The Christmas Joy Ride


Melody Carlson’s annual Christmas novellas have become and important part of my holiday season and I look forward to reading a new one each year. I know I can expect a heart-warming story filled with love, joy, and faith as well as everything else that makes the season special. A touch of humor never hurts either. “The Christmas Joy Ride” is another winner in my opinion.

It was fun to join Miranda and her eighty-five-year-old neighbor Joy as they traveled Route 66 in Joy’s RV with stops along old Route 66 to take a bit of Christmas cheer to those Joy has decided are in need of her help. I enjoyed the interaction between the two women as they spread the love of Christ along the way and gained some for themselves also. The plot takes a couple of unexpected twists and the reader is even treated with a surprise romance at the end.

I highly recommend “The Christmas Joy Ride” as well as each and every other Christmas novella by Melody Carlson. Why not pick up a copy and start your own Christmas tradition?

This book was provided for review by
Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.


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. Unemployed and facing foreclosure, Miranda feels she has nothing to lose by packing a bag and heading off with Joy toward Route 66. But Joy has a hidden agenda for their Christmas joyride–one 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!


Melody CarlsonMelody Carlson is the award-winning author of more than two hundred books with combined sales of more than six million. She is the author of the bestselling The Christmas Bus, The Christmas Dog, Christmas at Harrington’s, and The Christmas Cat. She received a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award in the inspirational market for her many books, including the Diary of a Teenage Girl series and Finding Alice. She and her husband live in central Oregon. Learn more at