- Hardcover: 368 pages
- Publisher: William Morrow & Company (16 October 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062884743
- ISBN-13: 978-0062884749
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3 x 22.9 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 522 g
- Customer Reviews: 61 customer ratings
Christmas Camp Hardcover – 16 October 2018
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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 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 Jeff finds out Haley's come up with a plan to help his dad save the struggling inn while he's been trying to convince him 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.
About the Author
Karen Schaler is a three-time Emmy Award-winning storyteller, author, screenwriter, journalist and national TV host. She has written original screenplays for Netflix and Hallmark and Lifetime Christmas movies. Her travels to more than sixty-five countries as the creator and host of Travel Therapy TV inspired Christmas Camp. All of Karen's stories are uplifting, filled with heart and hope.
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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.
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 grinch but a mild female version of Scrooge. She was exceptionally driven and prone to be selfish and thoughtless in what she said and did in her eagerness to get accounts and make partner. She worked all the time and didn’t make time to relax, date, or socialize outside of work. She wasn’t vile, just obnoxiously ambitious and work-obsessed. Her boss staged a covet intervention as “a holiday attitude adjustment,” by sending her to “Christmas Camp,” an inn with traditional activities geared to bring families together during the holidays. This is one of those rare books that is chaste enough for my elderly mother’s Sunday School book club and Hallmark Channel wholesome, yet still entertaining to me. My favorite character in the story was the exceptionally clever Max - the Wonder Dog, whom I believe was largely responsible for Haley’s transformation.
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There’s really not much else I can say. I could babble incoherently, in all-caps and copious amounts of exclamation points to try and get my point across, which I’ll admit... I’m very tempted to do.
From start to finish, Christmas Camp left me with the warm and fuzzies. I was smiling with every word I read, and I was left smiling all day when I had to Adult and put the book down.
This is the Christmas book I’m probably going to end up recommending the most. It was exceptional.
Jeff want to his father, Ben to move to the city and sell his inn. He want this to be the last Christmas Camp. Will his father sell? Great story.
This was supposed to be a gift. It's like it didn't get cut out right, and was placed sloppily on the book.
The h/H couple has potential, but sometimes they act like toddlers instead of professionals.