Monday, November 08, 2010

Review- Hatteras Girl by Alice J. Wisler & Giveaway

I love destination books, novels whose settings make you feel like you're on vacation. So when I saw Hatteras Girl advertised for the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance tour, I had to grab it. I can think of no better way to combat falling temperatures in the Northeast than dreaming about flying kites on the beach in the Outer Banks.

Hatteras Girl is a sweet contemporary romance about Jackie Donovan, a thirty year old journalist who collects fisherman hats and dreams of getting married and owning her own bed and breakfast. For now, she shares her life with her recently widowed best friend, Minnie, and her temper-tantrum-throwing five year old son Zane.

The author did a great job building this southern coastal community and filling it with interesting characters who were just quirky enough to seem real. For the most part, her characterization was spot on.

There was one character trait I questioned, though. I believe the author's intent was to show Jackie's conflicted feelings about caring for her friend's son Zane. She tried to show her both liking (possibly loving) the little boy as well as resenting the burden of his presence. But I found hinting at resentment toward a fatherless child-no matter how conflicted-made Jackie a smidge less likable as a heroine. Others might think it just made her more realistic. Either way, that's the only minor quibble I have with this otherwise enjoyable story.

If you're looking for a taste of summer this fall, I highly recommend picking up this book. And if reading about the beach doesn't warm you up, the author includes a recipe in the back of the novel that will certainly do the trick. It's for bacon cornbread, one of the dishes served at the Bailey House Bed and Breakfast.

We made it for dinner this weekend. It was a little heavier than regular cornbread but so yummy!

Want more info? Here's the back cover blurb:

Jackie Donovan prays for two things: an honest, wonderful man to marry and to own a bed-and-breakfast on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. In the meantime, she works for Lighthouse Views, writing articles about local business owners, and intrepidly goes on the blind dates set up by her well-meaning oh-so-clueless relatives.

There's one specific property Jackie dreams of purchasing: The Bailey House, a fabulous old home located right next to the ocean, a place where Jackie spent many happy childhood afternoons. But the Bailey House has strange stories and secrets surrounding it-not to mention its outrageous price tag.

When Jackie meets handsome Davis Erickson, who holds the key to the Bailey property, she believes God has answered both her prayers. But as Jackie learns some disturbing details about Davis's past, she begins to wonder if her heart has lead her astray. Will she risk her long-held dreams to find out the truth?

(If you would like to read the first chapter of Hatteras Girl, go HERE).

My rating:

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(Thanks to the publisher and to Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for providing a review copy).


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