As many of you now know, I am working at a very popular local coffee shop. We don’t have any retail chain stores here on the island, so ours isn’t a name you know, but we’re a Friday Harbor hotspot just the same. I love people, so for the most part serving customers is a blast. There’s a lot of humor and laughter shared over the counter.
However, there are always exceptions. Recently a very angry fellow came to the walk up window. I flashed a bright smile and said, “How may I help you?”
He shrieked, “What did you do with the ferry?!”
I responded (quite bewildered), “Excuse me?” I am a barista in a coffee shop. I wear a cute little green checkered apron with roses on it. I make coffee and serve ice cream. I obviously have no control over the ferry.
The man, red in the face with a little vein throbbing in his forehead, yelled, “A minute ago there was a ferry at the dock. Now it’s gone. I just went into the store for a minute. What did you do with the ferry?!”
I so wanted to say, “What?! Did it sink again?!”
I figured that response would get me strangled, so I gave the man a ferry schedule and told him when the next ship would dock. I hope he figured out on his own that when one’s ship comes in, one should get on it post-haste!
Want a heart-happy, chuckle-aloud read that leaves you feeling uplifted, refreshed, and like all is right with the world? Then be sure to read Judy Baer’s, Forever Hilltop featuring An Unlikely Blessing and Surprising Grace. These charming slice of life stories follow new Pastor Alex Armstrong on a spiritual journey he wasn’t expecting.
In An Unlikely Blessing, city pastor Alex Armstrong, accepts a two-pulpit (dual churches) post in rural North Dakota fearing his biggest challenge will be boredom; however his perspective changes before he even reaches town. At the edge of the city limits he encounters an ancient farmer, a tipped pick-up truck, a runaway sow with piglets and several members of his future congregation. It isn’t long before he realizes life is going to be very different than he’d anticipated. Then he discovers that sometimes rural life can be too interesting — especially for a well-respected, eligible bachelor in a town with an abundance of marriage-minded women.
In Surprising Grace, Natalie, Alex’s former fiance, the woman who broke his heart and was a large part of the reason he accepted a parish in Hilltop Parish, North Dakota, has had a change of heart and wants him back — but she doesn’t want Hilltop Parish. Alex has to choose between everything he’s always wanted, and the new life he’s forged in Hilltop Township. To complicate matters, there’s a burglar on the loose, the township’s only doctor is leaving the area, and one of the town’s spinsters, without any encouragement, has pegged Alex as her future husband.
And, as if getting two fantastic books in one wasn’t enough excitement:
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About Judy Baer:
Judy Baer is the author of over seventy-five books for adults and teens. She has won the Romance Writer of America Bronze Medallion and has been a RITA finalist twice. She lives in Elk River, Minnesota with her husband. Follow the Hilltop characters on Judy’s blog and find out more about Judy and her books at http://www.judykbaer.com
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If the Biblical story of Ruth and Naomi has ever intrigued you, you will love Sixty Acres and a Bride by Regina Jennings. Inspired by the story of Ruth, Naomi, and Boaz, Regina Jennings has crafted a dramatic, heart-wrenching, love-filled tale that brings to life the stresses and joys of traveling to a new land, learning a new culture, and building a new life. Rosa is earnest and loving and easy to like. Her heart is always in the right place and she always tries to do what is best for others, even marrying the man she loves despite being certain he will never love her. This story is an emotionally exhilarating roller coaster ride. I highly recommend it, but don’t take my word for it. Read an excerpt, then click here to see what others are saying!
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About the Author: Regina Jennings is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University with a degree in English and a history minor. She has worked at The Mustang News and First Baptist Church of Mustang, along with time at the Oklahoma National Stockyards and various livestock shows. She now lives outside Oklahoma City with her husband and four children. Learn more about Regina by visiting her website, www.reginajennings.com.