About the Book
Name of book: Colors of Christmas
Author: Olivia Newport
Genre: Contemporary Christmas
Release Date: October 1, 2017
Christmas in Blue
Angela just wants Christmas to be over. Instead, she finds herself in charge of the town’s celebration, and everything goes from bad to worse. Can she rescue Christmas for the town—and herself?
Christmas in Gold
When eighty-year-old Astrid moves into an assisted living community and meets a young woman on the brink of despair, she resolves to stir up Christmas hope one more time.
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My Review: One of the first things I do once summer starts to give way to cooler nights and even cooler mornings, is to keep my eyes open for the new Christmas fictions. Pumpkin Spice kick-off has nothing on me and my stalking of new book releases this time of year. (I should create a hashtag. #StacieStalksBooks #BookStalkerStacie #CrazyBookLady)
When I dove into Colors of Christmas, I expected the “usual” feel-good, hope-filled Christmas story. What I ended up with was much more than that.
The first part of the book is called “Christmas in Gold” and follows the story of Astrid, an elderly woman who is moving to an assisted living facility after taking a fall at her home. While her children are planning on visiting often and are only trying to look out for her best interest, Astrid can’t help but feel a bit unsettled. As she adjusts to her new life, her new home and her new friends, we are allowed glimpses of Astrid as a young woman living in Nazi Germany. The author did such a beautiful job of intertwining Astrid’s past with her present, and I couldn’t help but want to learn more about this incredible character, her life and the strength she possessed.
The second part of the book is called “Christmas in Blue” and follows the story of Angela, a woman who is mourning the recent loss of her best friend, Carole. Carole loved the Christmas season, which makes Christmas for Angela especially tough this year. Her plans are to hide away from the world on Christmas Day. Only, God has other plans. Angela finds herself unhappily in charge of the town’s Christmas festivities, and must find the hope that only God can give, to pursue her newfound responsibilities.
I love that the author wove joy into the book, but really grounded the two stories onto emotional, weighty situations. And she did so by creating very human, raw and relatable characters. I enjoyed Olivia Newport’s writing very much, and am so thrilled to have had the opportunity to read such a treasure to kick off the season. (I don’t enjoy feeling feelings, Friends. The fact that this book made me cry and yet I still kept reading should give you an idea about how well she writes!) Definitely a beautiful Christmas story.
About the Author
Olivia Newport’s novels twist through time to find where faith and passions meet. Her husband and twentysomething children provide welcome distraction from the people stomping through her head on their way into her books. She chases joy in stunning Colorado at the foot of the Rockies, where daylilies grow as tall as she is.
Guest Post from Olivia Newport
We All Have a Story
I’m younger than most of the people I exercise with. It started when I had a lot of pain in my feet and needed low-impact classes with the option of sitting down and learned I didn’t have to be a senior citizen to take their classes at my gym. Then I discovered how tough most of them are. Years later, though my feet are better, these are still my people.
A couple of years ago, while we waited for the younger and allegedly-but-not-really-tougher crowd to clear out of the group exercise room so we could invade it, a woman I would not have guessed to be 80, because she could out-cardio and out-lift me any day of the week, mentioned she had been widowed since she was 39. And she’d been widowed the first time at 19. And she’d grown up in Germany while Hitler was intent on destroying Europe and life was not easy.
Then the changing of the guard happened and I was left with my mouth gaping. I knew I had to hear this story. The next week after class, we went across the parking lot to Culvers for lunch and I scribbled notes on the backs of a pile of brown napkins while Astrid talked. Later she let me read the account of her life that she had written herself.
Astrid faced so many tragic circumstances, but she would be the first to tell you that God was with her even before she knew how to call on him. Many people with her life story would have found plenty of reason to wallow and stagnate. But not Astrid. Truly she is one of the most hopeful people I know.
Her story was the beginning of Colors of Christmas, which includes two stories. Astrid’s is “Christmas in Gold,” and the other is “Christmas in Blue.” Astrid inspired me to write about hope for a time of year when the Christian message resounds with hope yet so many people struggle to grasp hope for themselves. I pray these stories will help many recover a sense of hope afresh.
Olivia Newport chases joy in Colorado at the foot of the Rockies, where daylilies grow as tall as she is.
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To celebrate her tour, Olivia is giving away a grand prize of a Christmas Bundle Bonanza which includes 7 Jumbo rolls of Christmas wrapping paper, 2 sets of stick-on gift tags, 2 packages of Christmas cards and envelopes, 2 collections of Christmas novellas—18 stories in all, and a signed copy of Colors of Christmas!!
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