Saturday, November 13, 2010

book review: "hatteras girl" by alica wisler

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.

I received this book free from Bethany House and was not required to write a positive review.

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