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LIH Spotlight: A Mother in the Making

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

This week I’m shining the spotlight on
A Mother in the Making by Gabrielle Meyer.

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



Matchmaking with a Mission  

Practical, steady, levelheaded: all qualities single father Dr. John Orton expects in both a governess and a wife. But his children’s temporary governess Miss Marjorie Maren seems set on finding him an impractical woman to love…despite his plans of marrying solely for convenience. Nothing could be more exasperating to the handsome widower—except his increasing interest in Marjorie.

Vivacious and fun-loving: that’s the kind of bride the reserved doctor needs. Before Marjorie leaves to pursue her acting dreams, she intends to match him with a suitable wife candidate. Yet growing affection for her four charges and their dashing father has awakened a new hope—that she might be his perfect bride. But can she convince her employer to take a chance on love and claim real happiness before it slips away?


Fun Question for Gabrielle…

I love seeing pictures on Facebook of your family enjoying your yard, which backs on the Mississippi. What do you like best about living right on that mighty river?

Gabrielle says: “ I grew up on the banks of the Mississippi River and my husband grew up on the shores of a lake nearby. We both love the water and have wonderful memories of our childhoods playing with our families in lakes and rivers all over our beautiful state of Minnesota. What I love the most is that we are making new memories with our own children in the river right behind our house. We swim, fish, boat, and simply relax on the water. It’s a refreshing escape from the busy world.”

Your Turn…

Are you a water person like Gabrielle?

What are your favorite water-related activities?


Book Giveaway!

Enter to win a print copy of A Mother in the Making.

Giveaway ends Sunday, October 2  at 12 a.m. PDT.

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

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

Congratulations to the winner from my September 19 post,
Andrea S, who will receive a copy of The Nanny’s Little Matchmakers,
a September 2016 Love Inspired Historical by Danica Favorite.

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Keli Gwyn


  • Amanda Ward says:

    Hmmm water activities, I would have to say swimming when I can manage to get to a swimming pool and I paddled in the loch whilst on holiday in August.

    Regards..Amanda Ward

  • Melody says:

    I am so not a water person! I love the beach, but only to look at it for the most part, take pictures, maybe get my toes wet! On a river rafting trip last year I got thrown into the water and I was not a happy camper at all! Lesson learned don’t mess with Mel! Haha
    I love the bathtub, but that’s an entirely different thing. 😉
    I do love to go boating, but I only like to get wet if it’s too hot outside and I am dying of heat! Haha

  • Thank you for having me, Keli! I love your blog and your blog community. It’s so much fun to see A Mother in the Making here.

  • Susan Snodgrass says:

    I do not have a favorite water activity because I can’t swim and I’m scared of the water.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Susan, I’m not fond of the water either. I didn’t learn to swim until my high school PE swimming unit. I was the only girl who didn’t know how to swim. Doing the dog paddle while the other girls were doing laps and dives was quite humiliating, but I did learn to swim. That doesn’t mean I enjoy it. To this day, I don’t like putting my face in the water, which is why the side stroke is my preferred stroke.

  • Marjorie invites his bride-to-be right into his heart ~ daily 😀 Sidestroke for me too or floating on my back with scissor kick (I knew you would be impressed, haha). Would love to win this story!! Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House

  • Dianna says:

    No, I’m not a water person by any means. But my kids really are, and when we had a swimming pool in the backyard we were out there all day long, all summer long!

  • Trixi says:

    I took to water like a fish 🙂 We had an apartment complex my parents and I lived when I was about 9yrs old in that had a swimming pool and so I taught myself how to swim. That’s what my friends & I did most of the hot summer days. My dad also taught me to fish when I was knee-high to a grasshopper so we spent a fair amount of summer days doing that as well. My Uncle had a farm way out in the boondocks and he had a private pond stocked full of bullhead. So guess where you’d find my dad & I? One summer, we fished for 3 hours and caught 53!! We had a fish fry for the family the next weekend 🙂 We never owned a boat, but I really wished we did cause I LOVE being by the water. This is why I love living by the ocean!!

    I’ve already read & reviewed this wonderful debut LIH by Gabrielle, but I wanted to pop over and comment and share your wonderful giveaway on FB and Twitter. Thanks for featuring all the LIH authors books of the month 🙂 I love seeing authors support other authors!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Trixi, it sounds like you and Gabrielle share a love of the water. What fun memories you have of you and your dad on those fishing trips. I’m sure your family was thrilled when you caught those 53 fish and hosted a fish fry for them.

