Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Return to Baragula

~ an Aussie review ~ 
Today I'm joining the ACRBA blog tour....

5 - 9 November
is introducing 
(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... 
We meet Emily in this story, and learn about how she has to live with the consequences of her actions. This is a great reminder of how our actions do leave a residue throughout our lives, but God's grace can turn everything around for good.  
Mary is traditionally a romance writer and has a very wholesome approach to writing in the inspirational genre.
I read Return to Baragula a while back and found it refreshing and enjoyable to read. I enjoyed it so much I purchased the next two books in the trilogy, Outback from Baragula and Justice at Baragula.  


  1. I was at the Melbourne launch of Mary's last book in this series. I bought all three, as I love Mary's heart for romance... and I'll always be thankful for her warm welcome to the world of writing when I joined ACFW. Thanks for the review, Michelle. xx

  2. I don't know what it is about this blurb, but the last sentences gave me a chill. It sounds like a powerful read.

  3. I love stories where characters meet again after a few years and the changes in their lives make their match a good one! :)

  4. Sounds like a great read! And I kinda like the MC's name. :)

  5. How refreshing, a more wholesome kind of romance/inspirational book! The storyline sounds challenging and uplifting at the same time. :)

  6. Sounds like a great read, and a great series, too. Thanks for introducing her here :)

  7. Just popped in and want to thank Michelle for including me on her blog and her very kind comments. Perhaps some of you may like to be aware that this book is available as an e-book too from Koorong and Word australia shops.for

  8. Return To Baragula sounds like a great read. I'm glad it's available as an ebook too :)

  9. Hi Michelle

    Thanks for reviewing books for the AWW challenge. Did you see this feedback survey? Responses will help provide feedback to Bookseller & Publisher.



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