The Christmas Joy Ride

The Christmas Joy Ride

by Melody Carlson


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The Christmas Joy Ride by Melody Carlson

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

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ISBN-13: 9780800719678
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/01/2015
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of over two hundred books with combined sales of more than six million. She is the author of several Christmas books, including 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

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The Christmas Joy Ride 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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bwilhoite More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It made me feel good and happy and made me smile. Great Christmas read! Definitely recommend. Melody Carlson is one of my favorite authors.
annelr More than 1 year ago
The Christmas Joy Ride by Melody Carlson is a fun and heartwarming holiday story. Joy has planned a trip across country--one problem--she's 85 years old. Problem solved--Miranda, out of work and soon to be out of a home, agrees to go with her neighbor in a Christmas decked out RV! Let the adventure begin. Joy has plans to bless several people along Route 66 and it's a long way from Chicago to Phoenix in the middle of winter. Will they be able to miss the storm headed their way? Joy tires easily, how in the world can an 85 year old drive a huge RV? Can Miranda learn on the fly? A sweet story of Christmas blessing and hope. I received a copy of the book from a contest and was not required to give a review. The opinions are my own.
Holly More than 1 year ago
The Christmas Joy Ride is a short novel of two women crisscrossing the country to spread the Christmas cheer! When an 85 year old woman named Joy, decided to move to Phoenix from Chicago, to be in a assistant living care and closer to her sons, she has a contest along route 66 for who needs a little Christmas joy! As Joy is loading up her RV, she offers her next door neighbor, Miranda to go with her which Miranda accepts this journey of a lifetime. As they hit the open road and Miranda getting the story of why Joy is having this contest, it makes Miranda glad to have such a grateful neighbor but sad that she will not be returning with her. As time goes on and with each new stop that spreads the holiday cheer, Joy's health makes a turn for the worse until they makes a fateful stop in Albuquerque that forces Joy to the hospital and Miranda to make the last stop on her own. At the last stop in Flagstaff, Miranda helps a young girl want to help her dad get over being a scrooge but as everything not really go as plan when he shows up from work, a dead battery will make her stay overnight instead of going to the next RV park. As Joy gets better and makes Miranda open an envelope that will change everything but it turns out the cute dad with a young girl will make Christmas really magical for Miranda! It may be a short novel but it does bring a lot of heart with it, I only wished it ended a little different than what it did, a little glimpse into the future would have been cool to see! You would never see what Joy does in this book for other people and If I had money, I think doing something like that would be awesome to do. It's the perfect book to get you into the Christmas season or anytime during the year! Thank You to Melody Carlson for writing a great book that will get anyone, anytime of the year in a giving spirit! I received this book from the Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.
Pooke More than 1 year ago
Sleigh Bells Ring "This is a Christmas Intervention!" Miranda almost shouted those words to a scowling Marcus, a man she had only just met. Yet here she stood in his kitchen making Christmas cookies with his seven-year-old daughter, getting the brunt of his anger. Miranda found herself in this uncomfortable position because of her friend Joy. With Miranda's help, her Christmas loving pal started a blog called Christmas Joy, and held a contest with five winners. Joy, eighty-five years young, then decided she wanted to drive her RV along Route 66 from her Chicago home to Arizona. Along the way, she wanted to stop at each contest winner's location, and deliver their prize. Get your kicks on Route 66! Recently, Joy's sons had convinced her to sell the home her husband built decades earlier, and relocate to an assisted living apartment in Phoenix. Both men lived there, and wanted her closer to them. Instead of flying out, as her children thought she would, Joy wanted to make this trip--secretly--instead. As she made her way across the country, she planned to spread Christmas cheer. "It's a Christmas Joy Ride," Joy enthusiastically tells Miranda as she asks her to come with her. Ready for adventure? Miranda is recovering from a messy divorce that has almost cleaned her out financially and emotionally. Thinking a change would be good, and wanting to help Joy, Miranda agrees. However, she is overwhelmed by how big the RV is, and that Joy has decorated it inside and out, including writing Christmas Joy Ride in large letters all over the outside. They have barely made the first stop, when a few things begin to unravel. Joy has no worries. As she tells Miranda, "Just have