9 November 2012

ACRBA Tour Return to Baragula by Mary Hawkins

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 Review:

Firstly Thanks to Mary for my copy, I actually received it about a year ago after having trouble getting book one in the series. I bought the others but number one was the issue. 

I enjoyed this book. Seeing how something that happens can impact on the rest of your life is interesting and thought provoking. I loved that we saw the consequences of what happened and how it did affect Emily. I also found seeing how some peoples reactions caused so much hurt but the same person didn't realise the pain they caused. I can see this in my own life where someone has said or done something which they didn't even think was much but it hurt deeply and until I could tell them how much it affected me they had no idea. Seeing Matthew's life changed from 6 years ago is also interesting. There is also some intrigue in the story but I will not go into this as its nice for readers to discover these story lines themselves.  I have the next two book and they are on my tbr list asap. I found it hard to put the book down and kept going back to read just a little more. Great book.

1 comment:

Mary Hawkins said...

Thank you for your kind review, Jenny.

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