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The Happy Camper

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  197 ratings  ·  107 reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published March 3rd 2020 by Fleming H. Revell Company (first published March 2020)
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2.5 stars

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Melody Carlsons books can be hit or miss for me, and though there were some things I liked about this book, unfortunately it was more of a miss than a hit.

What I liked was the camper aspect, the hero, the heros family, and the heroines grandpa. What I disliked the heroine got on my nerves more than I liked her and I feel like it took forever for anything to happen. Plus the ex-drama was annoying for me. And the heroines mom was obnoxious as well.

I love the cover and this book
Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader
Mar 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
Light hearted, fun, fast, read to get your mind off of everything that is going on in the world right now. A fun escape from reality. Carlson has the best reads, with family, love, a little bit of romance and some blessings all mixed in one story.
I did find that it ended to fast, it felt a little bit rushed. But I enjoyed the story.
I gave it 4 stars and it's the perfect book to read right now.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required
Mar 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook-arc
The Happy Camper is a fun and refreshing book. It features Dillon Michaels, who is fired from her job the same day she and her boyfriend break up. She heads back to the Oregon farm where she was raised to stay with her grandfather, only to find that her undependable mother is there and has taken over Dillon's room. After a few days of an uncomfortable stay, Dillon's grandfather gives her a vintage camper that he inherited from a friend.

As Dillon fixes up the camper, she meets some very
Shirley Chapel
This was one of those books that you don't want to see the end coming. I was swept up from the beginning and it only got better as I read along in the book. The writer, Melody Carlson is hoping for a movie to come from this book. I agree that it would make a great movie. But many times, or at least to this reader, movie versions seem different from the book and I'm quite often left disappointed because I preferred the book to the movie.
Have you ever had one of those days when everything goes
The Happy Camper by Melody Carlson is an entertaining story. Dillon Michaels dumps her commitment phobic boyfriend and then loses her job within twenty-four hours. She has been unhappy with her life for a while and decides it is time to make a change. Dillon packs all her belonging into her car and heads for her grandfathers farm in Silverdale, Oregon. She arrives to find her mother ensconced in her bedroom and finds her grandfather depressed (understandably) as well as lonely after the loss of ...more
Feb 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-books, netgalley
This was a sweet story of a woman finding her way in the world after being fired from her job the same day she breaks up with her boyfriend that has a commitment problem. Dillon moves back home to her grandparents farm in Oregon intending to stay a while and decide what to do with her life next. When she arrives she discovers her mother is already there and staying in her old room so Dillon has to sleep on the couch. That is until her grandpa lets her have an old vintage camper that was left to ...more
Mar 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Trust the Lord with your whole heart, dont depend on your own knowledge and experience, include God in all you do, and He will direct you through life.

Have you ever prayed for God to give you direction? What if that direction came in the form of losing your job and two year relationship in the span of 24 hours? Thats just what happened to Dillion Michaels. She decides to pack up and move back home with her grandpa, whom she really has been missing since her grandma died. This is a beautiful
Maureen Timerman
Mar 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
I have been reading some heavy in-depth books lately and this one hit the spot, light hearted and kept me smiling most of the time.
I loved the twins, they seemed so real, and could actually picture them, first hating to learn to swim, and loving when they were with Dillion at the camp ground.
The author gives us family dynamics at all levels, and you wonder if they will all survive to the end, will there be healing and forgiving?
There is some sweet romance here, and some that don't get the
Storme Reads A Lot
DNFing because Im not a Christian romance fan ...more
Susan F
Feb 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is another sweet story by Melody Carson. I enjoyed how Dillon, the main character, changes as she works on the little vintage camper. She stretches herself to do things she's never done before. As the camper brightens and changes, so does she.
To me this is a story about transition, family relationships and the challenges of every day. It's not easy to take a new direction but it's possible to travel a different path to a new kind of life. There is a conflicted romance which in a way is the
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Dillon Michaels moves back home to Oregon in hopes of deciding what direction she should take following the loss of her job and breaking up with her boyfriend. Little does she know what life has in store for her when she arrives at her grandfathers home.

I loved the characters and the way they each met or helped others meet challenges. They all became very real and people I would like to know. The small camper that Dillon is given even takes on a personality based on her personal style. It also
Mar 23, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: giveaways-arcs
This was a cute novel about finding your place in the world and what makes you happy. It didn't seem too much like a romance novel until close to the end where things between Dillon and Jordan finally connect. I felt this was more about going home and starting fresh in life.

