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Hatteras Girl (Heart of Carolina #3)

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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. Th ...more
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Published October 1st 2010 by Bethany House Publishers
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Nov 07, 2010 Molly rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Molly by: Alice J. Wisler, CFBA
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 fri ...more
Nov 07, 2010 Ruth rated it liked it
Hatteras Girl is a charming story of Jackie, a young woman who is 29 at the beginning of the book and 30 at the end. Like many single women, she wants to be married. Like some 30 year olds, she wonders if she will ever achieve her career goals. Her goal is to own a particular bed and breakfast and so far she has had no luck in trying to find the owner. One day her boss sends her to interview a Realtor, and she finds that he is not only handsome and charming, he also knows about "her" bed and bre ...more
May 12, 2011 Wanda rated it liked it
Nice quick read...

Hatteras Girl was my first encounter with author Alice J. Wisler. The story centers on Jackie—an almost thirty year old single woman who is trying to attain her dreams in life. Jackie lives with her childhood friend, Minnie, and helps her raise her son, while they both dream of owning a bed and breakfast one day. In the mean time Jackie is busy working as a writer for a magazine and waiting for Mr. Right. Jackie has plenty of help looking for the right man as all her relatives
Feb 21, 2015 Penny rated it liked it
I picked this book to read because it's snowing outside and I wanted to pretend to be in the Outer Banks. As far as that went, it failed. There really is very little beach/ocean talk. This book could have taken place almost anywhere.

Something I wasn't expecting when I started the book was grief and death. I am still mourning someone so my personal issues made it hard to enjoy the book at times because I couldn't get into the book enough to stay out of my own thoughts.

Halfway through the book I
Very nice - a bit different to her previous books, but I liked it better.

Written in first person, present tense, which I know annoys some people but I don't mind it.

One grouch: it's Royal Doulton, not Royal Dalton. I don't care what the spell check says.
Jun 28, 2014 Teresa rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2014-read
It's just what it says on the back of the book; a young lady turning 30 lives on the Outer Banks, NC and her family loves to fix her up with crappy dates. She's obsessed with a B&B she remembers from her childhood. This entire book is on and on about mostly those 2 things and her rather naive approach. Very predictable. I struggled with boredom.

Added thought: *I must be missing something others got, since most of the recent reviews are 4-5 stars and very positive. Possibly this book is a mo
Nov 14, 2010 Wendi rated it it was ok
Hatteras Girl
By Alice J. Wisler
Published by Bethany House

Set on the beautiful Outer Banks of North Carolina, Hatteras Girl revolves around a young journalist named Jackie Donovan who with her best friend Minnie, grew up dreaming of great romances, and one day owning a bed-and-breakfast like their beloved Bailey House. Real life however, isn’t made up of fairytales and dreams come true, as Jackie and Minnie grow to know all too well.

Now adults and living in a small duplex, Jackie and Minnie are l
Jan 11, 2011 Cindy rated it really liked it
What a great book! With characters that you just want to hug and help them with their hurting hearts. I loved this book and while it was the first book I have read that was written by Alice J. Wisler, I know it will not be the last.

Have you ever had a dream that you have held onto so long that when it finally happens, you realize you have changed and your not sure that you can fulfill the dream or even if the dream is realistic anymore. This is where Jackie Donovan aka "Hatteras Girl" has found
Jan 18, 2011 Carman rated it liked it
Well, I hate to give an unfavorable review, but I will be honest regarding my thoughts on this book.

There were some things I liked about the book. The setting. The dream Jackie had of one day owning the Bailey House. But, the things that I didn’t like seemed a little louder than the things I did.

*The rest of this review will have some spoilers, so beware* I found the dialogue in some places to be unbelievable. (Such as when she confronts Davis at the Grille.) If I was having an argument and some
Aug 23, 2011 Laura rated it really liked it
Author: Alice J. Wisler
Publisher: Bethany House
October 2010
ISBN: 978-0-7642-0732-7
Genre: Inspirational/contemporary

Jackie Donovan is pushing thirty and her loving relatives want to get her married off. But while Jackie would love to marry an honest, wonderful man, even more she wants to own a bed-and-breakfast on the beautiful Outer Banks of North Carolina. While she waits for the bed-and-breakfast to dream, she works as a journalist for the Lighthouse Views featuring local b
Apr 03, 2013 Ronna rated it liked it
"Be still and know that I am God." Is one of my favorite versus in the Bible! In Wisler's HATTERAS GIRL, Jackie Donovan finds that this is definitely true for her. She is dreaming of the perfect boyfriend, and the perfect job of owning the old Bailey Bed and Breakfast. When she meets the handsome, rich Bailey grandson, realtor, she believes that she may actually get her desires.

