STORY-LINES COLORS OF CHRISTMAS: CHRISTMAS IN GOLD AND CHRISTMAS IN BLUE BY OLIVIA NEWPORT:
In Colors of Christmas first story, Christmas In Gold, we find Astrid. At eighty, she has lived a full and sometimes tragic life. She survived the Nazi’s, a brutal life in war-torn Germany, the loss of two husbands, and raised two children alone. Now she finds herself in an assisted living facility; her home sold, recovering from a broken leg, and her precious gold ornaments missing. Those ornament had survived a long history of war, property, and moves; until this last move to the facility. Astrid also finds her physical therapist, Carly, bordering on desperation, in need of a friend and hope. What better time for hope than Christmas; for God gave the world the greatest hope of all at Christmas time in our Lord and Savior.
In Christmas Blue, we find Angela in need of Christmas spirit. Deeply depressed and still mourning the death of her best friend and Christmas enthusiast, Carol, Angela finds herself in charge of the town’s Christmas To Remember event. This is the last thing she wants to do. With no way to get out of the job, she forges on without enthusiasm. How can she possibly do the job, Carol was so perfect at performing each year. Carol always had surprises galore for the crowd and worked all year preparing. Angela had only eight days to get into the Christmas spirit and make this a Christmas honoring Carol. When the mysterious Gabe arrives in town, he stirs things up. Will Angela finally recover from her depression and create a Christmas to remember?
CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, AND DEVELOPMENT:
Olivia Newport created two stories filled with emotion and faith. In Christmas In Gold Newport established a strong lead character in Astrid; a woman who had experienced the worse man can hand out and through her faith in God, survived. This is not a feel good, Christmas is light and airy, story. This story’s filled with the emotion of survival under the conditions of war