[CFBA Tour&Review] Hatteras Girl by Alice J. Wisler

Posted 8 November, 2010 by Molly(Cover To Cover Cafe) in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Hatteras Girl
Bethany House; Original edition (October 1, 2010)
Alice Wisler


Alice J. Wisler is an author, public speaker, advocate, and fundraiser. She has been a guest on several radio and TV programs to promote her self-published cookbooks, Slices of Sunlight and Down the Cereal Aisle. She graduated  from Eastern Mennonite University and has traveled the country in jobs that minister to people. Alice was raised in Japan and currently resides in Durham, North Carolina.

Facts about Alice
* Born in Osaka, Japan and lived in Japan for 18 years
* Went to Kyoto International School and Canadian Academy
* Majored in Social Work and graduated in 1983 from Eastern Mennonite University
* Worked at a group home for disadvantaged kids outside of Philadelphia
* Taught English and Culture Orientation at a refugee camp in the Philippines
* Taught English as a Second Language in Japan
* Speaks and teaches on Writing the Heartache
* Has three kids on earth, and one in Heaven
* Recently got married to Carl on 2/7/09  


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?

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

My Review:
This book was UHmazing! That’s right. UHmazing! This book, Hatteras Girl, is the first book by this sweet and lovely lady (I got to meet her two weeks ago and she is just the sweetest!) and definitely NOT the last. This is a book that will be forever on my bookshelf AND in my heart. One thing that gripped me about this novel is, it’s plot is set in my home state here in North Carolina. All the places that she mentions in this book, are places that I have been to, live 15 minutes from or have friends who travel there quite often. It was VERY cool to read a novel and say, oh my gosh, that’s 15 minutes out the road!

Another thing that pulled me into this story, is her characters. She created characters that are true to life. I could actually feel as if these lovely characters were really my friends that I talk to you everyday. Sweet Jackie just wanted to have her dreams come true. And Davis Erickson. Well, now. I really don’t want to get into my feelings for him (humpf!). :o) And sweet little Zane. Poor boy has been through so much! (I’m seriously trying my hardest not to give this story away! I really am tempted to tell you all the things about this book that is wonderful!) But, my favorite character of all, is Buck. Thank you, Alice, for creating Buck’s character! He is just a guy that would make any woman smile :o)! 

Alice’s use of talking about drinks in Mason jars was really cool, too. I love to drink my sweet iced tea from a Mason jar (I think that’s in a country song?!) so this really is a southern, down home novel that really pulls the reader in and makes them feel warm and cozy. All the characters that Alice created made themselves at home in my heart to stay! 
So, based on my review, what do you think my recommendation is?? TO READ THIS SWEET,AMAZING NOVEL!!! It’s most definitely a 5 star book, though, I would love to give it 5 million stars! Please, read this sweet, charming novel! Alice’s messages of loss, love, hope and God will stay with you forever and you will want to read it over and over, a thousand times. One thing is for sure: I can’t wait to go back and read Rain Song and How Sweet It Is (both on my book shelf and signed by this lovely author!)!!! 

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