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Live Perry Snowed in and forced to share an abandoned cabin can Olive’s heated intensity melt Jay’s cool reserveAnd 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. This was definitely a 5 star read for me Happy Trail is the first in the Park Rangers series of the Smartypants Romance universe and it was fantastic It was a perfect slowburn romance I absolutely loved Olive Perry and Jay Daniels from the beginning of the book Olive aka Snowbird is currently hiking the Appalachian Trail after an engagement gone wrong Ranger Jay is a park ranger sent to get all of the hikers off the mountain in advance of an upcoming storm Olive and Jay ended up stranded at a deserted moonshiners cabin to weather storm and sparks fly The chemistry between Olive and Jay was undeniable This book was funny and charming with undeniable heart Jay is dreamy and new book boyfriend Olive is hilarious and so likable It was fun to watch them both grow throughout the book and find comfort in who they truly are as they find each other This is probably my favorite of the Smartypants books I have read to date Happy Trail can be read as a standalone but it also takes place in Green Valley featuring characters from the Penny Reid Winston series You will be doing yourself a huge disservice if you don't read BOTH This was my favorite Daisy Prescott novel and I am so happy to have finally discovered her I can't want to go back and read some of her prior books ARC provided in exchange for an honest review

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Ue 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 herYet when an early snowstorm threatens the mountains and Ranger Daniels is charged with getting hikers to safety that includes hot tempered O. I voluntarily reviewed an early copy of this book based on some other reviews I’ve been seeing so far I’m in minority when I say I wasn’t the biggest fan of this story but that’s ok because we are all entitled to our own personal opinions and I’m happy so many of you loved it but in case there may be others who might feel similarly to me let me share my thoughts and feelings in a bit of a random order cause I want to write this review while the story is still fresh in my mind ;#1 this definitely works as a standalone story and you don’t need any previous knowledge to enjoy it you get all the necessary informations when it comes to background and even though there are some small appearances of familiar faces it’s of a nod to the fans of the original series ;#2 Jay our hero is a half american and half japanese ranger who prefers to keep to himself stays away from most people and just enjoys the silence I definitely liked him than our heroine mostly because he reminded me of myself a lot of times ;#3 Olive our heroine is not my cup of tea because of personal preferences I saw her as a bit childish and immature acting irrationally and running away from her real life and responsibilities pretending they don’t exist as long as possible she was loud and a bit all over the place and that got really tiring really fast for me#4 the romance between our main couple was at the same time too slow and too fast for my liking they spend only a few days together and not enough happens between them in that time to justify the enormity of the feelings on both sides I mean I could understand that Olive thinks she loves him so fast cause it clicks with her personality of diving head first into things without thinking too much about them but it definitely didn’t strike me as something Jay would do not to mention that after those few days something happens and we have a time jump about that a bit below in my spoilery section ;#5 there were some pretty serious themes and subjects touched upon in this story and I really wished we would concentrate a bit on them cause I think it could really help me not only connect with both Jay and Olive as characters but they are important to talk about Olive’s struggles with weight since she was a kid her being part of the family she belongs to it’s revealed later in the book so I won’t spoil anything right now and Jay’s struggles with his identity and the fact he feels like he doesn’t belong anywhere #6 I was interested in this book in huge part because of the author and the writing style was as good as I expected it’s just that this particular story wasn’t for me but there were a lot of funny moments and a few swoonworthy ones as well I am definitely gonna give another one of her books a try in the future I already own some of them ok now we are heading into spoiler territory including things that happen and or are revealed towards the end of the book so you are reading the rest of my review at your own risk ;view spoiler#7 what really bugged me is that after spending a few days with Jay Olive gets the information that her grandfather’s health is getting worse and she has to go back to him as soon as possible and of course I understand that she immediately abandons everything and goes to him that part is understandable what irritated me is that then we have about a six months time jump during which we learn that her grandfather passed away and the only way she sort of keeps in touch with Jay is with postcards yep postcards without any sort of way for him to respond to her and with her being the granddaughter of one of the former presidents of the whole country it’s not like he can easily find any sort of way to contact her especially since she deletes her social media accounts this one really irritated me she appears out of nowhere about six months later and he welcomes her with open arms and bam the story ends in a happily ever after they never really talk about some big issues and everything is wrapped up really neatly and nicely within the few last chapters which seems soooo unbelievable to me I mean they spent only a few days together and not only that doesn’t really showed me how they could have both fall in love so fast then we have these long months basically without any contact whatsoever and then what they pick up right where they left off and everything is good and well sighs I just couldn’t get behind that hide spoiler

