I’m a national park ranger, not some Prince Charming, who swoops in on his noble steed to save the princess and falls in love at first sight.
With all the craziness going on in the world right now, I’ve been searching for feel-good books or books that will allow me to escape reality for a little while. I knew instantly that this book was going to do that for me. Reading a Daisy Prescott book has always been like snuggling into a warm sweater for me, they always make me feel good and leave me feeling all warm and fuzzy inside. That’s exactly how I felt reading Jay and Olive’s story. Jay was the perfect introverted, grumpy hero. He was used to being a misfit and preferred his solitary time with nature over groups of people. Having to escort a rogue hiker back to safety when wintry weather strikes early isn’t his idea of a good time but he’s going to get way more than he bargained for when he’s forced to spend a few days in an abandoned cabin with Olive Perry. Olive set out on her hike of the Appalachian Trail with her boyfriend but was dumped a few weeks into their hike. Despite being abandoned on the trail she’s determined to finish the hike for herself. She’s intrigued by Ranger Daniels when their paths cross and they end up forming a sort of friendship while they’re stuck together waiting out the storm. Will their time together lead to true love or will the fact that they come from very different worlds lead them apart?
I really loved these two together. Olive came from a very well-known family and lots of wealth but she was very down to earth and I loved seeing her set a goal for herself and do whatever she needed to see it through. She was the perfect balance to Jay’s quiet, seemingly grumpy personality. I liked seeing Jay lighten up the more time he spent with her. He really was a great guy and was warm and funny once you got through the tough exterior. The backdrop to this story was also lovely, the AT and the great outdoors was the perfect escape and described in beautiful detail – you’ll really feel like you’re there. The story was very low on angst, which is just what I needed. I look forward to returning to the Green Valley in future Park Ranger books, and I think I’ll have to check out some of the other offerings in the Smartypants Romance universe! If you want a feel-good story, that’s charming, funny, and will leave you with a giant smile on your face, you should grab yourself a copy of Happy Trail!!