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Posted May 24, 2013
As a North Carolinian, I'm a big fan of the local flavor of this book. The descriptions of the setting and sites were "spot-on", and reminded me of past times spent on the Outer Banks. I loved the Southern charm and humor. It is very reminiscent of Nicholas Sparks or Pat Conroy, both of whom I love!!!:-)
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Posted March 1, 2011
Living in a small coastal town Jackie Donovan is content with life. She only has two major goals: to find a good man to marry and to open up The Bailey House Bed and Breakfast. From the looks of things, however, Jackie isn't anywhere near achieving neither one of her goals. Unable to find a realtor with the Bailey House listings and another failed blind date set up by her well meaning family, Jackie is just about ready to give up. That is until she meets gorgeous Davis Erickson, who seems to be the answer to all her prayers. But is he? It might have started off rocky but it grew on me and I had a good time reading it. Jackie Donovan was so naive, I found myself many times wishing I could yell at her! LOL And don't even get me started on Davis Erickson! Even his name screams pompous jerk. The love in Jackie's close knit community is heart warming. The story line and characters are so realistic in my minds eye. It felt like I was watching a movie. Come to think of it I know some people with the same personality traits as Jackie, Davis, and Buck. I would recommend this book to my girlfriends, with four out of five stars, for a day when the weather is ugly, keeping you trapped indoors and all you want to do is escape to the beach. I was given a complimentary copy of Hatteras Girl by Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.
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Posted October 21, 2014
Worst book I've ever read! It was amateurishly and redundantly written. The excerpt on the back made it look way more interesting than it ever was. I kept waiting for it but it never happened. I paid 50 cent for it at a yardsale and it was way too much. A horribly written book and a horrible story.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 4, 2013
"Be still and know that I am God." Is one of my favorite versus in the Bible! In Wisler's HATTERAS GIRL, Jackie Donovan finds that this is definitely true for her. She is dreaming of the perfect boyfriend, and the perfect job of owning the old Bailey Bed and Breakfast. When she meets the handsome, rich Bailey grandson, realtor, she believes that she may actually get her desires.
All her friends and family in the Outer Banks are not so sure that she's following God's leading. Her best friend, and future business partner has her own problems. Her wonderful husband of nine years has just recently drowned in a boating accident, and her young son has issues of his own. Her other best male friend, is always there to support her, and bring joy to her life. But with support of family and friends, Jackie learns that God is trustworthy, if she can just be patient and trust her friends and family also.
Women's fiction as it's best, in this third book in Wisler's Outer Banks series. Wisler's talents lie in her writing about emotional issues.
Posted October 4, 2011
Hatteras Girl was a good book. The characters, the scenes, the events all felt like remembering your own life and the memories you cherish. I just couldn't get into it.
Actually, I think that there were just a few quirks - not necessarily bad things - about her reactions to situations that were the complete antithesis of how I'd react. These made me a bit reluctant to like an otherwise very good book.
Posted January 26, 2011
Going into this book, I knew that it was a light read, which is a nice change every so often. While I definitely enjoyed this book, there were a few things that I did not particularly enjoy.
The things that I liked were that the story was written in first person, a nice perspective, and the characters valued their friendships, family relationships, and followed their dreams.
The things I didn't like were that it's classified as Christian fiction, but in this case, it just meant that they went to church on Sundays, and occasionally thought about God and that He might have a plan for their lives. It would have been nice to see some spiritual growth come out of the events that took place. Also, the end was a bit over-the-top cheesy, but if you really enjoy romantic fiction, this would have been a great ending. To me, it was extremely predictable and not realistic.
I found the characters hard to connect with, which I feel like came from a lack of depth. What were they really feeling? What were they really interested in?
Overall, I give this book 3 stars. Would I read it again? Probably not. Do I have a negative impression of it? Not at all! If you like light and fluffy romance novels, this would be a good read for you. Thank you to Bethany House for sending me this book for review.
