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 he is the owner of Bailey House, she thinks this is a dream come true, but her friend Buck has some reservations about Davis. Jackie will have to determine the truth before she can make her dreams come true. Wisler has a talent for writing bright and funny heroines, and Jackie perfectly fits that mold. While she sometimes seems too good to be true, her feelings about Zane, which she always hides, make her real and sympathetic. Jackie's feelings for Buck seem to turn a bit quickly, but their relationship is perfect. There's a touch of gothic romances in Jackie's struggle between the two men: the rich suave man with a secret and the poor handsome man she's known all her life. The book's richness is in Jackie's relationships with not just Buck but Minnie, Zane, Sheerly, Ropey, and the rest of her family. It's another terrific read from a growing author.
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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. 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?