About the Book
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.
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?
Ya’ll I absolutely love the cover of Olivia Newport’s Colors of Christmas, don’t you?! Just looking at it got me in the spirit of Christmas, and eager to read the two short stories within.
In Christmas in Gold, an unfortunate accident that left her with two broken bones, sweet octogenarian Astrid moves to an assisted living community at the beckoning of her two children. Astrid struggles accommodating to her lack of freedom and often finds herself having flashbacks to WWII, another time in her life when everything felt uncertain. Despite Astrid’s misgivings about the community, she soon befriends her physical therapist, a young woman who is hiding a huge secret. Can Astrid help the young woman open up and overcome her fear?
In Christmas in Blue, the holidays are not always the happiest of times, and all Angela wants is for Christmas to be over as she struggles through heartfelt grief. And the last thing she wants to do is be in charge of decorating and planning the community Christmas Program! When a newcomer shows up in town, can he offer Angela a ray of hope through all her sorrow?
These sweet short stories are heartfelt, warm, and full of hope. I also really enjoyed the mystery aspect in Christmas in Gold that kept me guessing! I highly recommend Colors of Christmas for anyone who enjoys holiday stories that are tender and hopeful.
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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Oct. 18 Janices book reviews | Singing Librarian Books | Moments Dipped in Ink
Oct. 19 A Simply Enchanted Life | G.O. & D’S QUILTS & BOOKS | Bigreadersite
Oct. 20 Reader’s cozy corner | Have A Wonderful Day | Reflections from my bookshelves
Oct. 21 Blogging With Carol | Just the Write Escape | Zerina Blossom’s Books
Oct. 22 A Greater Yes | Mary Hake | Daysong Reflections
Oct. 23 A Baker’s Perspective | Ashley’s Bookshelf | Baker Kella
Oct. 24 Smiling Book Reviews | The Fizzy Pop Collection | It’s Storytime With Van Daniker | Remembrancy
Oct. 25 Carpe Diem | autism mom | Bibliophile Reviews
Oct. 26 A Reader’s Brain | By The Book | The Power of Words
Oct. 27 With a Joyful Noise | Pause for Tales | Splashes of Joy
Oct. 28 Jeanette’s Thoughts | Christian Chick’s Thoughts | Karen Sue Hadley | Reading Is My SuperPower
Oct. 29 Vicky Sluiter | To Everything a Season | Pursuing Stacie
Oct. 30 Just Jo’Anne | Tell Tale Book Reviews | Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations
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!! Click the photo below to enter! And don’t forget to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries!
I was graciously provided a free copy of this novel from Celebrate Lit in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own.