Posted January 24, 2011
If there was one word that I would use to describe Hatteras Girl, it would be sweet. If I could use one phrase, it would be sweet with a hint of mystery.
Jackie Donovan has two dreams. One is to marry. The other is to own a bed and breakfast. However, she doesn't just want any man and she doesn't want just any bed and breakfast. She has her heart set on just one -- The Bailey House. However, there is a mystery surrounding the house and it sits alone, vacant and beginning to fall apart.
As she dreams about The Bailey House, she also dreams about finding the right man. Her well-intentioned relatives set her up on many (disastrous) blind dates, but she just can't seem to find the one. And then, without warning, a man and The Bailey House fall into her lap. Leaving her to wonder, is it all too good to be true?
I believe you will enjoy reading this book, as you journey with Jackie on her quest to fulfill her dreams and as she finds that sometimes what she really needs is right in front of her.
Posted January 22, 2011
Hatteras Girl is centered on the Outer Banks of North Carolina around a single Korean-American girl who has two dreams. One to be married, and one to be the owner of The Bailey House with her best friend, Minnie. Both were childhood dreams, and it looked like they were going to come true and be intertwined. What more could a girl want?
Well, for starters, a girl might want a main character who put a little more thought into her life. While Jackie Donovan (a good Korean name) is very easy to relate to, she seems a little shallow. There does not seem to be a lot of depth to her, except when it comes to The Bailey House, but even then it's still not that deep. You are left to assume she has a relationship with God by the fact that she goes to church and there is one page where she and her good friend, Buck, talk about God. Other than that, she seems to leave God out of every decision.
There are other parts of the book that are fairly predictable. I figured out who she would end up with early in the story, even though they never really had but one time of really close interaction. The plot itself had a lot of holes in it for me. We never really got below the surface of anything. Even when she ended up with her man, it was a little unexciting for me.
All this to say, I really didn't hate the book. I am still not a great fan of first-person stories, and this one was a prime example why not, but I found myself liking the character if I did want to yell at her a couple of times. I was very intrigued by her roommate, and would love to see a story about Minnie and her young son, Zane, as they heal from the loss of Minnie's husband and find life and joy again. I thought the book had a lot of potential, I just wished that it had more depth to it.
All in all, I think Ms. Wisler shows promise and will definitely follow her to see how she grows in further books.
This book was provided to me for review by Bethany House Publishers.
Posted January 11, 2011
What a great book! With characters that you just want to hug and help them with their hurting hearts. I loved this book and while it was the first book I have read that was written by Alice J. Wisler, I know it will not be the last.
Have you ever had a dream that you have held onto so long that when it finally happens, you realize you have changed and your not sure that you can fulfill the dream or even if the dream is realistic anymore. This is where Jackie Donovan aka "Hatteras Girl" has found herself. Ever since she was a young girl, she has wanted nothing more than to own and run The Bailey House, which is a bed and breakfast that is on the North Carolina shore at Hatteras. The Bailey's were a sweet elderly English couple who had run the bed and breakfast and had entertained Jackie and Minnie each day after school. She had wonderful memories of that time and wanted to restore the house to its original glory. But when the dream arrived, she was not sure she could make it happen.
So much had changed in her and Minnie's lives and this was a dream they had shared. Overtaken by grief Minnie and her young son, depend on Jackie alot.
Will Jackie's dream come true and will she fall in love while it does? She thinks so, but is she looking in the wrong direction for love?
This is a great book, one that you will not want to put down. I truly enjoyed the book! 310 pages $US 14.99 4 stars.
This book was provided by Bethany House for review purposes only, no payment was received for this book.
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Posted January 4, 2011
Hatteras Girl by Alice J. Wisler
I am one of those lovers of a mystery. Hatteras Girl by Alice J. Wisler kept me guessing what what going to happen in this wonderful book about a girl named Jackie who is near 30 and has been unlucky in love. She dreams of marrying a wonderful, honest man and of owning The Bailey House, a bread and breakfast that she grew up visiting as a young girl. The Bailey House holds many special memories for her but has been closed for some time and she desperately wants to get more information on purchasing it.