All her friends and family in the Outer Banks are not so sure that she's following God's leading. Her best friend, and
Oct 04, 2010 Carly rated it it was amazing
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Have you ever read a book that you just never wanted to end? Usually by the time I get to the end of a book, even one that I have really enjoyed, I am ready to finish it and move on. But, as I saw the end of Hatteras Girl coming, I did not want it to be over. Alice Wisler has an amazing ability to create a story that touches me more than any other author I have ever read, and I read a lot. I noticed that Hatteras Girl is a little different than Alice’s previous two novels. Hatteras Girl had fewe ...more
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Nov 08, 2010 Clockstein Lockstein rated it really liked it
Hatteras Girl by Alice J. Wisler is a Southern romance with a hit of suspense. Jackie Donovan has dreamed of owning The Bailey House bed and breakfast with her best friend Minnie since they were little girls. After the tragic death of Minnie's husband, the two women struggle with their grief and to raise her young son, Zane. Jackie interviews Davis Erickson for her job at a local magazine and is struck by his good lucks and charm, and she is surprised when he asks her out. When she learns that h ...more
Nov 11, 2010 Joy rated it really liked it
I love destination books, novels whose settings make you feel like you're on vacation. So when I saw Hatteras Girl advertised for the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance tour, I had to grab it. I can think of no better way to combat falling temperatures in the Northeast than dreaming about flying kites on the beach in the Outer Banks.

Hatteras Girl is a sweet contemporary romance about Jackie Donovan, a thirty year old journalist who collects fisherman hats and dreams of getting married and owning he
Laverne Ombadykow
Nov 13, 2010 Laverne Ombadykow rated it really liked it
Although the book was fun and easy to read, it also reminded me of the truths that God is in control of what happens to us and that we need to allow His plan for our life to happen on His schedule.

The story was about a 29 year old woman who worked for a magazine doing interviews of business owners in the local tourist area. Her dream was to own a Bed and Breakfast and she had her heart set on the Bailey House, which was a place she had visited often with her best friend when they were children.
Nov 15, 2010 Jodie rated it liked it
Shelves: 2010
Hatteras Girl by Alice J. Wisler is a book set in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Jackie's dream is to own the Bailey Bed-and-Breakfast, the place where she frequented when she was a teenager. Meanwhile she is working for Lighthouse Views, a local magazine, writing interviews and articles about local business owners. Her family is set on having her married before Christmas and they continually set her up on bad blind dates. During one interview, she befriends the owner, Davis. They become clo ...more
Amber Stokes
Jan 15, 2016 Amber Stokes rated it really liked it
Wisler has a unique style of writing that is both engaging and insightful, and overall a pleasure to read! Her characters are so authentic and easy to relate to, and Jackie's (the main character's) thoughts and attitudes reminded me often of myself as I read, which made it all the better for taking the book's lessons about contentment and trusting in God to heart.

I fell in love with the setting, with Jackie's quirky and lovable relatives and friends, and the general atmosphere of the book. Her d
Trinity Rose
Jan 31, 2011 Trinity Rose rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Hatteras Girl” is the first book I’ve read written by Alice J. Wisler and I loved it. Ms. Wisler has a wonderful way with her writing. She writes fresh, riveting stories.
I really enjoyed the descriptions of the beautiful Outer Banks of North Carolina where this book took place. It seems like a place I would really love to visit. You will find yourself transported to North Carolina.
This book is about Jackie and her best friend, Minnie. She {Minnie} is experiencing dreadful grief after losing h
Julia Reffner
Oct 13, 2010 Julia Reffner rated it really liked it
Shelves: author
Do we really want our dreams to come true? This is the question Wisler asks in her latest novel, Hatteras Girl.

Jackie comes to find that the unexpected God has in store can be far greater than any dreams she has designed for her life.

I must admit one of my favorite parts of this book is the setting. North Carolina’s Outer Banks…the dilapidated but charming Bailey House Bed & Breakfast…and of course Sunnyside Grille, the local greasy spoon diner…every part of this small town becomes a charac
Mar 18, 2011 Carol rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011
This book is comfy one to take to the beach. I felt at home with the main character, Jackie. We both love beaches,a certain soft drink,and
having friends and relatives around. The only thing I didn't like was her fairy tale belief in 'someday, my prince will come". At least she grew up in the end. I liked the easy to follow story and trueness of her friends and relatives. They were people who would be good to know in real life.

