Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Blog Tour: Forever Hilltop

About the Book:
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.

My Comments:
Like most things published by Guideposts, this book is on the sweet side.  As someone with family in North Dakota, I had an easy time imagining the setting of these stories--those prairies go on forever, covered with wheat, and those towns are small.  The stories themselves reminded me a lot of the Mitford series by Jon Karon (many have been reviewed on this blog, you can use the search box above to find them).  Alex is is in his early 40's, a second career minister who turns out to be the perfect fit for these small congregations.  Everyone has problems, but all works out in the end.

The books contain multiple story lines involving many of the church members.  There is no real climax to either story and they don't resolve so much as end.  Since I'd like to visit these folks again someday, I'll give the book a B.

I'd like to thank Amy at Litfuse for providing a review copy.  I was not obligated to write a positive review.

@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

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