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LIH Spotlight: Mail Order Mix-up

It’s April, and that means four new stories from
Love Inspired Historical are on the shelves.

This week I’m shining the spotlight on
Mail Order Mix-up by Christine Johnson,
the first book in the Boom Town Brides series.

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

Mail Order Mix-Up

Groom Not Wanted 

When Pearl Lawson sees an ad for a mail-order bride, she leaps at the opportunity to find a husband for her best friend. But the town’s most dashing bachelor has caught the eye of several aspiring brides-to-be…and even Pearl is drawn to him. Though the schoolteacher has no intentions of marrying, her instant connection with Roland Decker cannot be denied.

Roland doesn’t know how an ad seeking a wife for his brother found its way into print. But now he has to handle the hopeful applicants—women who think he’s the future groom. Not to mention the feisty, matchmaking schoolteacher who is just as determined not to marry as he is. Will this mix-up push Roland and Pearl to forget their plans of staying single and allow love into their lives?

Boom Town Brides: Taking a leap of faith for love

Copyright © 2016 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.


Fun Question for Christine…

I don’t know about you, but housework isn’t high on my list of favorite activities. Which tasks are your least favorite, and which, if any, do you actually enjoy?

Christine says: “Dusting. Far and away my least favorite because it’s so time-consuming to move all the stuff, clean it, clean the shelves and then put it all back. I’d rather be writing!

As for enjoying housework…hmm, maybe not actually “enjoy,” but I don’t mind washing dishes. It was always one of my favorite chores as a kid, and I usually ended up taking that chore in college in exchange for less desirable tasks like dusting!”

Your Turn…

Which household tasks are your least favorite?
Which, if any, do you actually enjoy?


Enter to Win a Print Copy of Mail Order Mix-Up.
Use the Rafflecopter entry form below.

Giveaway ends Sunday, May 1 at 12 a.m. PDT.

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

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

Congratulations to the winner from my April 18 post!
Trixi O. won a copy of Shotgun Marriage
by Danica Favorite.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Keli Gwyn


  • Laurie Wood says:

    I hate dusting as well, for the same reason. But I think overall the bathroom has to be my least favourite chore. Housework is not my #1 priority especially when I’m trying to get some writing done. Thanks for this chance to be in your giveaway!

  • I absolutely know my least favorite is cleaning the, well, ummm, the toilet.

  • Anne Payne says:

    Hey Y’all! Wow. Housework in general is not my friend but my least favorite would be dusting, for the same reasons you mentioned, Christine. Dishes, laundry, even cleaning the bathroom doesn’t repulse me like dusting! 🙂

    Thanks for the giveaway. Mail Order Mix-Up sounds like a story I will enjoy.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Anne, I’m with you and Christine on dusting. Moving everything in order to do the job is no fun. Must be why minimalism is appealing to me more and more. I’ve pared down as much as I can, but a gal can’t toss her husband’s things and maintain loving wife status. She can ask him to dust, though. My guy does now–with his Shop Vac. Such a manly way to tend to the chore. 🙂

      • I love it! Yet I see disaster in my household if I gave hubby free reign with the shop vac.

        • Keli Gwyn says:

          Christine, most of the knickknacks are my husband’s, which he collected during our Germany days, so he has more invested in them than I do. And if we end up with one less stein, we’d still have plenty. 🙂

  • Deanna S says:

    Dishes! I enjoy cooking but ohhh that clean-up!
    Mail Order Mix-Up sound like a book I’d enjoy…

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Deanna, you can come cook for me anytime. I don’t like cooking or the clean-up, but I do like eating. 🙂

      What are your favorite dishes to make? Or is baking your thing?

  • jane naccarato says:

    I don’t like dusting. Dishes are fine my kitchen window faces the street so there is a chance to see something interesting. Laundry is also a chore I don’t mind because you can read in between the washing and drying cycles.

  • Keli Gwyn says:

    If you want to enter the contest, be sure to add your name to the Rafflecopter list. They choose the winner from those who click the link.

  • Megan Besing says:

    I would say dishes is one of my least favorite chores to do!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Megan, doing dishes isn’t high on my list either. We put some in the dishwasher, but I still do pots, pans and a number of other items by hand. I’m a bit of a minimalist and only have one set of pans, so I need to keep them clean. With only two of us, it can days for the dishwasher to fill up.

