Friday, May 18, 2012

Forever Hilltop by Judy K. Baer || Kindle Fire Giveaway and Blog Tour

Welcome to the blog tour for Judy K. Baer's latest series - Forever Hilltop. Judy's latest is a two-in-one novel and features both An Unlikely Blessing and Surprising Grace
To celebrate, Judy is giving away a Kindle for you AND one to giveaway! Details below.
Romantic Times says of Forever Hilltop"These two stories in one volume feature amazing characters - some are witting and some are quirky, but all of them are loveable and memorable. The small town comes to life and will remain with readers for a long time. Baer knows what her fans look for in a feel-good book and does not disappoint in either story."

{More about 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.
An Unlikely Blessing

Meet Alex Armstrong, former city dweller who has just accepted his first parish assignment to a small community in the wilds of North Dakota. In Hilltop Township, Alex becomes familiar with the colorful residents and their odd traditions, from rommegrot to lutefisk. 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, providing all with An Unlikely Blessing.
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 planned to marry—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.

Forever HilltopForever Hilltop by Judy Baer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Foreer Hilltop is comprised of the first two books in this series, so in some ways, it is not fair to be reviewing them together.  The series in indeed charming, and since I am now a country girl, I am able to idenitify with some of the issues that come up.  And indeed, Alex has to be the most charming pastor I have ever encountered!

The first in the series was nice enough but sometimes just a little bit slow.  I rhink that sometimes the first book in a series can tend to be this way because it is the introduction to all these characters.  I will give Judy Baer credit for assembling a motley crew that cover the entire gamut of church personalities.  You would think that a little town would be boring, but that cannot be said of Hilltop!

This becomes all too clear in the second of the series.  By the end of the book, Pastor Alex has more drama in his parish than a dog has fleas.  I found this second book a delightful continuation, and the relationships I had begun with the characters in the first book continued even more into this second book.

The second book had everything that makes a good story:  romance, love triangle, theft, mystery, and a vicious love triangle (kind of).  I was quite pleased with Pastor Alex's decisions throughout the book (no spoilers from me) and his total reliance on God.  And yet even the pastor wavers now and then!

In conclusion, this is a lighthearted summer read that will resonate with most.  I can hardly wait to read the next book in the series!

I received a copy of this book  in exchange for my honest review.  I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.

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{More about the Kindle Giveaway}

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

Enter Today - 5/3-5/22!

Judy K. Baer Forever Hilltop Kindle Giveaway One grand prize winner will receive:

  • A brand new Kindle Touch for you AND one to giveaway to the friend of your choice
  • Forever Hilltop by Judy K Baer for you and a one for a friend
Hurry, the giveaway ends on 5/22/12. The winner will be announced 5/24/12 on Judy’s blog
Just click one of the icons below to enter. Tell your friends about Judy's giveaway on FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning.
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