Thursday, September 6, 2012

A Bride Opens Shop in El Dorado, California



An ever-resourceful widow, Elenora Watkins arrives in El Dorado ready to go into partnership with Miles Rutledge. When he refuses, Elenora becomes the competition across the street. Is this town big enough for the two of them? Miles can't help but stick his well-polished boot in his mouth whenever he comes face-to-face with Elenora. Can he find a way to win her heart while destroying her business? Miles's mother, Maude, is bent on Elenora becoming her new daughter-in-law while Elenora's daughter, Tildy, thinks Miles would make a perfect papa. How far will these meddlers go to unite this enterprising pair?

My Review:

 Witty and charming and so much fun! The kind of read you chuckle the whole way through. I could totally see this on the big screen as a romantic comedy. Snappy dialogue -- the whole competition between Miles and Elenora is just a hoot. They're both so stubborn!!! I'd have to say that Elenora came out on top though -- she has such ingenuous marketing strategies! Poor Miles didn't stand a chance.

Then there's Elenora's daughter, Tildy. I love the warmth and humour a child can bring to a story and Tildy has both in spades along with enough spunk to keep her mother on her toes. And it isn't long before the little girl has Miles wrapped around her pinky finger. Their special friendship is another highlight of the book.

Secondary characters fill out a quirky town and contribute to meddlesome matchmaking which raises the stakes on both an emotional and comedic level.

An intricate plot filled with quite a few surprises kept me eagerly turning pages right to the end. A Bride Opens Shop in El Dorado, California is a wonderful debut novel and I look forward to reading more of Gwyn's books in the years to come.

Giveaway Opportunity:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of A Bride Opens Shop in El Dorado, California, please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday September 9 2012. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!


  1. I'd love a chance at this one, sounds fun.

    rmjagears AT gmail DOT com

  2. Would love to win a copy of your book I love to read .Thank you Blessings ,Dana M Spille

  3. I'd love a chance to win this book it sounds funny and lighthearted. Thanks for the chance. God bless you.

    Glenda Parker

  4. Lighthearted is a good description, Glenda -- but there are some key inspirational threads as well which cause some angst. A really great balance. Good luck!

  5. I've been waiting for a chance to enter another giveaway for this book! After "meeting" Keli online I've been looking forward to reading her book. Thanks so much for opening this up internationally!
    kentiapalm a gmail address

  6. This book is one that I have heard much about and it sounds amazing! Thank you for your review! I love how passionate and full of life your reviews are :)

    Please enter me.

    crazi.swans at gmail dot com

    Thank you so much!

  7. I would love to win this book, I have it on my wish list! Thank you for hosting the giveaway.


  8. Hi Rina. Thanks for dropping by. Good luck!

    Hey Faye -- it is a great book so it was easy to review!

    It's a good book to have on your wish list, Wendy.

    Good luck everyone!

  9. Hello. Great review. I would love to win Keli Gwyn's,
    A Bride Opens Shop In DEL Dorado, California.
    Thanks for the chance.
    godblessamerica.jan (at)gmail (dot) com

  10. Hi Kav! I'm not entering drawing. I just want to comment about this book. I just finished reading Keli's novel this morning. I really do think this is one of my favorites for this year. I kept thinking to myself throughout the book, that I would love to see it on the big screen. The sweet romance and comedy would make a cute movie. Hope you have a great weekend!

  11. I love historical Christian fiction and humor. Thank you for this great giveaway!!!

  12. This book sounds fun! Thanks for the giveaway!

    jswaks at gmail dot com

  13. Hi Kav,
    thanks for the review and it's just what I expected from Keli!

    DId you all see her little travelogue of the El Dorado setting? loved it.

    please enter my name in the drawing!
    debraemarvin (at ( yahooooooo)

  14. Amy -- thanks for chiming in. Funny how some books just strike as me as great for the big screen. Glad you think this one does too.

    Debra -- I haven't seen Keli's travelogue of the El Dorado setting -- I'll have to hunt it down!

    Good luck Jan,Carol, Jes and Debra!

  15. I would love to be entered in for this book! It looks like another great read!
    Thank you for the giveaway :)

  16. I have heard so much about Keli Gwyn and loved reading her story on the Seekers blog. I'd love to win her book. :)

    Thanks for the giveaway (and for all the fun giveaways you do!).

    biblioprincess15 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  17. Please throw my name in your drawing - this is the kind of book I enjoy reading - thank you for your take on the book too! I wish there were more movies made from this time era - I miss a good western/family movies! I love a book that can make me laugh, cry, cheer, and sympathize with the characters!! Look forward to reading it. Thank you for offering great Christian fiction giveaways!



  18. Samantha, it certainly is a good read. Good luck!

    Rachelle, I 'met' Keli at Seekerville too! Loved her guest blog too. Good luck!

    I know, Lori. They just seem to have gone away from good old-fashioned Westerns with a nice love story. I have to watch Dr. Quinn to get my fix. Good luck!

  19. I have heard a lot about this book. I would love to win so I can read it. Thanks.



  20. I have seen this one around the blogosphere and I really want to read it! Sounds great!


  21. This sounds like a fun book with delightful characters, please add me Kav. Thanks!
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

  22. I like surprises in a book! Sounds like a good plot.

  23. Please enter me if still applicable!!! I have wanted to read this book for forever!!! But have been unable to find it in store, and haven't been able to order it. I LOVE the cover, the strong female character looks like my kind of heroine! :)


    John 3:15-16 (Read it, Believe it, and Be Saved)

  24. I love a book that will make me laugh. Sounds like a fun read.


  25. I have had A Bride Opens Shop in El Dorado, California by Keli Gwyn on my wish list since I first saw it in the CBD Fiction catalog. Please enter my name into the drawing.