Happy Trail by Daisy Prescott is the perfect little romantic comedy morsel you’ve been looking for. Here’s why.
Have you ever had a chocolate truffle? There’s that thin layer of delectable chocolate that your teeth easily cuts through only to be met by an explosion of decadent chocolate that evaporates in your mouth leaving you to wonder if it were all just a puff of magic.
That’s Happy Trail by Daisy Prescott.
This forced proximity, small town contemporary romantic comedy will make you smile on a bad day, and is there anything more perfect than that? I don’t think so.
Olive and Jay
As I’ve said many times over on this book blog, I’m a fan of character-driven fiction. Prescott delivers on this with Olive and Jay. Olive is the granddaughter of a former President with serious issues regarding validation that have led to a string of bad engagements. Jay is a Japanese-American bearded park ranger with a loner tendency. When these two collide, you can feel the tension come off the page.
Olive decides to hike the Appalachian Trail solo when her boyfriend abandons her after she refuses his proposal. (I freaking loved this scene on so many levels.) She’s heading south, days from the finish, when a freak storm brews its way up the Smoky Mountains. Enter Ranger Jay Daniels to save the day and lead her to an abandoned moonshiner’s cabin to weather out the storm.
What Works on the Trail
Here’s the thing about Olive and Jay: they are likable. And more, they are believable.
You could feel the emotion before the author told you how to feel. That’s when you know a character is well written.
I loved Olive’s sense of adventure and bravery. This is a woman who grew up in a world of condemnation and never being good enough. She has serious insecurity issues, and yet whenever she is faced with a situation that should find her lacking, you never see her cry. She’s so brave. Literally brave. Not I saved a child from a burning building brave, but the everyday kind of brave that is by far harder to muster.
Jay’s fragile treatment of her is spot on. He doesn’t coddle her. He doesn’t degrade her. He does exactly the things she needs to start to heal.
Happy Trail by Daisy Prescott is Book 1 in the Ranger Series, which is part of the Green Valley world under Smartypants Romance.
This is the first romance novel I’ve written where other authors contribute to the world building. I’ve already downloaded the second book in the Ranger Series, Stranger Ranger. I also downloaded Truth or Beard, the first book in the Winston Brothers series by Penny Reid, the founder of the Green Valley, Tennessee world.
I love a great small-town romantic comedy series, and I can’t wait to see where this goes.
If you’re looking for that perfect nugget of escape, look no further. Find your smile on the Happy Trail.