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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Alice Wisler Novel


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We welcome Alice Wisler as guest blogger today. Alice has authored four contemporary novels published by Bethany House:  Rain Song (Christy Finalist), How Sweet It Is (Christy Finalist), Hatteras Girl and A Wedding Invitation, and Still Life in Shadows by River North/Moody. Her newest novel, Under the Silk Hibiscus (Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas) is her first historical romance. 

Since the death of her four-year-old son, Alice teaches grief-writing workshops and her devotional, Getting out of Bed in the Morning:  Reflections of Comfort in Heartache (Leafwood), covers the many losses we face and how God sustains us through each one. In 2012, Alice and her husband started a business, Carved By Heart, where they carve memorial plaques/remembrances, house number signs, bird feeders, rustic clocks, and other home d├ęcor. Her website is:

Alice J. Wisler’s novel, Under the Silk Hibiscus

Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas

Release date: November 11, 2014

Available at Amazon 

During World War Two Nathan and his family are sent to Heart Mountain, an internment camp in Wyoming for Japanese-Americans. Nathan's one desire is to protect the family's gold pocket watch, a family heirloom brought over from Japan. He fails; the watch is stolen. Struggling to make sense of his life in a bleak camp as the only responsible man of the household, Nathan discovers truths about his family, God, and the girl he loves.

From Alice:

This novel takes place in an internment camp in Wyoming where many Japanese-Americans were sent after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. There's upheaval, frustration, pain, and sorrow.  Families are separated.  Some members are accused of being spies, like Nathan Mori's father.

To balance the discrimination that evolved during this time period, I had to rely on humor and romance.

One of the most fun relationships I enjoyed crafting was between the main character, Nathan, and his aunt Kazuo. Even though she's single and has no children of her own, Aunt Kazuo knows how to keep Nathan and his brothers in line.  But even she knows a body can't live on hard work alone. She loves cookies and keeps morsels in her sweater sleeves, taking them out when she needs “a pep".

And of course, there's young romance. Nathan dreams of the lovely singer, Lucy, and wants her to notice him, but she seems more interested in his older brother, Ken.

There are two characters which are not people---one is Heart Mountain, the mountain viewed every day from those in the barracks at the camp.  Then there is the Mori family's coveted gold watch, a family heirloom from Japan.

So the questions form:  Will Nathan get the girl?  What happens to the family heirloom during the war and after the war ends? Does Nathan's father return?  How does war and discrimination change hearts?  How does God's love prevail?

Recipe from Under the Silk Hibiscus:

My character, Aunt Kazuo, is all about eating a cookie . . . or two.  She often says she needs “a pep” to pep her up.  Here is her cookie recipe for raisin cookies, sure to add fun to anyone’s day.

Recipe for Aunt Kazuo’s Oatmeal Raisin Cookies (1946)

1 ½ cups all-purpose flour

¼ teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon soda

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

½ cup shortening

1 cup sugar

1 egg

 1 ½ cups rolled oats

2/3 cup buttermilk

½ cup chopped nuts

1 cup seedless raisins

Cream shortening, blend in sugar and add egg. Beat until smooth and light.  Sift flour with salt, soda and cinnamon.  Stir half the flour in with egg mixture; add milk, the rest of flour, and then oats, nuts and raisins.  Stir till well mixed.  Drop from a teaspoon onto a buttered baking sheet and bake at 400 degrees F. for 10 minutes or until nicely browned.  Yields about 36 cookies.

Links to find Alice online:

Alice’s Patchwork Quilt Blog:

The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of A Side of Faith by Krista Phillips is Merry. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling.


  1. I always love Alice's books. This one especially intrigues me because of the setting. I'd love to win a copy. I'm a long-time follower.

    1. Ann, thanks for coming by and leaving your comment. So glad you follow my blog!

  2. This sounds so interesting. I hate what we did to Japanese Americans during WWII. pat at ptbradley dot com

    1. Pat, Thanks for commenting. War brings out the worst in people. Glad you stopped by.

    2. It is sad, Patricia. War does bring out the worst in humans.

  3. Thanks for having me here as your guest, Jo! I hope you all can join my Facebook Launch Party next week!

  4. Alice, you're so welcome. Enjoying your visit.

  5. I always enjoy books of the World War II era. My Dad was in World War II and I read any books I can on this subject. Reading about the Japanese-Americans at an internment camp sounds very interesting.

    1. I hope Under the Silk Hibiscus will be entertaining for you!

    2. rubynreba, thanks for stopping by and leaving your comment.

  6. I am intrigued by this one, Miss Jo. I would really love to read it. Thank you for the opportunity.
    You know I am a follower!

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

    1. Melanie, you're welcome. Glad you enjoyed the post and left your comment. I appreciate you following my blog!!

  7. Hi Jo. And, hello to Alice. I would love to win this book of yours. My brother served in WW II, and I remember a lot about what was going on during this time, being around 9 and 10. But was many years before I realized about what had happened to the Japanese Americans. How horrible that would be. Jo, I am a follower of yours . GOD bless both of you ladies.
    Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

    1. Maxie, thanks for sharing your comment. So glad you follow my blog!!

  8. It usually is the innocent that gets the worst of things, I'd like to learn more about the Japanese Americans...
    dkstevensne AT outlook DOTcom

    1. Deanna, thanks for stopping by and leaving your comment. And I see below that you follow my blog. Thanks!!

  9. I follow by email :)
    dkstevensne @outlook DOTCOM

  10. What a tragic story. May this never happen again.
    Janet E.

    1. Janet, I agree. Thanks for reading and leaving your comment.