May 1, 2012
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The charming and often hilarious Forever Hilltop series follows the experiences of former city dweller Alex Armstrong as he settles into his new role as pastor of a Scandinavian community in rural North Dakota. Alex is sometimes baffled by his parishioners and their colorful ways, but he comes to appreciate their simple wisdom. One thing’s for sure — life in Hilltop Township is never dull! This new two-in-one format features An Unlikely Blessing along with its sequel, Surprising Grace.
An Unlikely Blessing
Meet Alex Armstrong, former city dweller who has just accepted his first parish assignment to a small community in the wilds of North Dakota. In Hilltop Township, Alex becomes familiar with the colorful residents and their odd traditions, from rommegrot to lutefisk. And then there’s the excitement the single pastor creates among the unmarried women in the community! Alex soon discovers that his new church home has as much to teach him as he has to teach them, providing all with An Unlikely Blessing.
Alex Armstrong is settling into his new role as pastor of Hilltop Church, and he’s even starting to understand the strange ways of the people who populate this barren stretch of North Dakota prairie. But he also finds that his flock needs help and counsel like he never imagined. In this cozy and entertaining read, Alex must choose between the woman he once planned to marry—and the home he’s come to love.
About The Author:
Judy Baer was born and grew up on a farm on the prairies of North Dakota, experiencing many of the same things as her Hilltop characters. An only child, she spent most of her days with imaginary people-either those she read about or those she made up in her head.
Baer graduated from Concordia College with majors in English and education and a minor in religion. While at the time, she was simply studying what interested her, Baer later realized that she was educating herself for her future career as a Christian writer. She certainly put her education to use as she is the author of more than 75 books.
A certified professional life coach now certified in three coaching disciplines, Baer coaches primarily professional and aspiring writers. She is also a faculty advisor in the Department of Human Development at St. Mary’s University in Minneapolis, MN. Baer has two daughters and three step children. She and her husband live in Minnesota.
I’m so glad to have taken part in another wonderful Judy Baer tour! My first tour was also through LitFuse for her book, An Unlikely Blessing (click to see my review), one of the books in this beautiful 2-in-1 collection from Guideposts. Since I read one of the books in my previous review, I’ll be reviewing the sequel, Surprising Grace.
Surprising Grace picks up where book 1 left off, and we get to see all the amazing characters again! I was so glad to see Pastor Alex again :). He’s still on the mission of mending the problems of the town and church he’s in charge of, in the small town of Hilltop, and he won’t give up. But, there are some complications arising, once again, that is putting the town on edge. Someone is breaking into places, Alex’s ex-girlfriend arrives, wanting him but not his parish, and so much more! With the robberies, it gives the story just enough of a mystery to keep the reader hanging on to every word and page. It’s up to Alex to work with the town members and his parish, teach them about grace, love and hope, and bring them together again.
The characters of Hilltop are once again at their wittiest keeping the laughs coming. Poor Pastor Alex…..he was my favorite character in book one, and has once again captured my heart!
I definitely recommend this two in one book with 4 Books. It’s charming, witty, and inspirational! From laughs, to a page turning plot line, I was hanging on every word the characters said. If you’re looking for a relaxing summer read, this is the perfect book to grab up. You’ll be transported to the center of the story and become one of Alex’s parishioners and have so much fun among the town of Hilltop. Well done, once again, Ms. Baer!
@JudyKBaer is giving away a Kindle for YOU … and one for a Friend in her Forever Hilltop Giveaway!
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