Wednesday, February 16, 2011

An Unlikely Blessing

An Unlikely Blessing (Forever Hilltop)Author: Judy Baer
ISBN: 978-0824948146
Publisher: Guideposts
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Synopsis: [From 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, but 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.

My Thoughts:

An Unlikely Blessing is a wonderful, refreshing novel! I had a hard time putting this one down. From the moment Alex arrives in Hilltop, I was hooked. The story was wonderful mix between realistic modern day issues and a blast from the past in regards to lifestyle and small town communities that act more like family than neighbors. The characters are very easy to fall in love with, even those who are the towns grump or trouble makers.

Judy’s writing flows easily which made me feel like I was sitting with grandma as she told me stories from the past while imparting wisdom, laughter and insight. I imagined myself as part of the Hilltop community while reading this novel and could easily picture the community in my mind. I even found myself falling for Ale’s charm and caring nature.

The novel is the first in the forever Hilltop series and its clearly meant to have a follow-up. It left me hungry for more and ready to learn about the people of this quaint town. I am anxious to discover their past as well as their future and enjoy their lives right along with them. I am anything but a farm girl, however this book captured me! I will be reading the rest of the series and highly anticipate the release of book two! My one complaint is that I know nothing about book two. I wish there was a title or blurb about it in the back of this book. I highly recommend the read.

I also plan to check out other titles by this author as this is the first book I have read by Judy, though her bio claims she has written over seventy-five! I should have plenty of titles to choose from and anticipate doing so!


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

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

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

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