Daisy Prescott Ì 9 REVIEW

A man of few words Ranger Jay Daniels values the calm uiet solitude of the Great Smoky Mountains Never uite fitting in with either side of his family he prefers the company of birds and trees to peopleYeah 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 TrailThe path of tr. 4 stars Happy Trail is the first book in the 'Park Ranger' series that takes place in Penny Reid's Green Valley universe I'm always here for anything Penny related so I was excited to read this book It's also the first book I've read by Daisy Prescott and I enjoyed it lots It was sweet funny and left me with a huge smile on my face Olive is hiking the Appalachian Trail with her boyfriend when he proposes It's out of nowhere and it's live On Instagram After declining the proposal poor Olive has been engaged a many of times she keeps climbing alone determined to finish what she started It's October in TN which usually doesn't mean snow but this year there's a storm coming Jay is a ranger sent out to find any stray hikers before the storm hits and this is where he meets Olive Jay and Olive don't spend much time together just a few days but that's all it takes It's pretty obvious they're smitten with each other They couldn't be different but sometimes opposites attract When Olive has to go back to her real life they're separated for some time That was the only thing I didn't love about this one view spoiler I wish their time apart wasn't uite so long hide spoiler

  • Paperback
  • 350
  • Happy Trail
  • Daisy Prescott
  • English
  • 08 April 2018
  • 9781949202250

About the Author: Daisy Prescott

Or find me on Twitter daisyprescott Facebook daisyprescottauthorpage or Instagram daisyprescottUSA Today Bestselling author Daisy Prescott lives in a real life Stars Hollow in the Boston suburbs with her husband and an indeterminate number of imaginary housegoats When not writing about people falling in love she can be found traveling gardening baking and reading a good book Her series include Love with Altitude Modern Love Stories Wingmen and Bewitched



10 thoughts on “Happy Trail

  1. says:

    4 stars Happy Trail is the first book in the 'Park Ranger' series that takes place in Penny Reid's Green Valley universe I'm always here for anything Penny related so I was excited to read this book It's also the first book I've read by Daisy Prescott and I enjoyed it lots It was sweet funny and left me with a huge smile on my face Olive is hiking the Appalachian Trail with her boyfriend when he proposes It's out of nowhere and it's live On Instagram After declining the proposal poor Olive has been engaged a many of times she keeps climbing alone determined to finish what she started It's October in TN which usually doesn't mean snow but this year there's a storm coming Jay is a ranger sent out to find any stray hikers before the storm hits and this is where he meets Olive Jay and Olive don't spend much time together just a few days but that's all it takes It's pretty obvious they're smitten with each other They couldn't be different but sometimes opposites attract When Olive has to go back to her real life they're separated for some time That was the only thing I didn't love about this one view spoiler I wish their time apart wasn't uite so long hide spoiler

  2. says:

