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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 tress 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 stretc 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 tress 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.


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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 tress 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 stretc 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 tress 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.

30 review for Happy Trail

  1. 4 out of 5

    Curlyhairlass19

    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 quote 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 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 quote 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 more 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 love/lust of the chemistry between these two, and Jay. My new book boyfriend. I could go on and on because I’m so passionate about there being more 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

  2. 5 out of 5

    Daisy

    **NOW LIVE!!** I am honored, thrilled and grateful to be writing in Penny Reid's Smartypants Romance universe. Spoiler: There will be Cletus cameos in this book. This might be my favorite title ever. Love these characters so much! ** READ TODAY ** Amazon: https://amzn.to/2LRDrhk Apple Books: https://apple.co/2Ziu9Ou Nook: https://bit.ly/2STSvMc Kobo: https://bit.ly/2YB4Vha Google Play: https://bit.ly/2MuSihg Add to your shelf on Goodreads: https://bit.ly/2GFT6fo

  3. 4 out of 5

    lazybookconqueror

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book is laugh-out-loud hilarious. Olive 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 pr This book is laugh-out-loud hilarious. Olive 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 more about Olive's backstory there's a shift, and I thought the conflict would really start from there. But, there's not really any consequences to us finding out that (view spoiler)[she was the former president's granddaughter, and we never ever see her dealing with her ex again. (hide spoiler)] . So, I felt that we had a bit of unnecessary drama, to begin with, and then after things go in a bit deeper nothing is really evolves and it'sprety much smooth sailing... When we do focus on Jay and Olive being together they are amazing. Again, I need to praise Prescott's writing style because she makes their bond so sweet and real. She writes really steamy scenes that are tasteful, and really sweet and funny scenes that are honest and entertaining. It was truly a delight to read this. This was an ARC sent to me in exchange for an honest review. Happy Trail is now out on all platforms.

  4. 5 out of 5

    DJ Sakata

    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 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.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    3.75 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 shStars 3.75 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 know. Jay 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 quiet 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 other. As 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 favorite. The 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 more 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

  6. 5 out of 5

    A

    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 ;) 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 more 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 more 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… more 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 more on them, cause I think it could really help me not only connect more 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)] all in all I decided to give this book 3 stars… it was closer to 2,5 or maybe 2,75 stars but I decided to round it up because I feel like a lot of issues I have with a story is because of my personal preferences and a lot of you might enjoy this story… as always, I encourage you to give some other reviews a read before you make up your own decision about picking up this book :) who knows, it might be your next favourite story :) I really wish that for you :) but it just wasn’t for me XOXO A

  7. 5 out of 5

    Caitlin Reads

    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 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.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Shelby

    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, h 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 (ex)boyfriend 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 more 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 goodbye... Happy 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—5/5 stars. Thank you to SocialButterfly PR, Smartypants Romance and Daisy Prescott for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Smartypants Romance

    We are so incredibly excited to announce the wonderful and lovely Daisy Prescott Author's book for Smartypants Romance. 'Happy Trail' is the first book in the Park Ranger Series, a contemporary romantic comedy, and can be read as a standalone. RELEASE DATE: October 22nd, 2019 ** PRE-ORDER LINKS ** Amazon: https://amzn.to/2LRDrhk Apple Books: https://apple.co/2Ziu9Ou Nook: https://bit.ly/2STSvMc Kobo: https://bit.ly/2YB4Vha Google Play: https://bit.ly/2MuSihg Add to your shelf on Goodreads: https://bit.ly/2GFT6fo

  10. 4 out of 5

    P. Dangelico

    RTC. Loved it.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Natasha

    I began Happy Trail one evening, hoping to enjoy it in spare moments throughout the following week. I was unable to stop reading. The story of Olive and Jay grabbed me from the very first page, and Daisy’s beautiful and atmospheric writing style, added to the delicate confidence with which she handled some sensitive moments in the book, absolutely bowled me over. This is by far her best book to date, and an incredible addition to the Smartypants romance universe. Happy Trail put me in a state of I began Happy Trail one evening, hoping to enjoy it in spare moments throughout the following week. I was unable to stop reading. The story of Olive and Jay grabbed me from the very first page, and Daisy’s beautiful and atmospheric writing style, added to the delicate confidence with which she handled some sensitive moments in the book, absolutely bowled me over. This is by far her best book to date, and an incredible addition to the Smartypants romance universe. Happy Trail put me in a state of sighs and heart eyes for the entire gorgeous story and for days afterward! A well-deserved five star romance.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Wendy ⏃: ✦Cheeky Chicks Blogger✦

