Hatteras Girl by Alice Wisler

Book Description:  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 Review:  Having found, once again, a new author, I wasn't sure what to expect from this book. To be honest I was drawn to the cover of this book because I!  This book cover is wonderful but doesn't do justice to the fantastic story found within it's covers.
Jackie is one of those girls that can think for herself and even though she would like to be married she isn't going to settle for just-any-ole-man!  Can't say I blame her!
Her loving family is SO helpful in trying to get Jackie married off.  Good intentions that often leave Jackie feeling like a washed out pair of summer shorts.
Then there's the beautiful Bailey Place the Jackie has set her heart on.  She longs to own the House and secretly (I think) longs to have a husband and family to go with the house.
The joy of a single woman dating duds is not always the dream that Hollywood would have us think it is.  So, Jackie shows us how a single lady meets and greets and sometimes clamps her jaw shut in order not to offend said dates or family members *smile*.
Not being from North Carolina or never having visited I wasn't sure what a Hatteras Girl was?  Loved the description on page 52, "You are like a ray of sunshine-you enter a place, light it up and keep it bright.  You dress like you're on vacation all of the time, and you love living on the Outer Banks.  You're the epitome of a Hatteras Girl."  Loved, loved the description of a Hatteras Girl!
Was also intrigued that Jackie is Asian...her dad is caucasian, her mom Korean.  Jackie is pure.bred.American!  This makes for a humorous mix of ideals, family and friends!
This story does revolve around Jackie and her dates but then she meets Davis.  Mystery ensues!
This is a lovely, humorous ten star read!  Once you meet Jackie you'll wish that this story would never end!  And if you don't just absolutely LOVE you'll still want to read this super like a cool day at the beach read!

*I reviewed this book for Bethany House Publishers A Division of Baker Publishing Group*

About the Author:  Born and raised in Japan, I love sushi! I also enjoyed walks to the stationer's store to purchase notebooks, scented erasers and pencils when I was in elementary school. With each purchase, I was sure I was going to write a bestseller!
Now, I live in Durham, North Carolina, USA with my new husband Carl and three kids. I write, blog and enjoy crafting fun characters. All of my novels are set in North Carolina. Rain Song (Christy Finalist 2009) is my first novel and How Sweet It Is was released in April 2009. (Also a Christy Finalist in 2010). Hatteras Girl made her debut October 2010. My fourth novel, A Wedding Invitation, set in Winston-Salem, NC, will be out in October 2011.
In addition to speaking at conferences and retreats across the country, I teach online grief-writing classes---Writing the Heartache---and design and sell remembrance cards. Since my four-year-old son Daniel's death in 1997, I've written articles on coping with grief. Many of these can be read at the Open to Hope website at Be sure to visit my website at and my blogs: and

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