Historical Fiction

Carry Me Home by Dorothy Adamek. A Review

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?

My Thoughts

It’s not often you find stories set in countries other than America, England and Scotland so this one was a delightful surprise and I dove right in enjoying every minute of it.
Finella is determined to make the best of her circumstances after her dreams and plans crumble at feet. She at loss of what to make of her life in this new and entirely different country than what she’s used to. Especially when she finds herself in Shadrach and Molly’s humble abode surrounded by the very things she hates. Molly though makes all the difference. Her unabashed and sincere love for Finella, being the friend and comfort she needs.
And then there’s Shadrach. He definitely became a favourite as the story unfolded. Fighting his own demons but wanting only the best for his sister even when others tried to tell him otherwise, wanting to keep promises he had made even though he wasn’t sure how to, wanting Finella to stay with him even when she was determined to leave, doing everything to keep her with them. He loved her sincerely whole heartedly, no take backs. 😄
This book was a delight to read, captivating in its own right. The plot engaging with certain unexpected twists that only added more to the story.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author via a promotion. All opinions expressed are mine.

About The Author

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.
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