Saturday, August 27, 2011

Hatteras Girl

Author: Alice J. Wisler
Publisher: Bethany House
October 2010
ISBN: 978-0-7642-0732-7
Genre: Inspirational/contemporary

Jackie Donovan is pushing thirty and her loving relatives want to get her married off. But while Jackie would love to marry an honest, wonderful man, even more she wants to own a bed-and-breakfast on the beautiful Outer Banks of North Carolina. While she waits for the bed-and-breakfast to dream, she works as a journalist for the Lighthouse Views featuring local businesses.

There is one property Jackie is considering for the bed-and-breakfast, including a fabulous old house located right on the ocean. Only things—the house seems to hold secrets and mysteries and the huge price tag.

But then Jackie meets the handsome Davis Erickson who owns the house she wants. Jackie believes God is finally answering her prayers. But then she learns things that disturb her. Will Jackie risk her long-held dreams to discover the truth?

HATTERAS GIRL is a chicklit, written in first person, and set in an absolutely charming area. I would love to visit this part of the country in person and see the Outer Banks. Jackie is the only character that we get to know in this novel, and while she was interesting in spots, in others she dragged—much like real people, but it made it hard to keep reading.

I did figure out who the “love interest” was at the beginning of the book, and I wondered why Jackie was so blind and how and when she would open her eyes and see what I saw. If you like first person, present tense stories, then HATTERAS GIRL is a book to consider. If you prefer third person, past tense, then be warned. Otherwise, good story, great location. Love the back cover. Some yummy sounding recipes and discussion questions are included at the end. $14.99. 320 pages.

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