On Tour with Celebrate Lit: A New Hope for Christmas

A New Hohpe

About the Book

Book: A New Hope for Christmas

Author: Erin Stevenson

Genre: Christian Christmas Fiction

Release date: December, 2021

Tour Dates: November 4 – November 17

9781522303237This Christmas, Two Lost and Broken Families Need Restoration.

Sam Jarrett was just starting to explore spiritual things when his world was shattered. Now, he’s completely turned his back on God. Laura Preston is a devoted believer, leaning heavily on her faith to get her through each tortured day.

Two Chance Meetings Spark a Friendship and a Glimmer of Hope.

Sam battles God’s prodding through Laura’s gentle, caring spirit. When another tragedy strikes on Christmas Eve, Sam is sure that God has completely deserted him. Laura tries to show Sam that God loves him and has been there all the time, but how can Sam trust when he has no faith?

A New Hope for Christmas is a story of restored faith in a God who never leaves us, even when we can’t see or feel Him near.

MY THOUGHTS: A New Hope for Christmas holds a much needed message. Too often, believers are left feeling like their hurts shouldn’t hurt. And while we do have a Healer who can mend those broken places, most times the journey to that point isn’t quick and easy. But it is possible when we let God work through His word, other people, and sometimes even through unexpected ways. The characters in the story travel an emotional path to this truth.

A New Hope for Christmas offers the glimpse of hope that healing is possible and sets it against the backdrop of Christmas. Could there be a better time to remember hope?

With such a needed message of hope for healing, I wanted to give this book 5 stars, but one element keeps me from it. There are basically two parts to this story, and I found the transition from one to the other fairly jarring. It was too much to be an epilogue, but I feel like the time jump took me out of the story. Personally, I feel this might have been handled with an epilogue to prevent that feeling. However, it is a beautiful story that I would recommend for everyone. Those dealing with loss might find themselves in the pages. While those who haven’t might be reminded how hard the holidays can be for others.  This story still gets 4 out of 5 stars.


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About the Author

erinstevensonErin Stevenson has been writing fiction since 2014. She has published independently with Pelican Book Group and Winged Publications and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers.

Writing is like breathing to Erin. Stories are running through her mind during most of her waking hours, and by the time she sits down at the computer, the words flow and time ceases to exist.

Erin was raised in Illinois and has lived in many places in the U.S., including on both coasts, but is a Midwest girl at heart. She spent many years as an educator from pre-school through college levels, and currently works in training and internal communications for a global corporation.

When she’s not writing, Erin loves spending time with her children and grandchildren, and playing in the garden (which equates to mostly pulling weeds) at her central Iowa home. Her secret indulgence is plain M&Ms.


More from Erin

Dealing with loss is a universal, shared experience. One of the most difficult things about losing someone is enduring the special days and holidays with a gaping hole in your life and memory.

In November, 2019, I saw a post on social media seeking prayers for a family in Texas who had been in a car accident. The father and one child died, the mother and the other child survived. That inspired me to write a short story about how the grieving family got through their first holidays, and when I discovered the Christmas Extravaganza opportunity, I expanded and modified it to fit. I love when real-life gives me inspiration to write.

One of the sub-themes I wanted to include in the book was the importance of having a support network, no matter what your circumstances. The book’s main female character, Laura, had a network comprised of family, church family, and co-workers. They made the difference in her ability to cope during her time of loss.

Sometimes, I’ve made better use of a support network than others. In one of the darkest times of my life, I withdrew into my shell and wonder now if I would have weathered that storm in a better way had I reached out to the many people who wanted to help.

Are you part of a support network? If not, can you think of a way to become involved with one?

Blog Stops

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, November 4

Texas Book-aholic, November 5

Cats in the Cradle Blog, November 5

deb’s Book Review, November 6

Inklings and notions, November 7

For Him and My Family, November 8

By the Book, November 8

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, November 9

Locks, Hooks and Books, November 10

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, November 11

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, November 12 (Spotlight)

Britt Reads Fiction, November 12

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, November 13

Splashes of Joy, November 14

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, November 15

Sodbuster Living, November 16

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, November 17


To celebrate her tour, Erin is giving away the grand prize of a $25 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.


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  1. Debbie P says:

    It’s time for Christmas reads and this sounds like a good one.

  2. Emma says:

    Dealing with grief can be very hard. This sounds like a good story!

    • Heather Greer says:

      It is a very good story, especially as hope for those grieving and a reminder to those who may have grieving people in their lives.

  3. Dreadrake says:

    Awesome! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Eva Millien says:

    Congratulations on your upcoming release, Erin! I enjoyed following the tour and learning about your A New Hope for Christmas, which sounds like a great holiday read for me! Thanks for sharing it with me and I hope the tour was a success! Good luck with your book! Thanks, Heather for sharing your thoughts! Have a wonderful holiday season!