Christmas Joy Ride by Melody Carlson Review

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Goodreads 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. 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.

My Thoughts: I was really drawn to this book because the cover was very festive and looked like a lot of fun. The story was creative and unique: an elderly widow with a blog decides to take a road trip on route 66 and spread “Christmas Joy”  as she goes. She invites her neighbor, Miranda, who is facing hard times. I really enjoyed this story. The main character, Joy, was a sweet lady who made it her mission to brighten the lives of people who were down on their luck. The road trip aspect was a lot of fun…it was a fun adventure and I felt motivated to do something nice for someone after reading it. I loved that the story had a Christmas theme throughout the entire book (many times I’ve found that Christmas books don’t have a lot of “Christmas moments” in them).

The only thing I didn’t like was a very cliched plot point that occurred towards the end of the book. It was unnecessary to the story and felt very unrealistic and forced.

My rating: 4/5 stars. This would be a great book to cozy up with beside the Christmas tree with a nice cup of cocoa.

I received this book from Revell reads for their blog tour.

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