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LIH Spotlight: A Mistaken Match

This week I’m shining the spotlight on
A Mistaken Match, an October release from debut
Love Inspired Historical author Whitney Bailey.

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


Hoping for a fresh start, Ann Cromwell travels to New Haven, Ohio, from London, England, as a mail-order bride—and learns she’s not the wife her groom-to-be was looking for. Though handsome farmer James McCann is kindly, he’s made it clear he wants the matchmaking agency to fix their mistake. But if she can’t convince him to give her a chance, she’s not sure where she’ll go.

James can’t imagine why the matchmakers ignored his request for a plain bride. He was burned by a beautiful woman before, and he’s sure someone as stunning as Ann is unsuited for rural living. While the agency sorts out the error, though, Ann quietly works her way into James’s life…but can he ever allow her into his heart?

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.


 Historic Fashion Show

I belong to the Native Daughters of the Golden West, an organization for women born in California who are eager to preserve our state’s rich history. My parlor’s monthly meetings just so happen to be held in the historic church featured in my debut novel, A Bride Opens Shop in El Dorado, California.

Our September meeting included the annual visit from our Grand President. In her honor, we enjoyed a potluck luncheon and vintage fashion show.

Since I own a replica Victorian gown, our parlor president invited me to be one of the models, and I accepted. Six other women and I modeled fashions dating from the early Gold Rush days to the 1920s.

This was only my second time to serve as a model in a fashion show. Although doing so took me out of my comfort zone, I had fun. The best part was writing the description of my dress. I might not be writing novels now, but I still enjoy working with words.


Questions for You

Have you ever served as a fashion model?
If so, what did you wear?

What have you done recently that took
you outside your comfort zone?


Book Giveaway!

Enter to win a print copy of A Mistaken Match
by leaving a comment on this post with the answer to one of
the questions above. You must answer at least one 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, September 30 at 11:59 p.m. PST.

Winner to be announced in my new
blog post on Monday, October 2.

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

Congratulations to the winner from my September 18 post!
Andrea S. will receive Mistletoe Mommy,
an October LIH by Danica Favorite.













Keli Gwyn


  • Julie G. says:

    I did model once! Hard to believe. We had a fashion show at our church one time. I think I wore a skirt and blouse outfit. My mom always roped me into doing stuff I hated. Anything requiring me to be social with a group of people I don’t know causes me to be out of my comfort zone. 🙂

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Julie, I’m sure you were a wonderful model, even if the experience was a stretch. I find that my out-of-the-comfort-zone experiences often end up far better than I expected them to be.

  • Deana Dick says:

    I did model for a company I use to work at. We were modeling clothes by a particular store to show what they had to wear for office wear. I felt really weird doing it because I don’t like attention drawn to me at all. The bonus was that we got to keep our outfits so that was nice.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Deana, even though doing that modeling wasn’t something you would have chosen on your own, I hope you had some fun. It’s neat that you got to keep the clothes you wore.

  • Kalan Olivia says:

    No I have never served as a fashion model! But I would jump at the chance if it meant I could dress up Historical style!

    I recently (just yesterday) went out of my comfort zone by doing a photography session for a huge family (16 people 😳) and I also decided to make a main character of mine blind, a very compelling story but I’m excited!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Kalan, I hope you do get the opportunity to model some vintage fashions. Even though I stretched myself, I had fun.

      Kudos to you on taking on that large photo session. I hope everything went well.

      Creating a blind main character would be a challenge. One of the LIH authors, Jillian Hart, did that a number of years ago.

      • Thank you so much! And it did go well!

        I definitely must look up that book by Jillian Hart! I would love to read it! Having vision problems myself, blind characters are especially touching to me.

        • Keli Gwyn says:

          Kalan, I saw some of the pictures on Facebook. Wow! You did a great job. I’m impressed.

          The book with the blind heroine is Homespun Bride by Jillian Hart. It’s one of the very early LIHs, but it’s available on Kindle, or there are some used copies on Amazon.

