Book Review: Forever Hilltop

5 May

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.

My Impressions:

Forever Hilltop is a 2 for 1 treat.  Judy Baer invites the reader to be a part of a delightful community full of quirky and endearing characters.  Featured in this 2 book volume are An Unlikely Blessing (see my review HERE) and Surprising Grace.  Alex Armstrong is the city bred pastor that comes to this farming community and finds a home.  The first book is good and the second is even better.  Baer’s characters really grow on you, and there are some surprises in store for some.  Forever Hilltop is a comfort read.  I loved the slow pace, the heart for God that the character’s express and the care for the oldest and least among the residents.  And best of all there seems to be at least another book to come in the Hilltop series.  So pull up a rocking chair and have a cool lemonade at hand and get ready for some very enjoyable hours of reading.


(I received Forever Hilltop from LitFuse in return for an honest review.  The opinions expressed are mine alone.)

To read what other reviewers have to say, click HERE.



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