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LIH Spotlight: For the Sake of the Children & Rescuing the Runaway Bride

This week I’m shining the spotlight on
For the Sake of the Children by Danica Favorite and
Rescuing the Runaway Bride by Bonnie Navarro,
two January 2017 releases from Love Inspired Historical.

Learn more about the stories below, and then scroll
down to enter the giveaway for a print copy of each,
which will go to two different winners.

For the Sake of the Children
by Danica Favorite

The Nanny Agreement

Widower Silas Jones needs a mother for his daughter, and marriage could help his former sweetheart repair her tattered reputation. Yet he can’t blame Rose Stone when she refuses a marriage of convenience after he once broke her heart, marrying another woman to save his family’s farm. He’s blessed Rose agrees to be his nanny. If only she’d look at him again with the warmth she shows little Milly…

Rose’s tarnished past hasn’t quelled her spirit. She’s building a good life in Colorado with her infant son—and the glimmer of a future with Silas. But when his in-laws try to claim Milly, Rose must decide if the makeshift family she and Silas have forged can reopen her heart to love.

Rescuing the Runaway Bride
by Bonnie Navarro

Wrong Groom, Right Bride

When the beautiful daughter of a wealthy Mexican landowner is injured saving his life, Christopher Samuels must nurse her back to health. Despite their language barrier, Chris grows close to Vicky Ruiz…but she’s betrothed to another man. Can Chris care for the spirited young woman and find a way to take her home in time for her wedding, without falling for her in the process?

Vicky would prefer spinsterhood to her arranged marriage. But while words aren’t necessary to express the growing attraction between them, Vicky can’t make Chris understand her reasons for running away. He seems determined to return her “home” to her father’s hacienda. Why can’t Chris see that the only home Vicky wants is with him?

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.


Changes to my blog format…

To make things quicker and easier for all of us, I’ve switched things up a bit.

  1. Instead of asking the author(s) a question, I ask you one as a way to get to know you better.
  2. No more Rafflecopter entry forms. All you have to do is comment to enter the weekly giveaway.
  3. Each week of this month I’ve given away two books, those from December first, followed by those from January. Starting in January, I’ll be giving away the following month’s books, one per week. This way you can win the books before they hit the stores’ shelves. 🙂


Reflecting on 2016…

During this week between Christmas and New Year’s Day, I grow reflective. As I look back on the waning year, certain events stand out as the highlights. Sometimes it can be difficult to pick one experience that surpassed the others, but not this year.

The highlight of 2016 was our daughter’s return to the States after her three years in Europe. Adriana spent a year in France working as an English-language teaching assistant in two middle schools. From there, she went to Austria, where she spent two years in the same position, this time working in two high schools.

Although I’m thrilled that our gal had this incredible experience, I missed Adri and was happy to see her return, as my beaming face in the photo below illustrates. When Adri stepped off that escalator, she braced herself for my hug, which was a good thing. I threw myself at her with such force that I might have bowled her over otherwise.

Question for You…

When you look back on 2016, which event stands out as your best?
If you have more than one and can’t choose, feel free to share all of them.


Book Giveaway!

Enter to win a print copy of either For the Sake of the
or Rescuing the Runaway 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, December 31 at 11:59 p.m. PST.

Winners to be announced in my new
blog post on Monday, January 2.

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

Congratulations to the winners from my December 19 post.
Marilyn R will receive a copy of Montana Cowboy Family
by Linda Ford, and Jane N will receive a copy of
His Substitute Wife by Dorothy Clark.














Keli Gwyn


  • Colleen Flathers says:

    Not sure if there is an event from this year that stands out as the best. 2015 was full of events and then this year was more of a sit back, relax and let others be in the spotlight this year. Was more than content to sit back this year and recover from such a busy year the year before

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Colleen, having a year to enjoy a respite after a very busy year can be a wonderful thing. I’m hoping for a relaxing year after our past year that was filled with lots of changes and plenty of work.

  • Bonnie Roof says:

    Love the covers on those books, Keli – thanks for your generous giveaway opportunities!!