Jackie has been set up on numerous blind dates to which she has never had a second date with. She works for Lighthouse Views, writing articles about local business owners. She happens to do an interview with Davis Erikson, whom has knowledge of The Bailey House owners and whom she is instantly attracted to. The attraction seems mutual, the couple start dating. Jackie thinks that she has finally found the answer to all of her prayers, a good man and an opportunity to get the bread and breakfast, but there are mysteries surrounding The Bailey House that Jackie has trouble finding answers to. Davis doesn't appear to be the man that she thought he was. Jackie is on the verge of losing her dreams. Yet, this author throws in a wonderful twist that I was very pleased with.
This is one of those books that I didn't want to put down until I finished it. One of those books you sit up all night reading. I would recommend this as a great read and will be sure to pass this one along to my friends!
This book was provided to me free of charge from Bethany House Publishers for review purposes only. The opinions in this review are my own and have not been influenced. Thank you Bethany House for providing me with a great book!
Posted December 30, 2010
HATTERAS GIRL by Alice J. Wisler is a contemporary fiction set in modern day on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.It is well written with details and depth. It has secrets,humor, loss, grief, hope,faith, healing, charm, beach, nostalgia, family, relationship, Bed and Breakfast, and dreams do sometimes come true. The characters are charming, the story is set in the beach communities of the Outer Banks of North Carolina. This is a wonderful beach story of faith, love, and dreams.This book was received for the purpose of review from the publisher and details can be found at Bethany House,a division of Baker Publishing Group and My Book Addiction and More.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 6, 2010
Jackie Donovan has a dream to run a B&B on North Carolina's Outer Banks. She doesn't want to run just any B&B, she wants to reopen and run the Bailey House, a place she spent many wonderful hours as a child. After doing a little digging she figures out who owns it, a dreamy guy named Davis Erickson. She begins to fall for Davis but soon wonders if he is really the man she thinks he is. After finding out the truth about him she finds that what she really wants has been right under her nose the whole time, she just needed to take a closer look.
This book was a nice, quick read; I think I finished it in 3 days. Alice Wisler does a great job of keeping the reader interested in the story and guess what they'll find as they turn the page. I found myself completely lost in the story; I couldn't read it fast enough. I would recommend this book to anyone wanting a fun read; it would be a great "beach read."
Disclaimer: I received this book for free from Behtany House Publishers for this review
Posted December 3, 2010
Jackie Donavon is turning 30 and has yet to see her life dreams even begin to unfold. One is to marry a wonderful man and the other is to own the town bed and breakfast that holds so many happy memories of her childhood. She trudges along at her job as a reporter for a local publication, highlighting local businesses for tourist. She shares an apartment with her widowed childhood friend, Minnie and Minnie's 4 year old son. In addition to Minnie's grief over the loss of her husband she is also dealing with the decline of her much loved mother. Jackie is always there support as best she can and helping with her son. Working and going on horrible blind dates her relatives continually set up for her seems to be her lot in life. Suddenly the tide seems to shift when she meets handsome and wealthy Davis Erickson. It seems all her prayers are going to be answered, but are they? Amy learns that things are not always as they seem. I very much enjoyed this book. I like books that I can become immersed in the characters. I felt a part of her warm, loving and supportive family. It was as if I knew each one personally, their quirks, faults, and positive attributes. The book had many surprises along the way, pleasantly interwoven throughout the story. The book was a reminder to me of how God is always working in our lives whether we see it not. Jackie made me think of myself when I try to second guess God and look for my plans to unfold instead of letting Him write my "script". It also brought to mind the many times answered prayer was right in front of me but I couldn't see it because I was looking in the wrong places. While things may not always work out the way I planned, God will take care of everything in His way and His time. I was delighted to see at the end of the book were some very special family recipes that were mentioned throughout the story. As I read I thought, "I wish there was a recipe for that! A very nice touch to an already excellent book! In exchange for my honest review, I received a copy of the book from Bethany House Publishers.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 22, 2010
