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Hatteras Girl Paperback – October 1, 2010
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Hatteras Girl takes place in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. I have lived in North Carolina for only three years, but I love living here and I love books that are set in my new home state. I love living in the south and I love Alice's way of bringing the warmth and hospitality of the south into her stories. Jackie grew up in the Outer Banks and has happy childhood memories at the Bailey House and I loved the nostalgic feeling Alice created as we reminisce with Jackie about her happy memories of the Bailey House.
One of the themes that can be found in all of Alice's novels so far is loss. Alice is no stranger to loss and grief as she lost her four year old son, Daniel in 1997. She always writes about the losses that her characters experience with tenderness and the hope of healing. Jackie's best friend, Minnie, is experiencing tremendous grief after losing her husband and the hope and healing that takes place in Minnie is inspiring. The loss and grief in Hatteras Girl never feels heavy or depressing.Read more ›
But, I was disappointed. Honestly, I struggled with this book from the very beginning ... where I discovered it's written in the first-person, a style I rarely enjoy. The storyline took a really long time to come together, then picked up momentum in the middle ... almost enough to hook me. Unfortunately, it fizzled into an anti-climactic ending. Many characters among the huge cast had potential, but most were underdeveloped, probably because of the limitations inherent in utilizing a first-person tense. Also, they all seemed to have goofy names or nicknames. My guess is that this was a way to portray small town familiarity, but I just found it distracting.
I hate writing bad reviews, so let me add some positives to the mix. First of all, I'd be remiss if I didn't credit the author for choosing a wonderful setting for her story. It is, after all, what made me decide to read it. And, it is very obvious from her writing that she has first-hand knowledge of the area. Also, I can't say for certain, having never read any of Wisler's work before, but it appears she may have a quite a knack for creating characters. This book was busting at the seams with them! And, I liked them; I just didn't get to know them very well. And, last but not least, it was a very pleasant surprise to discover the recipes at the end. I may just have to try out Mrs. Bailey's lemon cookies.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Enjoyed this story very much. Love stories that take place on the Outer Banks of NC.Published 5 months ago by Rebecca Wright
This book is a great light beach read. Predictable but good. I do like the clean Christian feel of the book.Published 12 months ago by Country Girl
Loved the book especially since I've been to the Outer Banks. Also was happy to find the lemon cookie recipe in the book. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Joan Nelson
I love this book! I also love the recipe in the back! I had the hard copy, but loaned it to someone. Read morePublished 13 months ago by L.L.G.Potter
This book teaches us is to take time and listen to God' voice.
We need to be patient and not to rush his will for are life.
I liked this book. I'm usually drawn to historical Christian fiction, but this book was a fun read. The main characters are likable and true-to-life.Published 18 months ago by Kiki's Bookshelf
Worst written, most boring book I've ever read! The excerpt on the back cover made it look way more interesting than it was. The writing was amateurish and redundant. Horrible! Read morePublished 22 months ago by P. Davis
Alice writes very well. I can visualize all her characters. And I know her books won,t offend my morality.Published 23 months ago by Kindle Customer
This was a fun summer romance with awesome setting and enjoyable family members and friends who are part of a close-knit group, charmingly intent on manipulating, but supporting... Read morePublished 24 months ago by Cheryl Colwell