Christmas Joy Ride

Christmas Joy RideReviewed by: Ceil Carey, long-time book discussion leader

Church: Community Christian Church, Yorkville, IL


Title: Christmas Joy Ride

Author: Melody Carlson

Publisher: Revell

Publication Date: Sept 2015

Format: ebook

Length: 233 pages


Joy, an eighty-five-year old widow, plans to drive her old RV from Chicago to her new apartment in Arizona in the dead of winter. But her much younger friend, Miranda, insists she cannot do it alone. Said RV is decked out like a huge Christmas decoration on wheels and Joy has a plan to deliver some holiday fun and gifts to several families along the way. Miranda doesn’t have any real plans – she is unemployed and facing foreclosure, so she agrees to this hare brained adventure.

Joy’s giving spirit and faith not only inspire her recipients along the way but make a huge difference in Miranda’s downward spiraling emotions. And for those that like a tidy ending with all the threads neatly tied together, The Christmas Joy Ride is just the thing. A light, sweet and uplifting holiday story.


Rating (1 to 5)

4 out of 5 stars

Suggested Audience

Adults or teenagers, particularly women

Christian Impact

Christian faith is displayed in both the main characters and particularly the gift of generosity.

Other Notes

This review used by permission from Christian Library Journal.

Ceil is a retired public librarian but of course, can’t keep her fingers out of the library pie-she is on the public library board and will soon be starting a library in her church. She is currently co-president of ECLA.

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The Christmas Joy Ride

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