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LIH Spotlight: A Child’s Christmas Wish

This week I’m shining the spotlight on
A Child’s Christmas Wish, a November release from
Love Inspired Historical author Erica Vetsch.

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

A Baby for Christmas 

The only Christmas gift Oscar Rabb’s four-year-old daughter prays for is one the widower can’t provide: a baby sibling. And when his neighbor’s house burns down, he’s willing to open his home to pregnant and widowed Kate Amaker and her in-laws—but not his heart. Even if his little girl’s convinced Kate’s unborn child is the answer to her wish.

Kate quickly sees the generous but aloof Oscar has little interest in growing closer to his houseguests. Still, she intends to make the coming Christmas a season to remember for his daughter. And as Oscar starts to open up to her, Kate can’t help picturing just how wonderful the holidays—and a future together—might be.

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.


Treasured Memories

Our daughter, Adriana, will be twenty-seven on New Year’s Day. I can’t believe how quickly the years have gone by. I can recall her childhood vividly, and it doesn’t seem that long ago

This past weekend, Carl and I took a walk through our neighborhood, one we used to take with Adri when she was little. As we passed beneath a certain row of trees, I was swept back in time.

When Adri was around five, the three of us walked beneath these same trees one day. The branches hung low and created a secluded shady spot underneath that reminded Carl of the jungle. He launched into a fun version of “The Lion Sleeps Tonight.”

Each time I pass under those low-hanging branches, I’m reminded of our daughter and the many times we sang that song together while walking through our imaginary jungle. What a special memory that is, one of many.


Question for You

What’s one of your favorite childhood memories
or one you shared with your own child or children?


Book Giveaway!

Enter to win a print copies of A Child’s Christmas Wish
by leaving a comment on this post with the answer to
the question above. You must answer it to qualify.
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Giveaway ends Saturday, October 28 at 11:59 p.m. PST.

Winner to be announced in my new
blog post on Monday, October 30.

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

Congratulations to the winners from my October 16 post!
Becky S, Carolyn J, Ginny O, Karen S and Monica S
will each receive Their Mistletoe Matchmakers,
a November LIH by Keli Gwyn, aka me. 😀







Keli Gwyn


  • Becky Smith says:

    We also have a 27 year old daughter, and one of our fun memories of when she was little happened while my husband was telling the other kids that they were “pitiful” for misbehaving somewhere. I don’t remember the exact details. After he finished talking, our daughter said, “My pitiful,” which caused us all to burst out in laughter. Sometimes it is so hard NOT to laugh!! I already have this book, so I don’t need to be in the drawing.

  • Connie Saunders says:

    I have such special memories of spending time with my grandmother. We sang together, she allowed me to help her make biscuits and gave me my own special biscuit cutter: the lid from a glass Alka-Seltzer bottle. She also allowed me to brush her long hair. She died when I was 12 and that was many years ago but they are priceless and they never grow old.
    This books sounds lovely and I appreciate the giveaway

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Connie, I’m glad you have such special memories of your grandmother. It sounds like she was a wonderful woman who loved you a lot and enjoyed the time she got to spend with you.

  • jcp says:

    making cookies with my mom

  • Tiffany Hall says:

    One of my favorite childhood memories, was going to candle light service on Christmas Eve with my family and then riding around to look at Christmas lights, and finally coming home to sing Christmas carols around the piano.
    Can’t wait to read this book! Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Tiffany, those are special memories indeed. I remember my dad singing carols with us in the car and taking us to look at Christmas lights every year. Those were fun times.

  • Mine is more like a teenage memory. My great grandma lived with us for 2 years when I was 16. I wasn’t very happy about it because I had to give up a room of my own for her to live with us. But looking back I learned so much from her. Two things I remember her teaching me were how to crochet and how to make a pie. She was so patient teaching me and they were special times learning from an older generation. I wish I could go back and value those times more than I did!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Julie, isn’t it wonderful how time gives us the ability to re-frame experiences from the past and realize what we had? You might have lost the use of your bedroom, but you gained something wonderful. Your grandmother’s legacy lives on in you as you create beautiful crocheted items for family and friends.

  • jane naccarato says:

    All of us visiting Aunt Judith and making strawberry jam and pies. Mike also learned how to cook eggs there he was 4.

  • Katrina L says:

    I know what you mean. My oldest will be 26 in February and I can’t believe how fast the years have gone by. It doesn’t seem that long ago he was a little boy. A fun memory was when he loved for me to play music by Chopin and he would run in circles around the livingroom. I think he was just 2 or 3 years old then.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Katrina, I’ve often said that although a day with a small child can sometimes feel never ending, the years fly by. Before we know it, our little ones are grown, and we’re left with the memories we made of those early days. Sounds like you have some special ones of your son. It must have been fun to watch him spin in circles to Chopin. Does he still like classical music?

      • Katrina L says:

        Yes, he still loves classical music. He plays the violin/viola and piano.

        • Keli Gwyn says:

          Katrina, that’s so cool. If I were to learn how to play an instrument, those would be my choices. The hero and heroine of my debut novel play violin. He fiddles, too, and she finally comes around and learns to do so as well.

  • Kim Allen says:

    Mom always made peanut butter bon bons, peanut brittle, and caramel corn. She also would get us a inch thick candy cane — though I’m not a lover of candy canes 🙂

  • Deana Dick says:

    My favorite childhood memory is spending two weeks every summer at my granddads farm.