I like the way, that Katie's good memories of the Bailey House became
Jan 26, 2011 Sela rated it liked it
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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 c
Jan 04, 2011 Tina rated it it was amazing
It is hard to say what I loved most about Hatteras Girl. Was it the Outer Banks of North Carolina setting? Maybe, because I love a good setting. Or maybe it was the cast of quirky, but refreshingly down-to-earth characters who were surprisingly familiar to me. I love a good ‘supporting cast.’ I also love a strong main character who isn’t so perfect I can’t relate to her and who sheds little pieces of wisdom here and there as she learns. Like I said, it’s hard to say what I loved most about this ...more
Nov 03, 2010 Casey rated it really liked it
A women’s fiction novel, HATTERAS GIRL surprised me in more ways than one.

The start of the novel is slow in my opinion and I considering skimming, but there was something about the story that stopped me. I will admit that first person present tense is not my favorite to read, but as the book progressed I didn’t notice it as much.

Nothing is overt in the story line. The romance, the faith message, the characters actions. Everything is “shown” as it happens, without a great deal of internal monolog
Carla Stewart
Oct 21, 2010 Carla Stewart rated it it was amazing
I’ve been a fan of Alice Wisler’s highly entertaining novels since her first one, Rain Song, came out. She really packs a wallop into her characters, giving them not only quirks, but fears and hopes and dreams, and she’s not afraid to throw a few unpleasant curves their way. In Hatteras Girl, Jackie Donovan dreams of finding the perfect man to marry and one day being the owner of the Bailey Place—a Bed and Breakfast she’s loved since she spent many happy childhood days there.

The only problem is
Marianne Evans
Aug 29, 2010 Marianne Evans rated it really liked it
Like a soft breeze blowing in across the sparkling waters of the Atlantic, Hatteras Girl wraps around you and draws you in.

Jackie Donovan is an appealing heroine full of heart, humor and a touching, authentically developed loyalty to her friends and family. From the start of the book you’re charmed by her off-beat, charming characters.

There’s her best friend Minnie, mourning the tragic loss of her beloved husband, Lawrence. Jackie and Minnie help raise Minnie’s precocious son Zane, and they clin
Jul 27, 2012 Samantha rated it liked it
Shelves: recently-read
I picked this up in Hatteras when I was on vacation there last summer and decided to read it while I was feeling nostalgic about the Outer Banks this summer. I was in the middle of a lot of studying so I didn't want to read anything too involved, and this book was exactly what I needed! This would be a really great beach read, and is generally suited for the summer. The setting of the Outer Banks is a quaint beach community in North Carolina, and if you've ever been there, this book will feel li ...more
Nov 09, 2010 Nancy rated it liked it
This is a pleasant story about Jackie and her life in North Carolina. There are Christian elements, although I wouldn't necessarily call it Christian fiction. Definitely a clean read which I appreciate. Jackie's dreams are to grow up and own the Bailey's Bed and Breakfast and to get married. Her ever-helpful kin continue to line her up on blind dates which continually disappoint her.

Without any help from her relations, Jackie meets Davis, a successful, handsome and rich businessman. The icing on
Wall-to-wall books - wendy
I loved the cover of this book!!!!! That's what made me want to read it in the first place. And then that it took place on Cape Hatteras, well its just a given that it will be a great book right? WRONG. I really wanted to love this story as much as I loved the cover, but it was slow and boring and just not going anywhere for me. Towards the middle it did slightly pick up, but not fast enough. Even though last half was much much better than the first half, it still seemed to move in slow motion f ...more
This book was a cute and light read, but I found it to be rather average. The author did a great job of creating the setting and describing the beachy community in North Carolina. Also, I enjoyed following Jackie along on her dream to own a bed and breakfast, but I felt like there were a few random stops along the way. The stops added to the quirkiness of the book and there were many aspects that made me smile such as: Jackie’s family always trying to set her up on dates, her colorful array of h ...more
Feb 10, 2011 Jennifer rated it it was ok
When I first read the storyline for this book I just knew it would be one that I would love. A writer that wants to run a bed and breakfast. It sounds like a beautiful set up for a wonderful story. I was disappointed though. My main issue was that the story just moved too slow. I felt like the storyline didn't start to pick up until well over 100 pages into the book and even then it just felt like it was dragging along to me. It seemed like the author focused on too many little details in her wr ...more
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