I was not overly thrilled with Margot as a motherly figure and felt Dillon was more of the adult in this dynamic. Margot seems to mess things up more than help her daughter and seemed blatantly clueless on any part of
Feb 23, 2020 rated it liked it
THE HAPPY CAMPER is a whimsical tale by prolific author Melody Carlson and almost enough to make this non-camper want a camper. But unlike Dillion in the story, I don't have a small fortune to spend on restoring and decorating a vintage camper.

I'm not sure how I feel about the story. Dillion and her mother hardly try to get along. Margo (Mom) is lazy while Dillion is superwoman able to deep clean an entire farmhouse in a single morning and spend the afternoon cleaning a green house and planting
Debby (Alwaysbooking)
2.5 The cutest little camper stars!!
I thought this was going to be a true Hallmark kind of book with romance and young woman finding herself and maybe I set my expectations to high. While I found all the trailer rebuilding and multitasking a great add on to the book, the romance connection was not there at all. The romantic couple has barely a handful of meetings throughout the book and we are to find something deep and meaningful from this and I just couldnt do it. Most of their meet ups are
Feb 28, 2020 rated it liked it
This is the second book I have read by Melody Carlson and I have now decided that her writing style is just not for me. As such, this review - as always - is an honest breakdown of my response to the book, but I realise that many people who do enjoy Carlsons writing wont find fault with the same issues I did. If this sort of thing is your style, then I am sure will enjoy what is a simple story of coming home, and falling in love.

Dillon leaves her boyfriend and her job on the same day. She is
Mar 12, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2020, arcs
This book was okay I guess.. The plot was easy to read, but nothing special.

In the beginning I was really confused about who Margot was, as that was never explained or mentioned. After having a whole conversation in which I sat there clueless if she's her sister or mother or granddads new girlfriend, some other character finally solved the mystery and called her Dillon's mother. She was a really annoying character, and I could not believe how Dillon always put up with her. But at the same time
Mar 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Dillon Michaels has fond memories of a stable home with her grandparents, after a rough upbringing with her single mother. She is burned out juggling her finances, job, and non-committal boyfriend. After her grandmother's death she decides to go stay with her grandfather, only to find that her mother has beat her there.

Blessings come in surprising packages with the gift of a vintage trailer that Dillon can make her own. She sets to work restoring the camper, with the help of the local hardware
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, christian
It wasnt Dillons best weekend. First she breaks up with her boyfriend, then she gets fired. But the boyfriend wasnt ideal, being too self-centered to care about Dillon, and her boss expected Dillon to drop everything and report to work whenever she called, even on Dillons days off. So Dillon says good-bye to ex-boyfriend, ex-job, and ex-roommates, and moves back home to Grandpa and his farm. But her mother, having left her own boyfriend, has beaten her to it, and has taken over Dillons old ...more
Karen R
Feb 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
A delightful story from start to finish! Felt like a perfect script for a Hallmark movie, with characters who had their fair share of struggles along the rocky road to love.
Uncertainty in life decisions and relationships, a neglected faith, plus dealing with some baggage from family relationships, added to Dillon's problems. It would have been interesting to have Brandon's and Jordan's viewpoint in the mix, adding a guy's perspective. A good take on showing the need for boundaries in
Tammy G.
Mar 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Every once in awhile I like a story that is off the beaten path. Not the same ole, same ole, type of story. And that's why I like to read stories penned by Melody Carlson.
This book cover reached and literally grabbed me. I absolutely love the cover!
Now Dillon Michaels is at a disappointing place in her life. So what does one do when one feels at a lost? One goes to grandpa's house. But unbeknownst to Dillon her mother beats her to grandpa's and takes Dillon's old room and the only guest room.
Susan Snodgrass
Jan 25, 2020 rated it liked it
'Sometimes a life needs to get shaken order to put the pieces together right.'

Dillon Michaels has had enough of her life in Colorado and her unwilling to commit boyfriend. So she heads off to Oregon to help her grandfather out after her grandmother dies. She wasn't happy with her career, anyway. When she arrives, she finds her eccentric and erratic mother has arrived before her and taken up residence and trying to boss her grandfather around. Dillon pitches in and goes to work, but after
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Dillon Michaels breaks up with her longtime boyfriend and then gets fired from her job so she packs up and moves back home to Oregon. There her grandfather gifts her with a vintage trailer for her to refurbish.

