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Hatteras Girl by Alice J. Wisler November 21, 2010

Summary:Jackie Donovan prays for two things: an honest, wonderful man to marry and to own a bed-and-breakfast on the beautiful Outer Banks of North Carolina. In the meantime, she works for Lighthouse Views, writing articles about local business owners, and interepidly 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 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’ past, she begins to wonder if her heart has lead her astray. Will she risk her long-held dreams to find out the truth?

Author Bio: Alice J. Wisler was born and raised in Japan as a missionary kid. After graduating high school, she got her BS in Social Work from Eastern Mennonite University in Virginia. She’s enjoyed staying at a number of bed and breakfasts in the South, in Japan, and in England, and would secretly like to run one if it just wasn’t so much work. The Outer Banks is one of her favorite vacation destinations. Currently, she lives in Durham, North Carolina, with her husband, Carl, and three children, Rachel, Benjamin, and Elizabeth. In memory of her son Daniel, she gives online grief-writing courses, designs remembrance cards, and speaks across the country on Writing the Heartache. To find out more visit her Web site at

My Review: I decided to review this book because my family has been talking about going to Hatteras Island for a vacation. My husband used to go there when he was younger and wanted us to take a vacation there. It was fun to read about the area. As for the book itself, I really enjoyed the characters. Jackie was completely torn on her decisions regarding a relationship, but knew without a doubt that she wanted to own the Bailey House with no clear vision of how to make that a reality. When she sees the perfect opportunity that also includes an oh-so-good-looking guy she wants to jump on it. However, things begin to happen that make her second guess her decision. The way things come together in the end wraps things up in a way that leaves me feeling completely satisfied with the resolution. I would recommend this book for those who enjoy a nice relaxing read with elements of mystery and romance that keep you wanting for more. In short, this was a great book that I really did enjoy.

I received a copy of this book to read and review from the publisher. My review is not biased by the fact that I was given this book. I HONESTLY read and review any book whether bought or given to me. If I did not like the book I would definitely not give a rave review or recommend it.