Wednesday, October 28, 2015

The Christmas Joy Ride

Summary: 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!

80+ year old Joy goes on her last big trip right before Christmas, her younger neighbor Miranda decides to come along last minute to help. Things go smoothly at first, but with bad weather approaching, and time running out, they wonder if they'll be able to finish their last  Christmas Joy surprises. 

The cover and summary intrigued me. A decorated RV for Christmas? An older woman and younger woman together on a cross country journey? Just seemed like a book I should read. And I'm glad I did. This fun read brought me to my favorite holiday, Christmas, and having just gotten back from a 9 week RV trip across the country, this seemed like an adventure my family and parents will do in their 80s. :)

Picking up Melody Carlson's newest book was such a treat. This is the first book I've read by this author, and I really enjoyed the story. The writing kept me turning page after page. Joy and Miranda were wonderful characters, bringing the old traditions with the new technology of today. The way Joy gives in her story makes you want to go out and do the same. Sharing love with everyone in need, and bringing joy to those who are down. 
The Christmas Joy Ride will bring a smile to your face, and is sure to give you some Christmas cheer.

I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars.
received this book free from the publisher for a honest review.

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