  • jane naccarato says:

    Never have and don’t want to. Jeans and T-shirts are fine I don’t like ladies fancy clothes. Meeting new people in a group setting takes me out of my comfort zone but it usually turns out ok.

  • No, I have never been a fashion model, my grandchildren have, lol, and I would not want to do one. I have probably stepped out of my comfort zone, but many years ago, I have stayed in my comfort zone for many, many years now, lol.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Wendy, what fun that your grands have done some modeling. I’m sure you were happy for them, even if you wouldn’t want to do any modeling yourself.

  • Katrina L says:

    I have never been a model, but I did take modelling lessons as a teen. So I know how to walk a runway, just never did.

    I have to make some phone calls this week that will definitely be out of my comfort zone.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Katrina, I took a modeling class when I was a teen, too. I thought it would help me develop some self confidence.

      I wish you well as you make those calls.

  • Amy Grochowski says:

    Public speaking is always way out of my comfort zone and yet I still get asked to do so. It blows my mind anyone wants to listen. Lol. But how can I say no to sharing what my Lord has done for me?

  • Lucy Reynolds says:

    No, I’ve never modeled anything. I drove to my parents last week alone and that was out of my comfort zone.

  • Connie Lee says:

    No, I’ve never done any modeling and I try to never do nothing that is not in my comfort zone, except sometimes you have to.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Connie, stepping out of our comfort zones isn’t easy, is it? What’s wonderful is seeing how the Lord can bless us when we takes those shaky steps.

  • Deanna Stevens says:

    No I have never served as a fashion model, I have never felt comfortable in front of a crowd.. That would be out of my comfort zone!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Deanna, standing in front of a group of people can be daunting. I try to think of helping them have fun instead of focusing on myself, and that helps.

  • MH says:

    No modeling for me. I’ve been trying to cook more, which is totally out of my comfort zone…..yes, it’s true. Neither I nor my family would have survived in the west.

  • Jordann says:

    I have never modeled, but I think it would be pretty cool to be a book cover model! Maybe someday 😉

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Jordann, I’ve often wondered what the lovely ladies on the covers of our LIHs think about seeing themselves there. I hope you get to be someone’s cover model one day.

  • Meredith Miller says:

    No, I’ve never served as a fashion model. I love the clothes that historical covers have on the covers and would love to try them on!

  • Martha Peace says:

    I have never been a model

  • Mary Preston says:

    We were to have new uniforms at work. I was a good fit for the model size, so yes I had to model the uniform. Also out of my comfort zone.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Mary, being chosen to model the new uniforms could be seen as an honor, but for those of us who are introverts, being in the limelight can be a stretch. I hope the experience turned out to be a positive one.

  • Robin in NC says:

    I’m definitely not model material! You look beautiful in your pretty purple dress!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Robin, models come in all shapes and sizes. I’m sure you’d be a better one than you think.

      Thanks for the kind words about my dress. The seamstress who made it for me did a great job.

  • Lynne M Feuerstein says:

    Never have modeled Keli.I think you did a lovely job,Purple always suits you. 🙂

  • Tiffany Hall says:

    I have never been a model. Having to talk with people I don’t know takes me out of my comfort zone. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of this book!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Tiffany, we introverts can have a hard time stepping out of our comfort zones. What I find is that when I attempt something that stretches me, I usually end up having a better time than I thought I would. That still doesn’t make it easy, but I often end up happy I said yes to the experience.

  • Connie Saunders says:

    Hi Keli. I love the color of your Victorian gown and you looked very pretty. I’ve never modeled but one of my duties as Adult Services Librarian at our public library was to present monthly programs at our local Senior Citizens and our Nursing Home. I was nervous in the beginning but I became more comfortable as time wore on. I even did a 15 minute radio spot to explain a special grant our library had received and I also spoke to our Chamber of Commerce. So, “stretching” really does benefit you!
    Please enter my name for A Mistaken Match.
    Thank you and Blessings!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Connie, thanks for your kind words.

