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LIH Spotlight: The Reluctant Bridegroom

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

This week I’m shining the spotlight on
The Reluctant Bridegroom by Shannon Farrington.

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

The Reluctant Bridegroom

Conveniently Wed 

Marriage for any reason but love was once unthinkable to Maryland councilman Henry Nash. But when an innocent encounter with a criminal puts Henry’s reputation in jeopardy, he’ll make any sacrifice to maintain custody of his orphaned nieces. And an alliance with a powerful politician’s daughter could secure the little girls’ futures. As long as gentle Rebekah Van der Geld never hears the rumors surrounding her new groom…

Refusing her father’s choice of husband wasn’t an option for dutiful Rebekah. But Henry’s kindness is a happy revelation, and she’s quickly falling for his adorable nieces—so she allows herself to hope this unconventional arrangement could become much more. But can it survive a shattering revelation that puts their new family in danger?

Copyright © 2016 by Harlequin Enterprises Limited
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® and ™ are trademarks owned by Harlequin Enterprises Limited
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Fun Questions for Shannon…

In your Harlequin bio, you mention that you enjoy stargazing. How did this interest come about? As a romance writer, I can’t help but wonder if you have some memories of starry nights spent with your own personal hero. If so, could you share one? Do you have a favorite constellation?

Shannon says: “What an interesting crop of questions!  Here goes….

My interest in star gazing started with my Dad. When I was little we often spent nights out on the front porch or in the yard just looking up at the sky. He was always quick to point out what planets were visible at the time and we both marveled over the Milky Way.

The interest was revived when my daughter studied basic astronomy in elementary school. She brought home a star map and we spent hours trying to locate the constellations. That Christmas we watched a documentary at church about possible scientific explanations for the “Star of Bethlehem.” Based on mathematical calculations and charts from NASA, the documentary proposed that the wise men most likely saw Jupiter, (known from ancient times as the king planet) in close conjunction with the star Regulus (located in the constellation of Leo the Lion. Since the Old Testament referred to the coming messiah as the “Lion of Judah”, that was how they reasoned a king had been born in Israel. My daughter and I were absolutely fascinated! We came home and shared the story with my husband and son.

To answer your romance question…. Stargazing with my ‘personal hero’ started out more as a scientific interest and celebration of faith. It soon, however turned to romance. We’ve spent many a night since then watching the sky, finding the constellations and marveling over ‘shooting stars.’

One of my favorite memories is being at Yellowstone National Park. The sky out there is SO BIG and the stars are so bright! The Milky Way is brighter than I had ever seen in my life! On our last night in the park my husband and I went outside to watch the midnight eruption of Old Faithful. It was late June but it was so cold! We did not have jackets but we were determined to stay outside. We huddled close together to keep warm. While we were waiting we saw three shooting stars. Old Faithful then erupted against what looked like a black velvet backdrop studded with diamonds. To this day, I cannot imagine a more beautiful place in all the world nor would I wish to share it with any one else!”

Your Turn…

Do you enjoy stargazing?
If so, do you have a special starry night memory?
Do you have a favorite constellation?



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Keli Gwyn


  • Amanda Ward says:

    My favourite constellation is Leo, because I’m a Leo. Love looking at the sky when its a clear night and seeing how ethereal the stars and the moon can be. Manda x

  • Merry S. says:

    My favorite starry night memory is when we lived in Texas and now I know why the first lines in the song are true…the stars at night are big and bright, deep in the heart of Texas!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Merry, I remember singing that song when I young. I also remember looking at the stars when my family and I visited Texas a number of years ago and seeing that the stars really are “big and bright” there. 🙂

  • I love the stars, but honestly I couldn’t name a star if my life depended on it! Well, maybe I could pick out the Milky Way…maybe. But we live in the country and when we do go outside at night the stars seem so close! They are beautiful. God’s handiwork is definitely present in the beauty of the night sky. No starry night romance stories for me and my guy, but after 30 years I still have starry eyes for only him 😉

  • Melody says:

    I don’t often look at stars, but when I do, I always enjoy it. There’s just something about it that makes me feel close to God,and knowing that I also am apart of His creation. It’s a great feeling.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Melody, like you, I look at the stars at times and marvel about God’s creation. It’s great that we get to enjoy it, isn’t it?

