The Happy Camper

The Happy Camper

Large Print - 2020
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"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 of 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...nd a ring"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: 2020/03/25
Thorndike, ME: Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, 2020.
Copyright Date: ©2020
ISBN: 9781432875961
1432875965
Call Number: CARLS
LARGE PRINT FICTION
Characteristics: 447 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
large print
Subjects: Motor homes -- Fiction.
Man-woman relationships -- Fiction.
Mothers and daughters -- Fiction.
Grandfathers -- Care -- Fiction.
Large type books.
Motor homes -- Maintenance and repair -- Fiction.
Oregon -- Fiction.
Religious fiction
Romance fiction.
Est. publishing date: 2020/03/25

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Sep 05, 2020

'Happy Camper' is a cute story, but a disappointing novel.

I first encountered Melody Carlson reading the Grace Chapel Inn books. As with those stories, her writing in previous books is kind, soothing and gentle. Even in discussing faith and God, she does it gracefully and with a gentle touch.

Very little of that applies to 'Happy Camper'. The book is an unlikely whirlwind of events that stretches believability even more than most romances. If the dialogue of the main character is representative of real women her age, we have a very immature future facing us. Unusually, Carlson's writing in 'Happy Camper' is just not very good and a disappointment after the wonderful 'Courting Mr. Emerson'.

A starry-eyed, prepubescent teen would probably thoroughly enjoy the too simplistic 'Happy Camper'.

3 stars

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