Monday, March 30, 2020

Book Review - The Happy Camper by Melody Carlson


When Dillion Michaels returns home after a breakup, her grandfather gifts her a vintage camp trailer that needs restoration. Intrigued by the work, and the charming hardware store owner, she's hopeful for a fresh chance at love-until a surprise visit from her ex-boyfriend turns everything upside down


Melody Carlson has written more than 200 books (with sales around 6.5 million) for teens, women and children. That's a lot of books, but mostly she considers herself a "storyteller." Her novels range from serious issues like schizophrenia (Finding Alice) to lighter topics like house-flipping (A Mile in My Flip-Flops) but most of the inspiration behind her fiction comes right out of real life. Her young adult novels (Diary of a Teenage Girl, TrueColors etc.) appeal to teenage girls around the world. Her annual Christmas novellas become more popular each year. She's won a number of awards (including Romantic Time's Career Achievement Award, the Rita and the Gold Medallion) and some of her books have been optioned for film/TV. Carlson has two grown sons and makes her home in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and yellow Lab dog. To find out more about Melody Carlson, visit her website at


Melody Carlson is a favorite author of mine because she always writes an uplifting story that makes me feel better as I'm reading and when that last page is read. The Happy Camper is absolutely another wonderful feel-good story.

Dillon is the main character and I absolutely loved her. She has such a sweet heart and yet I like that she takes care of  herself, too.  When we first meet her, she has an epiphany moment and, throughout the story, I love how we see her consider her own feelings as well as that of others.

I have always thought the vintage trailers were so cute and I love how they play a central part in this story. It was so fun watching Dillon fix up the trailer her grandfather gives her and the enthusiasm she has for it. It also opens the door to her meeting someone special - Jordon. He's the owner of the local hardware store but also has a passion for vintage trailers.

Add in an eccentric mother (Dillon's) and other people trying to throw a monkey wrench into things and you have a story that keeps you glued to the pages as well as the edge of your seat. I also enjoy that Melody always shares the love of God with her readers and that pretty much makes this the perfect story to enjoy. I give this book 5 stars!

*This book was provided to me by Revell.  I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this book.

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Blessings - Julie

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