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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.


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!


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?


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.












Keli Gwyn


  • Karen C Riley says:

    When we go places my sister takes all of the pictures. She used to picture a very nice camera until someone damaged it. She takes pictures of everythong. And we are so proud of her pictures. My sister Beverly has a fascination with old barns and old churches. We have pictures galore of family and friends. You can come here and she will take a picture.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Karen, it’s great to have someone in the family who is eager to capture those “Kodak moments,” isn’t it? Sounds like you have a treasure trove of photos, thanks to your sister.

  • Cathy says:

    My husband and I both take photos when we go away.
    Oddly enough, we both go for landscapes. Beaches, we love photographs of boats in the water, mountains and older houses.
    When my sister and I are together we go to Amish country, we take photos of horses and buggies, but never of the , out of respect for them.
    We use our phones by the way, but I love your purple camera and may get one.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Cathy, I used to take almost all the pictures in our family. Once the digital age arrived, my guy got a camera and began taking photos. I clung to my film camera as long as possible. Now I can’t imagine using film. I love being able to take plenty of shots so I can make sure I get a good one.

      I’m sure you and your husband have some stunning beach pictures. I’m guessing there are some sunrises or sunsets among them.

  • Deana Dick says:

    I use my phone to take pictures. I take pics of my grown boys when I can. When me and hubby camp we take lots of pictures of the scenery. I also take pics of my three very special chihuahuas who are my service dogs.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Deana, it sounds like you keep your phone busy snapping pictures of special things–your grown sons, beautiful vistas and you furry friends. Fun!

  • Martha Peace says:

    My daugher in law

  • VICKIE says:

    I’m old fashioned and take pictures like you with a camera. By the time I would figure out a phone camera the moment would be gone!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Vickie, I just retired my trusty AARP-special flip phone and got a smart phone so I can send and receive texts more easily. Even so, I won’t be giving up my camera. It’s what I’m used to. Plus, it’s so pretty and purple-y. 🙂

  • Mary Preston says:

    Everything looks better in purple. My daughter takes most of the family pictures. A better photographer. I found I was not using my camera so gave it away. I just use my phone now.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Mary, I’m with you on the purple. I’m sure my camera does a better job because of its color. 🙂

      It seems every family has at least one person who enjoys taking pictures and does a good job of it. I do hope someone offers to include her in some of the shots, though. I’ve learned to hand my camera to others or else it can look like I wasn’t even around.

  • Anita Ray says:

    I usually take most of the pictures for the family, I Love to scrapbook, so I try to get shots of both people and landscape. A variety makes for a great scrapbook. My husband and I Love road trips and these are always fun for me with taking pictures. I usually use my phone now but am seriously thinking of going back to my camera. My phone is just a little more convenient, but camera does better and different photos.

  • Linda Ortiz says:

    I think my husband and I are equal when taking pictures. I like to alternate with camera and my phone. I love taking pictures of my family, but some people are in the background it is interesting to see their expression or movement.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Linda, sharing the photographer title can be fun. Even if Carl and I take pictures of the same things, we get different perspectives.

      Like you, I think that having people in shots can add interest. For some sites, such as the arches at Arches National Park, a person in the picture can add perspective.

  • Connie Lee says:

    I’m the one who takes the pictures. I love to take landscapes instead of people and I use my camera, I have an old fashioned phone.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Connie, it’s fun being the primary photographer in the family, isn’t it? I hope you remember to hand off your camera from time to time so that you’re in some of the shots. We have precious few photos of my late mother-in-love because she was the one behind the camera but rarely got in front of it.

  • Marilyn R says:

    Our sister probably takes most of the pictures for family gatherings. On a trip I enjoy taking pictures of the landscape as well as individuals I’m with.

    An Amish Courtship is a must be read book for me. I’ve read other books by Jan Drexler and have enjoyed those. I know this one will be awesome. Thank you for sharing.
    I know I’m going to miss LIH when they cease publishing this line next year.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Marilyn, it’s interesting to me how one person in each family tends to take on the role of primary photographer. It’s great that your sister gets those all-important shots and family events.

      The Amish books are quite popular. I’ve heard rumors that Love Inspired plans to release even more of them in the future. It will be interesting to see what happens down the road.

  • Karen S says:

    When we have a family gathering my niece takes the photographs. She is very good at it. When we go on vacation I like to take pictures of the landscape and I use my phone and my camera.
    Thank you for the chance to win.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Karen, what fun to have a member of the younger generation step up to assume the role of family photographer. I’m sure you all appreciate her documenting those family events with her great shots.

  • Evangeline says:

    I am the “photographer ” in our family, much to the chagrin of some of the family who don’t particularly like having their pic made! 😂 😂 Most of the time I just use my phone. You are a new author to me, and I would love to read your book. It sounds like a good one.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Evangeline, it’s fun being the family photographer, isn’t it? Well, except when we encounter those camera-shy people.

      The book I’m giving away this week isn’t one of mine. I spotlight all the authors who write for the Love Inspired Historical line. This story is by Jan Drexler, one of our Amish authors. My fifth and final LIH won’t come out until November.

  • Katrin Sch says:

    I love taking photos with my phone. It one thing I have me nearly at all time and it’s convenient with all the stuff I need to carry with the kids anyways.
    And manly it’s familypics I take, depending on where we are landscapes, animals,…

    This book sounds so interesting. I love reading Amish stories!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Katrin, nothing makes a person reach for a camera quicker than a cute child, and you have two of them. I can see why you keep the camera on your phone busy.

