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 e-mails 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...
This was a free e-book I downloaded on a whim. I'm glad it was free, I wouldn't want to spend money on it.
The story was like many others I have read. There was a tragedy that changed the main character forever, a strong family member who keeps the main character together, a chance encounter, a bad event that puts a bump in the road and self-discovery. Not only was it boring though, it was also poorly written.
Nicole, the main character, is passive and hard to relate to. I found myself annoyed with her instead of feeling sympathetic. I got tired of hearing her excuses for everything. I understand a tragedy like the one that happens to her can change your life but you can't use it as a crutch forever. The people who do annoy me to no end. She rambled, too. She would be in the middle of a thought and just go off on a tangent.
The story dragged. You spend a lot of time hearing about Nicole's fear of Japan, among many other things, and then how she needs to go the Japan to find out about her past only to read about 4 pages of her actually there.
This is a Christian book, which I did not know until about 1/2 way through the book when it started to get a bit preachy.
This is another book I didn't enjoy and I do not recommend reading.
1 out of 5 stars