Saturday, 12 February 2011

An Unlikely Blessing

About the Book:
An Unlikely Blessing is a heartfelt story about a new pastor and life-long city dweller Alex Armstrong, who reluctantly accepts his first assignment, a two-point parish in the wilds of North Dakota. Hilltop Township, a farming community, blooms from the prairie like a wild pink rose—lovely and prickly all at once, much like the people who live there.

Alex quickly finds that this lovely place is in quiet peril. Farmers are struggling to make ends meet: Jonas Owens, a faithful member of Hilltop parish, is on the brink of losing the farm. Alex believes that part of why God called him to Hilltop was to help turn things around, and steps in with ideas for saving the Owens' land. But can even God's minister help save this rural community?

There are a lot of firsts for the new pastor—the annual Hunter's Breakfast, julebukking (also called Christmas fooling), King Oscar's fish balls, and the melody of the musical saw. And the new, single pastor creates remarkable excitement among the unmarried women in the community. If you could die of hot dish overdose, Alex would be a dead man. Whether performing weddings, counseling his flock, or herding cattle by snowmobile, Alex soon discovers that his new church home has as much to teach him as he will teach them. Day by day, he falls more in love with the people of Hilltop Church. People may leave Hilltop, but Hilltop never leaves them.

About the Author:
Judy Baer is the author of over seventy-five books for adults and teens. She has won the Romance Writer of America Bronze Medallion and has been a RITA finalist twice. She lives in Elk River, Minnesota with her husband. Follow the Hilltop characters on Judy’s blog and find out more about Judy and her books at

My Review:

Judy Baer has done such an amazing job in this first book of the Forever Hilltop Series, "An Unlikely Blessing." Alex Armstrong finds himself with a new job and a new home. Adjusting to life in the country and meeting his new congregation brings about new challenges as well. As time goes by and Alex settles in, this inexperienced minister desires to help many in this farming community and believes strongly the God called him to Hilltop to help turn things around.

I loved this book and seeing how Alex learns just as much from those in his parish and they do from him. You will love seeing God move in this community and in the hearts of HIS people. I am truly looking forward to much more in this series!

Thank you LitFuse for the complimentary book in exchange for my honest review! A definite 5 ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ for sure! This is one for the library! Also Judy is holding a contest and offering a Kindle so be sure to enter! Read below to find out how!

To Purchase An Unlikely Blessing please go here

In celebration of the release of An Unlikely Blessing, Judy is giving away a KINDLE prize package worth over $175.

One lucky winner will receive:

  • Brand New KINDLE with Wi-Fi

  • A $25 gift certificate to

To enter just click on one the icon below and then tell your friends! Winner will be announced on February 21st on Judy's blog,


Shug said...

Oh Loren, I am new to your blog, but I was so impressed.
I want this book...I want to read this book!
Thank you so very much for sharing and I look forward to returning to read more of your post.
Be Sweet...

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