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Archived Group Reads 2015 > December Book of the Month - The Christmas Joy Ride by Melody Carlson

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message 1: by Loraine, CFD Momma (new)

Loraine (librarydiva) | 3037 comments Mod
The Christmas Joy Ride by Melody Carlson

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!


message 2: by Chantel (new)

Chantel (channylee07) | 357 comments This book looks so cute, looking forward to reading it.


message 3: by Loraine, CFD Momma (new)

Loraine (librarydiva) | 3037 comments Mod
I just finished it Chantel, and it is awesome!


message 4: by Staci, Book Awards Specialist (new)

Staci | 1593 comments Mod
I'm reading this one now. Sweet story.


message 5: by Loraine, CFD Momma (new)

Loraine (librarydiva) | 3037 comments Mod
Staci wrote: "I'm reading this one now. Sweet story."

Absolutely!!


message 6: by Carol (new)

Carol | 9 comments Have not read it, but I love Melody Carlson!


message 7: by Loraine, CFD Momma (new)

Loraine (librarydiva) | 3037 comments Mod
Glad you're joining us Carol. I love Melody Carlson as well. All her books are great especially the Christmas ones!


message 8: by Caitlyn (last edited Dec 02, 2015 10:47AM) (new)

Caitlyn Santi | 96 comments I'm hoping to be able to join in on this one, I requested an ebook copy from my library through Overdrive though and there are four people ahead of me on the holds list, but I have my fingers crossed that my turn will come before the end of the month! :)


message 9: by Loraine, CFD Momma (new)

Loraine (librarydiva) | 3037 comments Mod
Caitlyn we won't be discussing it before the 15th of the month, so hopefully you will have it in time to jump in on our discussion.


message 10: by Staci, Book Awards Specialist (new)

Staci | 1593 comments Mod
Just finished this one!


message 11: by Chantel (last edited Dec 09, 2015 02:27PM) (new)

Chantel (channylee07) | 357 comments Just starting today. :-)


message 12: by Loraine, CFD Momma (new)

Loraine (librarydiva) | 3037 comments Mod
Glad you are able to read this one Chantel. I think you will enjoy it.


message 13: by AlegnaB † (new)

AlegnaB † (alegnab) | 1014 comments I finished it this morning. I enjoyed it.


message 14: by Chantel (new)

Chantel (channylee07) | 357 comments Loraine wrote: "Glad you are able to read this one Chantel. I think you will enjoy it."

Thanks Loraine. :-)


message 15: by Loraine, CFD Momma (new)

Loraine (librarydiva) | 3037 comments Mod
We will begin discussion next week for those of you who have finished.


message 16: by Alex (new)

Alex | 26 comments I read the book last night and loved it. Reading Melody Carlson's Christmas books every year is one of my favorite traditions! :)


message 17: by Chantel (last edited Dec 12, 2015 06:58PM) (new)

Chantel (channylee07) | 357 comments This is my first book of hers I've read and I really liked it. Alex, I think I'll adopt that as a new tradition. :-)


message 18: by Chantel (new)

Chantel (channylee07) | 357 comments Loraine wrote: "Glad you are able to read this one Chantel. I think you will enjoy it."

Great!


message 19: by Gabrielle (new)

Gabrielle (gabbilupe2012) | 23 comments I want to read this one it's just so expensive


message 20: by Staci, Book Awards Specialist (new)

Staci | 1593 comments Mod
Gabrielle, I was blessed to have it available through my library.


message 21: by Loraine, CFD Momma (new)

Loraine (librarydiva) | 3037 comments Mod
Staci wrote: "Gabrielle, I was blessed to have it available through my library."

I was too Staci. Libraries are definitely a blessing for me as a retiree!


message 22: by Chantel (new)

Chantel (channylee07) | 357 comments Staci wrote: "Gabrielle, I was blessed to have it available through my library."

Gabrielle wrote: "I want to read this one it's just so expensive"

That's where I got all her books too. Gabrielle maybe you can try Overdrive they have alot of great ebooks on there.


message 23: by Gabrielle (new)

Gabrielle (gabbilupe2012) | 23 comments thanks Chantel I'll try it


message 24: by Loraine, CFD Momma (new)

Loraine (librarydiva) | 3037 comments Mod
I am going to open up discussion today. Here are some questions but please feel free to ask your own.

1) What was your favorite stop on the Christmas Joy tour and why?
2) The relationship between Miranda and Joy was very special. What made it work?
3) Have you ever driven any section of Route 66 and what memories do you have of it?
4) Many of the secondary characters played important roles in this story. Who stood out in your mind?


message 25: by Staci, Book Awards Specialist (new)

Staci | 1593 comments Mod
#1 The final stop which was in New Mexico. I enjoyed that stop the most because Miranda had to fly solo and was able to prove to herself that she could.

#3 Definitely! My kids and I drive from Austin to St. Louis every summer so we drive on parts of Route 66 on the journey. Route 66 is especially beautiful in southwest Missouri.

#4 The receptionist in Tulsa stands out for me because she was so rude and then turned around to be pleasant.


message 26: by Loraine, CFD Momma (new)

Loraine (librarydiva) | 3037 comments Mod
I grew up in California and my grandparents all lived in Ontario Canada. We drove a good stretch of Route 66 traveling back and forth in the 1950's & 60's. My favorite memories are of the Burma Shave signs. My brother and I would have a contest to see who could spot the first one every time. Also loved some of the old motels along it. The one I loved was the Wigwam Motel where each unit was built like a teepee.


message 27: by Gabrielle (new)

Gabrielle (gabbilupe2012) | 23 comments wow that's amazing that you have those memories


message 28: by Karen (new)

Karen | 10 comments 1. Mansfield Manor. Everyone should visit a nursing home at Christmas. Those folks need us to sing familiar songs & bring them some Christmas cheer!
2. Miranda & Joy needed each other in different ways and were genuinely looking out for the other rather than for themselves. Makes you look around at who you know who is struggling this christmas and think about how you could make it better for them.
3. Nope. I grew up in Connecticut, went to school in New York, & live in Michigan. I'm not even sure where route 66 is!
4. There were A LOT of secondary characters in this book, which is kind of unusual. I really liked May the manager at the RV park who helped the RV take a "dump". She cracked me up and I loved her response to Miranda's thankfulness. How often do we thank people for doing our "dirty work" for us?

I didn't like the last stop actually. It just seemed too forced. I'm not sure how I would have resolved Miranda's story, but this just didn't seem natural enough to me. Did anyone else feel this way?


message 29: by Loraine, CFD Momma (new)

Loraine (librarydiva) | 3037 comments Mod
Thanks for sharing Karen. The last stop probably had a different feel since Miranda was doing it by herself. I think she needed the solo job to test her wings to see if she was ready for independence and a new direction for her life.


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