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 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.
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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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Christmas Camp is a book to put you straight into the Christmas spirit. I wish there was really a Christmas camp run by Ben, it gave me such a warm and cozy feeling that I did not want the book to end. Haley and Jeff are the total opposites of what Christmas is about but along the way they find out they are more alike then they think, John and his kids, Gail and Ian and Susie all find there way to compromise and building on what will become there own Christmas traditions. All I will say about Max is your going to love him.
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 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.
Wow, what can I say about Christmas Camp? Karen Schaler is an incredible story teller. From the time I picked up this book, I did not want to put it down. From her carefully crafted characters so real, they feel like your friends, to her outstanding ability for making a setting come to life. Karen Schaler is one talented writer. Haley Hanson the star, plays a beautiful Grinch in this Christmas story. She doesn't believe in Christmas and has not celebrated it in years. She is sent to Christmas Camp for a week, by her boss, to help her find her Christmas spirit. She is determined to get the Tyler Toys account, which could win her a partnership in the company. If it takes going to a Christmas boot camp to do it, she will. Her normal Christmas tradition is to take her parents to the Caribbean for a week during the Christmas season. She would see a client there and work, while her mom and dad enjoyed the sun and sand. There are three other delightful families attending Christmas Camp the same week as Haley. The owner of the camp Ben and his son Jeff, along with Laura the cook, are the other characters. But let's not forget the real star Max, the beautiful and talented golden retriever. The Holly Peak Inn is a charming resort on a picturesque mountainside. Just down the road is a charming little town with everything Christmas. I loved the Christmas Camps vision of helping families to get away, slow down and remember what the main purpose of Christmas is. To maybe start their own family traditions. The activities Ben planned seemed fun and they really got each person involved. On your first day, you were given a list of all the activities and when they would be. You needed to complete them in order to get a certificate at the end of the week. Haley needed the certificate to show to her boss. I had so many favorite parts, I can not list them. Here are a couple quotes that really got to me. “Hey, I'm the restoration guy, remember. I like a challenge.” When he looked into her eyes, she wasn't sure if he was talking about the house...or her. “You know what they say, life is what happens when you're making other plans.” I totally enjoyed this book and plan on passing it on to my daughter and granddaughter. I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Early Reviewers at LibraryThing. The opinions expressed in this review are my own