Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Book Review: The Christmas Joy Ride by Melody Carlson

Book Synopsis:
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. Unemployed and facing foreclosure, Miranda feels she has nothing to lose by packing a bag and heading off with Joy toward Route 66. But Joy has a hidden agenda for their Christmas joyride--one 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!

My Review:
This is a delightful Christmas read about two women, one a senior citizen and one much younger, who travel down Route 66 in an RV spreading Christmas cheer.  It is a fast read, and perfect for an afternoon with a cup of cocoa, relaxing in the middle of the busy holiday season.

One of my life dreams is to travel Route 66 in an RV, so that aspect of the book immediately appealed to me.  I enjoyed traveling along in the book. 

This is my first Melody Carlson read, but it will certainly not be my last.  I enjoyed the heartwarming storytelling and the likable, sympathetic characters found in this book.  It would make a wonderful Hallmark movie!  Highly recommended as a Christmas season read.

About the Author:
Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of more than two hundred books with combined sales of more than six million. She is the author of the bestselling The Christmas Bus, The Christmas Dog, Christmas at Harrington's, and The Christmas Cat. She received a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award in the inspirational market for her many books, including the Diary of a Teenage Girl series and Finding Alice. She and her husband live in central Oregon. Learn more at www.melodycarlson.com.

I received this book from Revell Reads in exchange for an honest review.

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