  • jane naccarato says:

    Slept outside when we went camping so of course you always looked at the stars instead of sleeping. I still look for the Dippers and Orion when I am outside at night. Big Sky Country (Montana) great place for stargazing.

  • Deanna S says:

    Yes, one night we were late night fishing and stargazing when a UFO appeared! A big lighted triangle hovered over us for a few minutes.. Later we found out it was a new airplane design they were trying out over the midwest 🙂

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Deanna, what an experience seeing that plane must have been. My late father-in-law worked on a triangular plane many years ago. I’m sure those who say it fly at night were surprised.

  • Megan Besing says:

    I love seeing a falling star 🙂

  • Deana Dick says:

    I love star gazing. To see the beauty that God made is incredible. I love looking at the stars and thinking how much the stars brighten our path at dark, like God brightens our path when we feel darkness around us.

  • Fedora says:

    How lovely, Keli and Shannon! We aren’t able to do too much stargazing with so much city light at night, but I do still love being able to look up and find the Dippers and Orion’s Belt! So amazing how God has hung every star in its place! Thanks for the info about your book–sounds like a great read!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Fedora, I’m sorry you’re not able to do much stargazing. If you want to escape the city and take in the night sky up in the Sierra Foothills, just say the word. The view is great from here.

  • Dianne Casey says:

    I love looking at the stars at night, especially when it’s late and everything is so quiet and peaceful.

  • Trixi says:

    I do enjoy seeing the stars at night…when we have a clear night that is! Oftentimes there’s too many clouds to block them out. When you can fully see them, it’s like sparkling diamonds twinkling! I find myself looking for the Big & Little Dipper, those are the only constellations I know. I’ve seen a few shooting stars and it always amazes me to see them, they say to make a wish when you see one and it will come true. I don’t but it’s a nice thought yes?

    This story (marriage of convenience) is one of my favorite to read…and LIH is my favorite of the LI line 🙂 Thanks for the fun interview, Shannon, it sounds like you have stars in your eyes 🙂

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Trixi, I like your description of stars as sparkling diamonds twinkling. That’s exactly what they look like.

      I’m a big fan of marriage of convenience stories, too.

  • Shannon Farrington says:

    Hi Keli! Just stopping by to say hi to you and your readers! Thank you so much for featuring my story! I really appreciate it — and thank you to all our loyal Love Inspired readers! Y’all are such a blessing!

    Tonight here on the east coast is a good night for star gazing. We finally have clear skies. Hope it’s a clear night for each of y’all!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Welcome, Shannon. I’m delighted to feature your story and tell our wonderful readers more about it.

      I hope the stargazing was great last night.

  • Best wishes for all your releases, Shannon! I love nights when the sky is so full of stars that it looks like a star-dotted quilt that you could almost pull down and wrap around you. Don McLean’s beautiful song, “Starry, Starry Night” is about the famous “Starry Night” by Vincent Van Gogh. I love both the song and the painting!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Virginia, the Don McLean song and Van Gogh painting are great reminders of the beauty of a starry night. Thanks for mentioning them.

  • Debbie Clatterbuck says:

    I’m not really a star gazer because I’m usually in bed by the time the stars come out. LOL. However, if I were to pick a constellation, I would choose the Milky Way because I love Milky Way candy bars. Again, LOL

  • Janice Moore says:

    Taking astronomy class and being able to identify several stars was just amazing. My main memory of star-gazing, though, was walking up and down my driveway at night, trying to soothe a crying baby. It worked for both of us! The night sky brought beauty and peace. Thank you, God!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Janice, how special that you got to share your love of stargazing with little ones. What special memories those driveway strolls must be.

  • Britney Adams says:

    I do enjoy stargazing and especially enjoy seeing a falling star!

  • Annie JC says:

    I love to stargaze. I remember in the younger days during retreats out at campsites, we would just lay on a blanket and watch the stars and dream…ahhhh

  • Abby Breuklander says:

    I love watching the stars from my favorite beach on Lake Michigan! Looking up and listening to the waves at the same time is Heaven on Earth!