The Christmas Joy Ride by Melody Carlson

Posted September 5, 2015 by Marsha in Christmas Romance, Women's Fiction / 0 Comments

The Christmas Joy RideTitle:  The Christmas Joy Ride
Author:  Melody Carlson
Genre:  Women’s Fiction, Christmas Stories
Published:  September 1, 2015
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Cover Description:

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.

Read on for my thoughts on The Christmas Joy Ride.  No true spoilers, promise.

What a perfectly delightful Christmas novella The Christmas Joy Ride is.  Joy is leaving Chicago and heading West to be closer to her sons and take up residence in her new home.  She runs a blog called Christmas Joy and through a contest on her blog has an additional reason to celebrate the joy of Christmas on this road trip in her old RV.  One last huge adventure on old historic Route 66.

Miranda has had a lousy year.  Jobless.  Dumped by her husband.  Divorced.   And if the bank has it’s way… Homeless.  Joy is leaving, heading for her new home and there is no way that Miranda will hear of Joy driving that huge old RV by herself.  The two ladies take off on an adventure that is inspiring, touching and so full of Christmas Joy.

Along the way to Joy’s new home, she and Miranda will take the Christmas Joy decorated RV to visit with the contest winners from the Christmas Joy blog.  The people they will meet, the lives they will change and the joy of the season they will share is what makes this story so full of everything a Christmas novel should be about.

I absolutely loved The Christmas Joy Ride and it has earned its place on my Re-Read Every Christmas Keeper Shelf… you have one of those right?  Think about adding this amazing tale to that special place, too.

*I received an e-ARC of The Christmas Joy Ride from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. That does not change what I think of this novel.*

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