    6 stars for Happy Trail“Not saying the stereotypes about mountain folk are true but around here if you’re not white you stand out Easier to play off of people’s assumptions than go into too much personal history about my parents”I knew right here from this uote that this book was going to be something special I’m glad I wasn’t wrong How do I even begin to write a review for this masterpiece? I love that Daisy Prescott was not afraid to write a romance story about a bi racial Japanese man Ranger Jay Daniels in Knoxville TN I loved the realness about the struggle of looking white than his sister and mom Due to his lighter skin and hair but having those Asian eyes that would give him away Having to watch his mom and sister experience such ugliness that he didn’t experience and yet he experienced a different side of it This story opened up a vault of feels within my own heart as I could draw from my own life’s experiences of racism and bigotry being an AA woman but mixed too I can identify with Jay on never feeling like he fit and that he wasn’t Japanese enough for his Japanese family or white enough for the white people My heart broke when he said he was just nothing I love Olive I loved her determination sass and her personality was just perfect I love the pull attraction and chemistry she felt towards Ranger Jay from the start I loved Her determination in walking the AT solo after being dumped by her narcissistic boyfriend Getting stranded in a snowstorm and being rescued by a handsome bearded Park ranger can’t be that bad right? And did I mention the steam? There were times when I literally shook my head from dizziness due to lovelust of the chemistry between these two and Jay My new book boyfriendI could go on and on because I’m so passionate about there being inclusive and culturally diverse books out there I feel like I stepped into someone’s real life story which it is and got an education in what a biracial Japanese man faces I also loved being in Penny’s world again of Green Valley TN and seeing some very beloved faces all throughout this book Bravo Daisy for not being afraid to go where people fear to go and writing this book One of my top reads of the year#smartypantsromance #arc

  3. says:

    NOW LIVEI am honored thrilled and grateful to be writing in Penny Reid's Smartypants Romance universe Spoiler There will be Cletus cameos in this bookThis might be my favorite title ever Love these characters so much READ TODAY Books Play to your shelf on Goodreads

  4. says:

    This book is laugh out loud hilariousOlive Perry dumped her social media celebrity boyfriend in the middle of the Appalachian Trail and has sworn off men After five intense months of hiking by herself and cataloging birds her path crosses with Ranger Jay Daniels Jay an introvert just wants to get Olive safe and out of the track before an upcoming snowstorm hits Of course that doesn't happen and both are forced to weather the storm in an abandoned cabin It's a great forced proximity premise and Olive and Jay are interesting protagonists but what really made me love this book was Olive's internal musings They are hilarious they are fun they are current they are relatable AF Thank you Daisy Prescott for that Here are just a few of my favorites but believe me I highlighted so many funny phrases it was hard to choose“Cicadas are the loud drunk girls of the woods No point in trying to shush them They’ll only scream louder”“Watch out fancy dinner parties I’m going to blow your socks off with ornithological facts”“For the most part everyone is nice enough but I’m over every single last dude bro who feels the need to mansplain my hike to me Over It”“Not today and the rest of the week isn’t looking too good for you either Satan”“Sisterhood of the traveling sports bras unite”“There’s something so confidently capable about him that I find appealing Must be a caveman cavewoman response in my ancient lizard brain If you provide fire I’ll be your mate”Ok now that we established that this was a joy to read I did have my reservations with the relationship aspect Jay is the sweetest Olive is complicated but the perfect opposite for Jay However first it feels like there's an unexisting conflict there yeah Olive has a bad history with relationships but she's been single for a while and I just didn't buy too much into the drama that was going on with Jay After we discover about Olive's backstory there's a shift and I thought the conflict would really start from there But there's not really any conseuences to us finding out that view spoilershe was the former president's granddaughter and we never ever see her dealing with her ex again hide spoiler

  5. says:

