Happy Trail

Happy Trail

by Smartypants Romance, Daisy Prescott

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A man of few words, Ranger Jay Daniels values the calm, quiet solitude of the Great Smoky Mountains. Never quite fitting in with either side of his family, he prefers the company of birds and trees to people.

Yeah, he'd most definitely prefer a bird—any bird, any bird at all, take a vulture for instance—to the human-tornado hybrid that just blew onto his peaceful stretch of the Appalachian Trail.

The path of true love never has run smooth for Olive Perry. After getting dumped and promptly abandoned in the middle of her multi-month hike, Olive swears off men. Determined to finish the long trek by herself, she doesn't need a prince—or broody and taciturn ranger—to save her.

Yet, when an early snowstorm threatens the mountains, and Ranger Daniels is charged with getting hikers to safety, that includes hot-tempered Olive Perry. Snowed in and forced to share an abandoned cabin, can Olive's heated intensity melt Jay's cool reserve?

And if so, will this happy trail lead to true love? Or will their time together be just another bump in the road?

'Happy Trail' is a full-length contemporary romantic comedy, can be read as a standalone, and is book#1 in the Park Ranger series, Green Valley World, Penny Reid Book Universe.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940163151202
Publisher: Smartypants Romance
Publication date: 10/22/2019
Series: Green Valley Ranger , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 18,045
File size: 763 KB

