Back to Top
Our Stores Contact Us Help
Welcome, {{username}} Log Out Log In   /  Sign Up

Return to Baragula

Return to Baragula

$19.99

Paperback
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?



- Publisher

You May Also Be Interested In

About "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?


- Publisher

Meet the Author

Mary Hawkins

With well over 800,000 books in print, Mary Hawkins has been a prominent figure in the Christian fiction world. Mary's dream of becoming a published novelist became true in 1993 with the release of her first book. Since then 18 titles have sold world-wide with Australia, a collection of contemporary Christian romance novels becoming a best-seller.

Mary and her husband Ray, also now a published author of devotional books, have been in pastoral ministries in New South Wales, Queensland and England. They now live in Australia's island state, Tasmania.

Customer Reviews For "Return to Baragula"

Write Your Own Review
A Refreshing Read
5 stars By Shirley Corder, Jan 26 2013
I've never been to Australia, but reading "Return to Baragula" by Mary Hawkins made me feel I would fit right in.

In the brief prologue, we meet Emily Parker, a teenager with strong Christian beliefs and morals, and the handsome, charming Matthew Davidson who does not believe in God. One ill-fated night, things get out of control, and Mary flees, never expecting to see Matthew again.

The story begins six years later, when Mary reluctantly returns to her home town of Baragula. When she meets up again with Matthew, however, the circumstances are very different. Where Emily has turned from her faith, Matthew is now a well-respected doctor in town, with a deep relationship with the Lord.

He becomes deeply concerned as he realises how his behaviour as an irresponsible non-believer has caused so much hurt to so many people, especially to Emily. He struggles to understand why he doesn't know about Emily's marriage, and where the twins fit into the picture.

At the same time, Emily has an emotional turmoil of her own. What should she tell Matthew about her life? How much does he need to know? Does God really care about her? Will He still be prepared to take her back? And who is the mysterious stalker who makes her afraid to be alone?

This is the first novel I have read written by Mary Hawkins, but I hope it will not be my last. I enjoy the way she weaves the Christian principals of love and forgiveness into a gripping story, without ever becoming preachy.

The plot is intriguing, the story well-rounded, and the characters real. It is a refreshing change to read a Christian novel based in a country other than America. I recommend this book to readers who enjoy seeing life in other parts of the world.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Did you find this review helpful? Yes or No

Excellent
5 stars By SarahB, Dec 05 2012
This was my first time to read a book set in Australia and written by an Australian author - and I can't wait for more.  This book was wonderful - I almost wasn't sure as there was a scene between two unmarried people - but as I continued reading, the story of love, loss and redemption showed itself clearly.  I guess if the Lord wrote me off as quickly I'd still be floundering in my own selfish sin.  Emily's story was much like my own, raised in the church, gave her life to Christ early on, then in a moment of passion and temptation she gives in to that sin (although she doesn't want to recognize it as sin), then turning her back on the Lord - only to come running back to Him.

 

I have to tell you one of the things I enjoyed about this book was the difference in writing and language.  Some of the phrases I had to read a time or two because it's not how it is said in America and of course there are different words for places and things - I couldn't figure out why Emily would need surgery for a sprained ankle until I realized surgery also meant clinic!  It was so much fun reading this book and the story line kept it real, meaning that I can see this happening in real life with the ultimate redemption of His children - the book ends on a happy not but it's not all happily ever after!

Did you find this review helpful? Yes or No

Outback mystery
5 stars By ausjenny, Nov 14 2012
Firstly Thanks to Mary for my copy.

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. 
Did you find this review helpful? Yes or No

Emily is forced to face her past
4 stars By Iola, Nov 09 2012
Emily has returned Baragula, the small Australian town where she grew up. The first person she trips over (almost literally) is Matthew Davidson, her best friend's brother. And, although he doesn't know it, the father of her twins. Matthew and Emily met at Schoolies week (like Spring Break) and were instantly attracted, although Emily knew that as a Christian, she shouldn't form a relationship with Matthew, who had no faith.

Yet now, six years later, Emily has lost her faith and Matthew is a stalwart member of the local church as well as being the town's doctor. Emily has to deal with her reaction to Matthew's new faith, and as a Nurse, is forced to work beside him as the town faces an epidemic. Meanwhile, Matthew is struggling to work out why such a strong Christian as Emily has lost her faith, and where her children fit in. Mixed in with this are some strange happenings, like a brick through the window of Emily's house.

I really like Mary Hawkins characters and plots (although her writing can be a bit strained at times), and I particularly like the fact that the book is not based in the US, as so much Christian fiction is. I have read and re-read this book, and I'd recommend it to anyone looking for a romantic suspense that is just a bit different. 
Did you find this review helpful? Yes or No

Return to Baragula
5 stars By Narelle Atkins, Jul 07 2012
I really enjoyed all three books in Mary's Baragula series. Return to Baragula by Mary Hawkins is the first book in the series.  Set in the picturesque Hunter Valley, Australia, I highly recommend this book to those looking for an engaging contemporary romance with an underlying spiritual theme of forgiveness.
Did you find this review helpful? Yes or No
{{review.title}}
{{review.rating}} stars By {{review.author.name}}, {{review.reviewCreatedDate | date:'MMM dd yyyy'}}

{{reviewdescription}}

{{review.text}}
{{review.helpfulCount}} of {{review.helpfulCount + review.unhelpfulCount}} people found this review helpful.  Did you find this review helpful? Yes or No

Order now to secure your copy when our stock arrives.

0 Available
Quantity

Add to Wishlist

Product Details

Product Details
  • Catalogue Code 271736
  • Product Code 9780980452310
  • ISBN 0980452317
  • EAN 9780980452310
  • Pages 247
  • Department General Books
  • Category Fiction
  • Sub-Category Romance
  • Publisher Ark House
  • Publication Date Mar 2008
  • Sales Rank #63740
  • Dimensions 135 x 210 x 15 mm
  • Weight 0.269kg

Bestsellers in Fiction