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LIH Spotlight: Mail Order Mommy

This week I’m shining the spotlight on
Mail Order Mommy by Christine Johnson.

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


A Mother by Christmas 

Nursing a broken heart, Amanda Porter had answered a frontier mail-order bride ad placed by Garrett Decker’s children—only to find the groom-to-be didn’t want a wife. The widowed bachelor she hoped to marry does need a housekeeper, though, and taking the job is Amanda’s only option. But his adorable children are determined she’ll be their mother by Christmas…

His wife’s betrayal and tragic death demolished Garrett’s life. Now he can’t even look at another woman, let alone marry Amanda, who resembles his first love. Even if she does make his house feel like a home, filling it again with laughter and his children’s smiles. But with his daughter convinced Amanda is the perfect mother, will Garrett realize she’s also his perfect match?

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 saw on your website that you enjoy hiking. If we were to encounter you on one of those outings, would you most likely be found walking in your neighborhood, traveling on a prepared trail in your town, hiking in the mountains, strolling on the beach or…?

Christine says: “Though you will most often find me walking in my neighborhood (as in every day), my favorite place to hike is in the mountains. The vistas take my breath away…or maybe it’s the altitude, lol. Seriously, I am in complete awe over God’s creation when in the mountains. The sheer size and beauty bring praises to my lips. It has been a couple years since I last hiked in the mountains, and answering this question makes me want to go there again soon.”

Your Turn…

How often do you go walking or hiking?

What are your favorite places to go when you want to take a hike?


Book Giveaway!

Enter to win a print copy of Mail Order Mommy.

Giveaway ends Sunday, November 27 at 12 a.m. PST.

Winner to be announced in my new
blog post on Monday, November 28.

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

Congratulations to the winner from my November 14 post,
Deana D, who will receive a copy of
Cowboy Creek Christmas, a 2-in-1
Cheryl St.John and Sherri Shackelford.

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Keli Gwyn


  • I would like to walk every day, but with no sidewalks where I live it isn’t feasible. I have a walking exercise DVD that I pop in when I am feeling virtuous about exercise, but most of the time I’m a slug and prefer to rock in my recliner. 🙂 Hikes do not entice me at all. I do love a nice walk on the beach though and I love love love the beauty of the glorious mountains, but I can admire them from afar 🙂

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Julie, not having sidewalks would be a deterrent. We have a wonderful paved hiking trail in town, which makes getting outdoors fun and easy. I hadn’t heard of walking DVDs, but that’s a great idea, especially for rainy days.

    • Julie, I love the idea of a walking DVD. Does it give you scenery? When it’s icy outdoors, I don’t like to go out either.

      • Anonymous says:

        Wouldn’t scenery be nice? No, the DVD I have is more of a workout than just walking for the sake of walking.

  • Andrea Stephens says:

    When I was young, I hiked often, first in the hills and ravines of southern Indiana, then the foothills around Denver. Moving to the flatlands of suburban Illinois, I walked daily with my daughter, outside, in the mall, where ever I could. Many injuries and illnesses later, I no longer hike and can barely walk. It is something I miss and I always tell people “never take the ability to walk for granted”

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Andrea, I’m so sorry you’ve dealt with injuries and illnesses that have made it difficult for you to walk. I, too, took walking for granted until I spent eighteen months battling plantar fasciitis. It’s hard to enjoy walking when every step hurts. I hope you’re not in pain all the time and can get around some on your own.

    • Amen, Andrea! I’m feeling the effects of some of those mountain hikes now that I’m older. The joints are aching a bit more. I learned too late the value of using two walking sticks when hiking. Now they’re a must! Each walk is a pure gift from God. Praying that He eases your pains and gives you comfort.

  • B Walters says:

    I walk in my yard several days a week looking for interesting things to photograph–cats, trees, weed blooms, spiderwebs, birds, armadillos, clouds, moon, etc.
    Saturday evening I started out my door and there was a young deer in my yard. Later 2 kittens thought they could catch him. lol I got about 64 pics in about 22 minutes from inside my home.
    Perhaps my favorite place to walk is in the woods nearby but now it is deer hunting season.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      B, what fun it must be to live in place where you can head out your door and see so many interesting things. I love that you keep your camera busy capturing them.

    • B, what wonderful attention to the amazing details around us! I love that you capture these in photographs. What a beautiful, joy-giving pastime. The story about the deer and the kittens is too precious. We have deer near my house too, and I only walk on the streets at midday now that it’s hunting season.

  • Melody says:

    I absolutely love hiking! It’s one of my favorite things to do, but since I always play it safe safe and never hike by myself, I don’t get to go as often as I would like! Lukily, my dad and bros love it too, so we squeeze in a few every year! Living in Utah we have so many places to hike, I don’t have a favorite! I am always in awe of the beauty, just like Christine! Mountains are my favorite. It’s why I will always be a Utah girl. 🙂

  • Lucy Reynolds says:

    I love to walk every day, but not when we have snow. With fibromyalgia it is hard to walk on cold days. We love hiking many different areas near us. WV has many beautiful places to walk.

    • Hi Lucy! Today was one of those bitter cold days you’re talking about. It had been a couple days since my last walk, so I had to go out. I about froze my face! West Virginia is another place I need to see one day. Putting it on my list right now.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Lucy, I’m sorry you’re dealing with FM. I know a couple of local friends who do. Like you, some days aren’t the best for getting around.

      I’ve never been to West Virginia, but I’m sure it’s beautiful there. One day, I want to see that part of the country.

  • Bonnie Roof says:

    Would love to read this touching story – the cover is beautiful also!! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!!

    I was raised on a farm with beautiful areas in which to hike – unfortunately, mobility issues make walking slow, painful, and difficult and I am no longer able to hike. My 92 year old mother, however, hiked 2 miles every day on the farm up until this year when she began to have problems falling from arthritis/osteoporosis/Alzheimer’s. My brother is an avid hiker also, but it has been recently curtailed due to surgery needed for a bike injury.

    • Hi Bonnie! Your mother is quite an inspiration to hike 2 miles each day into her 90s. Wow! Your brother sounds very active too. Praying for comfort and easing of the pain for you.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Bonnie, I’m sorry you’re dealing with mobility issues and the resulting pain. It sounds like hiking is in your blood, and giving it up had to have been difficult.

      I’m sorry your brother suffered a biking injury. I hope his upcoming surgery is a big success.

  • Merry S. says:

    I dont do too much walking or hiking due to health issues but if I walked it would be on the beach, so peaceful watching the waves.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Merry, I’m sorry you’re dealing with health issues that keep you from walking. I hope you’re not in too much pain. At least you can read and be whisked away to beautiful locales that way.

  • Trixi says:

    I SHOULD walk more than I do, but I don’t…haha! There are LOTS of places to go hiking where I live on the Oregon coast. We have a lot of people who enjoy doing it and the trails vary from easy to more advanced. It’s a beautiful country to explore 🙂

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Trixi, I lived in Vancouver, Washington when I was in my early twenties. On one trip to visit my relatives in California, I traveled down the Oregon coast. That’s definitely beautiful country. I hope to go back someday.