Friday, February 4, 2011

Review: An Unlikely Blessing by Judy Baer

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Title: An Unlikely Blessing
Author: Judy Baer
Publisher: Guideposts
Format: Softcover
ISBN: 978-0-8249-4814-6
Pages: 263

ElCloud Opinion:

An Unlikely Blessing is a promising start to Judy Baer's new series, Forever Hilltop.  I was originally drawn to the series by its setting in  the rural  midwest.   The small town setting, the Scandinavian ancestry of the main characters, and the battling sister churches all struck a chord in me.  I wanted to see what story Judy Baer would create in that situation.

I wasn't disappointed in An Unlikely Blessing.  I was immediately drawn into the story and the lives of the characters just as Alex was as he met them.  As the story unfolded, it became apparent that Judy was setting this up to be a series, with hints of stories yet to unfold, and characters yet to be met.  At times, I was disappointed in the fact that I'd have to wait to know more about it, but it did whet my appetite to read the rest of the series.

Judy's characters are likable, and most of them seem real.  A few of the characters seemed a bit over-the-top, though I don't doubt that there are people out there just like them.  I enjoyed An Unlikely Blessing, and definitely recommend it to others.  It was a cozy escape in the middle of this cold winter.

You can purchase An Unlikely Blessing right HERE.  Scroll down to read more about the author, and what the publisher has to say about the book.  Not to mention your chance to enter a giveaway for a Kindle!

I received this book free, for review purposes.  The opinions stated in this blog post are my honest opinion.

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

What the publisher has to say 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.

Read more reviews 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

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I received this book free, for review purposes.  The opinions stated in this blog post are my honest opinion.

Trusting in Him,
April E.

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