Karen Schaler comes to the blog today with a contemporary woman’s fiction title all about finding yourself in the midst of the holiday you wanted to avoid.
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 Christmas Camp to find her inner Santa spirit. Not something she wanted, but she assumes that she can ‘heads down’ and strategize in order to win the client over, and that she can return to work bringing a new client in and adding partnership to her resume.
A reluctant participant, Haley isn’t all that into the ‘activities’ list, and while she finds the owner’s son attractive – she’s got her own game plan that doesn’t include the myriad activities scheduled. Jeff is helping his father, and while it’s apparent that the camp is struggling, what’s not so apparent is that Jeff thinks his father should sell up and enjoy his life without the worry of finances and bookings. But, Haley isn’t an advertising whiz for nothing, and she sees the potential in the place, even if she was dragged, kicking and screaming, into activities. She’s not only got an eye on her own plans, she’s also found a way to help Jeff’s father make a going concern of the camp, much to Jeff’s dismay.
Feeling very much like a Hallmark movie, although missing some key world-building and description that would have brought additional imagery into the story, allowing more of a feel for the camp setting. The reluctant celebrant in Haley – and not really feeling as if we have reasons to grab onto why she’s focused only on work, and while she discovers life other than the 9 to 5, there were still some questions and holes in her personality, and in the relationship that just didn’t work for me in the ways I’d hoped. Not a bad story at all, it just didn’t all fit together for me in ways that would make me rave about the story – although I can say that I think it would be an intriguing and entertaining tv movie. A bit of a mixed bag, I know, but with so many other choices out there for ‘finding your joy” holiday stories, this is one that goes on the if I have time pile.
Title: Christmas Camp
Author: Karen Schaler
Genre: Contemporary Woman's Fiction, Holiday Themed
Published by: William Morrow
Published on: 16 October, 2018
Source: Publisher Via Edelweiss
Audio Length: 8 Hours: 32 minutes
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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 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, Larry, thinks she needs a holiday attitude adjustment, so he ships her off to a Christmas Camp at Holly Peak Inn to help her find her Christmas spirit.
Arriving at the charming mountainside inn, Haley meets the owner’s handsome son, Jeff, and feels an instant spark, but resists the attraction, refusing to be distracted from her goal of doing all the required Christmas tasks as fast as possible so she can get back to work.
At first Haley struggles with all the traditional Christmas Camp activities. It’s not until she finally allows herself to slow down, live in the moment, and let Christmas back into her heart, that she begins to grow closer to Jeff. But when he finds out Haley’s come up with a plan to help his dad save the struggling inn while he’s been trying to convince his dad to sell it, their relationship takes a serious holiday hit. Now it will take the magic of the season to bring these two hearts together.
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher Via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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