The Happy Camper

The Happy Camper 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 StoreBut Just When Things Are Finally Beginning To Run Smoothly, Dillon S Noncommittal Ex Boyfriend Shows Up With Roses And A Ring 2.5 stars Melody Carlson s books can be hit or miss for me, and though there were some things I liked about this book, unfortunately it was of a miss than a hit What I liked was the camper aspect, the hero, the hero s family, and the heroines grandpa What I disliked the heroine got on my nerves than I liked her and I feel like it took forever for anything to happen Plus the ex drama was annoying for me And the heroine s mom was obnoxious as well I love the cover and this book actually made me want to camp in one of this mini campers because they really are charming and I loved the way they were described I think this had a lot of potential and could have been a great read, but it just didn t work for me personally. Light hearted, fun, fast, read to get your mind off of everything that is going on in the world right now A fun escape from reality Carlson has the best reads, with family, love, a little bit of romance and some blessings all mixed in one story.I did find that it ended to fast, it felt a little bit rushed But I enjoyed the story.I gave it 4 stars and it s the perfect book to read right now The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own. The Happy Camper is a fun and refreshing book It features Dillon Michaels, who is fired from her job the same day she and her boyfriend break up She heads back to the Oregon farm where she was raised to stay with her grandfather, only to find that her undependable mother is there and has taken over Dillon s room After a few days of an uncomfortable stay, Dillon s grandfather gives her a vintage camper that he inherited from a friend.As Dillon fixes up the camper, she meets some very interesting people She becomes friends with the local hardware store owner, Jordan Atwood As things start to look promising with him, Dillon s ex boyfriend suddenly shows up.This was a sweet romance, and I really liked the two main characters The descriptions of the vintage campers were outstanding, and made me feel like I could really see what they were like I enjoyed seeing Dillon fix up her camper, as well as the interior of another This was a delightful book. This was one of those books that you don t want to see the end coming I was swept up from the beginning and it only got better as I read along in the book The writer, Melody Carlson is hoping for a movie to come from this book I agree that it would make a great movie But many times, or at least to this reader, movie versions seem different from the book and I m quite often left disappointed because I preferred the book to the movie Have you ever had one of those days when everything goes against you and you wished you d stayed in bed Well Dillon Michaels, main character in The Happy Camper, had a very bad Friday Now Friday s are supposed to be a favorite day of the week but not this one First of all on Friday evening her boyfriend shows up an hour and a half late for their dinner date Giving up on him ever showing up she leaves the restaurant and here comes the late boyfriend, Brandon Kranze, wondering where she s off to in such a hurry The conversation doesn t go well and she ends the two year relationship Things definitely go from bad to worse when Dillon goes home to find her friend is entertaining a boyfriend in their apartment and all her food she just bought is gone Next morning it gets worse when she loses her job, so she packs up and heads out of state to be with her elderly grandpa who is grief stricken by the loss of his wife just five months ago Well when she gets there she finds her mother, Margot, is also there with grandpa and has claimed the spare bedroom So it s the couch for Dillon and sleepless nights Has she made a terrible mistake in ditching Brandon What kind of employment will Dillon find and where will she start over again Fans of Melody Carlson and readers of contemporary Christian Fiction will love this book I highly recommend it and I m sure you ll be as delighted with it as I am I downloaded a Kindle ebook version of The Happy Camper to my Hoopla App A review was not requested All opinions expressed here in this review are my own. The Happy Camper by Melody Carlson is an entertaining story Dillon Michaels dumps her commitment phobic boyfriend and then loses her job within twenty four hours She has been unhappy with her life for a while and decides it is time to make a change Dillon packs all her belonging into her car and heads for her grandfather s farm in Silverdale, Oregon She arrives to find her mother ensconced in her bedroom and finds her grandfather depressed understandably as well as lonely after the loss of his wife Dillon cleans the house and then begins working on her grandmother s garden Sleeping on the couch, though, is taking a toll on her back Her grandfather then gifts her a 1964 Aloha Oasis which Dillon is excited to fix up She gets assistance from hardware store owner, Jordan Their friendship has the potential to blossom into a romantic relationship until her ex boyfriend, Brandon arrives in town intent on wooing her back The Happy Camper is a fun story with some aggravating moments Melody Carlson has an engaging writing style that draws the reader right into the story Dillon Michaels is a likeable and realistic character Alex, the grandfather, was a sweet man He was kind and generous Dillon and Jordan have a bumpy