Keli Gwyn
LIH Spotlight: Family of Convenience

This week I’m shining the spotlight on
Family of Convenience, an April release from
debut Love Inspired Historical author Victoria W. Austin.

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

Mail-Order Mother 

Recently widowed and pregnant, Millie Steele needs a husband to help provide for her unborn child, and becoming a mail-order bride is her only option. Thankfully, her new husband, Kansas farmer Adam Beale, only wants a mother for his two young children—not romance. Everything is going according to plan…until Millie begins to fall for Adam.

Adam had reservations about wedding another city dweller—his late wife never took to life on the prairie. But now he can’t imagine his family being complete without Millie and her unborn baby. Though they agreed to a strictly platonic partnership, can real love be blooming in Adam and Millie’s marriage of convenience?

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.


For the Love of Fairy Tales

Our daughter, Adriana, was born in 1991, the year Disney released its animated version of Beauty and the Beast. The movie has long been one of her favorites, so when Disney announced the new version, she was quite excited and put it on her must-see list.

We watched the movie this past week as a family and really enjoyed it. The best part, though, was leaving the theater and finding the cast of the Beauty and the Beast play at our teacher daughter’s high school out front advertising their upcoming production.

Adriana, the French teacher, volunteered to coach the actors in their French pronunciation and has had a fun time doing so. They were excited to see her, and she was thrilled to see them. Several of those talented young people were willing to pose with a not-so-young fan who will going to see their show this coming week.


Question for You

What is your favorite fairy tale?

Note: I will be nose-to-keyboard working on revisions of my November Love Inspired Historical this week, so I won’t be responding to comments as quickly as I usually do. Thanks for your understanding.


Book Giveaway!

Enter to win a print copy of Family of Convenience by
leaving a comment on this post with the answer to the
question above. You must answer it to qualify.
(Be sure to leave your email address when you’re
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To keep spammers from snatching your address,
please don’t leave it in your comment itself.)

Giveaway ends Saturday, April 1 at 11:59 p.m. PST.

Winner to be announced in my new
blog post on Monday, April 3.

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

Congratulations to the winner from my March 20 post.
Mary P. will receive a copy of Undercover Sheriff
an April LIH by Barbara Phinney.







Keli Gwyn


  • Mary Preston says:

    Thank You!!

    I have always been drawn to the tale of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. Finding the inner beauty is beautiful in itself.

  • Becky Smith says:

    I really like Cinderella because of the moral from the story that 1. you should treat people the way you would like to be treated and 2. the stepmother’s & sister’s wickedness and falsehood became obvious and they were condemned in the end. This looks like a really good book, and I LOVE the cover, even though I’m not familiar with this author. This releases on one of our daughter’s birthday.

  • Beth Fiscus says:

    I think my favorite fairy tale would have to be Cinderella. Goodness prevails over wickedness!

    Family of Convenience sounds like a wonderful read, and that cover is amazing!!

  • My favorite is Beauty and the Beast. I took my daughters to see the movie on Saturday and from the opening credits until the end I had a big smile on my face and was wanting to sing along! Plus it brought back memories of taking my oldest daughter to see the animated version when it first came out 🙂

  • Andrea Stephens says:

    I love MOB and MOC books. This sounds like both in one!
    When I was a child I loved Snow White. When I became a mom, Beauty and The Beast became a favorite. The theme song from Disney’s animated movie was my daughter’s wedding song.
    I’ve seen other movie versions of the story that I liked too.

  • Amy Fields says:

    I love Beauty and the Beast as well. It has a fascinating history and the real life story is very sad. I took the kids to the movie and well and we really enjoyed it.

  • Susan Williford Cobb says:

    I have always loved Cinderella but I am very excited about the new Disney movie Mauna .

  • I have always been pulled more towards the realistic fairytales and, while it isn’t one of the more frilly tales, my favorite has always been Disneys “Pocahontas”
    I also really enjoyed Disneys “Brave” The main character Merida is one of the main inspirations for my heroines looks in my current WIP!


