Keli Gwyn
Merry Christmas and a Blogging Break

I wish you a joyous celebration of Christmas and a very Happy New Year!

Over the next three weeks, I’ll be busy celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary on the 19th, Christmas, and our daughter’s New Year’s Birthday.

In order to have time with my family, I’m taking a break from blogging.

I’ll see you again on Tuesday, January 8th.

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Recommended Read: Sagebrush Knights

Are you a fan of mail-order bride stories?

Sagebrush Knights, a novella collection by Erica Vetsch, contains four.

About the Stories

Journey along with the four Gerhard sisters as they head to Wyoming Territory in search of husbands and discover that happy endings are not ready-made.

Evelyn arrives in Wyoming with a secret and a grudge, only to find her prospective groom holds a secret, too. Jane vies for the attention of her workaholic husband who is bent on saving his ranch even if it means losing love. Gwendolyn’s would-be husband dies, leaving her to the will of another man. And Emmeline’s knight-in-shining-armor herds sheep instead of cattle.

Will love prevail, or will their journeys have not so happy endings?


My Thoughts

Mail-order bride stories are my all-time favorites, so when I learned that Sagebrush Knights includes four of them, I pre-ordered the book right then. I knew from having read Erica’s full-length novels that she’s a talented storyteller, so I was certain I’d enjoy her novella collection. And I was right.

The four sisters who head to Wyoming have different personalities, but they all four possess determination and the desire to make their marriages work. Each sister is thrust into an entirely different situation, with the four stories taking place concurrently. Although Erica has a limited number of pages in which to tell each story, she does a great job creating well-rounded characters and engaging plots with all the appeal of a full-length story.

The conclusion brings all the stories full-circle, leaving the reader heaving a satisfied sigh. Those who are enjoy mail-order bride stories and like the shorter length of a novella will enjoy those in Sagebrush Knights. I certainly did.


Questions for You

What do you think of mail-order bride stories?

Are you a fan of novellas? Why, or why not?


Win a Copy of Sagebrush Knights!

To enter the drawing, leave a comment by Monday, December 17, answering one of the questions above. Be sure to leave your email address when prompted so I can contact you if you win.

I’ll post the winner’s name here and in a comment.

Congratulations to the winner, Patti Jo!

No purchase necessary.
Offer void where prohibited.
Odds of winning vary due to number of entrants.
Prizes will be mailed to U.S. or Canadian addresses only.
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Romantic Serenade

There’s nothing quite like a song sung just for you, is there?

Music is the universal romance language. It has the power to stir the emotions unlike anything else. When shared with your special someone, it can create a delicious sense of connection.

Such was the case this past week when Gwynly sang to me.

Our first major storm of the season arrived here in the Sierra Foothills, bringing with it buffeting winds and ground-soaking rains.

Gwynly and I took advantage of a break in the storm to hit the hiking trail.

About a mile into our walk, the clouds opened up. We took refuge under our umbrella and reveled in the fact that we had the trail to ourselves.

Being a fun-loving guy, Gwynly broke into song, serenading me with lines from John Denver’s hit “For Baby (For Bobbie)” about walking in the rain beside me and clinging to my tiny, warm hand.

And my heart melted.


 Has your special someone serenaded you?

Have you serenaded your special someone?

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