Hatteras Girl is the story of Jackie Donovan, a young woman with two things on her mind: finding the right guy to marry, and purchasing an overpriced Bed & Breakfast once owned by old friends of her family. When she meets Davis Erickson, who holds the key to The Bailey Place on the outer banks of North Carolina, she believes–hopes–both dreams could come true in one swoop. But, of course, not all is as it seems….
I wanted to love this story. I love the concept, the seaside setting with lighthouses and bed-and-breakfasts and small town newspapers and extended families. I’m not a huge fan of first person present tense novels unless they’re really well done. This one, to me, fell a little flat in that department. It’s a really hard point-of-view to write well (and I’ve tried!) because it is so easy to follow all the rabbit trails of the character’s mind. Readers who love ‘asides’ will likely enjoy this novel.
Alice 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.