Review: ‘Family Camp’ by Eli Easton

44437664Published March 28th 2019

When Geo signs up for Family Camp, he envisions nature hikes, s’mores, and a chance to win over his recalcitrant new foster kids, Jayden and Lucy. He’s tried to become a dad for so long, and he hopes the three of them can be the family he’s always wanted. What he doesn’t anticipate is the prickly and gorgeous camp counselor who constantly comes to his rescue.

Travis spends a week every year at Camp Evermore, the camp his adoptive parents own. As a pro baseball player, his presence guarantees a full campground and excited campers. He has one rule: never, ever mess around with anyone at camp. His profession demands he stay in the closet. But one sweet and funny new dad is about to test all his resolve.

Sparks fly for Geo and Travis, and not because of the nightly campfire. Having been a foster kid himself, Travis is drawn to Geo’s sincerity and big heart and to his kids. The four of them just fit. But will this be a summer romance? Or can they find a way to be a family long after Family Camp is over?

Oh man, this was such a feel good read! Geo is desperately trying to realise his dream of being a dad, and he’s taking his two new foster kids to a family camp for the week to do some bonding. A part of me wondered if it was going to get a bit cheesy or predictable, but everything felt so real and genuine. I was sucked in from the start.

It’s as much a story about family as it is about romance, there’s no way it could have been any different, but the balance was wonderful. I was rooting for Geo’s relationship with his kids as much as relationship with Travis. With Travis’s history of being a foster kid himself, he was just as eager as me to see Jayden and Lucy let their guards down and feel safe with Geo and his huge heart.

Both Travis and Geo were such good men, it warmed me down to my toes. But it wasn’t just a story overflowing with sunshine and flowers all the time, there were trials to be faced. So much trust had to be built, truths had to be faced, weights from the past left behind by everyone involved. But even with all of that complexity woven in, it didn’t take away from the feel-good factor.

I can’t wait to see what else Eli Easton will bring us with this series!

4/5 stars

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