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Colors of Christmas: Two Contemporary Stories Celebrate the Hope of Christmas Paperback – October 1, 2017
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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.
- Publisher : Shiloh Run Press (October 1, 2017)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1683223357
- ISBN-13 : 978-1683223351
- Item Weight : 9.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.84 x 8.37 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,085,672 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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...Then sometimes among the gems there is an unexpected diamond. This is one. It has food for the heart and light for the soul, especially for those of us carrying sadness alongside our seasonal smiles.
I am usually lifted by most books in the ‘faith’ fiction genre. Yet this book shines: this writer’s words walked right through my heart into a corner of my soul where they settled in for a permanent stay.
My thanks to the Olivia Newport for using her talents and time and flat out hard work to craft these two novellas. Her words made a difference to this reader and I am confident I am not the only reader impacted by her words. Credit also to the Giver of the truths and words Ms. Newport weaves into these novellas.
Like all great novels, there has to be something more, and for Astrid, she feels that her physical therapist Carly is bearing the weight of the world on her shoulders. She knows she might not be able to do much, but sometimes just having a friend to talk to really helps. For Carly, she hopes that the man who has been trying to contact her, will finally lose hope now that she has obtained a restraining order against him. She only hopes she won't have to pull her son out of school and move again, meaning she would lose her job as well. But as God has a bigger plan in mind. "No two people suffer in identical ways, and we must not discount any suffering. The greatest gift we can give each other is to see suffering and name it as real. Always in suffering we meet fear. Always in suffering we must raise our eyes from darkness to light that awaits. There we will find others who have known suffering. Even God knew the suffering of His own Son."
In Christmas in Blue a long time resident that has always hosted the towns A Christmas to Remember event has passed away and the church committee members believe that the one who knew her the best would be the better choice at continuing the town's desired Christmas event. Angela was her dearest friend but has no clue where to begin or even what to do to make this happen and worst yet, the committee members have given her only 10 days to make it happen. Seems like it will take a Christmas miracle to make that happen and one by one, every single process is hampered in unexplained ways where she will be forced to make some hard decisions and running away is not one of them.
I received Colors of Christmas by Olivia Newport compliments of NetGalley and Barbour Publishing. I found myself relating quite a bit to Christmas in Gold, because my husbands parents are now beginning to look at retirement communities now that they are having so many health issues and family is more than 4 hours away. They desire to stay independent and have no desire to move back to be closer to family either. I found myself sharing this story with my husband and found a common connection with Astrid's character. This is such a wonderful novel and you truly feel like you are getting two books in one. I savored each one for a different night. I didn't want to rush through them and was so glad I did. I easily give this book a 5 out of 5 stars and one doesn't have to wait for Christmas to enjoy them. A reader's discussion guide is included at the conclusion of this book which would make it a perfect book club selection.
I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.
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I say I read but just couldn't finish either story so can't say that I was impressed & can't recommend the book
It’s a time to celebrate the birth of Jesus with family and friends, a time for reflection and hope … the most joyful of all days of any year. This sweet book contains two stories. Gold Christmas is Astrid’s story, and Blue Christmas belongs to Angela. Both stories centre around a theme of hope, which one would assume to be a fitting theme at Christmas time. However, both Astrid and Angela have difficulties in feeling that quiet peace that God’s hope brings.
Astrid has suffered enormous hardships most of her life living through World War 2 in Germany. Her life wasn’t any easier with her move to America, however, Astrid maintains a firm resolve when she couldn’t be blamed for feeling that her whole world was crashing down around her. Out of all the changes she’s had to compensate for in her 80 plus years of life, probably leaving her lovely family home to move into an aged care facility has been the most challenging. But when strong-willed Astrid crosses paths with a young woman with enormous problems that could possibly put her life in danger, she comes to the rescue and stirs up some more hope for the season, and a whole lot of gold. She’s not the doddery old woman her children seem to think she is.
In Blue Christmas dear Angela is in quite a fragile state. Her very best friend has passed away, but no one in the town seems to appreciate her grief. Angela finds herself in a predicament when the church committee volunteers her to organise the town’s “Christmas To Remember” event, an event that was always expertly organised by her dear friend Carole. Poor Angela is so depressed and stressed that she cannot see any hope for a successful celebration, and just wishes that Christmas would be over. Due to the kindness and love of a mysterious stranger, who everyone suspects is responsible for all the mishaps that continue to occur throughout the town, Angela finally realises that hope and experiences an exquisite joy that will be carried over into all the Christmases to come.
At first, I had my reservations about this book. I enjoyed reading Astrid’s story, but for some reason, I felt less enthusiastic to read about Angela. I knew I had an obligation, so I kept reading … and wasn’t I glad I did! By the third chapter I was engaged with the story, and towards the last half dozen or so chapters I was in tears … sad tears, but eventually tears of joy. This is the first book of Ms Newport’s that I’ve read, and I’m impressed. I like her style of writing, characters are all credible, and each story flows nicely.
I would recommend buying this sweet book as a Christmas present for someone special.
I was provided with an ARC by the author via CelebrateLit, and at no stage was I compensated or obliged to give a positive review.