  • Brenda W says:

    I take lots of pictures. On vacation, I like some pictures of people but I think landscape photos do not need people. I do not like all the pics on the net with people posing on a ledge–the scenery looks better. (and safer)
    I usually make pictures with my camera but if I don’t have it I will use my cell phone. I got a picture of a squirrel at the post office with my phone and it is not too bad for an older cell phone.

  • colleen Flathers says:

    I can’t stand to be more than a few feet from at least one of my cameras at all times. I would have panicked to find my camera gone. I prefer to have one of my cameras, but in a pinch, my cell phone will do.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Colleen, it sounds like you’re a shutterbug of the highest order. I’m sure your family is happy to have you recording your history.

  • Teresa Rose says:

    I am a photo fanatic. I drive the people in my family crazy taking photos. On vacation I do both. I prefer people pictures but sometimes I can’t help but try to capture Gods beautiful creation.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Teresa, I sense the joy you derive from taking pictures. I’m sure your family appreciates them–even if they do give you a bit of a hard time.

  • I used to take the most pictures but now it’s a toss up between one of my daughters and my daughter-in-law.

  • Maryann says:

    My kids like to take a lot of pictures when we are on vacation. I like to take both a mix of landscape and people pictures and I like to use my phone to take pictures. Probably because its fast and easier for me.

  • Jane says:

    I take the pictures for the California half of the family and Nick does it for the Montana half unless we are together then it is both. I miss my old 35mm that used film still have it but don’t use it. Right now I am using my tablet but want to get a digital camera. I take pictures of just about anything.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Jane, it’s great that you and your brother work together to capture your family’s special events.

      I hope you are able to get a digital camera. I’m sure you would enjoy it.

  • Becky Smith says:

    I used to be the only one who took pictures, even of my sister’s family. She jokes that she wouldn’t have pictures of when her kids were young if I hadn’t taken them. I like to take scenery pictures, but also like to take pics of the family. With cell phones, now others take pics also, which is fun because they capture different aspects.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Becky, how wonderful that you’ve been the preserver of your family’s memories for so long–and that they’re getting in on the fun now.

  • I take most of the pictures although my hubby is a better photographer. I love coming home and looking at all the pictures. I get to relive the holiday all over again! I like a variety of pictures, people, scenery, food, animals etc.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Darlene, I totally get the joy of looking through photos and reliving the special times or trips. That’s one of the main reasons I take so many pictures. Thankfully it’s so much cheaper and easier to do in this digital age.

  • Melinda says:

    My Mom takes the most pictures. I prefer to use a camera and take pictures of landscapes and historical buildings, etc.

  • Thanks for letting us know about a new book by Jan Drexler! I love her stories!

    I’m the photographer… of vacation landscapes….with my phone. Really enjoyed your travel photos, Keli!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Sherida, camera phones have made it so much easier for people to record memories-in-the-making. Glad you keep the camera on your cell busy taking pictures of the special people in your life and the great places you visit.

  • Trixi says:

    I used to take more pictures when the kids were little & when our granddaughter was younger. I think my husband takes more pictures than I do now. On vacation, I always think I take more people pictures but when I look at them, they’re mostly scenery…lol! I need to remedy that 🙂

    I’m still old fashioned in the fact that I like a real camera. I don’t always have my phone on me and when I do, I usually end up leaving it in the car. It doesn’t take the greatest pictures anyway! I think you and I have a similar camera Keli, mine is a little Canon Powershot ELPH115IS. When it’s time to upgrade, I’d really love one with WIFI so I can post pics right to Facebook instead of having to download them to my computer first 🙂

    Thanks for this weeks spotlight and giveaway!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Trixi, I would imagine the arrival of a grandchild ushers in an era of photo taking unlike anything that preceded it. 😀

      My camera is a Canon PowerShot ELPH 360 HS with 12x Optical Zoom and Built-In Wi-Fi. I didn’t realize it has the wi-fi feature. I’ll have to learn to use that. As you said, it would make posting pics on Facebook easy peasy.

  • Vicki says:

    My hubby & I both take pics when we go sightseeing, but I take more than him otherwise. But he tends to take pics of me & SOME selfies with both of us, so there’s many more pics of me than him. I use my iPhone or iPad fairly regularly (because I always have them handy, but if we go out sightseeing, we have digital cameras we use. One of our fave fun pics is to take pics of each other taking a pic of each other. LOL
    Also, I think you know, that I’m in agreement that everything is better when it is purple & my husband is quick to spot purple things for me (I also have a purple camera…

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Vicki, it sounds like you and your husband both enjoy taking pictures. Love your tradition of snapping shots of each other behind your respective cameras.

      What fun that you’re a fan of purple too and are the proud owner of a purple camera.

  • Jennifer Lynn says:

    I was the photo taker until my girls became teenagers and now we all three take photos. We just returned from a peaceful Maine vacation and I am in the process of collecting photos from all three of us. It’s nice because we might all each see something different! I used a DSLR up until recently but with my new iphone it takes such great photos I left the big lump behind!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Jennifer, I’m sure you and your lovely daughters found lots of wonderful sights to photograph in Maine. Glad you got to visit.

  • Keli Gwyn says:

    The winner of this week’s giveaway is Trixi O. Congratulations, Trixi! I’ll be in touch.