Book Review (and a Giveaway!): Colors of Christmas by Olivia Newport

October 28, 2017 Christian, Christmas, contemporary, giveaway, Olivia Newport 32

about the book

Celebrate the joyful hope of the Christmas season as characters find healing in the midst of heartbreak.

Christmas in Blue
In the wake of a personal loss deeper than anyone realizes, Angela plans to bypass as much of the season as possible and get through her duties as the church organist by going on autopilot. Instead, she finds herself in charge of the town’s celebration. After a mysterious young man arrives, townspeople suspect he is the reason that one set of plans after another disintegrate until little is left of their traditions. Yet Angela warms to Gabe because she suspects they share a secret—his real reason for coming to town. Even when all they have to work with is a garish supply of blue Christmas decorations, Gabe helps Angela discover the hidden beauty of hope.

Christmas in Gold
After eighty years, change is nothing new for Astrid. By the time she was twenty, she survived the destructive Nazi regime, caring for her family under brutal circumstances, moving to America, and losing her husband. At forty she was widowed again and left to build a new life with her children. Now, when she faces a move into an assisted living community and meets a young woman on the brink of despair, she resolves to stir up hope through tragedy one more time.

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GENRE: Inspirational Contemporary Fiction
PUBLISHER: Shiloh Run Press
RELEASE DATE: October 1, 2017
PAGES: 320

I love Olivia Newport’s historical novels, particularly her Amish historicals. (They’re fascinating for discussion too) So when I saw that her new Christmas novel was a set of two contemporary novellas, I jumped at the chance to review it!

Colors of Christmas is sweet and heartwarming and everything lovely about Christmas.

“Christmas in Gold” is a compelling story about an elderly woman who has survived the unthinkable – more than once – and is now adjusting to life (and Christmas) in an assisted living home. But it’s not a ‘lonely old lady story that will make you feel depressed’; instead it’s an emotional story about one woman who chooses to reach out to another with her story of survival and love and loss. I really loved this story – it tugs at the heart and makes your heart feel all warm and Christmasy.

“Christmas in Blue” would make a great Hallmark Christmas movie. A frazzled & grieving woman suddenly in charge of the town’s Christmas celebration, with not a lot of time to spare and of course nothing goes as planned. A colorful cast of characters peppers the story, and a tender message of faith and restoration and resting in God wraps around the plot like a cozy blanket. While it doesn’t pack quite the same emotional punch as “Christmas in Gold”, if read as its own unique and separate novella it is just as sweet and heartwarming.

Bottom Line: If you’re tired of Hallmark Christmas movie reruns (I know… I just crossed a line.) and you’re looking for a sweet, cozy Christmas read instead, Colors of Christmas is the book for you! Two heartwarming stories with themes of faith, friendship, family and holiday spirit, as well as compelling characters and Olivia Newport’s gentle writing voice, make this a must-read for the Christmas season every year.

(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 4 stars / Sweet & Christmasy!

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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.

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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.

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!

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What about you? Which story are you most looking forward to reading?

Carrie

32 Responses to “Book Review (and a Giveaway!): Colors of Christmas by Olivia Newport”

  1. Carol Alscheff

    After reading this interview I really want to read The Colors of Christmas. Especially Christmas in Gold. It has already touched my heart.

  2. Nina D

    If you’re comparing them to the Hallmark movies then they’re certainly going to get my attention 😄

  3. Rebecca

    Oh Carrie, I completely agree and love your review. These novellas would make an excellent Hallmark movie because they’re so sweet and touch the heart!

  4. Jeanne

    I love the quote you included from the author: …it’s a wonderful thing when our stories catch up with just the right person.”

  5. Kay Garrett

    Thank you for the review. I also loved reading the About The Author.

    I’d very much like to read Colors of Christmas.

  6. Dianne Casey

    I really like Olivia’s books and I can’t wait to read “Colors of Christmas “.

  7. Marilyn

    WOW! What a great and generous giveaway. I love reading Christmas books. I just finished one.
    Marilyn

  8. Perrianne Askew

    I’d like to read “Christmas in Blue, first. Simply because blue if my favorite coloe, LOL. Thank you formthe giveaway opportunity.

  9. Connie Scruggs

    Christmas in Gold sounds so good. I’m excited to read it, especially after the reading the background story.

  10. Vivian Furbay

    I love stories about Christmas and would enjoy winning this prize package.

  11. Faith Creech

    I love your books and would love to read your new Christmas book! Christmas is such a beauty and special time of the year. Thank you for the giveaway!

  12. Karen Klepsteen

    I’d love to read Christmas in Gold! I know people who survived WWII in Germany, and I know of the struggles that they faced. So I’m kind of partial to that kind of story.

  13. Evangeline

    I love Olivia’s Books and would love to win and read The Colors of Christmas! 🎄😊

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