    5 STARS! 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 h 5 STARS! 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!! *I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author through Social Butterfly PR. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.*

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    “Life isn’t about the destination. We all end up at the same place. Love is what gives our journey meaning.” Happy Trail by Daisy Prescott is another precious gem from the SmartyPants Romance Universe. This story focuses on “The Runaway Fiancée,” Olive Perry, who is hiking the Appalachian Trail alone after a proposal gone wrong and surly park ranger Jay Daniels who is sent to clear hikers from the trail ahead of a winter storm. Sparks fly when the two get trapped in an abandoned moons “Life isn’t about the destination. We all end up at the same place. Love is what gives our journey meaning.” Happy Trail by Daisy Prescott is another precious gem from the SmartyPants Romance Universe. This story focuses on “The Runaway Fiancée,” Olive Perry, who is hiking the Appalachian Trail alone after a proposal gone wrong and surly park ranger Jay Daniels who is sent to clear hikers from the trail ahead of a winter storm. Sparks fly when the two get trapped in an abandoned moonshiner’s cabin. While the time they spend together is brief, it is significant and life-changing. This book had a good mix of comedy, romance, charm and depth. I highlighted more passages in this story than I have any book I’ve read in a long time. A couple of my favorites are: “Why does every girl want to be a mermaid? Or a unicorn? They don’t exist. Be a narwhal if you want a horn. Or a rhino. They’re super cool and couldn’t care less about what other people think of them.” “A measure of a person’s worth is synchronicity between their words and actions. No one should be judged on the color of their skin or the money they do or don’t have, nor should we bear the weight of our family’s deeds and words.”

  14. 4 out of 5

    Antonella

    As always Daisy Prescott did an amazing job writing a book that is very addicting & charming to read. It is a perfect blend to be in Penny Reid universe with magical Daisey touch. I enjoyed reading this very much. And that is saying something for a book about hicking, well not just regular hicking our heroine is doing Appalachian Trail... Kudos to all the people and especially women who actually do this... I love nature but I have to say camping is not my jam...still, I was not bored for one As always Daisy Prescott did an amazing job writing a book that is very addicting & charming to read. It is a perfect blend to be in Penny Reid universe with magical Daisey touch. I enjoyed reading this very much. And that is saying something for a book about hicking, well not just regular hicking our heroine is doing Appalachian Trail... Kudos to all the people and especially women who actually do this... I love nature but I have to say camping is not my jam...still, I was not bored for one second reading this. Charming, feelgood read. Even though our heroine is not someone I can relate to I still enjoyed reading her perspective and going on this journey with her. The hero of this book is her perfect opposite. And it is a fantastic lead. Swoon....

  15. 4 out of 5

    Stacie

    4 1/2 "Be true to yourself." Stars! Well! This book just made my heart go pitter patter. I adored Jay and Olive's story. They were... I wouldn't say weird, though that would be a compliment; I like weird. Quirky would be a better word; and both in their own unique way. Jay was a sweetheart of a grupasauraus and Olive was almost completely unfiltered and hilarious. I loved the way they both had to overcome some societal expectations and restrictions to fully become themselves. Social expectatio 4 1/2 "Be true to yourself." Stars! Well! This book just made my heart go pitter patter. I adored Jay and Olive's story. They were... I wouldn't say weird, though that would be a compliment; I like weird. Quirky would be a better word; and both in their own unique way. Jay was a sweetheart of a grupasauraus and Olive was almost completely unfiltered and hilarious. I loved the way they both had to overcome some societal expectations and restrictions to fully become themselves. Social expectation- not to mention familial expectations- can really suck sometimes. Anywho, I'm excited to read more Smartypants Romance books. I would not have been introduced to Daisy Prescott (I will be looking for more DP books to delve into!) without her writing in this world where Penny Reid 's Winston brothers reside. And let me tell you, it was very nice to catch a glimpse of the Tennessee pack of bearded Hemsworths! So, to sum it up. I loved this story. It was sweet and funny and swoony with just a perfect touch of social and ethnic awareness. Happy reading!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Amber Boyd

