Books reviewed prior on this site prior to March 2019 were provided to me, at no charge, by the publisher, or by the author, in exchange for an honest review. I have received no further compensation for these reviews. Reviews beginning March 2019 come from a variety of sources: advanced copies, library loans, and my own purchases. All reviews are my honest opinions.

December 3, 2015

Carry Me Home {Dorothy Adamek}

Carry Me Home {Dorothy Adamek}
Finella Mayfield hates two things: liars and thieves. And she’s determined to marry a man who’s neither. Chasing her dead father’s dreams, the twenty-year-old English bride arrives in Australia in 1875 for an arranged marriage. Anticipating her future as village preacher’s wife, she records her thoughts in her Everlasting journal. 

But instead of her fiancé, Finella is met by Shadrach Jones, a poor farmer sent to collect her from the busy Melbourne pier. This is not what her father planned. And it’s only the beginning of the unraveling of Finella Mayfield ~ the bride with no groom. 

All Shadrach Jones longs for is rows of mustard and chicory. He’s busy growing a farm near the Phillip Island fishing village of Cowes, and caring for Molly, his simple sister. Far from the brutal life they remember with their ex-convict father, Shadrach’s building something new. 

But he’s also made a promise to a dying friend. To collect and marry the English girl destined to never be a preacher’s wife. Can Shadrach convince Finella she has a future with a farmer? Can he convince himself, knowing his family secrets will haunt their future? 

Carry Me Home ~ Book 1 in the Blue Wren Shallows series. An Australian historical romance set in the pioneering era of the 1870s, on Victoria’s majestic Phillip Island.

My Thoughts:
This debut novel from Dorothy Adamek left me with all kinds of emotions. I laughed, smiled, cried and worried – all with some amazing characters that I had the privilege of meeting through this book.

When we first meet Finella, I have to admit I was not her biggest fan. Headed with her father to Cowes to marry her intended, she seems very high-class and a little snooty to me. But once she arrives to her new home and discovers her groom has passed away, she becomes someone that I fall in love with. Determined to figure out her new life, I see that she becomes a strong and independent woman – something that is not typical of women in the late 1800s. Throughout this story, we get to see Finella completely change as a person and I absolutely love the character we are left with at the end of this story.

Shadrach is one honorable man and my heart went out to him the minute we met him. He is a dear friend to the preacher and makes a promise knowing it is going to be difficult to keep. But he is a man who keeps his promises and he spends this entire book trying to fulfill that commitment. He is also a man who will do anything and everything to care for his sister, Molly. Molly is a child stuck in a teenager’s body and it is obvious that Shadrach is in over his head trying to care for her. But Shadrach is determined and that is a quality that I completely love about him.

As this story goes on, we see Finella and Shadrach form a relationship that will win your heart. But you also know it’s too good to be true. Sure enough, trials and obstacles suddenly hit them from every angle and I found myself crying with these characters as their hearts broke so completely.

As this book comes to a sweet end, Adamek sets these characters up for a highly anticipated book two in this series. I totally and completely loved this book and I cannot wait to see what the next installment has in store for these characters and this community.

Australian author, Dorothy Adamek, writes Displacement Fiction ~ the stories of people upended by tragedy and trauma, and their struggle to belong in their new world. Couched in romance, her fiction is set in the late Victorian era. She is the author of Carry Me Home, the first book in the Blue Wren Shallows trilogy, and resides with her family in the world’s most liveable city, Melbourne.

Amazon  |  Nook  | FCS | CBD