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Homey and real, with a wonderful writing style
on August 9, 2013
Rain Song by Alice J. Wisler is a warm family story. Set in Mount Olive, North Carolina--think pickles--it's about the close McCormick family. It's complete with a lovely matriarch who sticks religiously to her traditions, her sister, a few complicated people and infidelities, and some typically Southern food and charm. Nicole lost her mother in a house fire when she was two, and she was reared by her grandmother and loved by her aunts and the whole family. Her father couldn't handle his wife's death and descended into drink and despondency. Nicole meets someone online while discussing fish, and the friendship grows. Soon, she is asking questions she never thought she'd ask and finding out some of the facts of her early childhood.
It wasn't the plot that was intriguing about this book. It's fairly straightforward with a few surprises. But the style . . . . All I can say is that I love Mrs. Wisler's style! It's folksy and fresh, first person. The motifs of pineapple chutney, cucumber sandwiches, Japan, a special doll, and fish are woven throughout the book so that it all has an extra meaning and cohesiveness. The child Monet, who has obvious physical issues and great artistic talent--how often the two go hand-in-hand--gives the reader a release from the intense emotions we feel from Nicole, her aunt Iva, and cousin Grable.
Nicole finds many answers about her mother, father, the lady who saved her life, and eventually, she moves on to trust and love.
Excellent! I look forward to reading more of Mrs. Wisler's books from this series, "Heart of Carolina."