Keli Gwyn
Cover Reveal: Family of Her Dreams

I’m thrilled to reveal the cover of Family of Her Dreams, my first Love Inspired Historical, which will be a June 2015 release.

Family of Her Dreams Front Cover - Medium

The Harlequin design team does a wonderful job with the covers for all three Love Inspired lines of sweet, God-honoring romances: Love Inspired (contemporary), Love Inspired Suspense and Love Inspired Historical.

When creating covers for Love Inspired Historical, the designers have to find a balance between historical accuracy and modern readers’ expectations.

On occasion, historical concessions are made. Such is the case on my cover. I spotted three.

One historical concession is that my Victorian housekeeper heroine, Tess, wouldn’t have let her boss, Spencer, see her with her hair down. A proper lady wore her hair up.

Can you spot two other historical concessions? I’ll give you a hint. They involve the children’s clothing.

There are a number of historically correct details as well. Here are a few…

  • Tess’s dress is modest, and she’s wearing plenty of petticoats.
  • Like most Victorian men, Spencer is wearing a waistcoat instead of being seen in his shirtsleeves, and he’s wearing a hat. Both items were part of a gentleman’s attire, even on the hottest of days.
  • Little Luke is wearing suspenders, or braces, which were what men used to hold up their trousers in the days before belts became common.

The goal of the designers is to create a cover that will catch readers’ eyes and give them an idea what the story is about. The cover of Family of Her Dreams does both very well. I have a serious case of cover love!

Post Update

I’ve received several requests to know what the other historical concessions are, so I’ll tell you.

One savvy reader pointed out that Luke is actually wearing a belt. For some reason that had escaped my notice. She’s correct in saying that a boy in that time period wouldn’t have worn one. He would have worn suspenders, which Luke is.

Another reader wondered if little Lila would be wearing shoes. Since babies grew so fast and since it gets quite hot during a California summer, I have a hunch not all wee ones wore shoes, especially those who weren’t walking yet.

While those were great observations, they weren’t the ones I had in mind when I asked my question. Here are the two historical concessions I spotted.

Lila’s dress is short. In most of the vintage photographs I’ve seen, a baby’s dress was floor-length, as evidenced in this rare picture of three Victorian Era babies photographed together. Note that one of the babies is indeed barefoot.

Click photo for source.

Click photo for source.

The other historical concession involves Luke’s trousers. In the Victorian Era, a baby boy started life wearing dresses, just as his sisters would have. In fact, one of the three babies in the photo above is a boy.

When a boy reached the age of four or five, he was breeched, meaning he was put into short pants, or  breeches. Since Luke is four, he would have worn short pants. However, since modern readers are used to seeing boys in long pants, that’s what Luke is wearing. Although not historically accurate, he’s adorable, and that’s what counts, right?

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Keli Gwyn


  • Renee C. says:

    Well isn’t that a cute cover! I love it.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Thanks for sharing in my excitement, Renee. I think the Love Inspired design team does a great job with their covers. In my case, they outdid themselves. Of course, I could be biased. 🙂

  • Anne Payne says:

    Congratulations, Keli!!! It is a sweet cover! I love her dress. Such a pretty color that compliments all the browns, and looks attractive with the blue sky.

    Interesting tidbit you shared about their cover ‘concessions’. I noticed her hair down right away and thought it odd for the time period.

    I’m excited to see you have another historical being published. I look forward to reading Family of Her Dreams.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Anne, I like Tess’s dress as well. She is partial to blue, and that is a pretty shade that goes nicely with the other colors, as you said.

      You’re a savvy person to have noticed the model’s flowing hair. I wonder how many readers would. I’m guessing the majority prefer to see unbound hair. Harlequin has done their research, so I trust them on that.

  • Loree Huebner says:

    Beautiful cover! I’m very happy for you, Keli!

  • Great cover! Makes one want to look inside.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Darlene, I love it when a cover grabs me. I’m glad the one for Family of Her Dreams does that for you. Doesn’t the Love Inspired design team do great work?

  • Beth K. Vogt says:

    How fun to see your cover, Keli. While not historically accurate, I can see why your heroine’s hair is down. It adds motion to the cover as she swings — and I love that. I’m pre-ordering my copy now!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      I agree, Beth. If Tess’s hair were up, she wouldn’t look as friendly, approachable or free-spirited. Thanks for being such a great cheerleader.

  • Susan Anne Mason says:

    What a gorgeous cover, Keli!! I love it!! So excited for you!!


    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Thanks for celebrating with me, Sue! The Love Inspired design team really knows how to create eye-catching covers, don’t they? That waterfront gazebo on your first Love Inspired, Healing the Widower’s Heart, makes me want to climb into the picture and enjoy that peaceful setting.