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Carry Me Home [Epub] ➟ Carry Me Home By Dorothy Adamek – Thomashillier.co.uk 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 for a 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 Carry Me PDF/EPUB or twenty year old English bride arrives in Australia infor an arranged marriage Anticipating her future as village preacher s wife, she records her thoughts in her Everlasting journal But instead of her fianc , 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 Bookin the Blue Wren Shallows series An Australian historical romance set in the pioneering era of the s, on Victoria s majestic Phillip Island.


10 thoughts on “Carry Me Home

  1. Sarah Sundin Sarah Sundin says:

    In Carry Me Home, Dorothy Adamek gives a familiar tale a fresh Australian twist With gripping characters, a playful romance, delightful writing, and heart rending moments, this novel held me tight and wouldn t let me go Why, this gifted writer even makes mud romantic A sterling debut


  2. Ruth Brennan Ruth Brennan says:

    I m not a big reader of 19th century romances, especially with ladies in long flowing dresses on the cover I have an assumption that they ll be a bit sickly sweet and that I won t identify with the characters But, within a few pages I discovered with relief that Carry Me Home is different.It is well written and beautiful in the way that beauty is when it s forged from tragedy The characters are flawed and multi layered, the storyline and sub plots are original and twisty, it has mostly non cl I m not a big reader of 19th century romances, especially with ladies in long flowing dresses on the cover I have an assumption that they ll be a bit sickly sweet and that I won t identify with the characters But, within a few pages I discovered with relief that Carry Me Home is different.It is well written and beautiful in the way that beauty is when it s forged from tragedy The characters are flawed and multi layered, the storyline and sub plots are original and twisty, it has mostly non clich d secondary characters the Pastor, Goliah, is a hoot and a location that is right out of my childhood Literally Which is why I picked up this book in the first place.Carry Me Home is set on Phillip Island, just outside Melbourne I spent countless holidays there as a child Small towns, gentle beaches, rugged coastlines, rolling countryside, koalas and penguins It seems Phillip Island holds the same nostalgic magic for Dorothy Adamek and she does the landscape and its history justice.And boy, can Adamek write a good hero I was smitten with Shadrach immediately You can tell she visualises each scene because the movements come alive on the page, which is magical when witnessing the growing attraction between Shad and Finella It had my pulse racing This is who Adamek pictures as Shadrach She deftly turns that spark into a gradual and deep abiding love worn deeper by the internal and external conflicts each has to overcome.The thread of Christian faith weaves so gently through the story that I believe it would appeal to all readers, regardless of beliefs, who enjoy a well written story of finding where one s heart belongs.I m not 100% sure I m happy with the ending, I ll need a few days to mull it over Even so, Carry Me Home is the best piece of romantic fiction I ve read in a long time And as it s romance week and I m feeling all fuzzy and loved up, I might give another one a go.Carry Me Home is the first in the Blue Wren Shallows trilogy and I eagerly await the next one


  3. Staci Staci says:

    Beautifully written debut.It was the cover and Australian setting that drew me in It was the writing style that had me engrossed in this novel from page one The writing was at once simple and flowery In the pages, I visited the mud mired Australian farm Finella found herself in quite by accident I felt Molly s outlook of sunshine and rainbows I saw the flowers and birds the author described I heard Shadrach s deep voice I was there.The story line was believable Sometimes life s course is Beautifully written debut.It was the cover and Australian setting that drew me in It was the writing style that had me engrossed in this novel from page one The writing was at once simple and flowery In the pages, I visited the mud mired Australian farm Finella found herself in quite by accident I felt Molly s outlook of sunshine and rainbows I saw the flowers and birds the author described I heard Shadrach s deep voice I was there.The story line was believable Sometimes life s course is changed by one or two seemingly small shifts The struggles Finella felt between her old world and a new possibility were realistic.It was a lovely novel and I look forward to the next book in this series, Carry Me Away.I highly recommend this novel for fans of Jody Hedlund and Lori Benton


  4. Amy Amy says:

    Carry Me Home is a fabulous debut for Dorothy Adamek It is beautifully written, with fascinating characters, and wonderful historical Australia What is not to love I highly recommend this book and can not wait to readby this author 5 plus stars.


