The Christmas Joy Ride by Melody Carlson ~ Book Review

Book 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!

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About the Author: 

Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of over two hundred books, several of them Christmas novellas from Revell, including her much-loved and bestselling book, The Christmas Bus.

She also writes many teen books, including the Diary of a Teenage Girl series, the TrueColors series, and the Carter House Girls series.

Melody was nominated for a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award in the inspirational market for her books, including the Notes from a Spinning Planet series and Finding Alice, which is in production as a Lifetime Television movie. She and her husband serve on the Young Life adult committee in central Oregon.

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This is a super cute Christmas story. It is a sweet romance but really the novel is mainly about an older lady, Joy, who is 85 years old. Joy wants to spread Christmas Joy on her way to live in the same city as her sons. She has decided to take a trip down Route 66 and has talked her younger neighbour, Miranda, into traveling with her to accomplish this task in a old huge RV decorated with tons of Christmas lights and decorations.  Miranda is now single and about to go through foreclosure with her home, Joy has some ideas of her own. I love that Joy is also a blogger. Joy hosted a contest on her blog to bring Christmas spirit to people who were really needing it this year.

A somewhat predictable story line, fun characters and a lot of Christmas spirit that makes this a very cute read for the holidays. I give this book a 3.5 stars out of 5.

~*Disclaimer: This post was written by Genuine Jenn. All opinions are honest and my own.*~


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