"You must have a place to which you can go in your heart, your mind, or your house, almost everyday, where you do not owe anyone and where no one owes you--a place that simply allows for the blossoming of something new and promising."
- Joseph Campbell
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Author: Alice J. Wisler
Paperback: 310 pages Publisher: Bethany House
(October 1, 2010) Language: English ISBN-10: 9780764207327
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?
About the Author:
Alice J. Wisler is a public speaker, advocate, fundraiser, and the author of two contemporary novels, How Sweet It Is and Rain Song, a Christy Award finalist. 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 has a Bachelor of Science from Eastern Mennonite University and has traveled the world in jobs that minister to people. Alice and her family live in Durham, North Carolina.
First of all, I'm not a big fan of first person tense in novels. It reminds me more of a screenplay than a novel and usually takes a very seasoned writer to pull this style off well. Nevertheless, Hatteras Girl was entertaining, taking this reader to an area of the country that I know I would enjoy visiting. I also liked the idea of questions in the back of the book which would go well with a reading group. There were also a few recipes, included, that sound good. All in all, it is a good beach read, if you like the style (first person). 4 stars****