Friday, May 8, 2020

Book Review: The Happy Camper by Melody Carlson

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 Camper will 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.

You can purchase a copy here.

My Review

The Happy Camper is a fun, uplifting read.  Dillon Michaels decides to move back to her Grandfather's farm after losing her job and her boyfriend on the same weekend.  What I really liked about Dillon was that she left on her adventure with a great attitude about the future.  No "Woe is me," with Dillon.  She appreciated beauty and the relationships in her home town.  She was willing to work hard for herself and to help others.  It was easy to root for her.

Jordan Atwood was a great guy.  Always willing to lend a hand, this local businessman and community leader was always a gentleman.

Although Dillon used the word "cute" a lot, there was just enough conflict to keep the story line interesting.  Romance readers who want an uplifting, happy story will be delighted with The Happy Camper.

I received a copy of this book from the author for review purposes.  The thoughts expressed here are my own.

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 Times Career Achievement Award in the inspirational market for her many books, including Finding Alice. She and her husband live in central Oregon. Learn more at

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