Monday, November 16, 2015

Book Review: The Christmas Joy Ride

The Christmas Joy Ride. Melody Carlson. 2015. Revell. 176 pages. [Source: Review copy]

Did I enjoy reading Melody Carlson's The Christmas Joy Ride? Yes. For the most part. It was a quick and satisfying read. Don't pick it up expecting to find the real 'reason for the season' in it. It's not a wow-worthy read perhaps. But is it fun, in its own way, and uplifting? Yes, it is. Christmas books should be uplifting, in my opinion. I have a low tolerance for depressing, sad, Christmas books.

So Miranda is the heroine of The Christmas Joy Ride. She's in a tough place financially, and that's a bit of an understatement. She decides on the spur of the moment to accompany her neighbor, her good friend, Joy, on a trip across the country. Joy, the other heroine, is eighty-five years old. She's driving her way across the country in an RV. The end of the trip will bring her to her new home, a retirement village, I believe, nearer to her grown-children. Along the way, she'll be spreading Christmas joy--literally--as she gives away her Christmas decorations and helps makes dreams and wishes come true.

The Christmas Joy Ride is one of those magical books that you think would make a GREAT movie that you could--you would--happily watch every Christmas season. Especially if it was cast right. This one has plenty of charm and good will in it. It's just a novel easy to recommend.

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