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3.66  ·  Rating details ·  1,989 ratings  ·  452 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 read ...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 Carlson’s 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 hero’s 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 heroine’s 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 a
Deanne Patterson
Mar 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Deanne by:
I can always count on a book by prolific author Melody Carlson to make me happy and feel uplifted.
A fun,fast,nostalgic read it easily took my mind off the troubles going on in today's world.
A fun escape from reality, I think you'll really enjoy the characters in this one.
A little bit of romance,friends,family,a charming story line are what you'll find in this book.
I was swept up in the telling of this whimsical story and even though I don't have a camper it makes me long for one now as a fun esc

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
Oct 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
-3.5 stars- Cute and clean romance. A little predictable but I like the characters and the romance was not too syrupy. I enjoyed it.
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 a
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 interesti
Charlotte Sterling
Apr 21, 2020 rated it did not like it
As a first time reader of this author, I didn’t know what to expect. Had it been classified as Christian fiction, I would have no problem with it. Since it is not, and there is no indication that it will be shoving its God down the reader’s throat until you’re halfway through it, the book was completely ruined for me. The main character turned into a snotty, holier-than-thou bible pusher. What a way to turn off a huge number of readers! Disappointed and mad by the way this was done. If you want ...more
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The Happy Camper wasn't a complete dumpster fire, but most of it just didn't flow for me. Then the religious throw-ins came out of nowhere and gave me whip last. There may be an audience for this story; it just didn't work for me.

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May 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
Sweet, easy to read contemporary romance. I loved the inclusion of the old timey trailers as I grew up seeing them. Enjoyed seeing Dillon revamp her Desert Rose and find all the perfect items to make it a picture of the 40's and 50's style trailers. The camping group was a neat way for Dillon to see more trailers like hers, and she definitely had fun decorating Jordan's. Liked the romance wasn't the main feature of the book but gently woven throughout. ...more
Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
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“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 s
Dillon Michaels breaks up with her boyfriend and then gets fired from her job. She packs up her car and heads to her grandfather's farm in Oregon. Once there she finds her mother moved in and has her room so after too many nights on the lumpy sofa her grandfather gives her an old camper to fix and stay in. Jordan Atwood of the local hardware store helps out. Meanwhile, the ex-boyfriend has decided he wants Dillon back.

This is a clean romance with some Christian elements. But the Christian elemen
Malia Saldaña
Oct 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: good-books
This book was so much fun to read! I loved reading about all the trailers,renovations,the farm,and camping! I’m a huge camper,and I love traveling. So, this was so fun to read. It really makes you want to go camping, but it’s a good thing I was already camping.:) I highly recommend,and it’s a perfect weekend read it just a book you don’t want to think about that long. My only problem is Brandon. Get a hint,buddy.🙄
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 grandfather’s 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
Jun 28, 2020 rated it it was ok
They say not to judge a book by its cover... but this cover is so darn cute! It set the bar high and unfortunately the story itself just didn't measure up.

What I liked:
The concept (camper life!)
The setting (a charming town in Oregon)
A couple of characters (Grandpa and Janelle)

What I didn't like:
The drama! It was so over the top, both with Dillon's mom and her ex Brandon
The nickname! Maybe because I had to hear it on the audiobook so much, but I cringed every single time Brandon or Margo called
Feb 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Oh, how I love Melody Carlson! She writes some adorable and clean romances that warm the heart. And "Happy Camper" was so fulfilling!

Poor Dillon Michaels seems to be having a rough time of it. She gets fired and breaks up with her boyfriend around the same time. So, as expected, this leads her down the road of needing change. So, Dillon decides to head to Oregon to her grandfather's.

Unfortunately for Dillon, however, this don't go as planned once she gets there.

There's romance, humor, and all of
Mar 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
“Trust the Lord with your whole heart, don’t 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? That’s 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
Jul 31, 2020 rated it liked it
I gave this book 3 stars because it did motive me to start a project I have been putting off; I have an antique desk I want to restore. I really enjoyed Dillions enthusiasm as she began to transform her trailer into her own special haven. It was so fun and exciting that I felt like I was right there with her picking out fabrics and various items. But as far as the characters go...oh my gosh, most of them acted like they were still high school! Such immaturity(esp. the mother and Brandon). I coul ...more
M.  [storme reads a lot]
DNFing because I’m not a Christian romance fan
Natalie Walters
Mar 21, 2020 rated it liked it
Solid 3.5--This is a fun story that had me wanting to restore a vintage trailer ASAP!

This story is my first Melody Carlson and I enjoyed it. From the very first page I was quickly captured by Dillon Michaels (it took me a hot minute to get used to her name) plight as she makes a quick decision so start over and move home. I loved Dillon's grandpa as he reminded me very much of my own. I had a hard time with the other secondary characters, like Vivian who at first I thought was much older given h
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 mess
Jan 20, 2021 added it
Shelves: dnf
DNF @ 50%. I really wanted to like this, but I never got invested. The main character was pretty unlikable and I found it hard to root for her.
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 grandfather’s 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 Dillon
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
Apr 03, 2020 rated it liked it
This is such a charming and sweet little book. I have always wanted to redo a trailer so the fact that she picked up her life and started fresh like she did as well as renovating a camper was just perfect for me. The book was well written, and the characters were likeable (and dislikeable as they were supposed to be.). My only issues were the wishy-washy behavior out of Vivian and the way that Dillon was so quick to assume people were judging her character. It was a bit distracting and annoying. ...more
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 couldn’t do it. Most of their meet ups are s
Kathleen Meacham
A nice, clean, entertaining and enjoyable story for the genre.
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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 inspi

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