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Feb 10, 2011

"An Unlikely Blessing" Book Review

About the Book:
An Unlikely Blessing is a heartfelt story about 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

An Unlikely Blessing Kindle Giveaway:
Prolific author of over 75 novels, Judy Baer, is launching her new Guidepost series, Forever Hilltop, with a KINDLE giveaway! The first book in the series, An Unlikely Blessing is available now wherever fine books are sold. Read the 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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My Take:
For me, the book took a few chapters to really get into it, but once the plot lines really got going, I became interested to know what would happen in the end. It took a while to tie up the loose ends, and you don't get that satisfaction until the last few pages. But the plots were each resolved in such a way that you were satisfied that things had been properly wrapped up, but you still wanted to know what would happen to the characters in the future. I'm really looking forward to the next book in the series so I can see exactly how things turned out for everyone!

There were many different plot lines, which could become confusing, but it's just the way it would be for a new pastor in a completely new town. Everyone has their own story that needs telling, and it's hard to keep everyone straight. But just as Alex began to get to know everyone, so will you in reading this book.

Cost: You can buy An Unlikely Blessing for $12.33 from ($$$)

Overall: We give An Unlikely Blessing an 8.5/10!

We were sent An Unlikely Blessing through LitFuse blog tour free of charge for the sole purpose of this review; no other compensation was received. All opinions expressed are my own.


Sarah Osborne said...

I like Christian books that involve romance....this sounds like it incorporates both!

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