Happy Trail

Happy Trail by Smartypants Romance Book Summary

A man of few words, Ranger Jay Daniels values the calm, quiet solitude of the Great Smokey Mountains. Never quite fitting in with either side of his family, he prefers the company of birds and trees 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.

Happy Trail by Smartypants Romance Book Reviews

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- A sweet, informative romance5 star

An upscale young woman undertakes hiking the Appalachian Trail with her self-serving, pompous boyfriend who abandons her on the trail after a disagreement. She continues her hike. Bad weather and a handsome park ranger may change her life.

- Relatable, hilarious, love5 star

Olive and Jay are absolutely a joy to watch come together. I really appreciated how real and full of quirks and faults and pasts they both are. Their attraction develops realistically and honestly. Even though they don’t share all of their secrets immediately, they don’t lie to each other or withhold the truth when it matters. The supporting cast of characters show promise for their own stories which I’ll gladly purchase! High marks for showing consent.

- Fun read5 star

Cute book with likable characters. Fun learning things about the AT.

- Happy Trail4 star

Took awhile, but I enjoyed the story and the characters. I have read so many authors but realized I have read this author before concerning the Winston brothers and sister.

- Happy trail4 star

Excellent plot and likable characters in a beautiful environment.

- Even better than I was expecting5 star

As soon as I found out this book existed, I knew I had to buy it. I knew I would love it, and not just because the guy on the cover has a beard. (That’s actually how I got started in the world of Penny Reid: the cover of Truth or Beard. And apparently that still does it for me!) However, I did not know I would love this book as much as I did. What a wonderful story! I did not read the blurb, so I didn’t know what I was getting into. I knew it took place in Green Valley, which I’ve grown to love, and I knew Daisy Prescott would take me on a fabulous journey, and that was enough for me. I loved Olive, aka Snowbird, As soon as I found out this book existed, I knew I had to buy it. I knew I would love it, and not just because the guy on the cover has a beard. (That’s actually how I got started in the world of Penny Reid: the cover of Truth or Beard. And apparently that still does it for me!) However, I did not know I would love this book as much as I did. What a wonderful story! I did not read the blurb, so I didn’t know what I was getting into. I knew it took place in Green Valley, which I’ve grown to love, and I knew Daisy Prescott would take me of a fabulous journey, and that was enough for me. I loved Olive, aka Snowbird, who has such a colorful history, and I LOVED grumpy Jay, who had such a tender heart. I loved that there was no manufactured conflict, which unfortunately is so common. It made so much sense, how they had to separate, and the way they came back together. Jay’s family played such a big part in a very positive way; I wish we’d been given the opportunity to see Olive’s family as a positive and not the negative they’d been for most of her life. The mention of the characters we know and love from the Green Valley were done in such a natural way. I’ve read other Smartypants Romance books where the insertion of beloved characters seemed forced, and served to take me out of the story. When they popped up in HT, it was as if they were right where they belonged, and it was perfect. I am so excited that there is a second Daisy Prescott Ranger book headed our way soon, and I will most definitely buy and read it, and anticipate that I will love it as much as I did Happy Trail. I’m also planning a trip to the Smokies because of this wonderful book!

- Review: Park Ranger 1: Happy trail5 star

Happy Trail by Daisy Prescott is the fifth book in the Smartypants Romance series - a set of interconnected standalones set in the Penny Reid multiverse of awesome romance - and is the first book in the Park Ranger series. The story of Ranger Jay Daniels and Olive Perry was a fun, romantic, quirky easy-read that I was completely enamored with. The awesomeness of Olive continuing her hike, the hilarity of some of her inner (and outer) monologue, and the slow build of her bond with Jay. And then there was Jay - Holy hot bearded swoony gentle giant beasty man! Yumm! There was not one thing I didn't absolutely love about this story. The hiking information was something I never knew so BONUS educational value **wink**. The ranger's perspective of Green Valley was intriguing. And of then there was Cletus! Loved it! Enjoy!

