Review: The Daydreamer Cabin by Carolyn Brown

Posted December 23, 2020 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 8 Comments

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I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: The Daydreamer Cabin by Carolyn Brown
The Daydreamer Cabin
Narrated by Brittany Pressley

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Genres: Contemporary Romance, Western Romance
Published by Brilliance Audio
Released on December 8, 2020
Format: Audiobook
Source: Publisher
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The Delight

A big city public school guidance counselor is looking forward to a relaxing summer when a call from her manipulative older sister changes everything.  Eight weeks as a summer camp counselor at a camp on a rural Texas ranch to a handful of troubled teen girls doesn’t sound like a picnic, but she reluctantly agrees to take her sister’s place.  And, so a rustic journey of the heart begins and I was captivated from the first chapter.

Jayden is the oversized gawky sister compared to svelt, put together Skylar who has had her own way all their lives.  Skylar manipulates and won’t let up so Jayden gives in to take her place at the well paid camp job so Skylar can traipse off to Europe with her private school teens’ music group.  Jayden is a weathered teen guidance counselor and good at what she does, but she’s been put down by her sister so much growing up that she sees herself as inferior.  But, once on the scrub brush ranch and working with the people there and the girls, she truly shines and slowly works out her past troubles as she helps the girls work on their issues.  Meanwhile, the handsome rancher who is a former combat vet leads a no-nonsense camp program and works his way into her heart.  At least temporarily, she thinks.

Elijah was lost until his family, Mary and Henry, bring him back to work their ranch for wayward teens.  Corralling the girls soothes some of his guilt over surviving on a mission when some of his friends did not.  He’s been content, but it’s not until Jayden strides into his world that he starts to want something more and works to convince the woman that she’s beautiful and talented and she’s amazing at what she does at the camp with her girls and helping them all out.  If only he can convince her to stay and follow her dreams.

I loved this challenging situation with the girls and all their troubles- bulimia, shoplifting, bullying, and substance abuse for starts- and then Jayden and Elijah who were working through their issues at the same time as they helped the girls.  It was bootcamp and the ranch environment was no Club Med.   My heart went out to the girls who struggled with so much more than what got them arrested and with Jayden and Elijah burdened by their pasts.  I felt emotional a few times and there are sad things brought out, but also hope.  Change happens along the way.  And, there are liberal doses of ranch life and humor like when the girls were shocked out of their cool, hardened exteriors as a result.  And, oh, that first scene when Jayden took on the ringleader and knocked her down several pegs was priceless.

The pace was perfect.  The changes came at a steady rate instead of suddenly everyone is healed and happy.  Just like the romance is slow burn and somewhat in the background at times.  The eight week period kept it moving, but also left room for a lot of life to happen.

I’ve spoken of Jayden, Elijah, and the girls, but the older couple who were retiring after the camp year and the other two counselors were colorful and quirky additions .  I love the author’s salt of the earth characters and situations.

Britany Pressley is a familiar voice for me from listening to previous books by the author.  She captures the regional accent and the charm of the author’s writing tone.  She has a nice flexible voice for young or old, male or female.  And, she delivers the humor and the tender moments with equal ability.

I rambled on a bit with this one and wanted to gush and gush, but in summary, it was a heartfelt story of several people triumphing and a great couple finding their way to love.  A story full of humor, hope, and a good dollop of country charm that I can highly recommend.

My thanks to Brilliance Audio for the opportunity to listen to the book in exchange for an honest review.

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About the Book

A headstrong woman discovers it’s never too late for change in New York Times bestselling author Carolyn Brown’s spirited novel about lost hope and second chances.

Substitute counselor for wayward teens isn’t how public-school teacher Jayden Bennett planned to spend her summer vacation. However reluctant, she’s hiking up her jeans and heading for remote Piney Wood Academy in north Texas. Two months. Seven days a week. Few amenities. And three troubled girls daring Jayden to make a difference. She understands what she’s up against. She has her own burdens to bear.

