Celebrate the joyful hope of the Christmas season as characters find healing in the midst of heartbreak.
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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.
My Review of Colors of Christmas
If you are looking for a book to add to your holiday reading list this year, make sure to add Colors of Christmas by Olivia Newport. This gem of a book holds two beautiful stories in one, Christmas in Gold and Christmas in Blue, both tender and endearing and sure to lift your hearts and spirits this Christmas season.
Christmas in Gold tells the story of Astrid, an elderly woman who sells her home and moves to Sycamore Hills, a place where seniors can be as independent as they want or receive assistance should they need it. It is an adjustment for Astrid for she is fiercely independent and private, but finds herself in need of help after a fall that left her with a broken ankle. But as the holidays approach and her new place of residence is being decorated for Christmas, Astrid is drawn to a particular tree dressed in gold. She has possessed for years three gold ornaments, the only thing left of her family from Germany after the war. It is her own sorrow she carries quietly from the past that draws her to her Physical Therapist Carly who is running from past mistakes of her own. As Astrid begins to open up and shares her story with Carly a bond of trust begins to form and an unlikely friendship develops between the women. A friendship that will take them into a brighter future and happier holiday season.
Christmas in Blue is the story of love, loss and the beauty of family and friends. The town of Spruce Valley has always taken its Christmas celebration very seriously. A Christmas to Remember has always been the town’s highlight of the year, but this year things are different. Carole, the town’s chief organizer and decorator loved by all has passed leaving her best friend Angela, the Main Street Church’s choir director, in charge by default. As Christmas approaches all Angela wants to do is run away. The loss of her best friend has been more than she can bear, especially with the holidays fast approaching. But as the town’s expectations mount for A Christmas to Remember Angela has only days to prepare for what normally takes weeks. And if things weren’t bad enough the decorations that are normally stored and used every year are ruined due to circumstances beyond her control. With nowhere to turn and limited resources and ideas a mysterious stranger named Gabe appears in town and magical things start to happen. With Gabriel leading the way new decorations are sought, and though all they can obtain are blue, Gabe and Angela are determined to make this year’s celebration a memorable one. As A Christmas to Remember approaches the whole town pulls together at their annual celebration making it one that Spruce Valley will never forget. Feeling the love of God, Gabe and her neighbors, Angela is able to approach Christmas without the dread she anticipated but with joy and tenderness in her heart.
I loved the stories comprising Colors of Christmas. They were both different in content, but left me with a smile on my face and looking forward to the hustle and bustle of Christmas. It also left me with the knowledge that my relationships with family and friends is really what makes Christmas magical and not the gifts under the tree. It reminded me to be thankful and to never take anything for granted and to remember it’s about the child in the manger that we really celebrate Christmas in the first place. The Colors of Christmas should make everyone’s reading list this year and will make a perfect gift for that booklover in your family.
I want to thank Barbour Publishing Inc via NetGalley for an advanced copy of Colors of Christmas by Olivia Newport for a fair and honest review.
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