a little faith. God will watch over us. And we will have a great adventure. You'll see!" Before the Joy Ride is over, the women face a life-or-death situation, robbery and a bit of romance. They endure exasperating experiences when trying to bestow the prizes, and an individual who is not happy to be a winner. Their journey becomes a race against the weather, and the intense schedule they need to follow to make all the stops on time. The Christmas Joy Ride is fun to read, and has a great story. Like all good Christmas stories, it has a happy ending, and will leave a smile on your face. Pick up this 5-star book and you, too, can enjoy a Christmas Joy Ride! You will not be disappointed. Use it to prepare for Christmas, or enjoy it any time of the year. I highly recommend it to anyone who likes well-written stories set during the Christmas season. The publisher has provided bookreadingtic with a complimentary copy of The Christmas Joy Ride through Revell Publishing for the purpose of review. I have not been compensated in any other manner. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
MissTadoodles More than 1 year ago
And what an exciting ride it was! I've never read any of Melody Carlson's Christmas stories before, but now I think I am going to make it an annual tradition! Christmas Joy Ride was full of the Christmas spirit. I wish Joy Jorgensen was my neighbor. I would have been Miranda, making sure she wasn't crazy for doing this, but in the end thanking God the ride. As the adventures goes, Miranda heads off with Joy down Route 66 to bring the spirit of Christmas to residents in a nursing home, a diner owner and her daughter, a rehab center for young adults, a hair salon, foster parents and their kids, and a young girl, and her widowed father, who lost her mother, at Christmastime years before. All of the stories touched my heart and was filled with laughter, but the message in them all that reached me, was, "No matter what, joy is just around the bend. Especially, if you take the time to let it in your heart and then go to those around you." {Romans 15:32} I give this book a 5 out of 5! "Well, I have more to say to you, but I don't want to say it in a letter. For I hope to visit you soon and talk to you face to face. Then our joy will be complete." {2 John 1:12}
GratefulGrandma More than 1 year ago
This was such a feel good book and exactly what I love to read at Christmas time. The generosity and selflessness of Joy, the main character was so touching. Joy Jorgenson is an 85 year-old woman who sold her house and is going to move from Chicago to Phoenix to live closer to her two sons. Her husband George passed away a while ago and her sons are worried about her living alone in her big house. They have made arrangements for her to move into a retirement facility near them. Joy agrees to this, but decides that she is going to do this on her own terms. With the help of her neighbour and friend, Miranda, she sets up a blog called Christmas Joy and people write in and tell her about things they wish upon. She has selected winners along Route 66 so Joy and Miranda set off on a wonderful journey. They take Joy's RV down route 66 driving to Phoenix instead of flying like her sons thinks she's doing. She's taking her neighbor Miranda with her because she has lost her home due to her jerk of a husband. Joy has all of these tubs labeled for different places. They are going to stop along the way and spread some Christmas cheer. She has it all mapped out, written out and going to take pictures for the blog. She picked a few place to go and she is using her stuff to make their Christmas a better for various people living under certain situations. I really enjoyed going on these travels with Joy and Miranda. There are a lot of tear jerking moments in the book and I was afraid a death at one point. There is also love at one point. I think anyone that loves Christmas and doing good things for others would really like this book. I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
GailHollingsworth More than 1 year ago
The Christmas Joy Ride was definitely a joy to read. The cover caught my attention first. A Christmas decorated RV, lit up and driving down the road. We have a Class C RV and love to camp so I had to read what it was about. Take an almost 86 year old lady named Joy, add a friend and neighbor named Miranda and an RV that hasn't been used since Joy's husband passed away, and you get the makings of an adventure that is not to be missed. Joy has a web site that Miranda helped her set up. She has a contest and she picks six "winners" in which to spread Christmas joy. Joy is moving across country to be near her sons and live in an assisted living apartment. She sells her house and loads up bins of Christmas decorations she has collected over many many years. Her sons think she is flying to her destination, but she decides to drive the RV instead. When Miranda finds out she is appalled at the idea of Joy going alone. So Joy invites her along. Their plan is to visit the six winners as they travel and spread Christmas cheer I throughly enjoyed "traveling along with them" and experiencing all the fun, humor, adventure and even a few mishaps. It will put you in the mood to celebrate the pure joy of the Christmas season and think of those that need some extra cheer in their lives for whatever misfortunes have befallen them.
