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Christmas Camp

(Christmas Camp #1)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  1,665 ratings  ·  381 reviews
From the screenwriter of the Netflix Original viral hit, A Christmas Prince, comes another heartwarming holiday story about a beautiful Grinch who’s determined to get her dream job even if it means spending a week at a Christmas Camp where she discovers an unexpected love.

Haley Hanson’s idea of the perfect Christmas is escaping to the Caribbean to work so she can avoid all
ebook, 448 pages
Published October 16th 2018 by William Morrow Paperbacks
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DJ Sakata
Favorite Quote:

Since she traveled a lot to visit her clients, she took pride in the fact that she never checked any bags, going with the philosophy that there were two kinds of luggage, carry-on and lost.

My Review:

I enjoyed this mild and sweet holiday storyline of a female workaholic named Haley. The writing was insightful and finely tweaked with those humorous and thoughtful touches that kicked the narrative up from good to cleverly exceptional. The main character of Haley wasn’t exactly a
☯~☽~•Patricia Mainard•~☾~☯
I really enjoyed this book a lot. Everything about this book was completely amazing. I love the characters,the storyline, and the magical time of Christmas. The characters were well formed and excellently developed.I loved how they interacted with each other. The writing was great and held my attention. I definitely recommend.
Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christmas
Haley gets passed over for a promotion and a big project at work because she doesn’t get the Christmas spirit, which the project requires. When she begs for another chance, her boss sends her to “Christmas Camp” at Holly Peak Inn to get her in the right mode. Jeff is the owner’s son and trying to save the inn during hard financial times. This was a Christmas explosion of Christmas tropes. Hot cocoa with whipped cream and candy cane stir sticks. Ugly Christmas sweater competitions. Reindeer on ...more
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Where does one start with Christmas Camp? Do I start by telling you it's the perfect Hallmark movie in book form? Do I tell you the girl is relatable and Christmas really does bring magic and love into her overworked life? Or do I tell you it's all thanks to the smart dog? Oh, I tell you all of that? Okay, it's all true! Christmas Camp is the story of Haley Hanson and her desire to make partner at her advertising and marketing firm. Only the
Jan 19, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 holiday stars!! - A Christmas Camp? What is that? It’s for those who have lost their Christmas spirit, those who want to learn how to make their own Christmas traditions, and for those lonely souls to continue to hold on to the love and memories of family. And for those who just absolutely love Christmas. It’s for some who get preoccupied with life, work, etc and just want to get through Christmas; not feel or “be” Christmas. What was lost or never had, is now to be found at Christmas Camp. ...more
Kate ☀️ Olson
(free review copy) This is perfect for fans of Hallmark Christmas movies and sweet simple holiday stories :-) It actually was a screenplay FIRST and then adapted to a book, and that worked well! No major complexities, just happy Christmas feels.
Oct 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
What a delightful, fresh, original Christmas season story. I wanted to resist it at first, but bit by bit it hooked my in and kept me reading on. I loved the characters and their stories, I loved the persistence of Max ( a dog) and his insight into the human heart! I found myself wishing I was their at the Christmas Camp along with all the participants. I might be a little bit easily led I know, but I just couldn't resist the feel good message in this story.

Haley is a sort of Grinch. But... she
This is the perfect grab-some-hot-chocolate, snuggle-with-a-blanket, feel good holiday story. It is positively dripping with Christmas and I love everything about it.

