Keli Gwyn
LIH Spotlight: An Amish Courtship

This week I’m shining the spotlight on
An Amish Courthship, an August release from
Love Inspired Historical author Jan Drexler.

Learn more about the story below, and then scroll
down to enter the giveaway for a print copy.

Amish Redemption 

Samuel Lapp all but accepts his estrangement from the Amish community—until Mary Hochstetter moves in next door to care for her elderly aunt. The young woman with the pretty brown eyes sees Samuel differently than his neighbors do. If he can earn her respect while helping with her aunt’s chores, perhaps the rest of the community will follow. But Samuel can’t let Mary get too close, lest he disappoint her, as well.

Mary’s relocation to Shipshewana, Indiana, means confronting her deepest fears. By helping Samuel rebuild his life and his farm, she finally feels ready to embrace her future. But as their delicate friendship grows deeper, they both must overcome their painful pasts before they can build a home together.

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Family Photographer

I kept my camera busy on our recent road trip, snapping pictures of the wonderful people we got to see and the interesting places we visited.

We were about an hour out of Colorado Springs on our way back home when I reached for my little red Canon and realized I’d left it behind. Our friends called a short time later to tell me that it was on their kitchen counter.

Thankfully, Carl had taken his camera on the trip, too. Since I’m the one who takes the majority of the pictures in our family, he loaned me his Panasonic.

Since my camera was several years old and I’d intended to replace it soon, I donated it to the wife of the missionary couple.

As soon as we got home, I set about searching Amazon for a new camera. Carl went on the site, too, and found a new Canon for me before I did, and he knew I’d love it. Why? It’s purple. Color me happy!

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Questions for You

Who takes most of the pictures in your family?

When you’re on vacation, do you prefer to take pics of people,
or are you more likely to snap landscape shots?

Do you use your phone to take your pictures,
or are you old-fashioned, like me, and use a camera?

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Book Giveaway!

Enter to win a print copy of An Amish Courtship
by leaving a comment on this post with the answer to one of
the questions above. You must answer a question to qualify.
(Be sure to leave your email address when you’re
prompted to do so during the commenting process.
To keep spammers from snatching your address,
please don’t leave it in your comment itself.)

Giveaway ends Saturday, July 29 at 11:59 p.m. PST.

Winner to be announced in my new
blog post on Monday, July 31.

Must be 18 to enter. International OK. Void where prohibited.

Congratulations to the winner from my July 17 post!
Susan W-C. will receive twelve books from the
three different Love Inspired line.

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Birthday Celebration Giveaway!

Surprise!

Since there are five Mondays in July and since this particular Monday just so happens to be my birthday, I’m celebrating with a special giveaway.

Instead of shining the spotlight on another of the August Love Inspired Historicals this week, I’m offering a dozen books from the three Love Inspired lines. How’s that for a gift that will give hours of reading pleasure or make great gifts for friends?

Please scroll down to find out how to enter the giveaway.

The regular spotlights and giveaways will return a week from today.

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Birthday Fun

Carl and I have reached that point in life when we have all we want and then some. Instead of giving each other gifts, we’ve chosen to give experiences.

When Carl and Adriana asked me how I wanted to celebreate my special day last year, I said all I really wanted to do was spend time with them as we browsed in IKEA. My family granted my wish.


My guy and I first discovered this wonderful store when we lived in Germany early in our marriage, so going there now evokes memories of a very special time in our life.

After we spent a couple of hours looking at the many interesting items—and putting a few in our cart—we enjoyed a delicious lunch in the cafeteria.


Adri asked me recently what I wanted to do to celebrate my birthday this year. Since Carl and I had just returned from a two-week road trip, I wasn’t eager to spend a lot of time in the car, so a day trip was out.

Our gal, who knows her mother well, reminded me that I’d had a blast at IKEA last year and asked if I wanted to go again. Yup! I agreed without delay. More memories to be made.

Questions for You

How do you like to spend your special day?

What’s one of your most memorable birthdays, and why?

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Book Giveaway!

Enter to win a box filled with 12 books from the three Love Inspired
lines by leaving a comment on this post with the answer to one of
the questions above. You must answer a question to qualify.
(Be sure to leave your email address when you’re
prompted to do so during the commenting process.
To keep spammers from snatching your address,
please don’t leave it in your comment itself.)

Giveaway ends Saturday, July 22 at 11:59 p.m. PST.

Winner to be announced in my new
blog post on Monday, July 24.

Must be 18 to enter. International OK. Void where prohibited.

Congratulations to the winner from my July 10 post!
Lynne F. will receive a copy of Frontier Want Ad Bride,
an August LIH by Lyn Cote.

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LIH Spotlight: Frontier Want Ad Bride

This week I’m shining the spotlight on
Frontier Want Ad Bride, an August release from
Love Inspired Historical author Lyn Cote.

Learn more about the story below, and then scroll
down to enter the giveaway for a print copy.

Bride by Mail 

Mail-order bride Judith Jones has barely arrived in Pepin, Wisconsin, before she’s whisked away to prepare for her wedding to Asa Brant. Though something about Asa seems so familiar, how do two strangers become husband and wife? Especially when Judith senses Asa’s hidden sorrow. His kindness in helping two young orphans could win her heart…if only he’d open up to her.

Determined to start over after four years of brutal war, Asa moved away and sent for a mail-order bride. He had no idea the woman answering his ad would be the sister of his former soldier in arms. The less he reveals, the fewer painful memories there are to confront. But Judith’s compassion—and two loving children—might just show them the path to true happiness…

Copyright © 2017 by Harlequin Enterprises Limited
Cover art and cover copy text used by arrangement with Harlequin Enterprises Limited.
® and ™ are trademarks owned by Harlequin Enterprises Limited
or its affiliated companies, used under license.

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Home, Sweet Home

Gwynly and I have spent the last two weeks on the road.
We’ve had a wonderful time visiting with friends and
seeing interesting sights, but I’m eager to get home.
I’ve missed our cats, our bed and my pillow.

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Question for You

What do you miss most when you travel?

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Book Giveaway!

Enter to win a print copy of Frontier Want Ad Bride
by leaving a comment on this post with the answer to the
question above. You must answer the question to qualify.
(Be sure to leave your email address when you’re
prompted to do so during the commenting process.
To keep spammers from snatching your address,
please don’t leave it in your comment itself.)

Giveaway ends Saturday, July 15 at 11:59 p.m. PST.

Winner to be announced in my new
blog post on Monday, July 17.

Must be 18 to enter. International OK. Void where prohibited.

Congratulations to the winner from my July 3 post!
Nancy F. will receive a copy of Wedded for the Baby,
an August LIH by Dorothy Clark.

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