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Happy Trail 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
wendm_ccbh 26 days ago
Happy Trail by Daisy Prescott takes us into the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. Instantly captivating, I was swept into this story from page one! First we meet Jay Daniels. He's the Park Ranger at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Jay is reserved and keeps to himself. He'd rather be in the wild studying the birds as the local ornithologist than have to be surrounded by humans. Being half Japanese and half white, Jay struggles with who he is. He doesn't feel like he's accepted among his Japanese side of the family nor does he feel "white" enough to be American. I absolutely loved that Daisy brought these issues to light and the many feelings in which they stirred. It really made me appreciate Jay and his background and my background as well. I come from mixed roots myself; my father is Ecuadorian and my mother–Portuguese. When people look at me they see this white woman and are surprised when they hear me speak Spanish. Yes, I'm American but I'm also Ecuadorian and Portuguese! The heroine in this book is probably one of the best I've read. Olive Perry comes from a high society New York family. She embarked on this adventure of hiking with her ex-boyfriend Tye who was a total d-bag by the way. Along the way he leaves her stranded and Olive decides to complete hiking the Appalachian Trail on her own. I just loved how completely outspoken and sassy she was. She might have been refined at one point but she quickly develops a no filter type attitude as she comes out of her shell. She fell in love with the outdoors and finding different bird species along the way which ultimately brings her to Ranger Daniels. How Olive and Jay met is such a fated, meet-cute moment. Jay meets her as Snowbird, her hiker name. They soon become stuck in this small cabin in the woods waiting out a snow storm. Let's just say the attraction and the chemistry between them is palpable. It was undeniable and you won't help but swoon. I loved how different these two were and how they found common love in birds and hiking. Of course there were moments where they struggled but in the end they came back to each other. Happy Trail was such a sweet romance and I absolutely loved it! I loved being in the world of Green Valley, Tennessee and meeting these characters from Penny's Smartypants Romance Universe. This also was my first Daisy book and let me just say... It won't be my last. I'm ready for more! Sidenote: I'm hoping and wanting a book for Jenni, Jay's sister please!!
Lisa-Lou 9 days ago
Happy Trail by Daisy Prescott is the fifth book in the Smartypants Romance series - a set of interconnected standalones set in the Penny Reid multiverse of awesome romance - and is the first book in the Park Ranger series. The story of Ranger Jay Daniels and Olive Perry was a fun, romantic, quirky easy-read that I was completely enamored with. The awesomeness of Olive continuing her hike, the hilarity of some of her inner (and outer) monologue, and the slow build of her bond with Jay. And then there was Jay - Holy hot bearded swoony gentle giant beasty man! Yumm! There was not one thing I didn't absolutely love about this story. The hiking information was something I never knew so BONUS educational value **wink**. The ranger's perspective of Green Valley was intriguing. And of then there was Cletus! Loved it! Enjoy!
Honolulubelle 20 days ago
Favorite Quotes: My parents each have four siblings. Big families are like living inside a circus run by the monkeys… Tye had a strong aversion to the South, based solely on watching the movie Deliverance when he was nine during a sleepover with his older cousins. He also hated all banjo and fiddle music. Made me wonder if his cousins were also musical sadists. Is there some sort of chemical stored in testicles, that compels men to explain things to women? He has a drawl I automatically want to mimic. The slow pace of his words is molasses and I’m a housefly with a sugar addiction. “You can keep the mayo, AKA the devil’s mucus.” Her eyes widen. “No, you’re one of those people.” “Exactly which kind of person am I?” I challenge, my tone playful. “The kind who hate mayonnaise.” Smugness rarely looks good on anyone, but I think I wear it well. My Review: Happy Trails was a slow-burn romantic comedy with weather and hygiene challenged, mosquito-bitten, sore-footed, and socially awkward characters. Hikers are an odd breed and definitely not one I share a gene pool with, as I likes my creature comforts such as running water, ice, and high thread count sheets. While I wouldn’t have lasted for even a few miles or an afternoon of the intrepid Olive’s trek, I was well entertained by her adventure. Written in my favorite dual POV, the storylines were original and insightfully penned with well-crafted layers of angst, clever levity, and complicated yet endearingly quirky characters with a love of pop-tarts, a predilection that I also share.
BookAngel_Emma 20 days ago
Happy Trail is an utter gem of a story focusing on identity and the path (literally and metaphorically) we choose for ourselves. Both Jay and Olive have lived on the outskirts of their lives, never truly fitting in; while Olive became a people pleaser to overcompensate, Jay did the opposite and withdrew preferring solitude and isolation to perceived judgement. Olive’s journey of self-discovery begins with a physical expedition along the Appalachian Trail, a simple hike of approximately 2200 miles!!!! Initially, the adventure was part of a social media story with all the modern conveniences at the end of each day. However, when things take an unexpected turn with Olive’s companion pure stubborness drives her forward. What is originally anger fuelled soon turns into peaceful self-reflection leading to a much higher level of self-awareness along with the discovery of new interests. I loved Olive’s characterisation and the way in which she evolved during Happy Trail. Jay’s journey is more along the lines of self-acceptance than self-discovery having struggled to accept himself and his heritage for a long time. It isn’t until he meets Olive under less-than-ideal circumstances does he begin to put the pieces of himself together. The connection between Jay and Olive has depth and substance to their initial attraction. Their ability to help ease each other’s emotional burdens is the catalyst for their feelings. However, there are further obstacles on the road to forever, allowing Jay and Olive to transition into the people they were always meant to be. ❤ I adore the random appearances of characters from the Penny-verse and have to say the reference to the Winston brothers as ‘bearded Hemsworth’s’ completely made my day I have mentioned time and again the reason I read romance is that it gives me hope – Happy Trail is the perfect example of the way in which reading romance brings hope into the lives of the romantically challenged ❤
Lisa_Loves_Literature 24 days ago
I have loved every book I've read in this new SmartyPants Romance series. Some were by authors I knew, and some were by authors that are new to me. This story was by an author I've read and really enjoyed, and so I was very excited to start this one. And I am happy to say that I was not disappointed at all! As I've mentioned on the others I've read and reviewed so far, I just LOVE getting to touch base with some of my favorite characters in the Penny Reid Universe, and this time it was the Winston brothers! Love the part where Olive calls them the Hemsworth brothers with beards! Our main character Olive was just a really unique but relatable person. Her awkwardness, her really normalness in appearance from how she was described, even to the point where she compares herself to being shaped like an Olive. And then I also liked Jay's issues. They were a little unusual for the small town boy he was, but it was something that is realistic and it was really good to see it as part of a story. You know my thoughts on drama or overreacting by characters, and honestly, the author did a great job with how she handled Olive getting Jay's back story. I feel like it was exactly the way anyone would normally react. Well, people like myself anyway. This was such a fun story that I can't wait to read more in this series. Another highly recommended installment!
Anonymous 25 days ago
Daisy Prescott just keeps getting better and better- I fell in love with the characters from Geoducks are for lovers and have read her books ever since-
Izzybear 25 days ago
I loved this book. It fit perfectly in with the Pennyverse (Penny Reid books). I liked Olive and Jay quite a bit. What happened to Olive made me upset but I guess if it didn’t happen things wouldn’t have turned out the way they did. I loved going on this heartwarming journey of discovery with them. Definitely a must read.
charlottelovestoread 25 days ago
This book was a delight. Very sweet, full of delicious tension and laugh-out-loud moments, and meaningful without getting heavy. Olive leaves her socialite life behind to hike the Appalachian Trail with her boyfriend. Soon, that boyfriend heads home, leaving her alone on the trail. Now a solo hiker with the trail nickname Snowbird, she decides to finish what she started. Jay Daniels is a park ranger tasked with ensuring all hikers are off the trail and safe from an incoming storm. The two of them suddenly need to take shelter in an abandoned cabin and a bond starts forming when neither of them expects it. When Olive has to leave the trail behind and return to her life, will they ever see each other again? Olive is unapologetic and fierce, and as a reader I could relate to her inner voice and support her journey to change her life. Her frank statements were also really entertaining - and I read a lot of rom coms. Jay’s thoughts and conversations about being a half-Japanese man in America really demonstrated his emotional growth and fleshed him out as so much more than a grumpy recluse. Jay and Olive turn out to be a perfect match for each other despite starting as strangers with opposite lives. I really loved how both main characters were fighting stereotypes and former versions of themselves, striving to be understood and appreciated for exactly who they are. The ending of this book was also swoony perfection! I cannot wait to devour the upcoming books in this series.
Chloe Trivelpiece 26 days ago
I am so loving the Smartypants Romance books!! Happy Trial is just another jewel in the series of books. Daisy Prescott is a new to me author and I am so glad I got the opportunity to read this. This is the quirky, swoony, heartfelt and just lovely romance in the Park Ranger series. This is Jay and Olive's story. Olive is an amazing character! I floved her quirkiness and I admired her strength and determination.  She didn't let a crappy situation and experience take away from her doing something she wanted to do. She was a hilarious character if she was a real person I would totally want to be BFF's with her! Jay was also amazing.  He is a bit jaded, but rightfully so, to be facing discrimination and outright bigotry in this day and age is sad and so unsavory.  He keeps his cards close to his vest and when Olive comes hiking into his world, he sees what could be. The dialogue was funny and even educational.  I get a kick out of learning new things! As this is set in the fictional world of Green Valley, it was lovely to see past characters make cameo appearances! To me, it just adds more to the story and really blends it into the world that Penny Reid created. I can't wait to add some of Ms. Prescott's previous stories onto my TBR list!