Mary Hawkins – Faith in the Freat Southland

4 – 8 November

Australian Christian Readers Blog Alliance


(Barbour Books October 1, 2012)


Mary Hawkins

About the Book
Elizabeth Waverly never dreamed that taking a convict transport back to her home in Australia would change her life. But from the moment she lays eyes on John Martin, she cannot resist her growing attraction to him. She knows the man faces a life sentence for murder, but her heart refuses to believe he is guilty of the charges against him. How could someone who so valiantly protects others and accepts another prisoner’s punishment be a brutal felon? Yet once the transport ship lands in Australia, their paths are bound to head in very different directions. Is their love destined to become a bittersweet memory of what might have been, or will faith show them another way?

About the Author
Mary is a multi-published Australian romance author with 19 titles. After being published by Harlequin Mills and Boon medicals, Heartsong Presents and Barbour, her most recent single title Bargagula series is published by Ark House Press in Sydney. I am a member of the Society Women Writers Tasmania, Romance Writers of Australia, Omega Writers, Australian Christian Writers Fellowship, American Christian Fiction Writers, Romance Writers America and their Faith Hope Love chapter. My Heartsong Presents back list titles are being released by Truly Yours Digital Editions. Faith in the Great Southland is now available with the other 3 in this series to be released June and July. She is available to speak and share what she has learnt about writing novels, her writing journey and faith in our incredible God. For more about Mary, go to her website.

Amanda’s Review:

I remember reading Faith in the Great Southland years ago. Being a fan of historical romance, I craved a novel of this kind set in my beloved Australia. I was so excited to discover Mary Hawkin’s works, and devoured Faith in the Great Southland and its sequels. Mary very quickly became one of my favourite Aussie authors. If you haven’t read any of her novels yet, then you’re missing out! Grab one today. ūüôā

Mary Hawkins – Return to Baragula

5 – 9 November

Australian Christian Readers Blog Alliance 

is introducing 

Return to Baragula

(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?

Amanda’s Review:

Return to Baragula had me hooked from the opening paragraph, and until I finished it in the wee hours of the morning, I could not put it down. Not only did this novel contain romance, which I love, it was Australian through and through and held enough mystery and suspense to keep me turning the pages.

Mary Hawkins’ book never cease to engross me and this one was no different. She brings Australian country culture to life, so much so that I am¬† right there through every moment of the novel. I recommend Return to Baragula¬†as a great read without hesitation.

A Day to Remember

I’ve mentioned all of the blunderings of my trip to Brisbane (see Blunder Road post). Now for the good bits.

The reason we went to Brisbane was to attend the Word Writers Fair–a day of books and learning more on how to write them. There was lots of information to be gleaned from people who have been writing for many years. I took plenty of notes and stored a lot of helpful tips in my head. Hopefully, I came away better equipped in my own writing.

The thing that stood out for me most this time, besides the awesome people I met, was the reminder that Jesus taught in parables–fictional stories that made a spiritual point. It was great to receive that encouragement once again–that fiction has an important place in the world, to draw people to Christ.

After an informative day, we had the pleasure of attending the Omega Writers CALEB Prize award ceremony/dinner, where I was amazed to find my book, The Game, had won the prize for fiction. Needless to say, I felt slightly overwhelmed, but incredibly honoured to have been awarded this prize. 


The other finalists for the fiction prize are wonderful writers, and I salute them. They are, left to right: Paula Vince, Mary Hawkins, and Meredith Resce. (That’s¬†me on the right.)¬†These women¬†are an inspiration to me and I have and will continue to learn from them.

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