    What a fantastic journey to a happy ever after! I knew when I heard that Daisy was going to write in the Penny Reid world that it would be better than good. This story was everything I’d hoped for and didn’t know I needed! There was something about Olive that spoke to me. She’s kinda trapped in her too perfect world of expectations, always pushing the boundaries of sorts but always somehow ending up with egg on her face. When she sets off on this hiking expedition on the Appalachian Trail with h What a fantastic journey to a happy ever after! I knew when I heard that Daisy was going to write in the Penny Reid world that it would be better than good. This story was everything I’d hoped for and didn’t know I needed! There was something about Olive that spoke to me. She’s kinda trapped in her too perfect world of expectations, always pushing the boundaries of sorts but always somehow ending up with egg on her face. When she sets off on this hiking expedition on the Appalachian Trail with her latest boyfriend, Olive had no idea how she would find herself. Not only did she find an inner strength she never realized, she also found one hot, broody park ranger. Ohh how I adore Ranger Jay!! He’s so guarded and closed off, but observant. Maybe that’s why he’s such a good ranger and maybe that’s why he specializes in birds. Then again it could be all the layers that Jay grapples with that is why he keeps himself hidden. I absolutely loved when we get more of who Jay is, seeing his family and learning his history. Oh but Olive sees him, and Jay sees Olive. They see possibility in the other. Happy Trail was a beautiful slow burn, opposites attract story that I didn’t want to end! I loved all the details about hiking the AT, and birds and the appearances of Winston’s (esp Cletus!) and Daisy’s Nut House and the jam session. So much love and happiness in one story!!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Heather andrews

    Oh Olive tends to have diarrhea of the mouth, “not that this is a date. I don’t think it is—a date. Of course not, because this clearly isn’t romantic. You know what I mean.” I press my lips together to stop the flow of embarrassing verbiage." Jay is quite awkward as well, "...I also booked a room. For you. For … us.” I stumble over the words and the meaning lurking behind them." I liked this book, I fell in love with Jay and Olive.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sheena ☆ Oh, the Sheenanigans!

    Needless to say this romance novel was cute. There wasn't anything in particular that stood out from this read besides the funny quirky banter between the leads in which case I found the most enjoyable. Otherwise it wasn't a terrible despite the instant love aspect to this novel and I would definitely be considering giving the author another go in the future.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sharon L