Fitzysmom More than 1 year ago
Reading a Christmas novella by Melody Carlson has become a tradition in recent years. A tradition that I have come to eagerly anticipate I might add. When the book arrives in my home I begin plotting my evening of hot tea, comfy clothes and chair, soft blanket, and uninterrupted time to devour the book. This year's story is entitled The Christmas Joy Ride. When the story begins we meet Miranda and Joy who are neighbors and friends. Joy is an eighty-five-year-old woman that loves to spread cheer through her Christmas blog. Miranda is a young recently divorced woman that is about to lose her home. Joy's two sons have decided that it would be best for her to sell her home and move closer to them. She has conceded to their request but she plans on taking one last trip to spread some Christmas Joy along the way. In a fun twist Joy talks Miranda into coming with her. They plan to head out on Route 66 in Joy's motor home and make their way from Chicago to Phoenix with a few stops along the way. I happen to live along Route 66 so it was fun to imagine these two traveling through my territory. As with all of Melody Carlson's stories the important part isn't the actual trip but the people they meet along the way. Melody has once again brought to life quirky characters that reach out of the page and touch your heart. When I turned the final page I was wishing that there were more Joys in the world. The book is a good reminder that we should all strive to reach out to those in need and spread a little cheer when we have the opportunity. I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
BookReviewerNicole More than 1 year ago
*My Thoughts* I was thinking the other day..."Hey, I could be Santa's daughter!" Random, I know but really, that is the kind of person I am. Hot chocolate's a given, Christmas music in September, Stockings before December hits, Christmas lights on Thanksgiving, making so many cookies it looks like a bakery kind of person. I'm addicted to Christmas. I love the significance of a Savior being born in a stable for me. I love the goodwill it instills in people. I love the happiness, the sense of community. I just genuinely love it. So obviously as a Christmas fanatic and avid reader, a Christmas novella is a natural extension! This one instilled so much happiness in me the moment I "met" Miss Joy. Let me tell you why. Miss Joy's plan for Christmas is exactly the sort of thing I would want to do. Pack up an old RV, deck it in Christmas lights, and head on a road trip cross country, helping people along the way. As a 16 year old girl, that sounds pretty doable. As an eighty-five year old woman-not so much! Joy is a sweet old lady who completely seems to have over-estimated her ability. That's where Miranda comes in. Any loving neighbor would not let Joy go by herself- at least that's what Miranda keeps telling herself. Really, she's looking for a change, maybe a little hope, and she's ready to roll! Joining Joy and Miranda's adventure was a blast! Both characters were very sweet and a joy to hang out with. (No pun intended!) I would absolutely curl up by the fire with this one again! It really does have some funny parts as well. Perfect feel good story! Thanks Melody! ____________________________________________________ *My overall thoughts* The Christmas Joy Ride by Melody Carlson is the perfect feel good Christmas story! Funny and heart warming, you'll love the length of this story! _______________________________________________________ *My Rating* I give The Christmas Joy Ride by Melody Carlson... 4 stars!! *I received this book from the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review, which I have given. All thoughts were my own and I was not compensated in any other way.
Moonpie72 More than 1 year ago
I love Melody Carlson’s books! She captures the Christmas spirit in people’s lives in so many different ways. Every book for hers I keep and add to my library. They have the rare quality of being able to be read over and over again, and enjoyed the same each time. I flew through this book and was disappointed when it ended! Joy is an elderly widow in her eighties. She is at the point in her life that she must leave her family home of many years to move near her sons into an assisted living facility all the way across the country. They have purchased her plane ticket for her to arrive before Christmas. Joy has other ideas. Although she must sort through a lifetime of possessions and leave behind most of them, her attitude is anything but sad. She decides to drive her and her late husband’s huge RV the 2000 miles to her new home without telling her sons. Her plan is to go alone but at the last minute persuades her 37 year old neighbor, Miranda, to come. Miranda has nothing to lose. Her husband left her, she is losing her home, and she lost her job. Joy’s trip is so much more than just one last free for all. Her focus in on bringing Christmas hope and cheer to 6 special people who have won a contest on her blog. With Ms. Carlson’s wonderful writing, I felt as if I was riding right along in the RV. I enjoyed all the plans Joy had made, from her Christmas baking, packing decorations, and even outfitting the RV in lights! The book was so uplifting! Joy reminded me of my almost 90 year old mother-in-law; lots of spunk, and plans, without self-pity or despair about aging. I hope I will be like Joy as I age. Not focusing on what is in the past or I can no longer do, but continuing to live life to the fullest and accepting the changes that come. An amazing book, you do want to read!!! I received a copy of this book free from Revell Publications. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own
VicG More than 1 year ago