    2016 held numerous momentous events for me – some happy ones, some not. However, even the unhappy ones blessed me with spiritual growth. The CFRR (Christian Fiction Readers Retreat) two friends and I organized this past August was hands-down one of the best and most exciting days of not only 2016, but my life – as well!! It was the fulfillment of a vision God gave me almost 4 years ago in which readers and their favorite Christian Fiction authors could gather and spend time together getting to know each other better. It was a huge success – but then God’s plans are, He led, provided, and gave strength each step of the way. A wonderful day in which God’s presence was felt. We’re currently planning CFRR 2017.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Bonnie, from what I’ve heard, the CFRR was a highlight for all of those who were blessed to attend the wonderful event. I wish you well as you plan and prepare to bless authors and readers in 2017.

  • Deana Dick says:

    The biggest even fir me was seeing my brother after eighteen years. We have reconnected and I’m enjoying having him live with us now.

  • Janet Estridge says:

    The best event for me, happened a little over a month ago. Maddie Louise is our first great-grandchild to carry on the family name. Due to me being sick I wasn’t able to be around her until yesterday, but believe you me, I made up for lost time.

  • jane naccarato says:

    Taking another cruise this time it was just 7 days but just as enjoyable as the 15 cruise to Hawaii. My brother getting hired as a cook at a retirement facility here in town. He was starting to get bummed out he had applications all over town had interviews but nothing was happening.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Jane, I’m glad you got to enjoy another cruise. Where did you go this time?

      Congratulations to your brother on getting his new job! What a wonderful opportunity he has to bless the residents each day through his delicious and nutritious meals.

  • Every precious moment spent with family was special. I loved our trip to CA. Spending time with my parents was great and then meeting you Keli was wonderful. Having our oldest daughter and family live with us for a few months was also a highlight. Every minute of every day spent with my Mr. Wonderful doing the retirement thing was fantastic also. 🙂

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Julie, I love that you’re enjoying life. And I love that I got to meet you and Mr. Wonderful when you were in California. What a special time we had over our brunch.

  • Linda Tapley says:

    Being able to help my younger brother realize a dream for him and his wife is a special moment in 2016 for me. By doing this small thing my husband and I will be having family living in the same town as we do. Having family so close, not 2 1/2 hours away is such a blessing. We have lived away from family for 16 years and the joy for me is true blessing.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Linda, I love that you were able to help your younger brother and his wife fulfill a dream and that in doing so, you received the blessing of having family living nearby. Your generosity reaped big rewards.

  • Lucy Reynolds says:

    Not sure any event stood out as the best. I just treasure each moment I spend with my family and friends. Thank you, Keli. Have a blessed and Happy New Year!

  • Dianna says:

    My son became an immersed believer of Christ this year. What a wonderful thought — my immediate family will be reunited in heaven!

    So glad your daughter is home. My daughter is 12 years old and, though I want her to enjoy trying new things, I would miss her terribly if she went so far away.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Dianna, you must have been beyond thrilled when your son decided to welcome Christ into his life. So happy for you–and for all of us in the body of believers who have a new brother.

  • Trixi says:

    I don’t have any event for 2016 that stands out as the best. Like Lucy commented above, I try to treasure each moment I have with my both my own family and church family. Those are the moments that count in life 🙂

    Thanks for the opportunity as always to win some new LIH books!I have one or two of Danica’s on my shelf and Bonnie is a new-to-me author 🙂

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Trixi, I love that you embrace life as it comes, treasuring the simple pleasures each day brings. Your joy flows from you and blesses many others, me included.

      • Trixi says:

        Keli, I take that back, I have THREE events that stand out as being extra special!!

        Thinking back on the year….first of all two events happened simultaneously. My son graduated from High School in June and my mom and her new husband came over from New Zealand for a month long visit. That was a crazy, busy, hectic, wonderfully highly emotional time!!

