Saturday, November 14, 2015

The Christmas Joy Ride by Melody Carlson - REVEIWED

About the Book:
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 Thoughts:
I guess I just needed to actually do it to know.” (p. 47)

What Miranda learned from her neighbor Joy on their trek from Chicago to Flagstaff.  A Christmas contest on Joy’s blog takes them from family to family – a variety of situations – where life has dealt a heavy hand.  Joy has a unique plan for every individual, and she brings such joy and comfort to each family that, as you read, you begin to understand the joy of giving and sharing your life with those you love.

Melody Carlson brings another touching holiday novella to vivid life, and gives her audience characters that are endearing and real.  This does have a rather “magical” feel to it as far as the ending goes, but hey! It’s Christmas, right!  There are some things that should be a bit magical!  This is a brief, uplifting and unique story that will prepare your heart for the Season of Giving!  Merry Christmas!  And don’t forget to pick up a copy or two for the readers on your Christmas list!  They will love The Christmas Joy Ride!  I know I did!!

About the Author:
Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of over two hundred books with sales of more than five million. She is the author of several Christmas books from Revell, including the bestselling The Christmas BusThe Christmas Dog, and Christmas at Harrington's, which is being considered for a TV movie. She is also the author of many teen books, including Just Another GirlAnything but NormalDouble Take, the Life at Kingston High series, and the Diary of a Teenage Girl series. She is the winner of aRomantic Times Career Achievement Award in the inspirational market for her many books, including the Diary of a Teenage Girl series andFinding Alice. Melody and her husband live in Oregon.

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