Book Review: An Unlikely Blessing

An Unlikely Blessing
Judy Baer

     At age 42 and fresh out of seminary, Alex Armstrong finds himself as the pastor of a congregation in the rural North Dakota farming community of Hilltop Township. Having lived in the city his whole life, Alex feels like he is in another world. In addition to adjusting to this change, he sees that his new community has enough problems to keep him busy for years. Dealing with everything from church feuds to financial issues, Hilltop Township is in need of help and hope.  Will Alex be able to adjust to his new life and be of assistance to a community in need or will the problems he faces cause him to flee as so many others have done before him? 

     In this novel, Judy Baer does a great job of portraying daily life in a small mid-west town where feuds run generations deep, life moves at a slower pace, and farmers deeply feel the effects of changes in the economy. She also does a great job of revealing how an outsider may see this lifestyle and what challenges they may face; a sort of city mouse vs. country mouse problem.  I found myself laughing at so many parts of this book; my favorite was when Alex walked out of his office only to step right into the middle of a pie one of his parishioners had left for him. I love the way the characters are developed and they way they all interact. The back of this book says this is the first book in the Forever Hilltop series; I can’t wait to read more!

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Disclaimer: A complimentary copy of this book was provided for my review. All thoughts are my own and I was not required to post a positive review.


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