        Then in October my husband and I took a MUCH needed couples vacation to San Francisco for four days! We hadn’t had one for so long,and with my husband’s new job he started a little over a year ago, we were able to go relax and explore a new place and just have a great time together. Before when he was in a management position, there was no way we could go anywhere for any length of time. Now I’m looking forward to May when we take our next one to Crater Lake, OR for a week to celebrate our 20th year anniversary. We’ll stay in a little log cabin surrounded by a creek in the back and nothing but time together 🙂

        • Keli Gwyn says:

          Trixi, those are three wonderful events indeed. You must have been so proud to watch your son graduate. That’s a milestone event that will bring many smiles over the years as you reflect on it.

          What fun that your mother and her husband were able to make the long trip to see you. I can understand how busy it must have been as you tried to squeeze in all the fun you could.

          Your trip to San Francisco sounds great. What a wonderful destination. There’s so much to see in the Bay Area. And you have another trip to look forward to in a beautiful area. Cool!

  • Nicole Wetherington says:

    Getting my associate’s degree was a highlight of the year!

  • Meredith Miller says:

    2016 was a rough year. We’re looking forward to 2017 being a year of new starts. I guess my biggest event was making the commitment to a long overdue vacation!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Meredith, I’m sorry this past year was such a rough one for you. I’m glad you’ve committed to making a vacation. It sounds like you could use one.

  • Marilyn R says:

    I’ve treasured so many great events and memories during 2016. One of the main events was being able to attend the first Christian Fiction Readers Retreat in Nashville this past August. Another event that shows God’s protection is in honor of my brother, who is in law enforcement. His police vehicle was hit by a drunk driver at a high rate of speed and his life was spared.

    Gwyn, what an experience your daughter had. Glad she is home. God bless you and yours with a great year.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Marilyn, I’m thankful for your brother’s service as an law enforcement officer and thank the Lord for His hand of protection when that intoxicated driver plowed into your brother’s police vehicle. What a terrifying that experience had to be for him.

      What fun that you were able to attend the Christian Fiction Readers Retreat. I’ve heard such great things about it. Loved seeing the pictures posted online.

  • Brenda W says:

    All my life I had wanted an organ. I was blessed this year to find a nice Wurlitzer at the second hand store! I was amazed to find it.

  • Andrea Stephens says:

    Keli, I’m so glad you were reunited with your daughter.
    2016 was filled with many ups and downs. My biggest “up” actually came from a down. Hubby and I were visiting my family in southern Indiana. I was injured (down), could barely walk. This caused my daughter to come help take care of me. (Because of heath and financial issues, we do not get to see each other often.) It had been a little more than two years since I had seen her and my two grandsons ages 7 and 3. It was a glorious two weeks, just to be in the same room with them and get hugs and kisses. My sister is such a blessing to allow all of us, including my mother, to stay at her house.
    More highlights of my 2016, connecting with authors on Facebook and online forums. I also won a few great books!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Andrea, I’m so sorry you dealt with such a serious injury. I’m glad your daughter was able to come help you and that you and your grandgals ended up getting a great visit out of the (or)deal.

      Connecting with readers is one of my highlights. 🙂

  • Connie Saunders says:

    I have dealt with some medical issues in 2016 but they were nothing serious so I consider this a blessing. Cataract surgery on both of my eyes and both were successful! I was fortunate to serve on several book launch teams and I was able to win some books and that was a tremendous boost to my reading and my budget. Most of all, I was able to enjoy my family.God is good!!
    Happy New Year!!

    • Keli Gwyn says:


      I’m sorry you’ve been dealing with health issues, but I’m glad they’re not too serious. How wonderful that you were able to undergo cataract surgery on on both eyes, that the surgeries were successful and that you’re enjoying restored vision now.

      Congrats on winning those books. New reading material is a treat, isn’t it?

  • Keli Gwyn says:

    I’ve held this week’s drawing. The winner of For the Sake of the Children by Danica Favorite is Meredith M, and the winner of Rescuing the Runaway Bride by Bonnie Navarro is Linda T. Congratulation, ladies! I’ll zap you an email.