“An Unlikely Blessing” by Judy Baer was a very refreshing read…Alex Armstrong, a newly “fresh-picked” pastor, moves to North Dakota, of all places, to become a pastor and friend to two churches that are in need of leadership. However, he soon finds that the church members are the ones that become “true-blue” friends to him. From cooking his meals to mowing his lawn to drinking “egg-coffee”(this book also has some great recipes throughout its pages too), Alex Armstrong realizes that being away from the country, growing-up in the city all his life, he’s missed out on some of life’s great pleasures.
Reading this book was a wonderful departure for me…especially after the reading list I’ve had for the past couple of months(true crime, vampires and slave ships.) It has also done wonders for me to reflect back on the book and its characters while writing this review. Further, I would definitely recommend this book to other readers who are searching for that “light, refreshing” side of like. The only complaint about it was that it left a lot of things unanswered, especially about the members of the church. Did Jonas Owens end up losing his farm, did Alf Nyborg start socializing with other people, and did Alex and Lydia ever make a love connection? These and more are some of the questions I hope Ms. Baer answers in her upcoming books in the Forever Hilltop Trilogy series.
I give it 4 stars.
P.S. “An Unlikely Blessing” was received courtesy from Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for an honest review.