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Mysteries, polka dots, California Rolls, TJ Maxx, cozy blankets, rainy days and getting the first spoonful of peanut butter out of the jar make me smile. Spiders, rude people, cold fingers and toes, baby leashes, people that don't wrap their packages before going to the Post Office, poison ivy and Math (pretty much all of it) make me want to scream. My perfect day would be spent with my wonderful husband and sweet girls- watching movies in our jammies! Of course, having the movie theater to ourselves would be great, too. Please pass the popcorn and M&M's.:) I am saved by the grace of God. He is my constant companion and hears my every prayer. What a blessing! I'd love to hear from you! Lori at toosillysisters@cox.net

Friday, May 18, 2012

Forever Hilltop Book Review and Giveaway!

Forever Hilltop, by Judy Baer, is part of a heartwarming trilogy that takes you to the wilds of North Dakota.  Hilltop Township is filled with endearing characters that have imperfectly (and often very funny!) wonderful story lines.  The town is in the middle of nowhere but once you visit you will never want to leave.  (You may even start thinking about moving to North Dakota- I know I did!)  I was immediately intrigued when I saw that lutefisk and lefse were mentioned on the cover of the book.  They are traditional Swedish dishes that my family "enjoys" at Christmas.:)  I have yet to acquire a taste for them but found the mention of Scandinavian traditions utterly charming!  This book will make you feel good.  Really good.  Like a warm flannel blanket on a wet, cold day kind of good.  I found myself savoring each page and not wanting the stories (An Unlikely Blessing and Surprising Grace are both in this book) to end.  Forever Hilltop is a bit like the Mitford series by Jan Karon and I believe it would appeal to all ages.  It's delightfully entertaining! Judy Baer also features fabulous recipes in the books- can't wait to try making Nancy's Devonshire Cream!
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.

About Judy:

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 www.judykbaer.com for more information on her and her books. 

Blog Tour Schedule here!

{More about the Kindle Giveaway}

Celebrate with Judy by entering to win a Kindle for you and a friend!
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
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*I was given a copy of Forever Hilltop by Litfuse in exchange for my honest opinion.  No other compensation was received.*


Lindsay-ann said...

Hi Lori, The Forever Hilltop Series sounds wonderful. I would love to read about Pastor Alex and his life in North Dakota. This really does sound my kind of book, I know that I always enjoy what you enjoy :) I have enjoyed The Mitford series also recently.

jzink05 said...

Loved the first two! I see this is marketed as a trilogy. When will the third book be published?? Can't wait!!

mysteryhistorymom said...

It is a fabulously entertaining series! Still holding out for the third book in the series but haven't heard of it's writing or release. Something to look forward to, indeed! :)