Haley works in advertising in Boston and dreams of becoming partner. She needs to land a huge campaign to clench the partnership, but that campaign centers around a Christmas theme. The problem is that Haley doesn’t celebrate the holidays at all and wouldn’t know about creating a Christmas-themed campaign if her life depended on it.
Dec 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
Good read for the Christmas Season. Christmas Camp had all the elements of Hallmark Christmas movie.
Oct 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It isn’t that Haley has lost her Christmas spirit, she never really had any. Growing up poor, there wasn’t much money to indulge in a lot of holiday decorations or gifts, so Christmas wasn’t much different from the other days of the year. Now that she had a career and some money to spend, she treated her parents and herself to a Caribbean vacation each year at Christmastime, instead of celebrating the way most people did. But now, wanting a promotion at work and to be put in charge of a toy ...more
What if your boss made you go spend a week at Christmas Camp to find the true meaning of the season? What if he gave your rival that extra week to work on a huge client presentation while you have to do it late at night or at dawn? Wouldn't you really deserve to find a cute guy at the inn to make up for that kind of injustice?

My review:
Haley is ambitious and wanted to become a partner at a Boston ad agency. Her boss, however, had other plans and sent her to a Christmas Camp for holiday attitude adjustment.
Carla Johnson-Hicks
Christmas Camp, a place to rediscover Christmas Magic. It’s for those who have lost their Christmas Spirit, those who want to learn how to make their own Christmas traditions, and for the lonely people to hang onto the love of Christmas. It is also a wonderful place to vacation if you love Christmas, and some come back year after year. In this story, Haley is the company "Grinch", overworked and just wanting to get through Christmas. Can she find her Christmas Spirit at Christmas Camp?

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Book Concierge
From the book jacket: Haley Hanson’s idea of the perfect Christmas is escaping to the Caribbean to work so she can avoid all the traditional Christmas distractions. Over the years, she’s sacrificed her personal life to climb the corporate ladder at a prestigious Boston advertising agency. Now she just needs to land a coveted Christmas toy company account to make partner. But first her boss thinks she needs a holiday attitude adjustment and ships her off to Christmas Camp at Holly Peak Inn to ...more
After readingChristmas Camp by Karen Schaler, I 100% want to go to camp based around the theme of Christmas. It's like indulging in a Hallmark Christmas movie, but in book form. Read my full review here ...more
Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
If you enjoy Hallmark Christmas movies, you'll enjoy this novel and may have viewed it. It's the typical workaholic female learning to achieve a life-work balance scenario. Haley wants to become a partner in her firm, but her boss tells her she must first attend a Christmas camp he attended the prior year. The camp, held at an inn somewhere within driving distance of Boston, allows visitors to experience a traditional Christmas and possibly form new traditions of their own. Haley finds herself ...more
Nov 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was my first Christmas read for the year and it was a good choice for my first one! The story was cute and made me want to go to a Christmas Camp and do all the fun things Haley got to do at Christmas camp! Made me wanna bake yummy cookies and decorate! I like the cute little love relationship her and Jeff had, of course I had a feeling something would happen between the two of them and its good that Haley went to this camp to gain Christmas spirit that she didnt have. Like I said it was a ...more
Mary Brown
Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Camp Christmas
Karen Schaler
5 Stars


From the screenwriter of the Netflix Original viral hit, A Christmas Prince, comes another heartwarming holiday story about a beautiful Grinch who’s determined to get her dream job even if it means spending a week at a Christmas Camp where she discovers an unexpected love.

Haley Hanson’s idea of the perfect Christmas is escaping to the Caribbean to work so she can avoid all the traditional Christmas distractions. Over the years, she’s sacrificed her
Haley is determined to make her mark in advertising, and has restructured her life to get one step closer to her dream. Friends, family and romance are all pushed aside, and the last big thing she thinks will ensure that promotion is on the horizon. If she can land this toy account, she just knows that she’ll get that promotion – but her boss has other ideas for her. He thinks Haley is missing that special something that only an injection of holiday spirit can bring – so he sends her off to ...more
I couldn’t resist looking at the Christmas novels on NetGalley recently and found myself downloading a few. Christmas Camp was the one that called to me the most due to the gorgeous, snowy cover and I’m so happy to say that the novel is every bit as fabulous as it looks!