  • I just fixed a pot of Taco Soup which is going to be so yummy, especially tomorrow after it sits overnight in the frig. I don’t mind fixing chicken or larger meals but we have stopped baking desserts pretty much ~ until we go to a doin’s (pronounced with no “g”) at church, and wouldn’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings… Laundry is fine for the same reason ~ can read in-between. Admitting you could likely write your name at our house. Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Kathleen, taco soup sounds delicious. I’m a big fan of Mexican food. Eating it. Not fixing it. I wish I enjoyed cooking, but I don’t.

      I write in between dealing with the laundry, but I have a bad habit of letting the piles reach avalanche danger stage before I tackle the task.

  • Trixi says:

    I actually don’t mind cleaning the bathroom (toilet included). But I won’t wash windows or dust either. I used to keep quite a few knick knacks out for decoration, but after moving across country TWICE, I put those away and never got them out again…lol!! Why put something out to collect dust and then try to rearrange them after dusting….ugh!! I’d rather take that time to read 🙂

    Mail Order Mix-up sounds like a fun book! Lots of chances for sparks to fly, love this type of storyline!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Trixi, I love how you think. I’d much prefer reading to moving knickknacks and dusting.

    • Oh, washing windows. The dreaded chore. I used to hate doing the outside until I bought one of those car squeegees and started using a bucket of water with a little vinegar in it. Now I can do all the window exteriors in about 20 minutes. Doesn’t help the inside, though.

  • Monica Wilkinson says:

    I do not like washing dishes or mopping. Not sure if there is a chore I like!
    Mail Order Mixup sounds great! I love Love Inspired Historicals!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Monica, I don’t even own a mop. Most of our house is carpeted. When our small kitchen or bathroom floors needs to be cleaned, I grab a damp paper down and wipe them down in a hurry. Anything to make housework less work is fine with me. 🙂

      We love our LIH readers!

  • Dianne Casey says:

    I really don’t like cleaning the bathrooms or cleaning the stove. I guess I would rather do about anything than cleaning. Mostly, I’d rather be reading. Book sounds like a good read. Great giveaway, thanks.

  • I hate doing the dishes just about more than anything else. Haha.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Lucy Reynolds says:

    Well. I’m a neat freak, so cleaning is high on my priority list. I don’t mind anything, but I hate ironing. I love cooking and washing dishes is a time to pray. Hanging out laundry is a time to enjoy Gods beauty.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Lucy, I like things neat and tidy, too, but like many writers on deadline, I don’t have the time I used to for such tasks. I’m blessed in that my husband retired recently and has taken over some of them.

      I agree with you, though, that there are benefits to cleaning, such as time for prayers and reflection. When I meet a deadline, I often look forward to having time to muck out my poor house.

  • Laura AKA Loves 2 Read Romance says:

    I don’t like dusting or washing windows. Dishes and Laundry aren’t too bad. I love the sound of this book. Mail order brides are one of my favorites.

  • I hate cleaning the bathrooms. But then when it comes right down to it I really hate cleaning house! I like to finish a task and move on and never re-do it so constantly having to go back and wash the floors, clean the toilets, dust, whatever just kind of irritates me all over the place!

  • Susan P says:

    Oh man, dusting and folding laundry. I just hate folding. I’ll load the washer, load the dryer but just don’t make me fold it!!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Susan, I hear you on folding laundry. For me, the trouble is that I’m a bit of a perfectionist and feel a need to fold everything just so, which takes longer. I have enough wrinkles of my own and don’t want them in my clothes. 🙂

  • Lynne M Feuerstein says:

    I’d say doing dishes is my least favorite. Although washing a regular dish doesn’t bother me as much as scrubbing a pan. Thanks for featuring Mail Order Mix-Up,looks like a good story!

  • Lenita says:

    I detest doing laundry. One day I will stick to the routine of doing a load a day. Surprisingly, I don’t mind cleaning the bathrooms. Thanks for the opportunity to enter the giveaway.

  • Thank you, Keli, for hosting Mail Order Mix-Up on your blog. And thank you all for stopping by. I loved hearing what you do to get through the dreaded chores.

  • Hate cleaning the bathroom, sometimes enjoy doing laundry or vacuuming.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Heidi, I wouldn’t say I enjoy vacuuming, but I don’t mind it as much as I do other chores. It’s nice to see a quick payoff for my efforts.

  • Merry S. says:

    My least favorite is vacuuming and my most favorite chore is laundry.