Keli Gwyn
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Recommended Read: A Bride Sews with Love in Needles, California

Amazon shipped A Bride Sews with Love in Needles, California this past week.

This sweet story by Erica Vetsch is the latest in Barbour’s Destination Romances line, a line Erica helped launch with A Bride’s Portrait of Dodge City, Kansas. I enjoyed Erica’s first Bride book and was eager for her second.

About the Book

When her brother is injured fighting in France, Meghan enlists her fellow Harvey Girl waitresses to sew a Red Cross signature quilt to raise money for wounded doughboys. Local horse breeder Caleb McBride longs to join the battle, but the army won’t take him. Because he has kept his shameful infirmity a secret, the townsfolk have labeled him a coward and war profiteer. When Meghan uncovers his malady, her poor opinion of Caleb unravels. Can this beautiful seamstress find a way to mend his heart?

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My Thoughts

In a word, A Bride Sews with Love in Needles, California is wonderful! Erica Vetsch has created compelling characters I cared for from the start. I enjoyed every minute spent with impassioned but impulsive Meghan and brave but burdened Caleb. This well-written story is rich in historical detail and will engage the emotions at every turn. Erica did a great job capturing the hostile environment of Needles, California. Learning more about the life of a Harvey girl was fun. I highly recommend Erica’s latest release.

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Question for You

Needles, California is in the desert. Have you ever lived in or visited the desert? If so, what did you like most and least about it?

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Win Both of Erica’s Bride Books!

I have three copies of A Bride’s Portrait.
I also have three copies of A Bride Sews with Love.
I’m giving both books to each of three winners.

To enter the drawing, leave a comment by Sunday, November 4, answering the question above. Be sure to leave your email address when prompted so I can contact you if you win.

I’ll post the three winners’ name here and in a comment.

The three winners are Susan Mason, Ladette, and Jessica Nelson.

No purchase necessary.
Offer void where prohibited.
Odds of winning vary due to number of entrants.
Prizes will be mailed to U.S. or Canadian addresses only.






Keli Gwyn


  • Melissa Tagg says:

    Fun! I’ve never lived in the desert…I’ve been a Midwest girl my whole life. But I’ve been out to the desert a few times. 🙂

  • Never lived in a desert and I’m not sure I’d like it! lol
    This was such a good book! I really enjoyed it and am sure others will too. 🙂

  • Erica Vetsch says:

    Keli! Thank you so much! I’m glad you enjoyed the story, and thank you for hosting the first giveaway! I’m off to tweet and do a FB post right now! 😀

  • Oh yeah…I live in Phoenix. 😉

    Sounds like a great book!

  • would love to win this book! I will happily review it on my blog too.

  • Kristine Klein says:

    I’ve never lived in nor visited a desert. I’m sure it’s got a beauty all its own. I think I’ll stick to the beauty of Minnesota, tho! Can’t wait to read Erica’s newest book!

  • Karen Schulz says:

    Never lived in or visited the desert. Never even SAW a desert except in pics and movies. I am In Wisconsin, and haven’t been farther west than central Iowa. Not feeling too deprived either!

    I would love to win this book!!

  • Ladette says:

    I lived in Colorado for 10 yrs. The area we lived in was considered High Arid Desert. We had about 360 days of sunshine every year. BOY did I miss the rain. We loved the sunshine, but missed the rain. Loved the lack of humidity but hated dry cracked skin on our feet/fingers. 🙂

    I would love to win!! Thanks for the chance!

  • Keli Gwyn says:

    Drawing Update – I’ve decided to sweeten the deal. I’m giving away both of Erica’s Bride books. Yup. Each of the three winners will get A Bride’s Portrait of Dodge City, Kansas and A Bride Sews with Love in Needles, California. How’s that for a nice two-fer? 🙂

  • I’ve never lived in or visited the desert, but we have some folks in our church that migrate that way in the colder months. They always say that the climate’s good for their allergies.

  • Susan Mason says:

    Wow Keli! What a generous give away!

    I’ve wanted to read one of Erica’s books for a while now. I’ve never been to the desert but my cousin lives in the desert near Palmdale. She’s not wild about all the dirt that constantly gets into her house! Or the lack of greenery.

    Take care,


    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Sue, both Gwynly and my dad grew up near Palmdale. I’ve been there, and it’s quite barren. Not a place I’d want to live, but I know some like it.

  • Lisa Nelson says:

    I haven’t lived in the desert, but as a child I visited the White Sands in New Mexico. It was an enjoyable day with my grandpa. I remember the sand being hot and there being so much of it.

  • sissie prater says:

    would love to win thise book’s

  • I would love to read your books. Hopefully I can win!!!

  • Jackie Tessnair says:

    I haven’t never been to a desert…but I would love to visit.I don’t think I would like to live where it gets really hot in the summer.I would love to win these books.Thanks for a chanch…

  • no ~ the closest I got was a wrong turn going back to the Bible school in El Carmen, Mexico, and came across a yard that was completely different cacti ~ tall, short, wide, and narrow

  • Nancy Snyder says:

    I have never been to the desert, but because of Erica’s books that I’ve read and your book, which Erica recommended, I have begun a real interest in reading historical romance fiction. Until I started reading her books I only read non fiction. Now I’m thoroughly enjoying the Heartsong snd Barbour books!!!!!!! Thanks for writing!!!!!!

  • I’ve visited the desert many times and I’ve enjoyed seeing the cactus (we don’t have any in Minnesota!) but I didn’t care for the dryness (is that a word?) – I would miss all the trees and water that we have in MN if I lived in the desert. 🙂

    So fun to see Erica’s book here!

  • Keli, love your choices for books as always !! No, never been to or lived in the desert … my life has been mostly surrounded either by buildings or long stretches of beaches. This week my heart is sick watching some of my beloved beaches in the NE being ravaged. Beach sand is the only sand I’ve played with but I did own a couple of cactus plants once 🙂

  • karenk says:

    thanks keli and erica for this generous giveaway…loved today’s posting 🙂

    no, i’ve never lived…or visited…a desert.

  • Angie Adair says:

    I am a small town midwest girl. Lived here all my life..not much desert here. But I did spend two weeks in Phoenix and must say….I am not a desert lover. What is there to see? Dirt, dirt, dirt oh yea, and cactus, cactus, cactus. I also got shot with those shooting cactus’ in my foot. No, not a fan. Bit I am a fan of Western Romance and Historical Romance. angadair at nwcable dot net

  • Ladette says:

    Cool! Thanks for an even better giveaway!! 🙂

  • In Africa we were in villages in the desert, where homes were huilt of tin. Those poor folks.

  • I have visited a desert can’t say I really enjoyed it. If you wanted to all alone that would be a great place. I tend to like people. 😉 would love to win this.

  • brianna says:

    I live in the desert now and would trade it for the beach or the mountains at a moment’s notice.

  • Beth K .Vogt says:

    Jumping in late (your updates come into my inbox a day late, for some reason.)
    I trust your recommendations, Keli — and the plot of Erica’s book sounds good too!
    I haven’t ever lived in a desert — and I really don’t have any interest in it, either.

  • Keli Gwyn says:

    I’ve held the drawing for Erica’s two Bride books using The three winners are: Susan Mason, Ladette, and Jessica Nelson.

    Congratulations, Sue, Ladette, and Jessie. I’ll be in touch.