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?
My take on this book;
Jackie Donovan is almost thirty. All she has ever wanted was to find a wonderful man to marry, and to purchase Bailey Place a B&B. She and her best friend Minnie visited it often when they were children, they both want to own it, but widower Minnie is working two jobs to support her son and Jackie works at a magazine writing articles about local business owners. When she meets the owner of Bailey House,Erikson Davis, she soon starts hoping her dreams might finally be coming true.
While this story was a bit slow to start for me, once it picked up I became anxious to see how things would work out. The characters are very down to earth making them very easy to relate to, although I would say some of them were offbeat! I really enjoyed how Jackie's family was always trying to fix her up.
The author does an amazing job of describing the setting for this book, transporting you to the small town setting.
An added bonus are the wonderful sounding recipes included, which I definitely will be trying out!
If your in the mood for a sweet, but not sappy romance, with a little humor woven in, then give this book a try! For me not a great read, but overall I enjoyed the book and will be looking for more from this author..
I was provided a copy of this book by Bethany House for review, but it in no way alters my opinion of this book.