Thursday, August 9, 2012

Review: Hatteras Girl by Alice J. Wiser

Book Cover and Synopsis:
There are two things twenty-nine-year-old Jackie Donovan asks God for: an honest, wonderful man to marry, and to own a bed-and-breakfast in the Outer Banks region. In the meantime, Jackie works for Lighthouse Views magazine, writing articles about other local business owners, and intrepidly goes on the blind dates set up by her well-meaning but oh-so-clueless relatives.

There's one specific property Jackie dreams of purchasing: the Bailey Place, a fabulous old home where Jackie spent many happy childhood afternoons, a place that has now fallen into disrepair because of its outrageous price tag. When Jackie meets handsome Davis Erickson, who holds the key to the Bailey Place, Jackie is sure God has answered both her prayers. But as Jackie learns some disturbing details about Davis's past, she begins to question her own motivation. Will she risk her long-held dreams to find out the truth?

My Thoughts:
Okay, I admit, this was a really enjoyable read! Hatteras Girl is a very relaxing story; the comfortable writing style makes it almost effortless to get wrapped up in Jackie's life and her dream of owning the Bailey House B&B. I was floored by the price tag of her dream location, but you gotta admire how Jackie didn't let that deter her from pursuing her dream.

Jackie's friendly bantering relationship with Buck at the local grille is fun to watch, and her budding relationship with Davis, the owner of the Bailey House, is very interesting to see unfold. (Be careful in making judgments, because Jackie just might not end up with who you initially guess! *wink, wink*) The quirky friends and relatives that round out the cast of characters in Jackie's life are realistic, with past pains and sorrows, but yet they have enough eccentric traits to keep things mostly light and amusing. (I couldn't help being amused by her aunt's continual song-writing habit!)

The beachy/hometown setting is strangely familiar and comfortable, which makes it very enjoyable to follow Jackie around town as she goes about her daily business of holding down a job, dealing with friends and family, and continually pursuing her dream of one day owning the Bailey House B&B. If you're looking for a relaxing change of pace from your day-to-day life, Hatteras Girl might be just the ticket you've been looking for!  

My Rating: 4.5 stars

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