Review | Christmas Camp by Karen Schaler

December 26, 2018 | 2018, karen schaler, review / 0 Comments

Review | Christmas Camp by Karen SchalerChristmas Camp by Karen Schaler
Series | Christmas Camp #1
Release Date | October 16, 2018
Published by William Morrow Paperbacks
Genres | Contemporary, Holiday Read
Format | ARC
Buy | Amazon
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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.


I’m going to start off by saying that I’m not big into holiday reads, I’m not exactly sure why. And I’m positive that makes me sound like the Grinch, but I do love seeing them on the big screen. This was my first holiday read probably ever. I kept seeing everywhere that Christmas Camp is a Hallmark movie, I’ve been living abroad for the past year and a half, so not having Hallmark during the holidays have been a major buzz kill. I found this read rather enjoyable, but the romance lover in me just needed a bit more.

Christmas Camp was a first time read by this author, I had no idea that this author is the reason we have A Christmas Prince, probably one of my favorite holiday movies to watch. I loved the premise of this Christmas Camp that Haley has to go to. I wouldn’t say that she’s a Grinch, but she really needed to take a step back and set her priorities straight. Nothing against dedicating your life to your work, but you definitely need to enjoy your life and spend it with the ones that matter the most.

Obviously the whole concept of getting a promotion, Haley would have to attend this camp, but it was a bit too far fetched for me and too me away from the story overall. And it had me not really connecting with her character at all. But I loved all the supporting characters instantly especially the owner, Ben.

Like I mentioned earlier, I really wanted more in the romance department. It made it tough to believe that Jeff and Haley had a thing for each other, there were hints here and there, but not quite believable. I saw that this was a movie first before she wrote the book, which explained a lot.

Christmas Camp is a easy holiday read that you can definitely enjoy with a hot cup of cocoa. I will personally watch the movie in my pjs, curled up on the couch eating some popcorn, though! The Christmas Camp Wedding will be releasing in just the matter of days, I’m looking forward to reading that one!

Major thank you to William Morrow for the advanced reader’s copy!

About Karen Schaler

Karen Schaler is a three-time Emmy award-winning storyteller, screenwriter, producer, author,  and national TV host. In 2017-18, Karen wrote original screenplays for NETFLIX, Hallmark and Lifetime holiday movies and signed a three-book deal with HarperCollins, William Morrow.

Karen wrote the original screenplay for the NETFLIX holiday hit, A Christmas Prince, premiering in 2017, that became the most talked about Christmas movie of the season that now has a sequel, A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding.

For feature films, one of Karen’s novels, represented by CAA, was optioned by Storyline Entertainment’s Neil Meron and Craig Zadan where Karen worked with the development team as the sole screenwriter adapting her novel into a screenplay for a feature film.

Parlaying her screenwriting into a publishing deal, after writing her next original TV movie, Christmas Camp, and selling it to a major TV network, Karen also wrote Christmas Camp the novel that sold at auction to HarperCollins, William Morrow. The Christmas Camp novel and movie premiere in 2018. Also included in the publishing deal, Karen sold the sequel, Christmas Camp Wedding, and another novel slated for 2019.