Colors of Christmas
By Olivia Newport
Publisher: Shiloh Run Press (Barbour)
Genre: General fiction
Release Date: 10/01/17
Newport’s engaging atypical Christmas-themed short-story set begins with Christmas in Gold. From a well-off family, Astrid learned at age 12 how to survive after losing everything in war-torn Germany. Now widowed and 80-plus with a leg injury, she’s moved to an independent-living facility that provides physical therapy. Astrid’s determined to discover why her PT doesn’t smile.
Being stalked has left Carly living with her mom for safety. Hearing Astrid’s memories of family WWII during therapy sessions sparks hope until a dangerous encounter forces Carly to choose between running or trusting God for new beginnings.
Christmas in Blue finds Angela grieving Spruce Valley’s Christmas pageant director—her best friend—dying from cancer. Her quiet, just-get-through-it Christmas plans upend when she’s handed the pageant-organizing baton. With only days left before the program, multiple festival disasters occur when a mysterious stranger enters town. Is he the culprit or a blessing?
This simple, inspirational holiday book comes wrapped with a message of hope despite loss. Faith and trust decorate the storylines. Contains discussion questions.