Review: 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 store.

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

Rating: 4-stars


The Happy Camper by Melody Carsen is a great story. It shows the reality of life. Not everything goes smoothly in the real world and why should it in fiction? Dillion loses her job and boyfriend. To be honest her boyfriend isn’t much of a catch. So, Dillion heads back home. However, her mother takes over her old bedroom leaving Dillion to fend for herself. I greatly disliked her mother. Her grandfather was kinder. He gives her an old camper. Dillion with nothing else to lose, gets pumped up in fixing it. She doesn’t do it alone. A good looking man helps her with the remolding. From there, the story quickened more and became more interesting. Especially, when trouble arrives in the form of her ex-boyfriend.

Melody Carsen’s book is entertaining to read. It holds a realistic side to life. Crap happens. In this case, this story was refreshing. Dillion’s story could have ended in some many ways. Usually, with most books, I can already tell what the ending will be. But this novel, I could not say what would have happened until I get to the ending.

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