Colors of Christmas is a book of two contemporary stories by Olivia Newport. These are not your typical Christmas stories with everything going perfect. These are stories of loss and dealing with those loses at a time when one is expected to be in the Christmas spirit.
Christmas in Gold is a story of an elderly lady, Astrid, who has fallen and her children now feel it is best for her to be in an assisted living facility. As Astrid is making the adjustments, she is remembering Christmas of her past as a child in war-torn Germany. A tree in the facility has been decorated in gold. Astrid has kept three gold ornaments since finding them in her father’s destroyed building in Germany. Now she is looking through all her boxes to try to find these ornaments. Her Christmas plans are also being threatened when her son is stuck out of town on business and her granddaughter becomes ill.
Christmas in Blue is the story of Angela who does not want to celebrate Christmas. Her friend use to take care of decorating the town and eight days before Christmas, Angela is informed she is doing it this year. It seems like everything that can go wrong does. The candles are set on a heater and melt together and she can only get blue ones. The lanterns have been cut wrong and she cannot get any more. The storage area where the decorations have been kept has an undetected water leak and all the decorations are ruined. She is left turning to a young boy and a stranger in town to help her bring Christmas to this town.
I really enjoyed this book. I like how the author focused on the loss at Christmas. In these stories, Astrid is dealing with the loss of her home and freedom to do what she wants when she wants. For Angela, it is the loss of a very close friend. This story really spoke to me. Christmas after losing someone you love is really hard. As well as spending Christmas alone when the children have grown and moved away. Even though this is not a cheery Christmas story, it is a realistic one. I think this book will be enjoyed by many.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
Publisher: Barbour Publishing
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