THE CHRISTMAS JOY RIDE
By Melody Carlson
Title: The Christmas Joy Ride
Author: Melody Carlson
Format: Hardcover, 176 pages
Release Date: September 1st 2015
Rating: 5/5 stars
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!
* I was sent this book in exchange for an honest review.
I am a huge fan of Christmas movies, specifically from Hallmark and Lifetime. I love all the feelings you get from them - happiness, hope and love! This book gave me all of that and more!!
Following Joy and Miranda throughout this story was delightful. I absolutely adored them to pieces. Miranda - a woman who has delt with a great deal of heartbreak in her life. She's divorced, and is now faced with the possibility of being homeless. Miranda lost hope in having a magical Christmas, until Joy, her elderly widow neighbor, came to her with a crazy idea to embark on a road trip in an RV.
Joy was a ball of sunshine. Her beautiful spirit shined through the pages, making me fall in love with this story right away! Her attitude on life is magnetic, and the love she has for Christmas will make you cheerful.
Throughout their trip, it was so inspiring seeing them spread the Christmas spirit to the people who needed it the most. Especially Miranda. You really saw how much Joy influenced her to make the most out of her life. That no matter what life throws at you, you can still have a happily ever after.
This is one perfect, lighthearted Christmas story, that will give you JOY this holiday season!