  5. Iola Iola says:

    Orphaned Finella Mayfield arrives in Australia in 1875, expecting to marry the preacher on Phillip Island, but instead finds herself as nanny companion to fourteen year old Molly Jones, in the care of her brother, Shadrach, a simple farmer It s a far cry from the life she was expecting, and she records her thoughts in her Everlasting journal Shadrach, the son of a convict, would have been attracted to Finella even if he hadn t promised the preacher to marry her and care for hernot that Orphaned Finella Mayfield arrives in Australia in 1875, expecting to marry the preacher on Phillip Island, but instead finds herself as nanny companion to fourteen year old Molly Jones, in the care of her brother, Shadrach, a simple farmer It s a far cry from the life she was expecting, and she records her thoughts in her Everlasting journal Shadrach, the son of a convict, would have been attracted to Finella even if he hadn t promised the preacher to marry her and care for hernot that he s dared tell Finella that titbit He just hopes he can convince her to stay, despite only being able to offer dirt, hard work and poverty the opposite of the life she deserves Finella was a distant character, especially in the beginning, which made her hard to get to know Despite this, she was easy to sympathise with, arriving in a strange place, knowing no one, and having her expected future stolen from her We got to know her gradually, through her journal and through her outbursts towards Shadrach, and it occurs to me that this is how we get to know many people in real life gradually, as people open uponce trust has been established.Shadrach was equally likeable, a noble character despite the misfortunes of his upbringing, and someone who occasionally did stupid things to get the attention of the woman he loves But I think my favourite character was the spirited but simple Molly, who didthan anyone to bring Finella out of her shell The plot was also excellent, withthan one unexpected event, and I was blown away by the depth of the historical research, and the way it was subtly layered into the plot.I rarely cry when reading novels That might be that I deliberately don t pick emotion packed stories to read, or that I m too hard nosed to cry But I definitely teared up reading Carry Me Home, which is a testament to the quality of the writing, both in the way it made me care about the characters, and the way it inspired emotion An excellent debut, recommended for anyone looking for a historical romance with a difference Thanks to Dorothy Adamek and Relz Reviews for providing a free ebook for review


  6. Nola Nola says:

    The year is 1875 and Finella Mayfield sails from England to Australia to marry a respected preacher However, when she arrives at Phillip Island, things do not turn out as planned Rather than a comfortable life as a preacher s wife, she finds herself living in a shack on farmer Shadrach Jones s property caring for his mentally challenged 14 year old sister Molly Although a bond quickly develops between Finella and Molly, this is not the life Finella had dreamed of Shadrach certainly has his a The year is 1875 and Finella Mayfield sails from England to Australia to marry a respected preacher However, when she arrives at Phillip Island, things do not turn out as planned Rather than a comfortable life as a preacher s wife, she finds herself living in a shack on farmer Shadrach Jones s property caring for his mentally challenged 14 year old sister Molly Although a bond quickly develops between Finella and Molly, this is not the life Finella had dreamed of Shadrach certainly has his appeal, but it s not enough to overcome the mud and primitive conditions in which she lives She decides to stay only until her aunt arrives from England, but a lot can happen in a few months Will Finella follow her heart or will the past stop her from embracing her future I really enjoyed this debut novel from Australian author Dorothy Adamek The two protagonists are endearing, but well rounded and come across as real people with very human flaws The character of Molly adds an extra dimension to the story, as the developing romance between Finella and Shadrach is very much tied up with the welfare of young Molly The historical elements were woven into the story well and it was refreshing to see an Australian setting that was a bit different Finella and Shadrach each have a strong faith which informs their actions However, the faith elements are conveyed in a sensitive way that never feels preachy Both of the protagonists have to grapple with loss and forgiveness in order to move on, and their struggles will resonate with readers The author has also gone to a lot of trouble to inject the prose with strong verbs and interesting metaphors and similes For example the shadows matched the tides, and night lapped at the edge of the day a well known ache dragged across his chest like a rusty anchor tangled in a reef and like a cool wind, his words draped Finella with an expected freshness.This is the first in the Blue Wren Shallows series and I m looking forward to the next one If you like historical romance, there is a lot to enjoy in this book


  7. Emilee Emilee says:

    This book pretty much left me speechless I m going to try and share my feelings in this review This is the first novel I have read set in Australia I thought it was very interesting reading about the seasons and the agriculture The main character, Finella was very relatable to me She seems to have her life together but she struggles with complaining and selfishness in the beginning The dialog between her and Molly and Shad is excellent There were so many touching chapters I felt like I w This book pretty much left me speechless I m going to try and share my feelings in this review This is the first novel I have read set in Australia I thought it was very interesting reading about the seasons and the agriculture The main character, Finella was very relatable to me She seems to have her life together but she struggles with complaining and selfishness in the beginning The dialog between her and Molly and Shad is excellent There were so many touching chapters I felt like I was right there on the beach with them One part bothered me and I lost that connection with Finella I m not going to spoil it, but I will say that I didn t understand her during this situation Thankfully it got right back on tract for me and finished beautifully I highly recommend Carry Me Home to readers who enjoy historical love stories