Melody Carlson in her new book, “The Christmas Joy Ride” Book One in the Follow Your Heart series published by Revell brings us into the lives of Joy and Miranda. From the back cover: 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! It begins with the gaudily decorated RV on the cover that lets you know that within these pages is going to be quite a story. Melody Carlson knows how to write and she has delivered one of the finest Christmas stories yet. There is a reason why there are so many stories about Christmas on the television about this time and that reason is everyone loves a good story where the spirit of Christmas changes a person by freeing them from their burdens to allow them to be themselves. That’s why everyone wishes Christmas could last all year round. “The Christmas Joy Ride” is all about Joy and Miranda driving an RV from Chicago to Phoenix because Joy is being forced into assisted living. “The Christmas Joy Ride” is one sweet read that you might want to read twice and then keep it handy to read again next year. Joy and Miranda are such remarkable characters that we instantly feel that we have been friends with them our whole lives and we want what is best for them. Give yourself plenty of time to enjoy this book as you will want to finish it before going to bed. “The Christmas Joy Ride” is an exciting adventure from start to finish. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Britney_Adams More than 1 year ago
The Christmas Joy Ride is pure delight! I always enjoy Melody Carlson’s Christmas stories, and this is one of my favorites! When Joy Jorgenson makes plans to drive her RV along Route 66 to the retirement home in Phoenix, her neighbor Miranda packs a bag and climbs aboard for what becomes the ultimate Christmas joyride. I loved Joy and Miranda’s holiday adventure and the meaningful message of their story! Humorous and heartwarming, Melody Carlson captures the spirit of Christmas in this touching tale. The Christmas Joy Ride is a special story you don’t want to miss! I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review. All thoughts expressed are my own.
Blooming-with-Books More than 1 year ago
The Christmas Joy Ride by Melody Carlson Christmas stories from Melody Carlson have become a Christmas standard. Each of her Christmas stories is a unique experience. Are you ready for the newest Christmas experience from Melody?Get ready for to meet Christmas this year from an RV! A move that is going to be done in unique style taking Route 66 from Chicago to Phoenix via RV. Joy has finally agreed to leave her home and join her sons and their families in Arizona. But she's going to do it her way and spread some Christmas Joy along the way. Joining Joy is her neighbor Miranda who is going through difficulties in her own life. This is one Christmas that will never be forgotten. Joy is a special person who is determined to help those who need a little extra holiday joy added to their lives. We could benefit from more Joys in the world. This is a lovely little book that is under 200 pages - perfect for a little holiday down time. Curl up with your favorite coffee, tea, or cocoa and a Christmas cookie or two for several hours of reading. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher Revell in exchange for my honest review.
GrandaddyA More than 1 year ago
What an interesting book to get a person into the Christmas spirit! I loved it. Joy Jorgenson, affectionately known as Christmas Joy, reminded me of my own mother, who is just a few years older than Joy but still quite independent. Joy’s two sons are expecting her to arrive in Phoenix by plane just before Christmas. Imagine your reaction if your 85-year-old mother came pulling up in front of your house in a big RV decorated like a huge Christmas tree after driving it from Chicago to Phoenix. That is exactly what Joy has planned. While she is happily preparing every detail of her trip and the specific lives she intends to touch on her Christmas Joy Ride, everyone else is clueless. Her neighbor Miranda, who is divorced, unemployed, and on the verge of losing her home, is in an ideal position to make the trip with Joy. It rather seems Joy had even planned how to convince Miranda to make the trip with her. As Joy and Miranda started out on their Route 66 Christmas Joy Ride, I could almost picture my mother behind the wheel of that big RV. By the same token, I cannot picture who would be willing to get in the passenger seat of an RV to make a trip of that distance with an 85-year-old driver. While considering the things that could happen to them along the way, the bigger story comes into focus. Christmas Joy had a heart full of love and generosity and she possessed great determination. Her goal was to bless the lives of some people she deemed worthy. Books are often described as being a great read – this one is a great ride. I highly recommend it.
J_Augustine More than 1 year ago
Head down Route 66... I've never been big on Christmas books, but when I saw the adorable kitty on the front of Melody Carlson's The Christmas Cat last year, I just knew I had to read it. This year I was excited to find The Christmas Joy Ride. Both the zany front cover and the back cover blurb looked so good! I was right. Melody Carlson has penned a story filled with both poignant moments and humor. The Christmas Joy Ride is everything cozy and Christmasy and a truly delightful read. At only 168 pages it is the perfect length for a comfy-cozy afternoon. That's what I did, curled up in a chair with my fuzzy blanket and finished it in one afternoon. One thing just have to say is that this is one gorgeous book! From the nice-sized print and the wreath decorating each chapter number to the dark blue cover and lovely dust jacket, this is one nice book. Fans of Christmas stories and Melody Carlson are sure to love The Christmas Joy Ride! (I received a copy of this book from Revell in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.)
