Published: September 1, 2015
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.
The Christmas Joy Ride was one of my favorite seasonal reads. First off I’m a huge fan of Melody Carlson I just love and enjoy how she writes Christmas reads with love magic and that little something that just feels like the holidays. In this read we meet Joy who is about to move closer to her son and wants one last adventure before she leaves. She invites her neighbor Miranda who is getting over marriage is feels like she needs to get away. What Miranda thought would be simply trip ends up being an adventure that both will never forget.
They take off in Joy’s old RV and are surprising people along the way making Christmas wishes come true. In doing this both remember what the meaning of Christmas is really all about, however Joy gets ill and makes Miranda promise her that she must make the last stop by herself before Christmas. This last stop will change Miranda’s life forever, she meets a widower and his daughter and soon the sparks fly. Miranda will find out that not all men are the same and will have to make the choice of shutting down her heart again or letting herself fall and trusting in what’s meant to be. This is one read that will make you believe in Christmas again. It has all the magic and romance that one thinks of when they think about the holidays.