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Review of The Happy Camper by Melody Carlson!


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.



The cover? A plus. It is so adorable!

The plot/story line idea? A plus.

The carrying out of the plot/story line? ::Resists the urge to rant.:: I didn’t love it, but I didn’t hate it. I felt that it was cliche, and not for me. (WHY is there not another word for “cliche”?! My use of it is getting cliche!) But, I am one hundred percent sure that others will love it! Part of my dislike for The Happy Camper came from the high dislike I had for Dillon’s ex, he was not all that smart and really didn’t get the hint that she was not going to get back together with him. I understand that there are people that don’t get a hint but he was so, so, so, so, so super dense and I found the three of them to be awkward.

The characters? Not my favorite, I just didn’t relate to them. I am not saying they weren’t developed, I’m saying they weren’t characters I understood.

The whole part of fixing up the camper was so stinkin’ cool, I loved, loved, loved the descriptions, and I loved the way the author just pulled that part all together.

The potential, though? There was a lot of potential. I just didn’t see it as a good or redemptive read and I don’t even remember if there was spiritual content.

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.


Melody Carlson has written more than 200 books for teens, women, and children. Before publishing, Melody traveled around the world, volunteered in teen ministry, taught preschool, raised two sons, and worked briefly in interior design and later in international adoption. “I think real-life experiences inspire the best fiction,” she says. Her wide variety of books seems to prove this theory.


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