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 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.
|Publisher:||Crabapple House Publishing|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.79(d)|
About the Author
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.
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Monday, December 21, 2015 Carry Me Home by Dorothy Adamek, © 2015 Blue Wren Shallows trilogy, Book One An Australian historical romance set in the pioneering era of the 1870s, on Victoria’s majestic Phillip Island. ~*~ I have long awaited this beautiful novel of hope and love to become her very own. ~*~ Finella Mayfield may think she has come to a detour, but indeed it is her true destiny, hoped for, just for her. Her descendants will long love her heritage ~ built upon the desires of her heart. Thy testimonies have I taken as an heritage for ever: for they are the rejoicing of my heart. Psalm 119:111 KJV Truth prevails. As irony might profess itself, arrogant and self-defeating, it will arise as the mist across the waters, alive and real and fulfilling. Wrapped within her wedding ribbon of fine delicacy, her Everlasting journal became remnants of a crossing she was ne'er to forget for the sorrow it brought with it. So necessary to continue on, in the long moments after, may gleaning be made of truth scattered across the waters. A beautiful story of discovered hope. A brilliance of desire coming forth loving others for who they are. Discovering who "I am" being unraveled from the past. The days are cold now, as the sun glints across the water. Uncertain of her next step, Finella Mayfield leans on what has been. The comfort hearth. Pride set aside, she sets forth alone with no one to lean upon. Futile beginnings turned to ash left to heap against the wind. Chills surfaced as she remembered. Tossing cares aside, she returned to the bidding draw of yesterdays. Comfort, how strange, for it was cold and brittle there; undetermined worth of today left to fade in the shadows of regret and turmoil she had thought left behind. Arid breath, soothing winds of the soul, stilled and held at bay until another day, captive by love. She yearned for what might have been, unable to see the treasures of today. No hope arose, vision scant. Shallows... I loved how Finella finds Truth in her days that goes beyond finery into the heart. I held my breath and coached her to find her way and not become subservient to what she had known. Are we truly blinded to what others see so clearly circling around us? Molly was so vital to the story, her love and trust building and her memory so outstanding in bringing truth to the surface. I was a little concerned about Aunt Sarah's visit until she leaves dominance behind and sees life as it is. Have we carried through a lifetime perceived conversations, until another adds to it from their reflection that completely changes what was said? And Shadrach Jones, Molly's brother, so patient as he goes about his days trying to make them better. How often do we have expectations we do not see matched to what is before us? This is a story I will be reading again to savor each detail anew. I especially like the journaling throughout. What a pleasant way to reveal Finella's heart's longings. ***Thank you to author Dorothy Adamek for inviting me to be part of the unveiling of book one in the Blue Wren Shallows trilogy and sending a review copy to me. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.*** Watch for Book Two ~ Carry Me Away
My words will not do justice to this beautiful story of two people who are destined to love each other but have quite an uphill battle to get there. Author Adamek takes us to the Australian prairie as we travel with Finella so that she may meet and marry her fiancé. Unbeknownst to her, she is in for much more tragedy than she would have thought possible. Shadrach Jones has come to fulfill his promise to his dying friend and to take care of Finella by eventually marrying her. His wooing is a bit uncouth, but he is a man. He and Finella do not really see eye to eye, but both care very much for his 14 year old special needs sister, Molly. I would say that Molly is the glue that holds them together at first. Shadrach is romantic in his own special way and when he wants to show Finella that he wants her to stay, he does so in a spectacular way. This was a very romantic story about a man and woman’s struggle to find themselves and each other in a country where convicts were once sent and to get past ill-conceived notions and prejudices. I purchased this book when it first came out and finally sat down to read it. I cannot believe I let it sit on my shelf for that long. This is the first in a planned series and I look forward to and hope to get more of Shadrach and Finella’s story.
I was submerged into Carry Me Home's story immediately. Ms. Adamek has a genuine knack for realistic, interesting characters and rich description. This, combined with an engaging plot, made it an absolute pleasure to read. If I'd not have known it was her debut novel I'd have guessed she'd written dozens of them already. This tale is a compelling combination of love, faith, and challenges - simply delightful! I look forward to Book 2.
I loved this story by Dorothy Adamek and definitely looking forward to reading more books in this series. Finella's whole world changes as she packs up and moves to Australia with her father to marry a man that she's never met, but has been writing to for the last several years. Taking that leap of faith was huge as far as Finella was concerned, but everything changes as tragedy strikes Finella twice and she must trust in a stranger to survive until she can get back to England to live with her aunt. Shadrach doesn't want to take on the care of someone that he doesn't know especially a woman from England. Life here in Australia is so different and he can tell already that she won't be happy, but saying no to his best friend isn't an option and while she is staying with him maybe she can help care for his sister Molly. They both soon find friendship in each other that leads to love. Guided by their faith in the Lord and their love for Molly they soon realize that they are meant to be together. I was given an ARC for an honest review. All conclusions are mine and mine alone.
I can’t believe we’re winding down 2015 and this is one of my last reviews of the year. What in the what Internet? How? Why?! I’m not ready!!!! Just kidding, I’m totally excited for 2016. I’m also excited to share about this debut from Dorothy Adamek! First, this book takes place in Australia. That’s a major win because I don’t come across many historical fiction novels that are set there. I really enjoyed reading about Australia, as well as some of the historical aspects and what it was like. This is a story that reminds the reader how life is often full of instances and happenings that often change the course of perfectly charted lives. What happens when things turn out so differently and we’re a position we didn’t plan? The story of Shadrach and Finella weaves through these questions while building a relationship and I really enjoyed the journey. As a reader, you’re drawn in each of their stories as each fights through unexpected circumstances, painful pasts and sorrows. Following a story of growing strength that can only come from faith, with each passing page, you’ll find yourself more and more involved. A debut worth reading for historical romance fans! I already really REALLY want to go to Australia and this book only added fuel to the fire. One day internet. One day. What countries would you like more novels to be set in? (With thanks to the author for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest opinion). Originally posted att: http://booksandbeverages.org/2015/12/14/carry-me-home-by-dorothy-adamek-book-review