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:

It's giveaway time!
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(Thanks to the publisher and to Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for providing a review copy).


  1. I love destination books, especially now with the cold weather here!

    goodbooksandacupoftea at live dot com

  2. I would love to read this one. The cornbread sounds yummy.

    seriousreader at live dot com

  3. I would love this one! :)


  4. This sounds like just the ticket for a winter read! Here in Ohio winter is long and I like to read of other "warmer" places!

    Please enter me!!

  5. Sounds like a great book! Would love to win!!

    littleone AT shaw DOT ca

  6. Super great review!

    Since I'm not a mom (so I don't really know that whole maternal instinct) I think I would probably relate to that aspect of her personality.

    Thanks for your honest review.

    Bacon cornbread? Be still my heart!

  7. No need to enter me, as I've already read this one. The bacon cornbread looks good. I have often contemplated cooking the recipes included in books, but I must admit it makes me a little nervous. :)

  8. Thanks for entering everyone. :)

    Julia, this is the first time I've ever tried a recipe. I remember when I read the words bacon cornbread in the book I thought to myself, "wow, that sounds good." Then when I got to the end and saw the recipe, I had to try it.

    I'm not sure if we made it correctly. It tasted kind of like a southern spoon bread to me, it wasn't light and fluffy like Jiffy. But it was really good. I had two pieces.

  9. Juju- Yeah, I can see how my perspective affects how I felt about that. Plus I'm an elementary teacher so I've got the mother hen bit down pat. LOL.

  10. A summer read in the fall!
    That sounds wonderful!
    Please enter me in this giveaway!
    Chakasa58 at gmail dot com

  11. I am a follower and email subscriber. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this book. It sounds really good.

  12. Please enter me in the giveaway... Looks a great beach read!

    I am a follower and e-mail subscriber

  13. would love to read alice's latest novel...thanks for the chance :)

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  14. Shan, picked you my friend. :) I'll be emailing you tonight for your address.


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