About the Book
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.
About the Author
Olivia Newport’s novels twist through time to find where faith and passions meet. Her husband and twenty-something 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 day-lilies 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 day-lilies grow as tall as she is.
Personally, I think Christmas stories are fantastic. Not only do they bring hope, but they paint a beautiful picture of a wonderful time of year. Colors of Christmas did that through two different stories.
Christmas in Gold was a true-to-life story. Astrid has gotten up in years and must move to a retirement home. Although not entirely happy about it, she understands that the time has come. In the middle of familiarizing herself with a new home and starting physical therapy, she makes it her mission to figure out what is troubling her physical therapist. Through her treatments, she tells her life’s story and hopes that Carly will come to know the Lord.
I loved how Newport brought in Astrid’s childhood and marriages into the story. It helped me better connect with Astrid. My great-grandma was from Germany so hearing Astrid’s story reminded me of my great-grandma and what her family may have gone through. Astrid’s character is very loving and godly. I loved how she put everyone else above herself, which is as it should be.
Christmas in Blue was a little difficult for me. Angela lost her best friend to cancer. This was to be her first Christmas without her. She was not feeling festive in the least bit. This was my family last Christmas as it was the first since my mom had passed from cancer.
Angela has been “volunteered” to carry on her best friend’s Christmas tradition, in which she is to decorate the town. Angela is not happy about it. She is mourning her friend and would rather just forget about Christmas. Even though she is not happy that she was volunteered, she decides to concede. Everything starts going wrong until a handsome young stranger comes to town and steps in to help her.
This is a very sweet story that reveals how powerful love is. Angela makes some realizations during this time and begins to see things in a different light. The handsome young stranger shares a bond with Angela and in working together are able to help each other in the healing process.
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 below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/c319
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