• Alexis Newlin

Book Review- The Happy Camper

Updated: Apr 22

Hi guys!


Here's another book review for the month. If you're a Hallmark Channel fan, this is the book for you!



About the Author: Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of over 200 books with sales of more than 7 million, including many bestselling Christmas novellas, young adult titles, and contemporary romances. She received a Romantic TimesCareer Achievement Award in the inspirational market for her many books, including Finding Alice. She and her husband live in central Oregon. Learn more at www.melodycarlson.com.



About the Book: Home is the place to heal, right? At least, that's what Dillon Michaels is hoping as she leaves her disappointing career and nonstarter love life behind to help her grieving and aging grandfather on his small Oregon farm. The only problem? Her eccentric mother beat her there and has taken over Dillon's old room. After a few nights sleeping on a sagging sofa, Dillon is ready to give up, until she receives an unlikely gift--her grandfather's run-down vintage camp trailer, which she quickly resolves to restore with the help of Jordan Atwood, the handsome owner of the local hardware store.


But just when things are finally beginning to run smoothly, Dillon's noncommittal ex-boyfriend shows up with roses . . . and a ring.


Full of quirky characters, family drama, and sweet romance,The Happy Camperwill have you scouring Craigslist for your own diamond-in-the-rough camper to restore and haunting your local hardware store for a handy guy to help your dreams come true.




My Review: Okay guys, this story is something right out of the Hallmark Channel. Small town, girl returning home to discover herself, handsome single bachelor with a painful past breakup, a fixer-upper project to bring them together and the chance for love. It was predicable story and very fun. Melody, sell this book to Hallmark; you have a new Hallmark movie in the making.

I loved Dylan and Jordans characters. Dylan made me want to pack up everything I owned in my Jeep, drive to the mountains, get gifted a trailer and start a new life off the grid. I enjoyed her personality and her willingness to give it all up. I loved that she had such a love for her grandfather and a desire to help him as he lived a widow. The relationship between herself and her mother is very strained, but you do see her try to make things right several times in the book. Now for the ex boyfriend who shows up- this part annoyed me. I felt like too much attention was focused on him coming back into her life and less on her developing relationship with Jordan.

The ending felt rushed, abrupt and left me wanting to know more. An epilogue would have wrapped up their stories wonderfully.


Overall I enjoyed this book. If you like Hallmark and romantic novels, this is the one to check out.




Have a great weekend folks! See you next month for the next book review.


~Alexis

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