tmurrell2 More than 1 year ago
Joy, an 85-year-old widow, is selling her home and moving into an assisted living home near her sons. But before she does, she decides to have one last adventure in her motorhome. She has been writing a Christmas blog with the help of her neighbor, Miranda. She plans a contest. The winners of the contest will be along Route 66, a trip she'd wanted to take with her late husband. She'll do the trip in his memory and use her Christmas decorations to bring Christmas joy to the winners. She convinces Miranda to join her in hopes that Miranda will regain some of her own Christmas joy. Neither lady expects the trip to turn out quick like it did. This was a fun, quirky, entertaining story about the true meaning of Christmas. The ending was a little different than I'd anticipated, but I liked it. The author wrote in a light-hearted style, but wove messages of overcoming, faith, and joy into the story. It was the kind of story that captured my attention and left me pondering thoughts after I finished. It's a short story, but packed with feeling and soul. I received this book free of charge from Revell Reads in exchange for my honest review.
coramdeo540 More than 1 year ago
Christmas Joy Ride Melody Carlson Book Summary: 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! Review: This was a fantastic Christmas story. I really liked the Route 66 ride. That is a classic old fashioned route paired with Christmas. When I think of Christmas I want an old fashioned one, what a great way to start a new tradition riding Route 66. Joy was fantastic!! She was a spunky character and along with Miranda this was a fantastic book about helping others and driving in a RV! Oh what a fun ride. I would like to join them. The sweetness of people getting their wishes for a great Christmas was enjoyable. I really liked each of the places they stopped and doing great things to help those in need of holiday cheer. As the end nears, I was so happy with the outcome and move this book to a holiday classic. I would like to thank Net Galley and Revell for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy and I was never asked to write a favorable review by anyone. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
LovenGod More than 1 year ago
I look forward, with great anticipation every year to Melody Carlson's Christmas book. It is nearly a tradition now. The arrival of the Christmas book begins my Christmas reviewing season. This book was as wonderful as her previous books. I loved Joy and her Christmas motor home. Her mission was a wonderful heartfelt gesture for her blog readers. It was also a life-changing experience for Miranda. Melody's books always thrill and satisfy my holiday reading spirit. Another wonderful story in her Christmas series. Can not wait to see what next year brings. 5 stars from this reviewer. This book was provided by the publisher for review purposes only, no payment was received for this review.
Bookworm_Debbie More than 1 year ago
A delightful story filled with Christmas spirit. Joy Jorgenson is a very sweet and quirky woman. Her greatest joy is bringing joy to others. She has a blog called Christmas Joy where she shares holiday tips and advice. After running a contest on her blog to find people who need help celebrating Christmas she wants to deliver the prizes in person. I really loved this wonderful character and how she was able to thoroughly plan each person’s special Christmas surprise. There was such a wonderful variety of people that she chose to bless it was fun to read the different stories. Though they were all going through hard times of one type or another they embraced the festivities of the holiday season. Some of them did take a little persuading first. This story was a wonderful reminder that we should try to bring love and joy to others during the Christmas season. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.
JuneMJ More than 1 year ago
This was a fun holiday read involving likeable characters, lots of action, and random acts of kindness. The main character of the book is an eighty-five year old widow named Joy. She is a blogger who delights in sharing about Christmas with her followers. Her blog is appropriately named, 'Christmas Joy'. Because of her poor health, Joy is moving from her longtime home to Arizona to live in an assisted living home near to her two grown sons and their families. She sponsored a contest on her blog from which she chose six deserving families and organizations to receive some of her old-fashioned Christmas Joy. She delivers gifts, decorations, parties, money, etc., to these families and organizations on her way to Arizona. Joy invites her down on her luck next-door neighbor, Miranda, to join her for the trip. The book documents their adventures together and how their deliveries cheer up the winners of the contest. The trip is not without its obstacles and challenges, though. Some faith and a lot of hope pull them through to completion of their bucket list of good deeds. There are some surprises at the end of the book----I promise I won't spoil them for you here! I recommend this book for fans of holiday fiction, clean fiction, and inspirational stories. ________________________________________ NOTE FROM REVIEWER: I received a free paperback copy of this book from Revell Books, a division of Baker Publishing, in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed here are entirely my own. I was not compensated to post this review here or on any other site.