    5 stars, I loved it. It has been almost three weeks since I read this book, and let me tell you this one is a keeper. Olive's & Jay's story is one that stays with you, because in the short span of reading this book they became good friends of mine. Their love story is one to root for. Truth be told, while I really like Jay, the one I love deeply is Olive. Because, while this book is their love story, it is also a story of self discovery and growth when it comes to Olive. It is done so well, 5 stars, I loved it. It has been almost three weeks since I read this book, and let me tell you this one is a keeper. Olive's & Jay's story is one that stays with you, because in the short span of reading this book they became good friends of mine. Their love story is one to root for. Truth be told, while I really like Jay, the one I love deeply is Olive. Because, while this book is their love story, it is also a story of self discovery and growth when it comes to Olive. It is done so well, one simply can't help but rooting for this girl. Anyway, I promised a review, so here is one. This is one of the stories published by Smartypants Romance, which basically means it is a story in the universe Penny Reid has created, and it is written by a different author - Daisy Prescott. If you are familiar with Penny Reid, this story is based in her Green Valley portion, which basically would mean - Winston Brothers. However, Daisy has let us see something entirely her own with the trails, and the woods, and the birds, and the mountains and the fuller setting of the park rangers. She built upon something that was referenced to a degree and she made it a skyscraper. It's big, awesome and I can't wait to explore the park rangers more! For the Penny fans out there - you see tinsy bit of Cletus, and a little of Drew. Honestly, Drew's part though small was more significant. And I forgot how much I missed him. Now back to Daisy Prescott. It does not matter if you are well acquainted with Daisy's books or if this is your first read, I think it will be a favourite of yours. I know it is a favourite of mine. Jay was cute, smart, misanthropic, hot, kind, sexy, funny, sarcastic and bearded. Olive was something else entirely. Yes, she was kind, friendly, a social butterfly of sorts who learned to enjoy her solitude. Yes, she was smart, funny, talented, determined and so damn funny. But more importantly, she was full of heart. I would say, the two spent roughly 5 days together before they fell in love for a lifetime, there was more time apart then together. Still, while reading this I found myself believing in the deep emotional connection they forged in this short while. Enough so, that I knew it was more than attraction. Their connection was based on respect, caring and friendship. Like when you meet a kindred spirit. Only this spirit turned to be attractive, and the attraction is mutual. ;) Also, there is this whole thing about Jay being half Japanese. This part plays a role in this book and especially in Jay's fears, experiences and worries. I could understand that and care for him, since obviously it wasn't easy for him. However, I would have preferred to see these issues more in depth. I would have liked to experience them better. Furthermore, I would have wanted to see some perspective on this issue from Jay's mother and sister, who clearly experienced it in a more direct way. Lastly, there was something that bothered me just a little, not exactly in this book, so.much as reading this book made me winder. It is a heavy matter, that doesn't directly relate to the book. I shall post about it in the first comment of this review. If you have an opinion about my musings, I'd like to hear them :) Also, I would have liked to post some of my favourite quotes. Unfortunately, I highlighted the daylights out of this book... an ARC was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. I regret nothing.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Cherie

    “She beams at me and I feel like I’m the only man who’s ever fallen in love.” “Love is the most powerful force of change. I never imagined falling in love would bring me full circle to who I’m meant to be.” Daisy freaking Prescott is one my go-to favorite authors, so I was more than excited and thrilled to be able to read her first book with Smarty Pants Romance. Daisy Prescott + Green Valley is a match made in book heaven. Ranger Jay Daniels is swoon-worthy, book boyfriend mater “She beams at me and I feel like I’m the only man who’s ever fallen in love.” “Love is the most powerful force of change. I never imagined falling in love would bring me full circle to who I’m meant to be.” Daisy freaking Prescott is one my go-to favorite authors, so I was more than excited and thrilled to be able to read her first book with Smarty Pants Romance. Daisy Prescott + Green Valley is a match made in book heaven. Ranger Jay Daniels is swoon-worthy, book boyfriend materials. I seriously fell completely in love with him. I loved that there was so much depth to him and more than meets the eye. On the surface he is quiet and reserved, but internally he is much more complex. This story opened up so many feels for me and I could connect from my own life’s experiences. As someone in a relationship with an Asian man (WWAM), I loved seeing representation in Jay Daniels and his whole family. Some of my favorite scenes included his family, especially when Olive was introduced to them. Olive was such a fun character! I loved getting to see such a fun, kickass woman that went and hiked the AT by herself. I loved that Daisy depicted her struggles, as much as her successes. So many times, we hear stories of people doing amazing things, but we don’t always hear of their failures or struggles along the way, so I loved getting to hear the internal dialogue that Olive had with herself. She dealt with regret, self-doubt, and physical pain. BUT at the end of the day, she picked herself up and kept putting one foot in front of the other. I could go on and on because I love this book SO much. I felt like Daisy Prescott wrote a book that directly spoke to me and represented me and my S.O. All I can really say is THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU Daisy for writing this story! One of my top reads of the year!!!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Paula