- Under pretty wrapping, they found the gift of each other.5 star

Happy Trail is book one of the Park Rangers series in the SmartyPants Romance Universe. Green Valley has some more good folks up on the mountain and they have stories to tell. There are a couple of small appearances of familiar GV faces. This is a super slow burn that gives readers time to know both characters stories and hangups. I loved Ranger Jay Daniels and Olive "Snowbird" Perry getting to know each other on the trail and snowed in the cabin. The Appalachian Trail is as much a character as Jay and Olive. I felt pleasingly immersed in the hiking culture as Snowbird muses of her five months on-the-trail learning curve with the thru-hikers, dude bros and hiker trash. It's fate when she finds the Peterson Field Guide to Eastern Birds. I confess to a lot of Googling and slackpacking is my only considered option should the opportunity arise. Lol Prescott gives us people seemingly very different but as we learn their secrets they are so very similar. Society and social media are not friends of this pair who have been hiding inside their own skin. Olive is wonderfully quirky and her runaway mouth is hilarious. Jay thinks so too as he begins to cast off his grumpy ways and open up to her beauty and charm. I marked many more comments and passages than I normally do because the banter and inner awkward thoughts made me laugh so often. One of Jay's observations made me a tiny bit swoony. "Even in the dim light from the fire, she's beautiful. Dirty and honestly more than a little smelly, she still has trouble written all over her face." The pair don't spend a lot of time together but it's clear they both feel a big spark. The time they do spend together is completely alone with very little distraction and only conversation for entertainment. I was thrilled with the ending. It fit them perfectly. I look forward to bumping into them in the coming Park Ranger books.

- Loved Olive and Jay 💕5 star

I loved this book. It fit perfectly in with the Pennyverse (Penny Reid books). I liked Olive and Jay quite a bit. What happened to Olive made me upset but I guess if it didn’t happen things wouldn’t have turned out the way they did. I loved going on this heartwarming journey of discovery with them. Definitely a must read.💕

- Happy Trail4 star

I absolutely loved this book. I’m a fan of both daisy and penny and seeing Daisy’s writing in penny’s world is awesome. I liked that this book focused pretty much solely on the two main characters olive “snowbird” and Jay. They both had things that were holding them back from being who they were meant to be and with each other they are able to move past those things. Both characters were written in a very likable way, Olive is someone I could be friends with and Jay is someone I am definitely crushing on. All in all it was a fantastic book with lots of laughs and quirks that make it a smarty pants romance!

- Love on the Trail!5 star

Jay Daniels has his dream job as a park ranger. What better way to stay away from people. When he is tasked with clearing the park trails before a storm hits the area little does he know that he will be stumbling upon Olive. Olive is trying to find her way in the world and when her boyfriend suggests they walk the Appalachian Trial she thought he was crazy but went anyways for love. Soon she discovers this was not what she should and Tye has just up and left. Olive decides to continue walking the entire trial. When Ranger Daniels finds her and they attempt to beat the storm they are forced to hold up in an old cabin. The sparks between these two were off the charts. Once I started this book I was hooked! Can’t wait for the next one!!

- Amazingly funny and swoony story!5 star

I am so loving the Smartypants Romance books!! Happy Trial is just another jewel in the series of books. Daisy Prescott is a new to me author and I am so glad I got the opportunity to read this. This is the quirky, swoony, heartfelt and just lovely romance in the Park Ranger series. This is Jay and Olive's story. Olive is an amazing character! I floved her quirkiness and I admired her strength and determination.  She didn't let a crappy situation and experience take away from her doing something she wanted to do. She was a hilarious character if she was a real person I would totally want to be BFF's with her! Jay was also amazing.  He is a bit jaded, but rightfully so, to be facing discrimination and outright bigotry in this day and age is sad and so unsavory.  He keeps his cards close to his vest and when Olive comes hiking into his world, he sees what could be. The dialogue was funny and even educational.  I get a kick out of learning new things! As this is set in the fictional world of Green Valley, it was lovely to see past characters make cameo appearances! To me, it just adds more to the story and really blends it into the world that Penny Reid created. I can't wait to add some of Ms. Prescott's previous stories onto my TBR list!

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