    I voluntarily reviewed an early copy of this book based on some other reviews I’ve been seeing so far I’m in minority when I say I wasn’t the biggest fan of this story but that’s ok because we are all entitled to our own personal opinions and I’m happy so many of you loved it but in case there may be others who might feel similarly to me let me share my thoughts and feelings in a bit of a random order cause I want to write this review while the story is still fresh in my mind ;#1 this definitely works as a standalone story and you don’t need any previous knowledge to enjoy it you get all the necessary informations when it comes to background and even though there are some small appearances of familiar faces it’s of a nod to the fans of the original series ;#2 Jay our hero is a half american and half japanese ranger who prefers to keep to himself stays away from most people and just enjoys the silence I definitely liked him than our heroine mostly because he reminded me of myself a lot of times ;#3 Olive our heroine is not my cup of tea because of personal preferences I saw her as a bit childish and immature acting irrationally and running away from her real life and responsibilities pretending they don’t exist as long as possible she was loud and a bit all over the place and that got really tiring really fast for me#4 the romance between our main couple was at the same time too slow and too fast for my liking they spend only a few days together and not enough happens between them in that time to justify the enormity of the feelings on both sides I mean I could understand that Olive thinks she loves him so fast cause it clicks with her personality of diving head first into things without thinking too much about them but it definitely didn’t strike me as something Jay would do not to mention that after those few days something happens and we have a time jump about that a bit below in my spoilery section ;#5 there were some pretty serious themes and subjects touched upon in this story and I really wished we would concentrate a bit on them cause I think it could really help me not only connect with both Jay and Olive as characters but they are important to talk about Olive’s struggles with weight since she was a kid her being part of the family she belongs to it’s revealed later in the book so I won’t spoil anything right now and Jay’s struggles with his identity and the fact he feels like he doesn’t belong anywhere #6 I was interested in this book in huge part because of the author and the writing style was as good as I expected it’s just that this particular story wasn’t for me but there were a lot of funny moments and a few swoonworthy ones as well I am definitely gonna give another one of her books a try in the future I already own some of them ok now we are heading into spoiler territory including things that happen and or are revealed towards the end of the book so you are reading the rest of my review at your own risk ;view spoiler#7 what really bugged me is that after spending a few days with Jay Olive gets the information that her grandfather’s health is getting worse and she has to go back to him as soon as possible and of course I understand that she immediately abandons everything and goes to him that part is understandable what irritated me is that then we have about a six months time jump during which we learn that her grandfather passed away and the only way she sort of keeps in touch with Jay is with postcards yep postcards without any sort of way for him to respond to her and with her being the granddaughter of one of the former presidents of the whole country it’s not like he can easily find any sort of way to contact her especially since she deletes her social media accounts this one really irritated me she appears out of nowhere about six months later and he welcomes her with open arms and bam the story ends in a happily ever after they never really talk about some big issues and everything is wrapped up really neatly and nicely within the few last chapters which seems soooo unbelievable to me I mean they spent only a few days together and not only that doesn’t really showed me how they could have both fall in love so fast then we have these long months basically without any contact whatsoever and then what they pick up right where they left off and everything is good and well sighs I just couldn’t get behind that hide spoiler

  6. says:

    375 Stars When it comes to men and freezing creeks I tend to fall hard and fast Olive hasn’t always had the best taste in men In fact she’s been engaged numerous times without a single one actually sticking When her latest boyfriend and Instagram influencer extraordinaire decides they should hike the Appalachian Trail and document it for his feed she’s on board Sure her hiking experience is limited if non existent but no worries because her man and his team have all the details covered Until she’s left alone to fend for herself doncha knowJay loves his job as a park ranger working in the smoky mountains of Tennessee Give him a life surrounded by nature and the peace and uiet that accompany it and he’s a happy man Growing up Jay never really felt like he fit in with either side of his family and that feeling never really left When his job sends him searching for a lone hiker left on the trail with a storm fast approaching Jay expects to locate the errant hiker and return back to his station What he never expected was Olive previously entitled debutante turned newly minted nature lover “It can be difficult to be authentic when you feel like an outsider among the people who are supposed to be your community” Let’s get down to the good stuff I’ve been a fan of Daisy Prescott’s writing for a while and I’m glad to say her entry into the world of Smartypants Romance was a successful one Jay and Olive are well developed characters given the length of the story and I appreciated getting to know them Looking in Olive had a life many young women would kill for but it never really felt right for her The judgement she received from her family didn’t help Jay was loved and appreciated by his family but felt like an imposter in a lot of ways This story is made stronger by the way these two evolve and grow with the help of the otherAs I tend to do I’m giving a shout out to the banter between the mains Dirty smelly no filter Olive is an awesome match for a reserved oftentimes rigid Jay and those scenes when they first meet are my favoriteThe only reason my picky ass isn’t giving this a solid 4 star rating is because for as much as I enjoyed this story I never felt the depth of feeling I was supposed to I got the easy friendship part and the fact both brought something the other didn’t to the relationship but heat? Longing? The gut wrenching I can’t live without you kind of thing? I wasn’t getting that I will say by the end I was fully on board with their happy ending I just wanted a skosh intensity Happy Trail left a big smile on my face as well as a little bit of jealousy that I wasn’t getting to experience the beauty of Appalachia right along with Olive and Jay ARC provided by Social Butterfly PR in exchange for an honest voluntary review

