Reviews of The Christmas Joy Ride

Title: The Christmas Joy Ride
Author: Melody Carlson
ISBN-13: 9780800719678
Publisher: Revell
Publication Date: September 1st 2015
Pages: 176

Synopsis: ”

Miranda did not put adventure on her Christmas list, but thanks to her eighty-five-year-old neighbor Joy, that’s exactly what she’s getting this year. When Joy tells Miranda that she plans to drive an old RV decked out in Christmas decorations from their Chicago neighborhood to her new retirement digs in Phoenix–in the dead of winter, no less–the much younger Miranda insists that Joy cannot make such a trip by herself. Besides, a crazy trip with Joy would be more interesting than another Christmas home alone. Unemployed and facing foreclosure, Miranda feels she has nothing to lose by packing a bag and heading off to Route 66. But Joy has a hidden agenda for their Christmas joyride–and a hidden problem that could derail the whole venture.

No one captures the heartwarming fun of the Christmas season quite like Melody Carlson. Fasten your seat belt, because it’s going to be an exciting ride!”

This was a likable short Christmas story that will put a smile of your face.  It’s a short story, but packed with feeling and soul. Joy, an 85-year-old widow, is selling her home and moving into an assisted living home near her sons. But before she does, she chooses to have one last adventure in her motor home, a trip she wanted to take with her late husband. She’ll do the trip in his memory. She has been writing a Christmas blog with the help of her neighbor, Miranda. She plans a contest and the winners of the contest will be along Route 66. She’ll use her Christmas decorations to bring Christmas joy to the winners. She convinces Miranda to join her in hopes that she will regain some of her own Christmas joy. Neither ladies expected the trip to turn out quick like it did.

This was a fun, quirky, entertaining story about the true meaning of Christmas. The ending was a little different, but I liked it. I give this book 3 out of 5 stars.

FTC Disclaimer: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

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