

Anonymous said...

The premise does sound interesting ... too bad it was lacking for you. :(

Edgy Inspirational Author said...

That is SO much like what I thought. I wrote my review before I read yours. Check out my thoughts.

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