  7. says:

    Favorite uotesMy 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 sadistsIs 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 wellMy ReviewHappy Trails was a slow burn romantic comedy with weather and hygiene challenged mosuito 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 uirky characters with a love of pop tarts a predilection that I also share

  8. says:

    Cute cute cute We have a cool down to earth girl who happens to be the granddaughter of a president and who’s gone through five count ‘em five broken engagements Ouch She goes with her douchey boyfriend to hike the Appalachian Trail After he view spoiler proposes in the worst social media influencer proposal ever then promptly has a tantrum and dumps her alone in the wilderness she decides to hike the rest of the trail alone hide spoiler

  9. says:

    This was definitely a 5 star read for me Happy Trail is the first in the Park Rangers series of the Smartypants Romance universe and it was fantastic It was a perfect slowburn romance I absolutely loved Olive Perry and Jay Daniels from the beginning of the book Olive aka Snowbird is currently hiking the Appalachian Trail after an engagement gone wrong Ranger Jay is a park ranger sent to get all of the hikers off the mountain in advance of an upcoming storm Olive and Jay ended up stranded at a deserted moonshiners cabin to weather storm and sparks fly The chemistry between Olive and Jay was undeniable This book was funny and charming with undeniable heart Jay is dreamy and new book boyfriend Olive is hilarious and so likable It was fun to watch them both grow throughout the book and find comfort in who they truly are as they find each other This is probably my favorite of the Smartypants books I have read to date Happy Trail can be read as a standalone but it also takes place in Green Valley featuring characters from the Penny Reid Winston series You will be doing yourself a huge disservice if you don't read BOTH This was my favorite Daisy Prescott novel and I am so happy to have finally discovered her I can't want to go back and read some of her prior books ARC provided in exchange for an honest review

  10. says:

    After 5 failed engagements Olive finally thought she hit the jackpot with Tye the man her family thought was absolutely perfect for her So when Tye a famous social media influencer suggests the two of them hike the entirety of the Appalachian Trail AT Olive doesn’t think twice Even though Olive isn’t the most active she dives head first into their new adventure together What Olive doesn’t expect is a proposal from Tye being recorded on Instagram live And when Olive turns him down her narcissistic exboyfriend leaves her stranded on the AT Instead of going back home to face the backlash of yet another failed relationship Olive decides to continue the trek alone And along the way she’s nicknamed Snowbird When a storm hits the AT in Tennessee park ranger Jay Daniels sets off to ensure all hikers are safely off the trail to wait out the storm But he catches wind that a lone female hiker that goes by the name Snowbird is still deep into the trail even with the storm looming And when he finally catches up to her the storm is too imminent for them to hike back to the ranger station So Jay and Olive brought together by one serious snowstorm take shelter together in a nearby moonshine cabin They started out as strangers but by the end of their stay they felt like they knew each other inside and out They couldn’t come from different worlds Olive a city girl and Jay an outdoorsman But when it’s time to part ways their hearts have a hard time saying goodbyeHappy Trail by Daisy Prescott is the first book in the brand new Park Ranger series by Smartypants romance I loved everything about this romance It was full of whit and laughs and I fell in love with Jay Olive Jay is such a likeable guy who struggles with some serious issues stemming from his childhood never feeling like he truly fits in as he’s half Japanese and half white And Olive feels pressured by her family to be the perfect trophy wife hence the repeated failed engagements These two were so perfect together Loved their romance and loved this book—55 stars Thank you to SocialButterfly PR Smartypants Romance and Daisy Prescott for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

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