As we near the end of another year and much in our world continues to be in turmoil, I’m trying to focus on good things that have happened for me in 2023.

I hope you can do the same and celebrate blessings large or small.

Lake life

Our new lakeside cottage is a year-round place of peace and tranquillity, and I’m grateful for and cherish the special family memories we’re making there.


With help from my nurse practitioner, doctor and respiratory therapist, my asthma is under control.

And after dealing with various post-Covid symptoms since June, to my great relief the most concerning issue is now resolved.

Family and friends

Visits with family and friends, both online and in person, have supported, renewed and refreshed me in life and writing.


Through difficult times this year, my British literary agent has been a great source of encouragement as have author friends.

For 2024, I’m excited to start new projects and share new books with you.

First up is The Cowgirl Nanny, fourth in my Montana Carters miniseries for Harlequin Heartwarming in April (now available for pre-order in paperback or e-book, except in the UK).


If you read my blog regularly, you know that ‘hope’ has been my word for 2023. While life has knocked me down often this year, it’s also been a year when by living with hope I found it in return.

Looking towards 2024, I continue to keep an open heart and hold to hope to give me strength, find unexpected blessings and appreciate the promise and joy a new year brings.

Thank you for being part of my life and writing and wishing those of you who celebrate a happy holiday season and good things—and books—in 2024.


As for those 2024 books? One I’m excited about is my friend Rosey Lee’s debut, The Gardins of Edin, out on January 9.

It is receiving excellent advance reviews, and I know I’ll be engrossed by this heartwarming, contemporary women’s fiction story of an American Southern family, sisterhood and secrets.

Find out more about The Gardins of Edin on Rosey’s website here.

There’s also chance to win a gorgeous “Gardin Goodies Box” (US & Canada only) here.

I’m taking a break from blogging to enjoy Christmas and New Year with Tech Guy, English Rose and Floppy Ears, but will return with a new post the week of January 8.


  1. Sylvie Morel

    I’m so glad to hear you are getting better. Have a great Christmas. Miss you.

    • Jen Gilroy

      Thank you, Sylvie. I miss you too but am looking forward to seeing you in January!

  2. Heidi Vanstone

    “Hope” was a wonderful word to pick for this past year. As we move into 2024, may your days be filled with ongoing hope, good health and happiness! I’m looking forward to reading The Cowgirl Nanny…can’t wait!

    • Jen Gilroy

      Thank you, Heidi. Even though ‘hope’ won’t be my word for 2024, it will still be an important part of my life and I appreciate your hopeful wishes. I also hope you enjoy “The Cowgirl Nanny.”

  3. Rosey Lee

    Thank you for reminding us that hope can be our guide. I’m excited about The Cowgirl Nanny and honored to see my debut on the same page with your hopeful story. I so appreciate your kindness and your friendship! Wishing you, your family, and your readers a joyful holiday season!

    • Jen Gilroy

      Thank you, Rosey. Sorry I missed your comment previously. I’m grateful for your kindness and friendship too. Wishing you good things in 2024 and looking forward to sharing in your journey in life and writing as the months go on.

  4. Lynn Butkus

    Glad to hear you are finally getting to a spot where you feel better!! May the blessings of the season follow you into the New Year, and may you have a beautiful winter! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Enjoy your quick break and pile up those memories for the long cold nights ahead!!

    • Jen Gilroy

      Thank you, Lynn. I’m sorry I missed your comment previously. I appreciate your good wishes and your support of my blog. Happy New Year and hope you stay cozy for this cold winter!


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