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LIH Spotlight: The Gift of Twins

This week I’m shining the spotlight on
The Gift of Twins, a December release from
Love Inspired Historical author Gabrielle Meyer.

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

Unexpected Holiday Blessings

Finding twin five-year-old boys on his doorstep isn’t the first surprise Reverend Benjamin Lahaye has faced lately. Emery Wilkes, the new schoolteacher the town has hired, turns out to be a very pretty woman—not the man they’d been expecting. And though the twins and Emmy are only boarding with Ben until Christmas, the arrangement feels all too natural.

Emmy has moved to Minnesota to put loss behind her. Marriage would mean forsaking her position and her purpose, and Ben is an honorable man who understands her refusal to wed. But as he gets closer to tracking down the little boys’ father, Emmy realizes just how much she wants their sweet temporary family to become permanent.

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Reflecting on My Stories: Supportive Heroes

The release of my final novel this month has me feeling a bit nostalgic. As I look back on this story and the seven others I’ve had published, I’ve noted some commonalities. I’ve covered the role music plays in many of my stories and the endearing children in half of them. This week I’m focusing on my heroes, who are staunch supporters of my heroines.

In my debut novel, A Bride Opens Shop in El Dorado, California, the heroine, Elenora Watkins, opens a small mercantile across the street from a large, well-established mercantile owned by the hero, Miles Rutledge. Ellie is out to prove she can run a successful business on her own and has a hard time accepting the help Miles offers. Thankfully, he’s just as bent on convincing her she has nothing to prove because it’s evident to him she’s a bright, capable, creative woman.

Becky Martin, the heroine of my second Love Inspired Historical, A Home of Her Own, has a gentle, loving nature. She does a wonderful job caring for the ailing mother of the hero, James O’Brien. He, in turn, supports Becky in her dream of opening a bakery.

Flynt Kavanaugh, my civil engineer hero in Make-Believe Beau, champions Jessie Sinclair, the newly hired draftswoman at the irrigation company where he works. Callie Hunt discovers a love of woodworking when she’s asked to work alongside carpenter Chip Evans in Her Motherhood Wish, and he’s happy to help her learn the craft.

The heroine of Their Mistletoe Matchmakers, Lavinia Crowne, arrives in Sutter Creek determined to show her sister’s recently orphaned children the kind of lavish Christmas celebrations they’ll have when she takes them back to Philadelphia with her. She’s sure she can offer her nephew and nieces a better life than they would have in their small town.

Even though the children’s paternal uncle, Henry Hawthorn, is just as determined to provide a simple, faith-filled family celebration for the children and keep them in California, he does his best to support Lavinia in her plans while praying she’ll embrace the true meaning of Christmas.


Questions for You

Which men in your life have been your biggest supporters?

What have the men in your life done to help you reach your goals?


Book Giveaway!

Enter to win a copy of The Gift of Twins
by leaving a comment on this post with the answer to one of
the questions above. You must answer at least one 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, November 25 at 11:59 p.m. PST.

Winner to be announced in my new
blog post on Monday, November 27.

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

Congratulations to the winner from my November 13 post!
MH will receive Once Upon a Texas Christmas
by Love Inspired Historical author Winnie Griggs.

Keli Gwyn


  • Julie says:

    My Dad was my first hero/supporter. Anything I set my mind to do he would help me. He protected, defended, cheered and sympathised. Love that man! My husband is my biggest supporter now. He too has stood with me and done whatever was necessary to help me reach goals. He’s the best cheerleader, supporter and protector. I am truly blessed to have such wonderful guys in my life, both have helped me to be a better daughter, wife, mother and friend.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Julie, how wonderful to have been raised by a father who did so much to support and encourage you. I love that you married a man like you father who has taken over the role of supporter and protector. You’ve been doubly blessed.

  • Jennifer says:

    My husband is my biggest supporter. He is always there to encourage me along in my hobbies, interests, ministries etc. he protects me, believes in me, prays with me, and loves me on good days as well as not so good days. We have walked through many a challenge together and he has always been by my side.

  • Melissa Andres says:

    OOoo this is a tough one! I’ve been blessed to have wonderful men in my life. My Dad, both of my grandfathers, and my husband. They all do/have cheered me on in so many different ways. I’m so grateful for each of them!

