Book Review: “The Christmas Joy Ride” by Melody Carlson

November 28, 2015 at 2:51 pm | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Melody Carlson in her new book, “joy ride book coverThe Christmas Joy Ride” Book One in the Follow Your Heart series published by Revell brings us into the lives of Joy and Miranda.

From the back cover:  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!

It begins with the gaudily decorated RV on the cover that lets you know that within these pages is going to be quite a story. Melody Carlson knows how to write and she has delivered one of the finest Christmas stories yet. There is a reason why there are so many stories about Christmas on the television about this time and that reason is everyone loves a good story where the spirit of Christmas changes a person by freeing them from their burdens to allow them to be themselves.  That’s why everyone wishes Christmas could last all year round. “The Christmas Joy Ride” is all about Joy and Miranda driving an RV from Chicago to Phoenix because Joy is being forced into assisted living. “The Christmas Joy Ride” is one sweet read that you might want to read twice and then keep it handy to read again next year. Joy and Miranda are such remarkable characters that we instantly feel that we have been friends with them our whole lives and we want what is best for them. Give yourself plenty of time to enjoy this book as you will want to finish it before going to bed.  “The Christmas Joy Ride” is an exciting adventure from start to finish.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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