My copy came in the mail on Saturday and I read it that same day I just couldn't put it down. The characters are so well written and the descriptions of everything that Dillon was doing to the trailer I could just picture in my mind. I really liked all the characters especially Dillon and
Mar 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-books
The Happy Camper begins with Dillon who finds herself lost, single and without a job. Dillon is not sure where her happiness went, but after moving home to take care of her grandpa she is surprised to find herself welcome back with open arms to her small hometown.

This is a delightfully loving book. As the reader walks through the renovating of Dillons trailer and the community she finds as a result of it, one cannot help but find a permanent smile stuck on their face. After having previously
Courtney | Soul of a Librarian
Mar 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: blog-reviews
If you're looking for a cute, what-you-see-is-what-you-get kind of read, this is it! I adored Dillon's journey into becoming a camper. I could almost feel her excitement as she discovered a love for her new little home, and it made me want to find a cute camper trailer of my own. I loved the lessons that she learned throughout the novel. I especially appreciated the way Carlson approached the inspirational aspect of this book. It wasn't preachy by any means, but it was very straight forward and ...more
Angie Fehl
Mar 19, 2020 rated it it was ok
After her career and love life both go south in less than 24 hours, Dillon Michaels decides to move to Oregon to help her widower grandfather run his farm. Upon arrival, Dillon unexpectedly finds that her mother, also having recently suffered a hit to her love life (albeit of her own doing), had the same idea to come crash at the farm. Dillon and her mother don't have the closest bond, evident in the way Dillon refers to her by her name, Margot. Dillon also tends to bristle at health nut ...more

I just flew through this book! The Happy Camper by Melody Carlson features Dillon Michaels, who comes back home to her grandfather's farm after losing both her boyfriend and her job in the same day. When she gets back to the farm, she finds that her mother has unexpectedly arrived first and has taken over her bedroom. Forced to sleep on the uncomfortable couch, Dillon re-evaluates whether or not coming home was the best of ideas. But then her grandfather gifts her an old vintage camper that
Sara Wise
Mar 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Her only recourse a lesson shed learned long ago, but sometimes forgot was to give her heartache to God. She knew his ways were higher than hers. And she knew he could handle her brokenness and that, in time, he would restore her. She would get past this.

Melody Carlson is a master at crafting the deliciously sweet love story, and she does it again with The Happy Camper.

When Dillon Michaels life seems to fall apart she breaks up with her non-committal boyfriend and loses her less-than-stellar
Cathy Morgan
Mar 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Dillon's breakup with her commitment-phobic and perpetually late boyfriend was not premeditated, but it felt a relief to finally acknowledge that things weren't working. But everything seems against her when she loses her job the next day. The sudden decision to go back to stay with her grandfather for a while to help him feels right, but on arrival she finds that her unreliable, unpredictable mother has moved back in and taken her bedroom - leaving Dillon only an uncomfortable sofa. Things ...more
Mar 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Happy Camper by Melody Carlson is a bit angst-y in spite of the cheery title.

Dillon Michaels has had a run-in with her boyfriend AND her boss. The upshot is she lost her job and broke up with her boyfriend.

She packs her things, loads her car, and drives from Colorado Springs, to her grandfather's home in Silverdale, Oregon. She finds that her mother has taken up residence in what was her bedroom during Dillon's growing up years, so Dillon found herself relegated to a dilapidated sofa,
Mar 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, religious
I've been reading a lot of heavy fiction lately and I knew it was time to add a light, fun read to my reading plans. This was the perfect book- it's light and romantic and has some interesting characters. I learned about glamping. Glamping is a combination of "glamorous" and "camping", and it means going camping and taking all of the amenities of luxury along with you.

Dillon walks away from her long-term boyfriend and her job within two days and decides to go back to her grandfather's small farm
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Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of over two hundred books, several of them Christmas novellas from Revell, including her much-loved and bestselling book, The Christmas Bus.

She also writes many teen books, including the Diary of a Teenage Girl series, the TrueColors series, and the Carter House Girls series.

Melody was nominated for a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award in the

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