Emily Parker's actions as a teenager not only impacted her own life but the lives of many others.
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?
Because he has seen what happened to his mother and father's marriage as well as others, Steve Honeysuckle has vowed never to marry a non-Christian. When he realises his attraction to Jillian Davidson, he tries to avoid her but finds himself very involved in her life when her twin brother is injured by cattle thieves on their large outback property.
Since her older sister's death and her brother Matthew's new faith, Jillian, while being challenged about spiritual issues, is bitterly hurt by thinking the "religious" Steve considers her not good enough for him to love. Their different lifestyles also remain major hurdles. She loves the wide plains of the west while Steve loves his home in the mountains.
As danger threatens, how will they be able to not only overcome murderous men with the help of an odd outback character and friends from Baragula, but find the spiritual differences between them are really obstacles that can be overcome?
Bradley Hunter has fulfilled his ambition to be the policeman stationed at Baragula. He longs to prove himself worthy to serve the community that rescued the abused, underprivileged boy he had been. Years before, Brad even risked his relationship with his teenage sweetheart, Madeline Honeysuckle, to leave the area for his essential training and experience. Now he realises she has changed so drastically from the happy girl she had been, his hopes of reviving their relationship seems hopeless.
Not long after Brad insisted he had to leave without her, Maddie's life had collapsed around her. Her mother's death was only another catalyst that forced her to believe she was unlovable. Even God no longer answered her prayers because of the woman she has become. Danger from the past begins to stalk and traumatise Madeline again. She is forced to turn to Brad the policeman for protection and his expertise to bring to justice the criminal who again threatens her and those she loves.
Can two young people with scars from their past discover a way back to love, not only for each other but for God whose ways may sometimes be hard to understand, but does exercise His justice, truth and love when and how He wills?
Love in the Great Southland(originally released in 1999)
The reverend and his bride of convenience: William Garrett has known Beth since she was a child, but he has made it clear that their marriage will not include love. Still, she would follow him anywhere - including the wilderness of Australia. There she also needs to help John Martin and ease her conscience about her part in his conviction and sentence for murder. Can her dreams for a miracle of love survive?
Between 1994 and 1998 I had five sweet medical romance novels released by Harlequin Mills and Boon which were translated into eight languages:
An accident has reduced her to long months of recuperation, and a broken engagement has placed her in the throes of a deep depression. Not only that, but for the first time Brenda Sparks feels totally unloved and unattractive. Her life is at an all-time low. Unable to secure a new position as a nurse, Brenda accepts Dr. Blake Warwyck's offer as a last resort. Caring for his younger brother Rick, injured in a car accident, is better than nothing. But Blake, a man with his own struggles, sees life differently, and he wants Brenda to share his vision. Like Blake, Brenda must be willing to dream anything is possible.
Faith in the Great Southland(originally released in 1999)
The convict and the lady: Bound for home in Australia on a convict ship Elizabeth Waverly meets John Martin. There's something special about the man that doesn't match his present state as a prisoner - but will he be only a bittersweet memory when Elizabeth and John part ways Down Under?
Hope in the Great Southland (originally released in 1999)
The lawyer and the aristocrat: Kate Farnley's cousin is scheming to take her family's English estate and let another man die a prisoner in his place. Adam Stevens has traveled from Australia to prove John Martin's innocence. Can Kate help Adam without losing all she holds dear?
The rancher and the gold miner: Travelling from California, Patricia Casey seeks her brother in the Australian gold fields. When she accidentally injures Tim Hardy, the son of Adam Stevens and John Martin's best friend, she must flee from unjust accusations and the threat of prison. Will Patricia ever find the peace and love she desires? Can these four couples discover a deepening faith and a lasting love while tackling the challenges of life in the Australian outback? Will they find that no land is too wild for God?