Friday, February 11, 2011

Book Review ~ Unlikely Blessing

I love when you can pickup a book and instantly be transported to a wonderful place right there in the comfort of your living.  From the minute I picked up this book, An Unlikely Blessing, I was instantly transported to this far away country community and right into the passenger seat on this journey with Alex Armstrong, the new pastor in a small town church.

Being married to a pastor I was intrigued at looking at the ministry through a man's eyes and even more so from a single man in the ministry.  I am a city girl doing ministry in South Florida, so this sweet little country community brought me right back home to where I grew up in rural Kentucky.

I could see the sights, smell the smells and put myself right into this charming book.  I love when you become so connected with the characters of the story that they become lifelong friends...and that is what happened while I was reading An Unlikely Blessing.

If you are looking for a good clean well written book to "get away" from it all for a little while, then this is the book for you!

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.

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.

Rhythm of Secrets NOOK Giveaway

One lucky winner will receive:
•    Brand New KINDLE with Wi-Fi
•    A $25 gift certificate to
To enter just click HERE and then tell your friends! Winner will be announced on February 21st on Judy's blog,

Stop by the other blogs participating in this blog tour by clicking here ~> Blog Tour Schedule

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of the book, An Unlikely Blessing, free from Lit Fuse Group 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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