I’ve read two previous books by Melody Carlson, The Christmas Cat and Trading Secrets. They are both cute, heartwarming tales with nice imagery. The Christmas Joy Ride is her newest novella, and is just as fun.
Miranda looked stunned. “No way, Joy! You can’t possibly make a trip like that—from Chicago to Phoenix? Not by yourself and not driving that. I’m sorry, but that’s certifiably nuts.” ~excerpt, chapter one
As if Miranda didn’t have problems of her own, she finds herself diving headfirst into her neighbor Joy’s life, agreeing to drive the old lady on the ride of a lifetime.
Joy pointed to the plastic boxes and bins. “I’m going on a mission, Miranda. I’m going out to spread some Christmas joy along Route 66, and no one is going to stop me.” ~excerpt, chapter one
Although I’m not a huge fan of the somewhat cheesy cover art, the story is filled with fun, wit, and Christmas cheer. It’s a great gift for lovers of Christmastime, or those who enjoy lighthearted, feel-good quick reads.
First Line: Christmas in a box—what could be better?
I received a Review Copy from the publisher.