  • jane naccarato says:

    Hard to pick only one. Beauty and the Beast, Rapunzel, Snow White and the Seven Darwfs.

  • Katrina Lybbert says:

    I love so many fairy tales it is hard to pick. But a few of my top favorites are The Snow Queen, The White Cat, and Snow White and Rose Red.

  • George Weitemeyer says:

    Beautyq and the Beast..
    The intelligence of beauty, her cntemplative depth, her vision – seeing beyond the visible…
    The loyalty of those who knew Beast before…
    The shunned arrogance of Gaston…

    Yes, Beauty and the Beast.

  • Anne Payne says:

    Beauty and the Beast is my favorite fairy tale.

  • The Twelve Dancing Princesses because I love to dance! And of course, there is the young man who outsmarts the girls and learns their secret

  • Jordann says:

    Cinderella was always my absolute favorite fairytale! I always felt it had a lot of reality thrown into the storyline, while still having that magical part as well!

  • Nicole Wetherington says:

    Cinderella! I adore the original and the latest movies!

  • Debora Wilder says:

    There are so many wonderful fairy tales. It is really hard to pick a favorite. Some on the ones at the top of my list are: Beauty and the Beast, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, and (with the release of Tangled) Rapunzel.

    Oh no, I forgot to include Cinderella. It belongs on the list too.

    I hope that is enough of an answer to be entered into the giveaway. This book sounds wonderful!

  • Lynne M Feuerstein says:

    Thank you Keli for this giveaway,Would really love to read Family of Convenience. It sounds like its excellent twist on the marriage of convenience plot! My favorite fairy tale is Snow White. Love the adventure and romance of the story,plus the Disney version was the first movie I remember seeing in the theatre. (was 3 yrs old) 🙂

  • Robin in NC says:

    Pinocchio!!! 🙂

  • Emily Bailey says:

    Some of my favorite fairytales is Cinderella, Princess and the frog, and Sleeping beauty!

  • Keli Gwyn says:

    Wow! So many comments from so many wonderful people. I’m delighted. It’s fun to see which fairy tales are your favorites and to why you chose the one(s) you did.

  • Marilyn R says:

    It’s hard to pick just one. I enjoyed seeing the performance Beauty and the Beast at a high school. I’ve like Cinderella and Alice in Wonderland since I was child.

    Another great LIH book for us readers. Thank you for sharing.

    God’s speed and inspiration as you write.

  • Trixi says:

    My favorite fairy tales growing up were Sleeping Beauty or Snow White. I always dreamed that someday a Prince would come rescue me & sweep me away to his castle 🙂 Well, in a way, he did; God gave me my husband who has rescued me & provided my “castle”! HAHA!

    I think my other favorite as an adult is Beauty and the Beast as I’ve always cheered for the underdog in any situation.

    Thanks for the giveaway for a new-to-me author. Looks/sounds like a great book:-)

  • Lynda E says:

    This one sounds fantastic–thanks for putting it on my radar and for the giveaway. My favorite fairy tale is Cinderella, though I prefer the no-magic version of Ever After.

    • Lynda E. says:

      Somehow it posted before I left my email info…odd…but it is attached to this reply. 😉 Thanks again!

  • Brenda W says:

    I suppose Cinderella is my favorite because she was good and the people working against her did not win. She escaped to a better life.

  • Beauty and the Beast is my favorite….even before all the movies.
    I’m excited about Victoria’s debut, Family of Convenience. We shared the LIH Manuscript Matchmaker experience. What a fast publication of her book. Congratulations to her!

  • Deana Dick says:

    I always loved Cinderella. I wanted to be her and get swept away by a prince

  • jcp says:

    Cinderella please do not enter me in the giveaway since I already bought and read the book (love the BOGO sales that Harlequin occasionally does) for its newsletters subscribers.

    I loved the book, btw.

  • Keli Gwyn says:

    It’s time to find out who won the giveaway. That would be Sherida S. Congratulations, Sherida! I’ll be in touch.

    • Thank you, Keli! I’ve been anticipating this book since August when the Manuscript Matchmaker authors were announced. So fun! Thank you for the giveaway!