ACRBA – Return to Baragula. by Mary Hawkins.

 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: 

This is my favourite of all the Mary Hawkins novels I have read. The story instantly engaged me, and although the romance was a little predictable, it was exactly what I like. I don’t want to wonder weather a heroine and hero get together in the end, I want to know that they do and enjoy the anticipation of the story as they get there. I also loved that both characters were flawed. In some Christian novels I have read, the characters are so ‘pure’ that the story is totally unbelievable and I simply cannot relate to them. This is not the case in ‘Return to Baragula’. I found this story to be a great balance between uplifting Christian ideals and displaying the grace and forgiveness that accompanies the Christian walk. 

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On a personal note: ‘Return to Baragula’ was the novel that brought Australian Christian Authors into my life. I could hardly believe that an Australian had written a Christian fiction novel. It was a wonderful discovery, and a vital step that lead to my own calling as a Fiction Writer. Thank you, Mary Hawkins. xo

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4 thoughts on “ACRBA – Return to Baragula. by Mary Hawkins.

  1. Mary Hawkins

    Thank you for sharing in this blog tour, Rose, and for your kind comments, It is so good after all these years to see other Australian writers like yourself now writing great books for us Aussie readers of Christian Fiction!

  2. Mary, you are most welcome. It is a pleasure to give back (even this small way) to you. You have been at the forefront of Aussie Christian Fiction, and a wonderfully generous encouragement to our community. xxoo

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