Hatteras Girl was my first encounter with author Alice J. Wisler. The story is about a single woman named Jackie and her desire to own a bed and breakfast in her sleepy little town. To pay the bills and fill her time, Jackie is journalist and helps her childhood friend out after a tragic loss. Jackie blindly chases her dreams while her family around her try to create other dreams for her that lead to interesting tales within this story.
The story to me seemed a little slow and at times a bit too depressing. It did have its quirky moments and was well written. Overall the author managed to keep my interest peaked enough that I wanted to learn the outcome. While faith and Christian values are obvious in this story it is not so overwhelming that it would turn anyone off.
So while this story was not a griping page turner, it is a nice story that can be considered uplifting and even touching at times.
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Hatteras Girl is centered on the Outer Banks of North Carolina around a single Korean-American girl who has two dreams. One is to be married and the other is to be the owner of The Bailey House with her best friend, Minnie. 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.
Will Jackie's dream come true and will she fall in love while it does? We all learn (along with Jackie) that even though things may seem to be the path God wants us to take, nothing happens without patience or happens exactly the way we think it should. Sometimes God has other plans for us and they will become revealed in God's time. I love a strong main character that isn't so perfect that I can't relate to her and who sheds little pieces of wisdom here and there as she learns. This was a fun light read that would be great to read on the beach. Sometimes you just need a fun read.
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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.
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.