Monday, May 7, 2012

Book Review - Forever Hilltop

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.


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 for more information on her and her books.

You can buy the book HERE


This book drew me in immediately. It was like visiting good friends or family in a special community that you knew you'd never visited, yet it felt like home.

This book very much reminded me of the genre of Jan Karon's books. I cared about the characters and couldn't wait to pick the book up again to see what happens next. There was a little romance, a little mystery, a lot of faith, and just a great story all the way around. I loved how faith and love for your brother/sister was woven through the whole story. The way that Alex, the new pastor, handled the division between the two churches he pastors was just brilliant. Nothing is tied up neat as a bow, yet throughout you can see where if we "have love for one another", great miracles can happen. I found myself laughing out loud and crying at different times in this book because the story was so real.

Judy Baer wrote a beautiful story and I can't wait to read the next installment! She is on my "Favorite Author" list now.

If you enjoy a good story, with believable characters (and who doesn't?), be sure and read "Forever Hilltop". I highly recommend it!

*This book was provided to me for my honest review by LitFuse Publicity Group

To see other review of this book go HERE

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God bless you - Julie

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