  • Jennifer Hibdon says:

    Your post and the comments are triggering solo many memories, of my childhood …and my children’s. Growing up in a large family on a farm, there was always something to do and someone to do it with. We always had bonfires and hayrides in the fall, usually at our farm for church groups. Crisp weather, warm clothes, hot cider or cocoa, and roasting marshmallows. Great times. Thanx for the giveaway. I love Erica’s books!!!!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Jennifer, what a wonderful childhood you had. It’s great that you’re able to enjoy some of the same fun-filled activities with your children.

  • Trixi says:

    Our daughter will be 26 in February (she’s a leap year baby), and like you, I’m not sure where those years went! Seems like yesterday she was 5 and we were about to welcome her little brother into the world. LOL…I have to laugh because she admitted to us (as an adult of course) that she was mad the day our son was born because she didn’t want a brother she wanted a sister!!

    Anyway, I have fond memories of spending a lot of time with my grandma. I used to help her plant her flowers each year. She taught me to love bird-watching (I still do today), being a squirrel whisperer and just loving life. When I was a bit older and could ride my bike wherever I wanted (within reason), we lived close enough for me to ride it to her house in the summer. I’d spend hours with her 🙂 She also lived across the street from the hospital, I played in the grass and remember the willow trees that hung their branches down each year.

    I’d have to say the memories that stand out to me when my kids were growing up were all the trips we took up to my sister-in-laws house. My children were well traveled by the time they were 2 or 3…lol! We always tried to do something special together while we stayed there.

    I love Erica’s writing and also on her street team. I’ve not heard that we will be receiving review books, so I’m placing my name in Oscar’s Stetson for a copy. If that changes, I’ll let you know Keli! Thanks for spotlighting one of my favorite authors this week 🙂

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Trixi, how cool to have a Leap Year baby. Does your daughter like her February 29 birthday? I’m curious. Did she lobby for celebrating on the 28th growing up instead of waiting for March 3 on the non leap years? We celebrated our daughter’s New Year’s birthday starting at 12:01 a.m. on New Year’s Day, once she was old enough to stay up that late.

      I’m glad you were able to spend so much time with your grandmother when you were growing up and that you have so many wonderful memories of those days. She taught you many interesting things. I didn’t know you are a birder and a squirrel whisperer. That’s cool!

      I’m sure being a member of Erica’s posse is fun. She writing lots of great stories, and I do mean lots. I have a hunch she rarely sleeps.

  • Susan Snodgrass says:

    Playing pioneers.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Susan, that sounds like such fun. I loved the Little House books when I was growing up (still do, in fact), but I never thought to play pioneers. I missed out. I’m saving this idea for that someday when/if I have grandchildren.

  • vera wilson says:

    Enjoyed going to the drive’in Movies. Not often, so a treat when got to. 1 of the first times was an Elvis movie as a family outing.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Vera, drive-in movie theaters were a lot of fun, weren’t they? It’s sad that they’re fading away. There’s still one in Sacramento though. I worked in the snack bar at a drive-in theater when I was in college. Memories.

  • Emma S says:

    One of my favorite childhood memories is cooking and baking with my mother.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Emma, what a fun thing to have done with your mom–and she taught you to cook and bake in the process. Good memories + good food = a win-win.

  • Lynne M Feuerstein says:

    Helped raise my niece since she was born, (she’s now 24) and one of my favorite memories is reading to her. When she was 8 she started living with me and storytime became a precious thing to both of us. Especially at night when I was tucking her in. We would snuggle,while I read everything from the Little House books to Nancy Drew. Will always cheish these memories.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Lynne, what wonderful memories you have of times spent reading to your niece. Those books feature in my childhood memories too. I would hide away on my bottom book and devour them.

  • MH says:

    I still remember my older three children asking Jesus into their hearts as we sat around our kitchen table after a hurricane one late summer….it was already dark at 4pm and we were eating a really early and cold dinner since we had no electricity. Despite our circumstances, our then-young children were able to give thanks and respond to His ever-present love and mercy.

  • Marilyn R says:

    A favorite childhood memory is playing ball and other outdoor activities with my siblings.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Marilyn, those fun-filled days playing outdoors were the start of some wonderful memories. Do you and your siblings reflect on them when you get together?

  • Patrice Doten says:

    My daughter has always loved surprises and hated spoilers. This applied even to her birthday. So, when she was little, I’d wake her up by saying “happy birthday, punkin seed!” to which she’d reply in amazed wonder, “It’s my birthday???”

  • Brenda W says:

    Some of my favorite memories are picking blackberries and muscadines with my mother. Also talking to my aunts.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Brenda, picking berries is fun. I have memories of braving the blackberry bushes with my mom and my sisters. We ended up with scratched arms and lips stained a deep purple, but we didn’t care.

  • Mary Preston says:

    I had a blessed childhood. I do still remember how much fun I had learning to ride a bike.

  • Robin in NC says:

    All 7 of us used to load into the family station wagon in early October, drive to a beautiful park called Hidden Lake Gardens & have a picnic of ground bologna sandwiches, potato chips, chunks of cheese, kool aid & chocolate cake for my birthdays! A much simpler time & so much fun!
    I’m sorry Harlequin is closing down this genre, but I’m very happy that you & your husband will get to enjoy retirement together! Have fun & take care! Thanks!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Robin, what wonderful memories you have. Those picnics sound like they were a lot of fun. Chocolate cake was my pick for my birthdays growing up too. And I remember riding in the back of my family’s station wagon–without seat belts. We’d sleep in the back while my dad drove to our vacation destinations overnight. Can’t imagine doing something like that today.

  • Keli Gwyn says:

    This week’s winner is Kim A. Congratulations, Kim! I just sent you an email.