Friday, November 6, 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. 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!

About The Author

Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of over two hundred books with sales of more than five million. She is the author of several Christmas books from Revell, including the bestselling The Christmas Bus, The Christmas Dog, and Christmas at Harrington's, which is being considered for a TV movie. She is also the author of many teen books, including Just Another Girl, Anything but Normal, Double Take, the Life at Kingston High series, and the Diary of a Teenage Girl series. She is the winner of 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. Melody and her husband live in Oregon.

My Review

The perfect read for the Christmas season and it will bring tears and chuckles as we journey from Chicago, IL to Phoenix, AZ, with a woman who runs a blog know as Christmas Joy. Joy is leaving the home she raised her sons in and her husband designed, and being a widow she is now moving to be near her boys. Wait until you see how she is going to get there! Of course, there is a hint on the cover of the book, and she soon has her down on her luck neighbor, Miranda helping her and offering to accompany her and give out the gifts to the winners of her blog.
Joy’s trip is supposed to follow the old Route 66, which it seems is rather chopped up, but this 85, soon to be 86, year old gets into this old RV and is driving it like a pro. Of course, Miranda, soon offers and Joy seems a bit relived to let her drive.
What a sweet journey you are about to experience, and we meet some amazing people along the way, even the grumpy ones seem change by this beautifully decorated RV and Joy. Bringing smiles and “joy” along the way.
Lives are about to be changed for the better, and soon you will wish you were in the RV and making the journey across country. A must read, and a great reminder of what Christmas is really about. Enjoy!

I received this book through Revell Publishing Book Blogger Tour, and was not required to give a positive review. 

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