Tuesday, February 1, 2011

An Unlikely Blessing

Prolific author of over 75 novels, Judy Baer, is launching her new Guideposts series, Forever Hilltop, with a KINDLE giveaway! The first book in the series, An Unlikely Blessing is available now wherever fine books are sold.

An Unlikely Blessing
Judy Baer
(Guideposts)
ISBN: 978-0824948146
October, 2010/288 pages/$13.99


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 small, two-church parish in the wide plains 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.


Read the reviews here.

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 www.judykbaer.com.


MY THOUGHTS:
This is an enjoyable read. Alex Armstrong is easy to like, and anyone who has been around small towns or small churches can certainly recognize some of the personalities found within the community he now calls home! Some of the townsfolk immediately endear themselves both to Alex and the reader, while others. . . well, I've often heard those types referred to as God's sandpaper in our lives to smooth our rough edges! This is the first book in the Forever Hilltop series and it is evident that there are still many experiences and challenges, as well as some unlikely blessings, ahead for Alex and his two flocks!

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 Amazon.com
To enter just click on one the icons below and then tell your friends! Winner will be announced on February 21st on Judy's blog, http://www.judykbaer.com/wordpress


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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity as part of their Blogger Review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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2 comments:

quilly said...

This book was a fun read and I am definitely looking forward to the rest.

Tom said...

Hi--Love that phrase "sandpaper" people-it says it all! Thanks for reviewing my book. Judy Baer