    On a scale of not caring to the Jonas Brothers super fangirl I became when I was eight, I'm definitely closer to the latter So, when the PR team of Smarty Pants sent me this book I could not wait a minute to start reading it. First of all, you know how much I adore the Winston brothers, the town and all the people from there. And I have read Daisy before and loved her work. This books is a breeze of fresh air. Funny, romantic and full of outdoors landscapes. It includes a smart, shy, a little awkward On a scale of not caring to the Jonas Brothers super fangirl I became when I was eight, I'm definitely closer to the latter So, when the PR team of Smarty Pants sent me this book I could not wait a minute to start reading it. First of all, you know how much I adore the Winston brothers, the town and all the people from there. And I have read Daisy before and loved her work. This books is a breeze of fresh air. Funny, romantic and full of outdoors landscapes. It includes a smart, shy, a little awkward and bearded man, Jay Daniels, who happens to be a Park Ranger in Codes Cove. Also there is a funny, little firecracker and such a weirdo female protagonist: Olive Perry. Some how she finds herself doing The Apalachian Trail (about 2000 miles hiking) alone. Things happen and they are trapped in a cabin together. You may know where is this road going. But that's not the important thing, because we all know we are here for the smarty romance so there is definitely romance. The most important thing in this book is that the characters have suffered similiar things regarding social pressure and standars. I loved how they both have to grow out of their confort zones and mature with the company of each other. "Society is fucked up. This is why I don't like people." "You're lucky you don't have to worry about any of this. You basically won the lottery -smart, educated, white, male, handosme." If you love Penny Reids books and most of all the Winston Brothers series you must read this book. You will love it. "Wow. They are like a pack of bearded Hemsworth." "Those will be the Winstons," Jay explain as if he's pointing out a flock of house sparrows, AKA nothing exciting at all. "How many of them are there?" I don't hide my amazement. "Do you need a hankie for your drool?" Jay teases PS. Sorry for my english, I'm better at reading it than writing it. I'm practicing haha *ARC provided in exchange of an honest review RELEASE DATE: October 22nd, 2019 ** PRE-ORDER LINKS ** Amazon: https://amzn.to/2LRDrhk Apple Books: https://apple.co/2Ziu9Ou Nook: https://bit.ly/2STSvMc Kobo: https://bit.ly/2YB4Vha Google Play: https://bit.ly/2MuSihg

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    Two people snowed in and forced to spend time together is one of my favvvvvvvorite situations to dump a literary couple in. I just eat up that scenario and sexy, quiet Ranger Jay and unlucky-at-love-but-working-on-finding-herself Olive worked for me. So hard. Seriously, Olive is a hot mess when we first meet her. She's tagging along on her boyfriend's hike through the Appalachians and she's kind of flighty, for lack of a better way of looking at it. He's there for the social media lik Two people snowed in and forced to spend time together is one of my favvvvvvvorite situations to dump a literary couple in. I just eat up that scenario and sexy, quiet Ranger Jay and unlucky-at-love-but-working-on-finding-herself Olive worked for me. So hard. Seriously, Olive is a hot mess when we first meet her. She's tagging along on her boyfriend's hike through the Appalachians and she's kind of flighty, for lack of a better way of looking at it. He's there for the social media likes and she's there because why not? When her soon-to-be ex abandons her mid-hike (and WOW isn't he a prince for doing that?), she decides to bury her upset by continuing the trail without him. And somewhere along the way she starts finding the Olive she didn't know she could be. An Olive who was defined more by what she could accomplish and less by her social standing. Where Olive is a messy hurricane, Jay is the calm, steadfast ranger who prefers the birds and trees to people. Despite her being all the things he doesn't care for, she gets under his skin in the best way. (SEE WHY I LOVED SNOWED IN STORIES? MY HEART EYES ARE STRONG WITH THIS ONE!) Love and finding yourself in the wilds of Tennessee. I liked it. I liked it a lot. -Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal

  23. 4 out of 5

    Danielle H

    I am not an outdoor girl. Zero percent. If there was a legitimate scale of negative percentage, that would be more likely the one my outdoorsiness would follow. Bugs, mud, sweat, outdoor facilities, no beds, and BIRDS equal a big ole nope from this girl. That being said, I LOVED THIS BOOK and the idea of hiking the Appalachian Trail as a sassy female determined to prove she can do anything on her own. Olive is everything I never knew I needed. Between her love of butter, murder podcasts, and the I am not an outdoor girl. Zero percent. If there was a legitimate scale of negative percentage, that would be more likely the one my outdoorsiness would follow. Bugs, mud, sweat, outdoor facilities, no beds, and BIRDS equal a big ole nope from this girl. That being said, I LOVED THIS BOOK and the idea of hiking the Appalachian Trail as a sassy female determined to prove she can do anything on her own. Olive is everything I never knew I needed. Between her love of butter, murder podcasts, and the Golden Girls I feel I’ve found my character soulmate. After being abandoned in the woods by her super fantastic and caring boyfriend (insert sarcasm here), Olive is faced with the decision to either return to her entitled, social media splashed life in the city, or finish out the long trek through the AT solo, without the comforts of delivered food and waiting hired drivers at specified points, as she’d grown accustomed to while the Influencer boyfriend was still part of the adventure. Jay is a park ranger who relishes alone time and the solace that comes with spending his time in nature. I also connected with him in the idea that he prefers to be alone and gravitates towards activities and sports that were more solitary than team. He may come across as a little gruff but he’s really a big softie with an amazing ethical head on his shoulders, and the importance of kindness and respect in his mind was fantastic. The dynamic between Olive and Jay was electric and they kept me hooked from their first awkward meeting in the woods. Daisy never fails to create an alternate world that you can actually transport yourself to, with the characters and descriptions so vivid you can hear every drunk girl cicada and see every TERRIFYING BIRD (okay, the birds aren’t terrifying in the descriptions. They’re actually quite beautiful. But alas, even gorgeous writing can not quell my fear of the flying terrors I call birds.) I love the picture left behind from the words when I close my eyes, and this book delivered on everything I’ve come to expect from a Daisy Prescott book.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

    Dare I say it? Happy Trail is my absolute favorite Daisy Prescott book!. I am a flutter with how much I loved it and my heart is simply happy. I laughed, cried, was all swoony with FEELINGS! Happy Trail is full of sweetness, friendship, self-growth, overall acceptance and love. So much love. Everyone needs to spend a little time with Jay and Olive. You won't regret it.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Darlene Avery

    Happy Trail: Park Ranger Series Book 1 by Daisy Prescott is the perfect addition to the Smartypants Romance crew. I absolutely love Jay and Olive. I love the way Daisy immerses her readers into the world of the ranger and the die hard hikers. The world that mixes nature and nuture. A world that both of these characters have found themselves in. Daisy gives her readers wit, humor, depth, and romance. She lets the story unfold and gives us the chance to Happy Trail: Park Ranger Series Book 1 by Daisy Prescott is the perfect addition to the Smartypants Romance crew. I absolutely love Jay and Olive. I love the way Daisy immerses her readers into the world of the ranger and the die hard hikers. The world that mixes nature and nuture. A world that both of these characters have found themselves in. Daisy gives her readers wit, humor, depth, and romance. She lets the story unfold and gives us the chance to root these two on. “Love is what gives our journey meaning.” 4.5 Stars