Hatteras Girl is a fun, beachy book that follows Jackie as she tries to live her dream... to re-open a bed and breakfast that she used to go to growing up. She and her best friend have dreamed of that all their lives, but can it become a reality? Jackie is determined to try. She also wants a relationship, is it possible that her dreams of the B&B and a relationship might be tied up in the same man? This book is a fun way to find out.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 19, 2010
Jackie Donavan has two things she's looking for: a strong, wonderful man to marry, and a bed and breakfast she's planned on owning since childhood. Her well-meaning family has tried to help her with this first ambition, setting her up for numerous blind dates, none of which prove successful. For the time being, she works for a magazine near her home, helping to save up for the old Bailey Place, the bed and breakfast she's been saving up for. On a mission to buy the Bailey Place, she meets Davis Erickson, the owner of the Bailey Place. Have her dreams been fulfilled?
Alice J. Wisler did a great job on this novel. Jackie is a likeable and relatable person, and Buck was amazing. The book is set in a beach town (in South Carolina, possibly? My geography is terrible.) and the description was lovely. My only problem with this book happened to be Jackie: I was upset as soon as Davis walked into the picture. They moved way too fast and that wasn't cool. It was slightly predictable, but that's expected of chick lit, right? The book was sweet and the ending satisfying.
Note: I received this book free of charge from Bethany House Publishers. I was not required to write a favorable review, only an honest one.
Posted November 19, 2010
This story is about a girl who lives on the North Carolina coast. She dreams of two things basically. Finding love and running a bed & breakfast. She sort of finds both at once, but whether or not things are going to turn out the way she wants is what the story centers on. I liked this book. I could relate to her at almost 30 not being married yet and wanting to do more with her life than what she is. I can remember feeling like that at different times myself. There are lots of interesting and fun characters to. All of which are completely believable. There is one thing I don't like about books and that's when a character is just not believable. That's not a problem here. Overall, I'd say nice read, realistic story, believable characters, good movement of story. It's not overly deep and isn't full of characters with huge problems. As much as I like the deep stuff, I also like my nice happy ending stuff too. If you like fiction than "Hatteras Girl" is worth picking up.
I received a free copy of Hatteras Girl in exchange for posting a review. However, I still thought this was a great book!
Posted November 15, 2010
As a magazine reporter in Outer Banks, North Carolina Jackie Donovan interviews local business owners. That is when she is not being sent on blind dates by her family. As a child Jackie fell in love with a local bed and breakfast and the couple who owned it. When she interviews a local business man, who happens to own the place and also be the couples' grandson, she thinks that it is fate. Her dreams are coming true, except he tells her she cannot make any changes to the house. As she digs deeper in to his business dealings she finds out that he is a terrible landlord and breaking many laws. As Jackie digs for the truth she finds that her true love has been by her side all along.
This is a great book. Hatteras Girl is well written and very captivating. I would recommend this book to everyone. It is a feel-good, light read. Thank you Bethany House for my copy!
Posted November 15, 2010
I would like to recommend the book Hatteras Girl by Alice J. Wisler.
Jackie Donovan's two dreams are to find a wonderful man to marry and to own a bed-and-breakfast. She lives with her childhood friend Minnie and Minnie's son Zane. Jackie and Minnie have dreamed together of having a bed-and-breakfast since their days spent as young girls at The Bailey House. Jackie feels her dream might be close to coming true when she begins dating Davis Erickson.
This book is full of interesting characters and has a great story line. I love how the author weaves the characters' lives together. It is interesting to read, and I didn't really want the book to end. This is a story of friendship, family, dreams, and loss. Also I must say I just love the cover too. I think it really captures the setting of this story.