    • Those sound like amazing memories, Trixi! I’ve spent many, many wonderful hours swimming and fishing, too. I’ve never caught that many fish, though!! That’s incredible. Thanks for sharing this giveaway.

  • Sounds like a great book! We used to have a power boat and went island hopping on the west coast of Canada and the US. I loved it. So relaxing. I wrote part of my first book on that boat.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Darlene, island hopping sounds like fun. How cool that you wrote some of your first book while riding in the boat you had back then.

    • That sounds like an amazing time, Darlene! We visit islands in the river, but it’s generally by canoe. We do have a speedboat, but when we’re on the boat, we’re pulling skiers behind. I’d love to island hop between the US and Canada!

  • Marilyn R says:

    I’m not a water person. I enjoy watching the waves and all, but not a swimmer. ‘Mother in the Making’ sounds like a fantastic read. Thank you for spotlighting Love Inspired debut books. I always enjoy reading Love Inspired Historical books along with the Inspirational Romance ones. God bless.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Marilyn, there is something soothing about watching waves roll in, isn’t there? I enjoy doing that even if the ocean doesn’t call to me.

      Thanks for being such an enthusiastic supporter of the LIH line.

    • The one thing we don’t really have here in Minnesota are the waves. Sometimes, when it’s really windy or there’s a storm, we’ll get significant whitecaps on the lakes and rivers, but for the most part, it’s the gentle lapping of the water against the shore that is comforting. Thank you for being here, Marilyn.

  • When I was young you couldn’t keep me out of the water. We loved the river, the lake, a pool, anything with water in it. Now, I would probably sink to the bottom of any of those things! ha! I am no longer a water person. Although this past summer I did play in the water with our grandchildren and they loved it. Me? Not so much! ha! It was cold and wet! Ewww!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Julie, it’s interesting how things we loved as children no longer appeal to us as adults, isn’t it? I used to enjoy going on spinning rides like the Tilt-a-Whirl or the Scrambler. These days the mere thought of going on one of those carnival rides sets my stomach to pitching.

    • I generally agree that the water is too cold and too wet. 🙂 But it is fun to make those memories with the kids, isn’t it? I’m always amazed at how many hours they can play in the water and not grow bored.

  • Beth Fiscus says:

    I am definitely not a water person. I never had swimming lessons and that is something I regret. I think I would feel a lot different about water activities if I had the basics of swimming down. That is the reason why my boys are taking lessons. Even if they don’t really want to! I don’t care if they ever love to swim or not. It could save their life or someone else’s someday!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Beth, I didn’t learn to swim until the swimming unit in my high school PE class. Since I didn’t want our daughter to suffer the humiliation I did as the lone non-swimmer who was dog paddling while other were diving and doing laps, I enrolled our gal in swimming classes at a young age. Unlike me, she’s quite comfortable in the water, and I have the peace of mind that comes from knowing she can swim. I think we both scored mom points on our decisions to enroll our children in those lessons, don’t you? 🙂

    • It’s always a good idea to have our children take swimming lessons. For us here (in Minnesota, and especially living on the banks of the river) we consider swimming lessons a necessity. Our children take lessons in a nearby lake, and they’re all strong swimmers. It’s not unusual for them to be in three bodies of water on any given summer day. The lake for lessons in the morning, the river behind our house in he afternoon, and then Grandma’s lake in the evening. 🙂

  • Keli Gwyn says:

    Marilyn, there is something soothing about watching waves roll in, isn’t there? I enjoy doing that even if the ocean doesn’t call to me.

    Thanks for being such an enthusiastic supporter of the LIH line.

  • Tima says:

    Not sure I would be considered a water person. I love being around the water, but not so much in it. Give me a chair and a book beside a lake, on the beach, etc. and I’m happy.

  • Merry S. says:

    I love the water. Swimming in a pool is my favorite water activity. I enjoy the beach, but not swimming in the ocean. Also I like fishing but I don’t think that counts but it involves water.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Merry, when I swim, I prefer a swimming pool, too. I’m not fond of the critters that live in the ocean. Many of them are pretty to look at in pictures, but I wouldn’t want to encounter one of them in person.

    • It is a bit disconcerting to be in a big lake or ocean and know you’re sharing it with creatures. 🙂 Thankfully, here in Minnesota, there’s only one fish that can really harm swimmers (the Muskie), but it’s so rare and only found in really deep water, that we’re generally safe. It can’t kill, but it can take a big bite and has sharp teeth. It’s also afraid of humans, so I’ve never actually seen one. Fishing definitely counts as a water activity!