ABOUT THE BOOK:
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.
In An Unlikely Blessing, Alex Armstrong is a former city dweller who has just accepted his first parish assignment to a small community in the wilds of North Dakota. In Hilltop Township, Pastor Alex becomes familiar with the residents and their odd traditions, from julebukking to King Oscar's fish balls. 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.
In Surprising Grace, 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 loved -- 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.
She invites you to visit her at her web site www.judykbaer.com for more information on her and her
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Forever Hilltop is first of all, 2 books in 1. I think it is so awesome when authors do this, don't you ?!?! :) The first book is titled "An Unlikely Blessing" and the second is "Surprising Grace."
In An Unlikely Blessing you meet Alex Armstrong. He is the new Pastor @ Hilltop Church. He is single and coming from Chicago, he could definitely be described as a city boy. Moving to a small community, he learns, is quite the adjustment and not necessarily the quiet slow paced way of life he was expecting. On top of all that, meeting all of the church's members and learning their ways is at times quite humorous! He also learns of the division of two of the churches and wonders if he is doing the right thing!? Being single brings out the available women as well as food! LOL, these women bring Pastor Alex dish after dish. (One little side note here is that the recipes are included! So awesome don't you think!!) There is never a dull moment for this town and all the wonderful people who live here! You will love some and want to give others a swift kick sometimes :)
In "Surprising Grace" we see Pastor Alex really settling in. However, his ex fiancé' has come to try and rekindle their relationship and he is not sure if that will happen. As he wonders if she will be happy to live in this small community, he is growing to love it more and more. Will he have to choose? As he helps those in his church, he finds they are teaching him lessons as well.
I loved meeting all of the people of Hilltop and there are quite a few to say the least! I love this quaint little town and am so hoping this series continues!
Thank you Litfuse for allowing me this complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review! Thank you Judy Baer, for taking us to such a sweet place, in the town of Hilltop and allowing us to meet so many awesome, funny and even ornery people! I loved every minute of it :)
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