Saturday, November 28, 2015

The Christmas Joy Ride by Melody Carlson

Title: The Christmas Joy Ride
Author: Melody Carlson
Published: September 2015
Published By: Revell
Format Read: Hardcover
Genre: Christian Fiction, Christmas, Contemporary, Inspirational
Date Read: November 17 2015
Rating: 3.5/5

I was sent a copy of The Christmas Joy Ride by Melody Carlson from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. 

At 85 years-old Joy finally decided to sell her home at the request of her sons and make the move into an assisted living apartment. But she isn’t quite ready to follow every one of the expectations her boys set for her. With one last adventure in mind, Joy decides to set out on a Christmas road trip along Route 66, in a decorated RV. Along with her neighbour Miranda, she aims to spread some joy to a select number of people who wrote into a contest she held on her blog. 

The Premise:
Who doesn’t love a story about a sweet old lady with a strong stubborn sense of independence? Add some Christmas spirit and a road trip, then you have The Christmas Joy Ride. Not only does Joy intend to help her selected contest winners, but by bringing her neighbour Miranda along for the journey she changes her life as well. 

The Lesson:
By spreading even a little bit of Christmas cheer, these two characters teach readers that even the most simple gesture can mean the world to someone going through a difficult time, especially during the holiday season.  

The Characters:
Upon learning that Joy was a blogger, I felt an instant connection with her. Sure this story is a work of fiction, but this character was wonderfully selfless which is quite rare in this day and age. Miranda on the other hand was very much a lost soul, like those they would visit along the way. However her love and concern for Joy created such a sweet bond between the two women. 

Bumps along the road:
Like any good story the two women ran into their share of troubles along the way. Reading The Christmas Joy Ride was a warm and cozy experience that I enjoyed. However I would like to have learned more about Route 66 and Joy herself. 

I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a quick Christmas tale. I think that it would be especially appealing to those who enjoy Hallmark holiday movies.


  1. Such a cute cover, nothing like a sweet Christmas read to put you in a Christmas-y mood. Wow blogging at 85, that's impressive lol

  2. I liked the cover too. It was a cute story. Her blog was Christmas focused too. I actually wish it were a real one we could all visit.
    Thanks for commenting, Teddyree.

  3. Lovely review of a wonderful Christmas book.