journey, but that is normal All relationships have issues mostly from miscommunication and wrong perceptions My favorite part of The Happy Camper is Dillon restoring the vintage trailer It makes me want to go out and get one I like how this tale shows realistic situations Our journey in life can change at any moment as we see in The Happy Camper As we grow older, we develop and grow as individuals The Happy Camper is a feel good Christian story with humor, family drama, and romance. This was a sweet story of a woman finding her way in the world after being fired from her job the same day she breaks up with her boyfriend that has a commitment problem Dillon moves back home to her grandparents farm in Oregon intending to stay a while and decide what to do with her life next When she arrives she discovers her mother is already there and staying in her old room so Dillon has to sleep on the couch That is until her grandpa lets her have an old vintage camper that was left to him by one of his hunting buddies I won t go into details because that is part of the fun of the story but Dillon discovers new interests as the story evolves and also a bit of aggravation Being that my husband travels for work we spend a good bit of the year in a camper Granted it is what some might consider luxury since we have a washer dryer and full bath and a house size refrigerator in it I could relate to the excitement Dillon had of fixing up the old trailer and staying in it I was given an eARC by the publisher through NetGalley. Trust the Lord with your whole heart, don t depend on your own knowledge and experience, include God in all you do, and He will direct you through life Have you ever prayed for God to give you direction What if that direction came in the form of losing your job and two year relationship in the span of 24 hours That s just what happened to Dillion Michaels She decides to pack up and move back home with her grandpa, whom she really has been missing since her grandma died This is a beautiful story of love lost and new beginnings I loved how Dillion listens to God s direction for her and starts over, not looking back at her job, relationships or past I loved that this is a story where her life didn t go as planned and she chooses to start fresh She is ready to let go and let God do a fresh work in her after realizing how much she has put God to the side Of course, moving back home, also comes with it s own issues and she soon finds herself wanting space from her mom When her grandpa gives her his vintage camper, she gains a new passion for life in renovating it As she gets to know the hardware store owner, Jordan Atwood, another curve is thrown at her Though the ex boyfriend showing up added a nice twist to the story, I did find him to be annoying Of course, I guess that s why he is her ex I find the camper renovations fun and engaging It made me want my own The love story was sweet The family dynamics realistic and I loved how she dealt with the religious issues that aren t always easy in families Her grandpa made the story I loved the whit and banter between the characters If you love a warm, witty and engaging storyline with faith and family, you d love The Happy Camper I was provided an advanced reader copy of this book through NetGalley by the publisher All opinions in this review are my honest opinion. I have been reading some heavy in depth books lately and this one hit the spot, light hearted and kept me smiling most of the time I loved the twins, they seemed so real, and could actually picture them, first hating to learn to swim, and loving when they were with Dillion at the camp ground The author gives us family dynamics at all levels, and you wonder if they will all survive to the end, will there be healing and forgiving There is some sweet romance here, and some that don t get the message, or at least need it hammered in Sometimes we take for granted what we have, until it is gone, but will be able to retrieve it Add in a sweet old camper, and then the truck to pull it, and we are on a restoration, we also have gardening, and mega amounts of lavender You will be quickly caught up here in this small town, and I would love to go camping with this loving group I received this book through the Publisher Revell, and was not required to give a positive review. DNFing because I m not a Christian romance fan This is another sweet story by Melody Carson I enjoyed how Dillon, the main character, changes as she works on the little vintage camper She stretches herself to do things she s never done before As the camper brightens and changes, so does she.To me this is a story about transition, family relationships and the challenges of every day It s not easy to take a new direction but it s possible to travel a different path to a new kind of life There is a conflicted romance which in a way is the suspense of the story This is a book that Hallmark movie lovers should enjoy It is a clean, sweet read with very interesting things going on To me it could even move into a new book I love Melody Carlson stories and they usually do leave me thinking about what could happen next, kind of like life itself My thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for my advanced copy of the book This is my own personal opinion about the Happy Camper It would be perfect to take on a camping trip or for a beach read

✻ The Happy Camper  Epub ✾ Author Melody Carlson –
  • Paperback
  • 352 pages
  • The Happy Camper
  • Melody Carlson
  • English
  • 08 February 2019
  • 9780800737238