Monday, November 30, 2015

The Christmas Joy Ride by Melody Carlson


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. Unemployed and facing foreclosure, Miranda feels she has nothing to lose by packing a bag and heading off with Joy toward Route 66. But Joy has a hidden agenda for their Christmas joyride--one 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!


Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of more than two hundred books with combined sales of more than six million. She is the author of the bestselling The Christmas Bus, The Christmas Dog, Christmas at Harrington's, and The Christmas Cat. She received a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award in the inspirational market for her many books, including the Diary of a Teenage Girl series and Finding Alice. She and her husband live in central Oregon. Learn more at


Just in time for Christmas is this wonderful, wonderful story of Christmas Joy and Miranda. Joy is an older woman who loves Christmas and wants to share this love with others. She has a blog where she shares her thoughts and her love of Christmas. She decides to run a contest on her blog and that's where this adventure begins.

Miranda is her next door neighbor whose Christmas spirit left her wen her husband did and all her financial troubles began. She's in the process of losing her home and Christmas is anything but joyous for her. When she finds out that Joy intends to drive her motor home across country on the old Route 66, she just knows she can't allow her to do this all by herself.

There is one adventure after another as they travel from Chicago to Arizona where Joy will be living in an assisted living facility not far from her sons. This is her last hurrah, so to speak, and she is going to make the most of it.

Joy transforms hearts and minds as she touches them with the true meaning of Christmas and Miranda's life is touched as well.

I absolutely adored this book! It is such a marvelous book of joy and hope! You'll love this book and it's perfect for curling up with. It would also make a wonderful Christmas present! I highly recommend this book and give it 5 out of 5 stars.

*This book was provided to me for my honest review by Revell

Blessings - Julie

1 comment:

  1. Oh I'm going to have to look into this book! Thanks for sharing :) Merry Christmas to you!


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