Review of Christmas Camp

Camp Christmas
Karen Schaler
5 Stars


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. (Goodreads)


When I read this book, I thought I was watching a Hallmark Christmas movie. It had everything you need to get in the Christmas spirit: humor, family, tradition, good food, snow and love.

Haley is a woman who knows her mind and has her priorities set. And work is her number one priority. She wants to make partner at the advertising agency where she works. When she is at Christmas Camp, all she can think about is getting all of the activities done and heading back to her job. But somewhere along the way, her priorities change and she realizes that there is more to life than work. The characters are well rounded and well developed. I thought they all added to the story in a positive way, just as they all added a positivity to Haley’s life.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted women’s contemporary. I felt like I was reading a cozy mystery without a mystery. This was a clean read and I really enjoyed it a lot. Be sure to pick up this book for a great holiday reading.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, HarperCollins Publishers and Edelweiss, which I greatly appreciate.