  • I would have to say, Ted, my step-dad. He came into my life when I was 13 and it was a hard adjustment especially for my 15 year old brother, he and Ted never did hit it off. He never asked me to call him Dad, it was up to me. He hitchhiked 150 miles to be there for my high school graduation (we moved back to our home town 6 weeks before I graduated but I was able to stay with friends to finish school, my mom & I had to go back early for practice and such so with only one car he was determined to be there). My dad was an alcholic, had been sober for several years many times, but always went back to drinking, one of those times of going back was right before my wedding. Even though ‘Ted’ was more of a dad to my I wanted ‘MY’ dad to walk me down the aisle. We could not be sure he would be sober and able to do it, so Ted told me to plan on my dad but he would be there if my dad was ‘not able’ to do so. Luckily my dad was able to and I had TWO dads at my wedding.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Wendy, I love that your step-father took you into his heart the way he did. Your story about how he hitchhiked all those miles so he could attend your high school graduation is a beautiful one. That’s love in action. I’m glad things worked out at your wedding and that you were able to have both of your fathers there to help you celebrate.

  • Deana Dick says:

    My hubby has been my biggest supporter. He has shown me unconditional love and has helped me deal with PTSD.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Deana, I have such respect for men who love their wives in good times and when facing challenges. Support like that makes the journey of life we’re on so much sweeter, doesn’t it?

  • amy guillaume linderman says:

    my husband for sure! he always points out my strengths and what i am talented at.

  • Bethany White says:

    My Dad is a supporter of me. He has been there for me and encouraged me to keep trying until I reach my goals. He encouraged me to start and finish college. He also gave me encouragement to volunteer where my job is now.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Bethany, what a great father you have. I love that he encouraged you to go after your goals. I’m sure he’s been there to rejoice when you achieve them too.

  • Peggy Jarvis says:

    My husband has been my biggest supporter. He encouraged me to go back to school to become a teacher. Several years later, he encouraged me to go to subbing due to health issues and 3 grandkids who need my support. Now he supports me through health issues. A wonderful husband of 47 years, terrific father and grandfather.

  • Lucy Reynolds says:

    My dad has always been there and is my biggest supporter. He is 91 today. Happy Thanksgiving 🦃

  • Mary Preston says:

    My father was my biggest supporter. He was that rare species; a true gentleman.

  • My dad, my husband and my son have been huge supporters and now my grandsons have joined the list. I have been very lucky to have such amazing male supporters in my life. During my last book tour in Canada, a male cousin in Calgary heard I was going to be at a local library and brought his wife, daughter, granddaughter, and sister along to hear me read and they all bought books!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Darlene, how wonderful to have a family filled with supportive men. I enjoyed hearing about how your cousin went out of his way to show you support as an author.

  • Martha Peace says:

    My husband,thanks for a chance to win

  • Sabrina Templin says:

    My friend in England is a great supporter. He is like a big brother to me. We talk every day and he supports me through my struggles. 🙂

  • MH says:

    My father and my grandfather have been such big supporters during my earlier days. My husband is now my biggest supporter who has helped me attain my goals, reassess my goals, and reinvent my goals. I hope and pray that my children will say that their father is their biggest and best male influence and supporter.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      MH, what a blessing you have with all those supportive men in your life. I’m sure your husband is as supportive of his children as he is of you. Like you, I hope that one day they’re able to tell him how much having him in their corners has meant to them.

  • Becky Smith says:

    My husband and my sons have been my biggest supporters. They look for ways to make my life easier, and are always willing to get in the midst of whatever and help. I was sooo busy yesterday, and my hubby did everything he could, just to make things go smoothly. One of the things I have always loved is his giving heart. I’ve had this book on my must-read list and can’t wait to read it.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Becky, it sounds like your sons have a wonderful example of a supportive man in their father. I’m glad your guys are there for you. What a blessing!

  • Tiffany Hall says:

    My husband supported me when I decided to go to school to be a nurse and he later supported me and our family when I decided to return home to take care of our children. This book is on my want to read list! Thanks for the opportunity!

  • Mari says:

    My father was my biggest supporter with his wisdom, love, and prayers. I miss him so much, but thankful for God’s assurance of being reunited one day.

  • Trixi says:

    The Gift of Twins is exceptionally fantastic!! I’m sad to leave Gabrielle’s fictional world though and the characters in Little Falls. Ben captured me from the first book and I am so happy he found his lady love 🙂

    I’m sharing this giveaway since I’ve already read this wonderful book. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours Keli!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Trixi, it’s great to be swept away in a story, isn’t it? I’m not surprised Gabrielle’s latest release did that for you. She’s a talented author.

  • Patrice Doten says:

    I’ve had few supportive men in my life, but my husband more than makes up the difference! Ha has supported me in too many ways to list, but most importantly he has always encouraged me in the Lord. So thankful for him.

  • Keli Gwyn says:

    This week’s winner is Julie! Congratulations, Julie! I’ll be in touch.