  26. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    When you are a socialite, finding romance can be hard. For Olive – the stream of failed engagements follows her wherever she goes. Without a real goal in life, Olive finds herself headed to the Appalachian Mountains so her latest boyfriend can work on his Instagram counts. As an influencer – everything about the trip will be documented for the public. With sponsorships and new follows a name of the game, Olive finds herself along for the ride. Hiking the Appalachian Trail starts growing on Olive When you are a socialite, finding romance can be hard. For Olive – the stream of failed engagements follows her wherever she goes. Without a real goal in life, Olive finds herself headed to the Appalachian Mountains so her latest boyfriend can work on his Instagram counts. As an influencer – everything about the trip will be documented for the public. With sponsorships and new follows a name of the game, Olive finds herself along for the ride. Hiking the Appalachian Trail starts growing on Olive. The sights, sounds, and fellow travelers are intriguing and allow the pampered socialite to experience a pleasure in life that Olive didn’t realize she was missing. Then an unexpected live stream took Olive by surprise. With thousands of followers ‘watching’, Olive’s boyfriend pops the question in the middle of the hiking trail. Olive doesn’t accept the engagement request, and her boyfriend decides it is not worth finishing the hike. He leaves Olive right where her rejection was live streamed for all of Instagram! Determined to make the most of her experience, Olive sets out to finish the journey that the couple started all on her own. Without the luxuries from sponsors, Olive is definitely ‘roughing it’ on the trail. A looming storm brings Olive into the path of Ranger Jay. The park ranger is tasked with making sure all those that travel in the mountains are safe from the oncoming weather. With little time to seek shelter, Jay and Olive find themselves seeking refuge in a moonshiner’s cabin in the woods. As the two are faced with rustic accommodations, they quickly discover that you should never take someone at face value. With a fire burning through more than the chimney, Jay and Olive will have to face an impending attraction that is sure to leave a lasting impression. Happy Trails is the first book in the Park Rangers series that revolves around the Penny Reid universe, but is written by Daisy Prescott. I have loved all of the back catalog of Prescott’s, so I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this unique series starter. The first thing that stumped me was where the author references AT repeatedly in the first few chapters. I stopped several times and asked myself if I was missing something. What was the abbreviation for? Then several chapters deep, we learn that the AT stands for the Appalachian Trail. The reference states that everyone uses the shortened moniker if they are experienced hikers or locals. Now – I have children that hike the Appalachian Trail and spend a lot of leisure time in the Great Smoky Mountains. NONE of them say ‘AT’ when referring to the Trail. I know the book is fiction, but I am so used to Reid’s spot on references for the towns and other focal points to the Tennessee area that this feels weird to reference the location this way. There is such an abundance of AT references, that it distracted me from the story. Now let’s get to the bones of the plot, Jay and Olive just did not have a believable romance in this story to me. There was so much time spent on the buildup of the couple crossing paths, but when it came time for the romance, the story jumps a HUGE span of time. Jay and Olive only spend a couple of days together, but we jump in time to a place where tons of life events have taken place. The lengthy absence is not really addressed in a way that explains how Jay and Olive can’t seem to live without the other. It is a whiplash of emotion that fell flat for me after such an amazing and descriptive meeting of these two characters. Another thing that bugged me about this story was the life altering event that Olive found herself facing after coming down from the trail. We get a glimpse into Olive’s life and the importance of her grandfather, but the contact between Olive and Jay disappears as easily as a lightening bug in the autumn winds. It is so hard to believe that Jay and Olive could have the depth to their connection that is shown after all of their time apart. The connection to Green Valley wasn’t as strong in this book as I would have expected. Other than the backdrop taking place in the Smokey Mountains, there wasn’t a huge presence in the Winston World. Cletus and Drew do make a quick appearance, but their place in the story doesn’t really impact the plot. Overall – this story just felt comfortable and not up to the expectations that I would expect when delving into the Pennyverse.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Em__Jay

    Hmm… When I started reading this book, I felt like Daisy Prescott was introducing me to characters that I would struggle to like: The cynical hero with misanthropic tendencies. A flighty female (engaged six times!!!) with no job, just coasting along on her family’s money. Will they win me over? Or will I want to pitch the book across the room? I am happy to report there’s nothing to fear. HAPPY TRAIL proved to be a delightful read. Let’s start with our heroine Olive Perry. She is far removed fro Hmm… When I started reading this book, I felt like Daisy Prescott was introducing me to characters that I would struggle to like: The cynical hero with misanthropic tendencies. A flighty female (engaged six times!!!) with no job, just coasting along on her family’s money. Will they win me over? Or will I want to pitch the book across the room? I am happy to report there’s nothing to fear. HAPPY TRAIL proved to be a delightful read. Let’s start with our heroine Olive Perry. She is far removed from my initial impression. In fact, I loved her and her journey throughout this book. Olive gets dumped by her boyfriend while hiking the Appalachian Trail. Coming from a non-outdoorsy background, it wasn’t even her idea to hike in the first place! But instead of hobbling to the nearest 5 star hotel and drawing a line under the entire experience, Olive not only decides to complete the trail section that was originally planned, but she decides to complete the entire thing! How’s that for tenacity? Olive truly was an inspiration, and I held her in ever-increasing regard as the book progressed. I found her character to be funny, witty and down-to-earth. I loved all the parts about the trail: the triumphs, the hardships, plus the characters Olive met along the way all added up to enjoyable story. And then there’s Ranger Jay Daniels, or Ranger Smoking Hot, as Olive names him upon first sight. Jay’s lifetime of experiences as a half-American/half-Japanese person has impacted how he deals with people. He’s quite anti-social and withdrawn. He’s earnest and serious in his opinions and doesn’t care to connect in a shallow manner. This is very different to the people Olive is typically surrounded by, and she is intrigued. This romance between these two is definitely not smooth sailing. Physical attraction is not an issue – there’s plenty of that. But we’re talking about two very different people, living very different lives, facing very different futures and the obstacles at times seem insurmountable. What I appreciated about Jay and Olive is that they considered the opinions of the other. Perhaps not immediately, but they talked, and then reflected on what was said. They were working towards a common goal: a united Jay and Olive. HAPPY TRAIL was definitely a satisfying reading experience. I can’t wait to see who’s up next in the Park Ranger series.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Karafa

