Saturday, December 26, 2015

#REVIEW - The Christmas Joy Ride by Melody Carlson

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!

5 STARS!!!
MY TAKE: 5+++ Stars!!! LOVED IT!!!
I can’t let this beauty of a Christmas gem slip by this year without sharing this book with you! I HIGHLY recommend this! It’s a quick 175 page read, and I was left CRAVING MORE!!! First, I LOVE Melody Carlson’s writing SO MUCH!! Did you happen to know she also wrote Christmas at Harrington’s?! Yes! Then Hallmark made a movie out of it, and they really were spot-on! Hallmark played it quite a bit since Halloween day this year and since they made it! Check it out if you haven’t yet! I, and this author both have the same last name, and I sure WISH we were related!!! Maybe some of her excellence in writing could have rubbed off on me! LOL!
Seriously, if you want a wonderful Christmas story you can COUNT ON this author being able to foot that bill in every story I’ve read by her so far! She is definitely true to the season, and her books are just a whole, round, great Christmas read! This book will give you exactly that, so enjoy it!!! I sure
The description of this book tells a LOT, so I don’t want to tell you too much more about the book, so the rest of this review will be light.  
Miranda didn’t quite know everything she was getting herself into when she told her eighty-five year old friend, Joy, “Yes, she would love to accompany her on her trip across the midwest in her RV from their home in the Chicago area all the way to their ultimate goal in Arizona.” Little did Miranda know what was about to happen! Hold on, Miranda! Even though Joy is eighty-five, with her energy levels , you would NEVER know her true age! I HOPE if I am lucky enough to live to the age of eighty-five I have the energy levels like Joy does in this book!
Joy has a radio show and people were to email her their Christmas wishes. She read them and chose the most deserving of people to be blessed. Little did Miranda “yet” that Joy did this and was going to play Santa to fill those wishes for certain people. So on we go, decorating the bus first, and off they go in the Christmas bus to their first stop, which happens to be a huge party for little kids. Joy plays a Secret Santa, but before she even gets to that point, she has just gone shopping for decorations and ALL the toys for the party, food, and anything else that was needed! Wow! Makes me tired  would be making with Miranda to help Joy along the way. Joy was glad that Miranda was with her, and felt a sense of comfort knowing she was not alone on this big trip that has taken her well out of her way and put them in jeopardy now with a snow storm here now. There were many other stops and a huge, but scary surprise happens which threatens Joy’s life. This is well-worth the read, and the enjoyment you get out of it for people doing for others! Don’t let this season go by without reading this one! You’ll miss out if you do!

I received this book for FREE from the publisher, Revell and NetGalley, in exchange to read and write a review about this book. It is NOT required for this review to be either positive or negative, but of my own honest opinion. "Free" means I was provided with ZERO MONIES to read this book nor to write this review, but to enjoy the pure pleasure of reading it. I am disclosing this information 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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