From Publishers Weekly
In Wisler's likable debut, a young woman is offered a chance to find romance and make peace with her past. After her missionary mother dies under mysterious circumstances in Japan, young Nicole Michelin returns to North Carolina to live with her depressed father and loving grandmother. Now 31, and a middle school English teacher, Nicole bears the scars of a time she can't remember. She sleeps with her cloth kimono doll and nurses phobias ranging from anxiety about flying to a fear of commitment. But when she meets an intriguing man through a Web site column, her yearning for love encourages her to risk getting to know him even though he lives in Japan. Wisler's cast of Southern women is lightly sketched but no less charming for this, and her development of the relationship between Nicole and her three-year-old autistic cousin strikes poignant notes throughout. Faith fiction fans will appreciate the strong faith of Nicole's influential grandmother, Ducee Dubois, who helps Nicole face her fears. (Oct.)
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"Wisler's debut novel.... leaves one feeling good about God's limitless ability to provide strength, courage and answers to prayer." -- Susan Miura, FaithfulReader.com
"Alice Wisler tells this story of Rain Song in the slow, deliberate style of Southern tradition." -- Kim Ford, NovelReviews.blogspot.com
"...an astonishing debut ... Wisler writes with a tremendous amount of talent." -- Annabelle Robertson, Crosswalk.com