I look forward to more books by this wonderful author, Alice J. Wisler.
This book was provided to me by Bethany House Publishers for my honest review.
Posted November 14, 2010
Jackie Donovan dreams of just two things. One is a husband and the other, something she wants possibly even more than a husband, is to own and manage a bed and breakfast; but it can't be just any bed and breakfast. She has her sights set on the Bailey House Bed and Breakfast which is situated on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. This is the very same bed and breakfast that was owned by the Baileys; it was one of her favorite childhood hangouts and the place where she spent many happy hours.
While waiting for her prayers to be answered, Jackie earns her living as a writer for a magazine, Lighthouse Views. She goes on one disastrous blind date after another which are arranged by her well-meaning family members who only want to see her happily married. Then comes the day she is assigned to interview the handsome, up-and-coming young realtor, Davis Erickson. When a romance develops between Jackie and Davis and Jackie also learns that Davis is the grandson of the Baileys and current owner of Bailey House, she thinks that both of her dreams are going to be realized at once.
Hatteras Girl portrays the story of several different scriptural truths. For Jackie's friend, Minnie, the young widow and mother of the incorrigible Zane, it depicts the truth found in Psalms 30:5 (KJV) that "weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning." For Jackie, it is the same lesson that King David spoke of when he said "I waited patiently for the Lord; and He inclined unto me, and heard my cry." (Psalms 40:1 KJV). Jackie also learned, once again in the words of King David, to "delight thyself in the Lord: and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart." (Psalms 37:4 KJV). Sometimes we pray and then continue to look for the answers on our own instead of giving it over to God and trusting in Him to supply our needs and wants. Sometimes, as Jackie learned, the answer is where we least expect to find it; and sometimes is right in front of us all along if we but open our hearts and minds to Him, for He always knows what is best.
This is an enjoyable and relaxing book. If you are looking for lots of tension, suspense, and excitement, this is not the book you want. If you want to sit back and relax with your favorite beverage and meet some funny, kind, and quirky characters while watching how God works in mysterious ways, His wonders to perform, then I recommend Hatteras Girl to you. If you have a book club and are looking for a book for discussion, there are some very nice discussion questions included in this book.
A copy of this book was provided to me by Bethany House Publishers for review purposes. I received no compensation for this review nor was I under any obligation to provide a favorable review.
Posted November 13, 2010
Jackie loves living in Nags Head, North Carolina. She loves the beach but also has a dream of one day owning the Bailey House - a bed and breakfast she visited every chance she had while growing up. It's through her job as a magazine writer that she's able to meet the man who currently owns the property, Davis Erickson. She's quickly taken with his charming smile and the kisses they share. She finally feels beautiful to be dating someone so handsome and isn't the result of a blind date set up by her well-meaning family. Yet Jackie can't help but have moments of doubt when they're not together. Her fears are confirmed when she interviews a local business owner - a woman who seems as perfect as she thought Davis was. The woman admits she and Davis used to date but are still on again, off again. Jackie determines to once again focus on what's important to her - buying the Bailey House. Davis agrees to let her rent the house but has kept from her the true condition of the property. While she figures out how to fix the house and show Davis for who he really is, it's her family and friends that help her. They put together a fundraiser to help with repairing costs. Yet it's her childhood friend Buck who has her wondering what she saw in Davis. She's finally seeing him as more than her brother's best friend but does he feel the same for her?
I was surprised with how I enjoyed this book. I wasn't sure what to expect but I liked it. I liked that Jackie is the one telling the story and I thoroughly enjoyed her sense of humor. The only thing I was disappointed with is her relationship with Buck. She admits she's in love with him but everything that happens from that point on to him proposing isn't mentioned. Maybe it's the romantic in me but I wanted to read more about them. Other than that, it's a good read and I plan on reading her other books as well.