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Wednesday, September 2, 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! @goodreads


https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1380990928               5 STARS 

I fell in love with this book, it was such a feel good book and exactly what I needed. I love Christmas time and the thought of traveling around in an RV handing out good will to those in need sounds wonderful to me. Of course my RV would be filled with dogs and books, but I digress :)

Joy Jorgenson is this sweet 85 year-old woman that sold her house and is going to move from Chicago to Phoenix to live closer to her two sons, Rob and Rick. Her husband George passed away a bit ago. Joy also runs a blog called Christmas Joy and people write in and tell her about things they wish upon.

So Joy takes it upon herself to take her RV down route 66 driving to Phoenix instead of flying like her sons thinks she's doing. She's taking her neighbor Miranda with her because she has lost her home due to her jerk of a husband. That's all I'm going to say about that and him!

Joy has all of these tubs labeled for different places they are going to stop along the way and spread some Christmas cheer. She has it all mapped out, written out and going to take pictures for the blog. She picked a few place to go and she is using her stuff to make their Christmas a better time and she also buys some gifts and gives money in certain situations.

I greatly enjoyed going on these travels with Joy and Miranda. There are a lot of tear jerking moments in the book and I was afraid a death at one point.

I think anyone that loves Christmas and doing good things for others would really like this book. I know I'm going to buy it, it's definitely a keeper for me!

*I would like to thank NETGALLLEY and REVELL for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my honest review.*



  1. Sounds like a hoot! I'll be adding that one to my Christmas reading list!!! :) Thanks Melissa.

    1. Your very welcome! It is so good and it's short too. I have it on my Amazon wishlist too :)