Camp 80 by Lee DuCote
Date Published: 8/22/2016
Publisher: Grave Distractions Publication
What do you get when six retirees attend an orientation trip before moving into Cedar Branch Retirement Community? A week of outlandish fiasco’s, hilarious revenge, memorable tears, and most important . . . laughter. Derrick St. Clair, a social worker for CBC, has led many trips for the eccentric community but never experienced a trip like this. One thing, of many, that Derrick didn’t expect was to fall in love with co-worker Katlyn Rose and while his mind is occupied the six seniors plan their own trip from stealing the van to seeking revenge on three disrespectful young men.
With a lady’s man from Manhattan, two kooky sisters from Arkansas, a grumpy husband from Alabama, and a quiet little man from Atlanta this week is one for the books. So take a trip with Cedar Branch and fall in love with the characters that now reside in the number one retirement community in the south. Who knows, you just might make plans to move in.
After graduating from high school in 1989 and attending one year at NLU I decided (actually my parents did) I wasn’t ready for college, so I did what every 19 year old kid does….I moved to the Marshal Islands in the mid pacific. After a few years I came home, meet my wife and settle down for a short bit. I worked construction, opening my own sporting goods store, became a full-time fireman, opened a candle manufacturing company, and even rodeo for a short term. Just not at the same time. In 2003 we moved to Franklin TN were I sold fire trucks until 2010 and moved to Arkansas. Since here in the Ozark Mountains I have written eight novels and currently working on my ninth, a new adult novel. So that’s me in a quick whirl wind. And yes, if you check out my web site or social media you will see me with our pet raccoons, Tucker and Otter.
Cedar Branch Retirement community is facing some problems, they are about to close because of bankruptcy. But it will take three weeks to find out for sure. Since there are a couple new residence on the way Derrick, Kat and Simon are given the job to keep them entertained. They create the Camp 80 for the future residence and a plan.
The beginning of the story is a bit heartbreaking as you read about several people leaving their lives and getting ready to move into this assisted living home. My heart especial broke for Gerald who lost his wife Doris a year earlier. But as the Camp 80 proceeds, you learn that these old people have a lot more going than most people give them credit for. They get into all kinds of antics as they are taken to museums, flat tires, swamps and much more. It’s also quite funny to watch Derrick and Kat start having feelings for each other and how the rest of the crew start “helping” to get them together.
I have to say my favorite characters were June and Violet, the twin, crazy sisters. Violet has this thing about weight distribution in vehicles that will make you laugh and I loved what happened to their lawyer. I can see me becoming a combination of the sisters.
If you are looking for a great, laugh out loud story, look no further. This book will lighten up your worst day.
I received Camp 80 from Reading Addiction Virtual Book Tours for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.