Haley is a workaholic and is something of a grinch, she has zero Christmas spirit but is vying for a partnership in her firm and this means winning a lucrative toy campaign requiring lots of Christmas joy. Her boss decides that
Dec 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all who want to enjoy Christmas a little more.
Shelves: fiction, holiday, own, nature
Having been to camp, I was very curious to discover what Christmas Camp could be. Karen Schaler’s Christmas Camp is truly a heart-warming book. Haley Hanson, the protagonist, spends each Christmas in the Caribbean with her parents. She does this to kick back for awhile as she is practically ‘a workaholic’ and to avoid traditional Christmas activities and celebrations. Haley has been extremely successful at the advertising agency for which she works while nullifying her personal life. Her boss ...more
Kris - My Novelesque Life
2018; William Morrow Paperbacks/HarperCollins Canada
(Review Not on Blog)

I know what you are's a Christmas romance, what more do you want? Chemistry!!! I want chemistry between the love interests. Everything else was great about this book. You had the quirky cute secondary characters, small town charm, sad tear-jerker side story, adorable dog, etc. Haley and Jeff separately weren't exactly brilliant characters but together...they were so forced! I am looking forward
Nov 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
A perfect light Christmas read. Sweet romance, good secondary characters, and a fun plot make this a very good example of the Christmas book genre. Where this book is great is atmosphere. I really saw the decorations, felt the cold, smelled the cookies (and omg they are ALWAYS eating) so it really does fling you into the Christmas feeling. Very cute.
Dec 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
A fun holiday book. It read just like a Hallmark movie and definitely got me and everyone in book club in the holiday spirit. It was fun to read an easy enjoyable book this time of year with friends! I will keep an eye out for the movie, I think I will enjoy it!
Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
A contemporary holiday story (that has been made into a Hallmark movie!)

It is a light-hearted and sweet story about Haley Hanson, who is ambitious and a bit of a Grinch when it comes to Christmas, discovering the importance of Christmas traditions, celebrations, family, and love.

Haley is sent to Christmas Camp, which is a weeklong, activity-filled Christmas retreat in the mountains. I liked Haley and I understood her drive to succeed to work and why she put celebrating Christmas low on her list
Jennifer Wheeler
I honestly wasn’t sure if my cynical little heart would enjoy such an overtly cozy little holiday read. I’m pleasantly surprised to discover I actually enjoy reading this type of storyline, much more than I enjoy watching made for TV movies of the same ilk. For some reason it seemed less corny to read, than to watch.
booklover BEV
Dec 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
magical. I loved this book, it has everything added in to put you in the mood for Christmas, it has sparkle and romance and recipes, what a beautiful story. Haley Hanson arrives at the Christmas camp snowy inn, a romance is formed with the handsome Jeff, so I will let you read on to enjoy the magic of this wonderful book. absolutely fabulous
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a great book! Heartwarming story about a grinch who goes to Christmas Camp in order to convince her boss to give her a Christmas account. I will definitely watch the Hallmark movie when it comes out! This is a fun easy read, perfect for putting you in the holiday spirit!
Nov 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this! I'm so glad to know it's going to film. A great read.
Dec 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's not that she hates Christmas or is against it. She's just not a fan and forgot the meaning of the Holidays and lost the spirit of it, spending it every year with her toes in the sand. But Haley Hanson's boss didn't really give her a choice; if she wants the chance to pitch her concept to land a big account that would mean making partner for her, she have to go to Holly Peak Inn to participate in Christmas Camp for a "holiday attitude adjustment". Haley thinks she just have to cram all the ...more
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Karen Schaler is a three-time Emmy award–winning storyteller, author, screenwriter, journalist and national TV host. She has written original screenplays for Netflix, Hallmark, and Lifetime Christmas movies including the Netflix sensation A CHRISTMAS PRINCE.

Karen also wrote the original screenplay for Hallmark's Christmas Camp followed by her two books, Christmas Camp and Christmas Camp Wedding. A
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