Friday, February 18, 2011

An Unlikely Blessing by Judy Baer

Book Description
Meet Alex Armstrong, new pastor and lifelong city dweller, who has just accepted his first parish assignment, a small parish in the wilds of North Dakota. Hilltop Township, a farming community, blooms from the prairie like a wild pink rose lovely and prickly, much like the quirky residents. Pastor Alex quickly learns that this lovely place is in peril; many of the farmers are struggling to make ends meet. As he settles into life on the prairie, he begins to experience a lot of new things like the annual Hunter's Breakfast, julebukking (also called Christmas fooling), and King Oscar's fish balls. Not to mention 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 and he will teach them, providing all with An Unlikely Blessing!
My Thoughts:
This is a good read. Alex Armstrong is a pastor who has reluctantly accepted his first parish in North Dakota. He is a city boy and it doesn't seem likely he will make it well up there. When he gets there, he realizes the community is having problems. Farmers are close to losing their farms, he stirs up a frenzy with the single women and he starts to feel at home in the wilds of North Dakota. He begins to believe he was sent there to help the community in its time of need!
Alex was a wonderful character. He was warm and caring and did his best to help the members of his community. The people of the community are all very interesting and I look forward to learning more about them. The story draws you in and before you know it, it's over! I am looking forward to the next in this series.
I rate this a 4/5. It is a 'leisurely' book that isn't fast paced but keeps your attention with wonderful characters.
Thank you to Litfuse for the review copy of this book. I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.


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