Jayden’s not in it alone. The devoted elderly couple who run Piney Wood trusts in Jayden’s tough-love approach to get the job done. So does drill instructor Elijah Thomas, whose hardened boot-camp hide conceals a heart broken one too many times. Jayden is making it beat again. For both of them, falling in love is a risk. Because all summers must come to an end.

But with each new sunrise on these rustic acres, Jayden discovers that Piney Wood is a last chance for her, too. And with so many lives in turnaround, a new beginning for everyone could be a dream come true.


About Carolyn Brown

Hi! I’m twenty five years old and movie star gorgeous. The camera added thirty plus years and a few wrinkles. Can’t trust those cameras or mirrors either. Along with bathroom scales they are notorious liars! Honestly, I am the mother of three fantastic grown children who’ve made me laugh and given me more story ideas than I could ever write. My husband, Charles, is my strongest supporter and my best friend. He’s even willing to eat fast food and help with the laundry while I finish one more chapter! Life is good and I am blessed!

Reading has been a passion since I was five years old and figured out those were words on book pages. As soon as my chubby little fingers found they could put words on a Big Chief tablet with a fat pencil, I was on my way. Writing joined reading in my list of passions. I will read anything from the back of the Cheerio’s box to Faulkner and love every bit of it. In addition to reading I enjoy cooking, my family and the ocean. I love the Florida beaches. Listening to the ocean waves puts my writing brain into high gear.

I love writing romance because it’s about emotions and relationships. Human nature hasn’t changed a bit since Eve coveted the fruit in the Garden of Eden. Settings change. Plots change. Names change. Times change. But love is love and men and women have been falling in and out of it forever. Romance is about emotions: love, hate, anger, laughter… all of it. If I can make you laugh until your sides ache or grab a tissue then I’ve touched your emotions and accomplished what every writer sets out to do.

I got serious about writing when my third child was born and had her days and nights mixed up. I had to stay up all night anyway and it was very quiet so I invested in a spiral back notebook and sharpened a few pencils. The story that emerged has never sold but it’s brought in enough rejection slips to put the Redwood Forest on the endangered list. In 1997 Kensington bought two books for their Precious Gems line. Two years and six books later the line died with only four of those books seeing publication. But by then Avalon had bought a book and another, and another. Ten years later the list has grown to thirty nine. Last year Sourcebooks bought the Lucky Series which is in the bookstores now. They’ve also bought The Honky Tonk Series which will debut with I LOVE THIS BAR in June and will be followed by HELL, YEAH, MY GIVE A DAMN’S BUSTED, and HONKY TONK CHRISTMAS.

Folks ask me where I get my ideas. Three kids, fifteen grandchildren, two great grandchildren. Note: I was a very young grandmother! Life is a zoo around here when they all come home. In one Sunday afternoon there’s enough ideas to keep me writing for years and years. Seriously, ideas pop up at the craziest times. When one sinks its roots into my mind, I have no choice but to write the story. And while I’m writing the characters peek over my shoulder and make sure I’m telling it right and not exaggerating too much. Pesky little devils, they are!

I have a wonderful agent, Erin Niumata, who continues to work magic and sell my work. I’m very lucky to have her and my editors who continue to believe in me.

Happy reading!

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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Carole Rae
1 year ago

Gotta love a good book that you can gush about. <3

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Carole Rae

So true! I can’t get enough of her books. 🙂

Anne - Books of My Heart

I like Carolyn Brown but she is prolific. This one sounds amazing – I’ll have to track it down. Fantastic review!

Sophia Rose
1 year ago

She sure is. I manage a couple from the backlist and a couple from her new releases each year and figure I might catch up at some point. 🙂

Yes, this one was special.

1 year ago

Oh this sounds like a lovely read with great characters. Sounds like a fun set up with them both working at the same summer camp. It’s awesome when you have such a great read you can’t help but gush about it :).

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Lola

It really was a great set up with the camp, the troubled girls, the older ranch folk, and the couple. All around good stuff. 🙂

1 year ago

I just clicked over and saw that this is part of my Kindle Unlimited and I just downloaded it. I love Carolyn Brown’s storytelling and Britany Pressley’s performances.

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Rachel

Chu-ching! 🙂