  8. Deborah Deborah says:

    Dorothy Adamek s debut novel Carry Me Home was a page turning read from start to finish With interesting, well developed and believable characters, this is a classic fish out of water story the fish being the very beautiful and well bred Finella Mayfield For as long as Finella can remember, her destiny has been to be the wife of a preacher, and serve both him and his flock After years of gentle courtship by mail, Finella is finally traveling to Australia to marry her pastor fiance, but tra Dorothy Adamek s debut novel Carry Me Home was a page turning read from start to finish With interesting, well developed and believable characters, this is a classic fish out of water story the fish being the very beautiful and well bred Finella Mayfield For as long as Finella can remember, her destiny has been to be the wife of a preacher, and serve both him and his flock After years of gentle courtship by mail, Finella is finally traveling to Australia to marry her pastor fiance, but tragedy upon tragedy throws those plans into disarray Now, far from home and all alone, a temporary solution comes her way through Shadrach Jones, a poor farmer of convict stock A most unsuitable situation, in Finella s opinion, but it has to do until her austere aunt is able to make her way from England and rescue her from this uncouth life on Phillip Island The author has done a wonderful job of crafting the pace of this novel from the start, right through to the unexpected dramatic turn of events near the end of the book Although the book does have a Christian basis, the author has handled this aspect with a gentle hand Carry Me Home is highly recommended for those who enjoy clean historical romances My only hope is that Dorothy is busy writing the second book in the Blue Wren Shallows series I haven t read a book this fast in quite a long time And just have to say that cover is glorious Makes me want to pack up and head to Phillip Island tomorrow


  9. Susan Snodgrass Susan Snodgrass says:

    This is a wonderful debut novel by Dorothy Adamek Book one in her Blue Wren Shallows, set in Australia at the end of the nineteenth century, Carry Me Home is a sweeping novel that carries the reader away to another world Finella has come to Australia to marry the minister her father has chosen for her Her father dies on the trip to Australia and when she arrives, the preacher has died, too However, the preacher has asked his friend, Shadrach Jones, to marry Finella and fulfill his obligation This is a wonderful debut novel by Dorothy Adamek Book one in her Blue Wren Shallows, set in Australia at the end of the nineteenth century, Carry Me Home is a sweeping novel that carries the reader away to another world Finella has come to Australia to marry the minister her father has chosen for her Her father dies on the trip to Australia and when she arrives, the preacher has died, too However, the preacher has asked his friend, Shadrach Jones, to marry Finella and fulfill his obligation to her Finella wants no part of this Shadrach is determined to honor his dead friend s wishes, and sets about winning Finella s heart.Dorothy Adamek has crafted characters that seem real to the reader and her vivid descriptions of life in the Australian bush bring them to life I could have sworn I was there during the reading of this book.I was very impressed with everything about this book It did not read like an amateur effort, but was very well written and held my interest completely I do believe Dorothy Adamek is an author to watch in the future.The novel speaks of God s grace for us all Guilt is a burden God never intended for His children to bear and this book teaches a wonderful lesson for believers.I highly recommend this novel I was given a copy of this book by the author in exchange for my honest review, which I have given All opinions are my own


  10. Carol Preston Carol Preston says:

    This is definitely one for sweet romance lovers The story, written alternatively from Finella s and Shadrach s point of view, follows the ups and downs and frustrations of their sometimes tender and cheeky and other times fragile and fraught relationship Both characters are likeable and engaging and both have deep issues which take the story through some unexpected twists and turns Shadrach s young sister, Molly, is completely endearing, probably my favourite in the story There are very emot This is definitely one for sweet romance lovers The story, written alternatively from Finella s and Shadrach s point of view, follows the ups and downs and frustrations of their sometimes tender and cheeky and other times fragile and fraught relationship Both characters are likeable and engaging and both have deep issues which take the story through some unexpected twists and turns Shadrach s young sister, Molly, is completely endearing, probably my favourite in the story There are very emotive issues around her character and a reader should expect to shed tears at a number of points The setting on Phillip Island is well described I could sometimes feel the sand or mud between my toes And there s an interesting historical and cultural side story about mutton bird egg gathering, which provides some lightness and a good distraction from the interpersonal conflict and agonising over the outcome of the relationship Dorothy addresses the Christian and spiritual values and needs of the characters in a well balanced, meaningful and sensitive way, which gives a good message without being preachy The issues of developing trust, adjusting to change, loss and grief, and forgiveness are all woven thoughtfully and realistically into the story An excellent first book in a series and I ll look forward to reading the sequel


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