StacyA64 More than 1 year ago
I read The Christmas Joy Ride by Melody Carlson at the end of October and I have to tell you, by the time I finished it I was ready to pack up the pumpkins and put up the tree! A slim little book about octogenarian Joy, her much younger neighbor, Melody, and their cross-country Christmas RV adventure, The Christmas Joy Ride will quickly quiet your inner Scrooge and have you humming Christmas carols. Widowed Joy is selling her home and moving to Arizona to live closer to her sons, but she plans to have some fun along the way and fulfill some Christmas wishes for some very special people. Joy just happens to be the author of a blog known as Christmas Joy and she ran a contest to bring some Christmas joy into the lives of some people who are lacking that very thing. The people whose lives Joy and Miranda touch will leave you smiling as will Joy's own story and the birth of Miranda's own Christmas spirit. This is a totally unabashed feel-good dose of Christmas cheer and the only thing I could find to complain about is that due to it's short length, the story felt just a bit rushed and unlikely in parts, but then that's the thing, isn't it? Christmas is a time for faith and miracles.
Jarina More than 1 year ago
The Christmas Joy Ride, by Melody Carlson, is a true holiday delight. Octogenarian widow Joy Jorgenson has sold her Chicago home and belongings and is moving to an assisted living home near her sons in Phoenix. They are expecting her to fly in to Phoenix before Christmas, but Joy, Christmas aficionado and blogger of the Christmas Joy website, has very different ideas. She and her husband had travelled extensively in their RV which Joy has taken out of storage and readied for a special 2000 miles Christmas joy ride spreading good cheer to six individuals that have won a contest on the blog. The items she is taking them are sorted, packed, and labeled. The route is planned and campground reservations are made. And Joy is planning to leave first thing the next day--alone. When Miranda Fortner, Joy's neighbor of many years, discovers this plan she is very fearful for her elderly friend. Although half a century separates them in age, the two women have become quite close. Joy invites Miranda to join her, and although hesitant, Miranda does just that. After all, she has nothing to keep her from going. Her husband left her, she has lost her job, and her home is set for foreclosure. She could use a bit of Christmas joy herself. They complete the loading of the RV, decorate it like a rolling Christmas billboard, and take off on a cross country adventure. They are off to bring Christmas to residents of a nursing home, a down on her luck diner owner, a two time cancer survivor hair salon owner, a couple who have taken in six foster children, a rehab center for young addicts, and a young girl who lost her mother several years earlier at Christmastime. Their journey is uneventful, that is until Joy begins having chest pains in Albuquerque, their second to last visit. After being rushed to the hospital, Miranda contacts Joy's sons who learn of her journey and Miranda learns that one of the reasons Joy is moving has to do with her heart. There is still one very special visit to make, and Joy pleads with Miranda to continue on alone so as not to disappoint a little girl. For Joy, Miranda will go on and carry out the plan with most unexpected things to come. Ms. Carlson, author of more than 200 books, has hit a holiday home run with this heartwarming story. It does as promised, brings Christmas joy! I highly recommend this wonderful story and will be on the lookout for other Christmas novels by Melody Carlson
GHott More than 1 year ago
Christmas Joy Ride is my new favorite Christmas book! I think I loved Miranda most. She’s so destroyed over how her circumstances have changed she can barely function. She’s lost everything except Joy, and Joy is leaving too. Her pain and growth are so heart-wrenching and heat warming you’ll want to share Christmas Joy Ride with everyone, but won’t want to give your copy up for anything!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun, fun, fun!!! This short (168 pages) book is jammed pack with pure joy. This light hearted story will lift its readers’ spirits, and motivate them to seek out someone to bless this Christmas season. What could bring more joy than blessing others? Joy Jorgenson, an octogenarian, loves Christmas even though her childhood memories of the holiday are lackluster at best. She even has a blog to help others celebrate the holiday to the fullest. Now that she has reached the time in her life when she needs to move closer to her sons, Joy comes up with an ingenious and generous way to bless others with years of accumulated Christmas paraphernalia. The only problem is that it may be a bit daring for her to execute the plan on her own. Enter Miranda Fortner, a young neighbor who is facing foreclosure. Together these two women go on the adventure of a lifetime. I would recommend carving out some time, it won’t take much, to go with Joy and Miranda on their Christmas Joy Ride. You won’t be disappointed. Hmmm, I know we have some extra lights and ornaments up in the rec room closets; for whom might they be just the thing? I thank Revell Publishers and Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for providing The Christmas Joy Ride for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review and the opinions expressed here are strictly my own.