Monday, 5 November 2012

ACRBA - Return to Baragula by Mary Hawkins

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(Ark house March 2008)

by Mary Hawkins

About the Author:

Mary Hawkins is a best-selling inspirational romance author with other 825,000 romance books in print. During the first few years of being published she also had five medical romance novels released by Harlequin Mills & Boon before concentrating on inspirationals for Barbour Publishing (Ohio). Return to Baragula is her first single title and the first released by an Australia publisher.

Mary was a Queensland farmer's daughter, became a registered nurse and has a graduate diploma from a Sydney Bible College where she met her husband. Ray is a retired minister who is also a published author. They enjoyed ministries in Australia, three short term mission trips to Africa and two years at a church in England before settling in beautiful Tasmania. They have three adult children and are now proud grandparents. Mary is a member of several writing organisations including American Christian Fiction Writers, Romance Writers of Australia, Romance Writers America, their Faith Hope Love chapter and Australian Omega Writers. She enjoys speaking appointments and writing workshops where she can share the journey she has been walking for many years with her Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.

Book Description:

Return To Baragula
Over the years Emily Parker's actions as a teenager have impacted not only her own life, but the lives of many different people. Now, six years later, she returns reluctantly to her home town of Baragula only to discover the man at the heart of those actions, Matthew Davidson, is the community's respected doctor. While Emily's faith is now severely weakened by all that has happened, Matthew's life has completely turned around since he committed his life to Christ. His personal relationship with God is tested when he discovers how his behaviour when a non-believer hurt so many, especially Emily, and feels responsible for her hardness of heart towards the Lord. Disease attacks the community while danger from another source threatens Emily and her family. Through it all, will Matthew and Emily's faith be strong enough to forgive each other and put the past behind them?
My Thoughts:
It's been a couple of years since I read this book, but I loved it. Reading a book set in Australia, with cultural things that I totally understood was a wonderful change from all the American books that I had been reading.
This book is about people's journeys through life and the way they come to God, and how God is faithful through all circumstances - even ones that seem hopeless.
I greatly respect the writing of Mary Hawkins because she clearly talks about God and shares the Gospel through her stories.
Return to Baragula is the first in a 3 book series.


Mary Hawkins said...

Thank you, Beth. Good to know you enjoyed this book and hope you have book 2 and 3 as well.

Mary Hawkins said...

Thank you, Beth. So glad you enjoyed this book and hope you enjoy the next two in the Baragula series.

Michelle said...

Hi Beth, I also read this book a little while back... And have since red the next two. It's a great trilogy. Xx