    There is so much I loved about this book it is hard to decide where to begin. Let's start with the setting. There are not many more iconic activities than undertaking the hiking of the Appalachian Trail. The thought of the trek is daunting to many and bucket list worthy for many more. Having spent quite a bit of time in the mountains of West Virginia recently, the locations in the book got me excited to learn more. I loved the metamorphosis that our H and h went through in There is so much I loved about this book it is hard to decide where to begin. Let's start with the setting. There are not many more iconic activities than undertaking the hiking of the Appalachian Trail. The thought of the trek is daunting to many and bucket list worthy for many more. Having spent quite a bit of time in the mountains of West Virginia recently, the locations in the book got me excited to learn more. I loved the metamorphosis that our H and h went through in the story. In a day and age where so many are influenced by the things we see on social media and how likes and follows in cyberspace seem to have more value than face to face interactions, this story takes us out of that space and brings us back to nature and humanity. Daisy brings a number of other issues into the story as well. Family dynamics and the feeling of disappointing those who should love you most. Living in a world where based on your blended lineage you don't feel you fit in anywhere. She tackles these topics beautifully and makes us realize that what may not look like an issue on its face can have deep and lasting impacts. Now in regards to my favorite ranger, Jay Daniel is something special. He is quiet, reflective, resourceful, a friend to the environment and well just plain swoony. Olive is a great counterpart to his personality. She is larger than life not because she wants to be, but because of who she is. She has been thrust into the forefront of society news and her failures if you can call them that have her questioning her worth and ability to be loved. I loved how Daisy wove these two together and how they not only learned from one another but learned they were meant for more than what their families expected from them.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Deniz

    so so good! now I wanna hike the AT lol

  30. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Clinton

    Daisy Prescott most definitely knows how to make you fall for a character right from the very first page. We meet Olive Perry who doesn’t seem to have to much luck when it comes to relationships and men and her most recent one leaves her all alone on The Appalachian Trail. After thinking it would have been a fun adventure to do but it leaves her thinking she was so wrong. But being stuck on the trail is not something she thought would happen but when she meets the one and only Park Ranger Jay Da Daisy Prescott most definitely knows how to make you fall for a character right from the very first page. We meet Olive Perry who doesn’t seem to have to much luck when it comes to relationships and men and her most recent one leaves her all alone on The Appalachian Trail. After thinking it would have been a fun adventure to do but it leaves her thinking she was so wrong. But being stuck on the trail is not something she thought would happen but when she meets the one and only Park Ranger Jay Daniels that is when her true adventure begins. Jay Daniels is a man of few words, he just likes doing his job being one with nature more than spending time with other people. But when he finds out their might be a stranded hiker up on the trail what he never expects is to find the one and only Olive Perry. When they finally meet you can’t help all the hilarious antics that happen between them but you can’t also seem to miss the chemistry and angst they have for one another. Watching the two of them try and navigate where this will all lead is just fun to watch and you can’t help cheer on Ranger Jay & Olive hoping they can find a HEA.

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