12 Days of Christmas Books-Day 5: The Christmas Joy Ride by Melody Carlson


Christmas Book Tour

The 12 Days of Christmas Book Tour is our special way of spreading the holiday cheer in the language we speak best: books! From December 1st to December 12th, we’ll be featuring some of our favorite Christmas books, novellas, and short stories!

But you’ll get more than just reviews! Every review will be accompanied by something special; whether that be a mini 24 hour giveaway, a song or movie recommendation, or whatever the reviewing team comes up with that fits the Book of the Day! We’ll also have a topic to start a Christmas conversation! 

Day 5!

Christmas music blaring from stores, cars, restaurants and of course your own workplace sure would make Buddy the Elf happy this time of year! In The Christmas Joy Ride, Joy and Miranda are Buddy’s little helpers in spreading Christmas cheer….except they’re spreading it with gifts…from a decorated RV….along Route 66.

Don’t know who “Buddy the Elf” is? Well then, my dear readers, do I have a movie recommendation for you!

The Synopsis:

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!

I received this book from the author/publisher for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own.


The Christmas Joy RideIn The Christmas Joy Ride, we follow a cheerful old woman named Joy and her neighbor, Miranda, as they drive along Route 66 distributing Christmas joy for those in difficult circumstances.

It’s a very fast-paced novella, with scenes happening immediately after one another and not a lot of “down time” in between each of their stops. But each stop grapples with a different story that people may endure during Christmas time and Joy does her best to bring the joy of Jesus into their lives.

I loved the characters and the simpleness of the story. It is a wee bit on the predictable side, but it’s a happily-ever-after that will surely put a smile on your face.

The Christmas Joy Ride is completely clean, and though it does touch on some difficult topics such as divorce and the death of a loved one, it won’t overwhelm the reader with details.

So overall, I really enjoyed reading The Christmas Joy Ride and recommend it as a funny, heartwarming Christmas read! I give it 4 out of 5 stars.

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4 stars

Christmas Movie Recommendation!

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Rayleigh is a Sophomore in college with a major in Accounting and long-term goal of being a CPA. She is an avid reader of all genres, and just as much of her time is spent writing as it is reading. She is the Associate Editor and Web Manager for PURSUE Magazine, in addition to posting her monthly articles on their blog. Rayleigh interns for Hartline Literary Agency where she advises authors in the best way to market their books. She is also a Social Media Manager for various businesses.

Her writing pseudonym is Rae Leigh and she is in the process of seeking publication for her Dystopian novella, Program MIRA.