Thursday, May 10, 2012

Blog Tour: Forever Hilltop (Review)

What happens when a college professor decides to leave life in a classroom and become a small-town pastor in the heart of a Scandinavian farming community?

From a pig named Twinkle Toes, to a colorful cast of characters (which includes a little boy and his "humane society" - one thing is for certain. Life will never be "boring" again for Alex Armstrong.

An Unlikely Blessing and Surprising Grace - the newest releases in the "Forever Hilltop" series provides readers with a surprising view of the world, through the eyes of a pastor.

The stories are charming. They remind me of Jan Karon's "Father Tim" series - except this time, the main character is a protestant pastor.

Warm, inviting, humorous and poignant, Baer gives an "idealistic" view of what life might be like for someone in the ministry.

(Ok, kinda like "little house" makes people long for farm life.)

In reality, these books are sweet diversions from life. I could only WISH life was like this for someone who works in a church.

The books will make you smile and laugh. It will also make you want to know what happens next. There better be a third book, because honestly, it ends with a slight "cliff hanger."

If you are looking for a sweet book to read this summer, Forever Hilltop should find its way into your beach bag.

On the scale of one to five, I give it a solid and fun three.

More About The Books
(From The Publisher)
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.

More About The Author
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 adviser 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. 

Online Resources
Follow the blog tour
Buy the 2-in-1 volume at Amazon
Find out more about Judy Baer @ her blog

It's A Contest
@JudyKBaer is giving away a Kindle for YOU … and one for a Friend in her Forever Hilltop Giveaway!

Celebrate with Judy by entering to win a Kindle for you and a friend!

One lucky winner will receive:

  • Brand New KINDLE with Wi-Fi
  • Brand New KINDLE with Wi-Fi to Giveaway to a Friend!
  • Forever Hilltop by Judy K Baer for you and a one for a friend

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on May 22nd. Winner will be announced 5/24/12 on Judy's Blog.

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As a freelance journalist, I was provided a copy of this book by Litfuse Publicity Group. This review was not influenced by a free book - just in case you (or the FTC) were worried about this detail.

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