Even though her father is not a winner Nicole has a large family that she loves and they love her. When Alice J. Wisler wrote Rain Song she created real characters with humor, pathos, and happiness. There’s even a donkey!
It was obvious that Alice J. Wisler knows Japan and knows what it is to be a missionary child. Here’s a quote from Harrison’s email that really made me think. (I’ve heard this before)
I know my place here — considered an alien because I’m not from Japanese parents, yet so familiar with this country because of having lived here for twenty-six years total. I choose to be the foreigner here instead of the foreigner in America. Many don’t get it, but since I have lived for so few years in the U.S.A., I feel that country is alien to me. I am more familiar with Japan and its customs. It is home.
I felt like it was just starting to pick up speed when it ended. She left it wide open for a sequel.
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.
It’s not a stay-up-late-till-it’s-done kind of book, but it’s a nice curl-up-with-cocoa-and-read kind of book.
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