      I loved hearing how your experience presenting those programs at your library has stretched you. We’re often more capable than we give ourselves credit for.

  • Becky Smith says:

    I have never been a model, but I do have a cousin who was and maybe still is. She really is a perfect model. Co-Teaching a Sunday School class seems to always take me out of my comfort zone. Kids are always challenging and trying to understand faith, as well as challenging rules. I think it makes me stronger to be challenged, and more sure of what & why I believe.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Becky, what fun you must have teaching those children, even if doing so is a stretch. You certainly have received some great benefits, and I know your students have been blessed by your faithful service.

  • Maryann says:

    I have never been a model. Recently I had to go to NYC for cancer surgery and follow ups. I don’t enjoy the city and glad my husband drove. That was way out of my comfort zone.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Maryann, I’m so sorry you’re dealing with cancer, surgery, appointments and the emotions that come into play when that disease enters your life. I hope your surgery was successful and that your treatment goes as well as it can with a minimum of side effects.

  • Trixi says:

    The IDEA of participating in a fashion show is intriguing, but actually doing it would put me way out of my comfort zone! If it was for a good cause or in front of people I know, I would probably endure it (and probably have fun too!).

    I think like Kalan said, if it were modeling historical clothes, I’d probably jump at the chance. I’ve always wanted to try one of those beautiful gowns (even with it’s many layers)! I would feel like a real lady back in the day 🙂

    I had to go to a sister-in-Christ in my church recently and apologize for a hurt I may have caused unintentionally. According to her I didn’t do anything wrong, but I felt so convicted by the Lord that I had to make my peace. I hate crying, but the tears rolled down my face as I apologized. I felt like a thousand pounds lifted off my shoulders afterwards! It was not a comfortable thing to do but the Lord brought about the peace & freedom in obeying His voice 🙂

    Thanks for the LIH spotlight and giveaway chance this week Keli! Talking about dresses, this is one very beautiful gown the cover model has on!

    • Trixi says:

      The dress was so distractingly beautiful, I didn’t even notice the hero standing next to her…LOL! That’s unusual for me 😉

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Trixi, like you, I was willing to model for a good cause, such as making the Grand President’s visit extra special. I reminded myself that it wasn’t about me; it was about her.

      I hope you do get an opportunity to wear and/or model a historical outfit at some point. I’m sure you’d have a blast.

      I admire you for going to your sister-in-Christ and asking for forgiveness. That takes courage. I’m glad she was able to assure you that you’d done nothing wrong and that you received the blessed sense of relief that follows making an apology.

  • Jennifer Sunseri says:

    No, I have never been a model in a fashion show. But I just recently went outside my comfort zone. I do not like being center stage, as you will. My school that I teach at was being featured for an educational video promoting what we do for personalized learning. I head up our school garden and was filmed by a TV crew working with students and then interviewed later.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Jennifer, what an honor it must have been to represent your school and its wonderful programs. I’m guessing the experience was a wee bit scary too, but I’m sure you did a great job. I hope you ended up having some fun.

  • Brenda W says:

    No modeling for me. I try not to get out of my comfort zone.
    I like your purple dress and the old organ. When I was a child we sometimes visited a distant relative who had an old pump organ. They would let me pretend I could play it for a short while.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Brenda, I enjoy seeing that pump organ every time I attend a Native Daughters meeting at the Gold Rush-era church. The sight whisks me back in time to my childhood when I’d visit my grandmother, who had an organ much like that one.

  • Marilyn R says:

    I have done a modeling show since 4-H days. It’s not something I would enjoy, but dressing up in historical clothes for a church celebration I’m in for that. Beautiful dress and what a treasure with the pump organ.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Marilyn, wearing a historical costume is fun. I hope you get to do that one day.

      Thanks for your kind words about my Victorian gown. The seamstress who made it for me does excellent work.

  • Keli Gwyn says:

    This week’s winner is Amy G. Congratulations, Amy! I’ll be in touch.