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Carry Me Home

(Blue Wren Shallows #1)

4.56  ·  Rating details ·  81 ratings  ·  51 reviews
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
Paperback, 338 pages
Published December 1st 2015 by Crabapple House Publishing
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Dec 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
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 li
Ruth Brennan
Feb 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: aww-2017
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 m
Dec 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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 her . . . not that
Dec 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Dec 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
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. So
Dec 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 read more by this author.
5 plus stars.
Jul 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: new-to-me-2019
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 ...more
Amber Stokes
Nov 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: amber-s-kindle
From the drama of the Australian coastline to the drama of fledgling (and unexpected) love, Carry Me Home offers a vibrant addition to the world of inspirational historical romance. The writing is rich with descriptions of wild, treacherous, and beautiful scenery and feelings.

The road to love is a rough one in this story where the heroine is out of her element physically and the hero is out of his depth emotionally. There's a lot of head-butting as Finella and Shadrach walk down the path
Sarah Sundin
Dec 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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!
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
Carol Preston
Apr 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Nov 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I would like to say that it was the cover and the synopsis that let me know that this would be a magnificent story, but it was the beautiful lyrical words that were splashed across the first page that pulled me into the story. I knew the moment that Finella called her journal the Everlasting that I was in for a journey and adventure. I knew that I was getting a glimpse of a wonderful tale when George asked Shad to fulfill a promise. The love, forgiveness and healing that leaps off the pages and ...more
Rose Dee
May 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
You can’t judge a book by its cover, but if you look at this and think of a poetic romance set in a wild and vast land, then you will not be disappointed. The writing is nothing short of poetic brilliance. I found myself re-reading whole sections, just to enjoy the words. These characters are lovable, while still having a believably that complements the harsh Australian colonial setting. I enjoyed this story immensely. My only disappointment was that there was so much action at the end. I would ...more
Jan 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading the story of Shadrach Jones and Finella Mayfield.

Finella arrives in Phillip Island expecting to marry the local preacher, a role she has been preparing for her whole life, only to find a completely different adventure is in store for her. She finds herself in the home of Shadrach and Molly Jones, caring for young Molly in a World that is completely different to the one she has known or had expected.

Dorothy has done a wonderful job sharing the world of 1870s
Susan Snodgrass
Nov 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 19, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I won this book in a goodreads giveaway.

This is a historical romance set in Australia in the nineteenth century. It is about a twenty year old who arrives from England to marry the man her dead father chose for her. She is also determined to find the thief who caused her mother's death. Stuck in a strange land with nobody she knows, she finds happiness caring for a mischievous girl and in doing so, falls in love with her brother. This is a beautiful love story. The writing is simple
Josephine-Anne Griffiths
Feb 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I wish I could give this book ten stars. Just this moment finished - dinner time! Shall review within next week.
In the meantime grab your own copy and read until you're done.
Dec 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wow, this book was incredible. When I learned about Carry Me Home and the opportunity to influence for it, I wasn’t entirely sure what I was getting myself into. Reviewing a book can be a risk, especially with new authors, because I only have so much time for reading. So when I read I want to use that time wisely. I’m so glad I took the chance.
I loved how Dorothy portrayed the characters. There were times I honestly didn’t like Finella, but that was because I saw aspects of myself in her.
Dec 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Romance Down Under!

In her debut novel Carry Me Home, Dorothy Adamek pens a poignant, heartrending novel of a young woman's quest for love—a journey that transports her to a land both fearsome and beauteous with its raw terrain of red mud, heat, and incessant rain—contrasting with gorgeous blue wrens, purple-petaled Little Noonflowers, wild roses, and the glorious shell-covered beaches of the land down under...Australia.

Finella Mayfield travels from England to Phillips Isl
Linsey Painter
Dec 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dorothy Adamek's stunning debut novel, 'Carry Me Home' is a beautiful, lyrical read that will carry you on a journey far from home and back again.
Finella and Shadrach's story is superbly written with deep emotion. They both suffer great loss, learn how to forgive the deepest hurts and discover love that covers a multitude of sins. The book is set in gorgeous Philip Island. I love that it is so quintessentially Australian from the tea tree bush and gum trees to the language and culture of migran
Jan 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Stunning debut novel! Exquisite writing creates vivid pictures guaranteed to carry any reader away. Loved the 'exotic' setting (well Phillip Island is exotic to this Canadian.) So refreshing to read a historical romance set outside North America or England. That alone made me eager to read this story. And the beautiful cover begged me to keep her at the top of the TBR pile. She wasn't in my home long before a peek inside captured my fancy and sent me on a dramatic tilt-a-whirl reading frenzy. ...more
Nov 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Carry Me Home ( Blue Wren Shallows -Book #1 )
By: Dorothy Adamek

Dorothy Adamek’s debute novel “Carry Me Home” is the first book in Blue Wren Shallows Series. I really enjoyed Adamek’s story and the characters. “Carry Me Home” touched my heart . It is a very emotional story that touched me deeply. I found myself laughing at times, and then another time saying NO, NO, and tears rolling so much I could not see to read. This story is of Love, forgiveness, and healing. Finella , a yo
Rachel McMillan
Dec 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
A sweeping love story set in 19th Century Australia. It features some of my favourite romantic tropes: including a woman ahead of her time in a situation where she has to adapt quickly---proving her strength and indomitable spirit-- a romance borne of necessity and a marriage of convenience. I immediately fell into the world --- a unique setting for me as I haven't read a ton of historicals set in Australia--- and in love with the characters.
Perhaps the best part? Adamek has a deceptively easy
Nov 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such an emotional story, but one worth every tear and laugh throughout. This debut novel from Adamek introduces us to some amazing characters that you will instantly fall in love with. Their journey through death, life, love, and hate will draw you in and have you turning the pages with anticipation of what will happen with each character. I found myself laughing at some of the antics, while crying with these same characters as they experienced such pain in their lives. In the end I found myself ...more
Amanda Deed
Dec 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I knew I'd love this book before I read it, and I wasn't disappointed. Having read Dorothy's blog for years, I've always loved her voice and her heart and her love of all things Olde World, so I knew I was onto a winner before I picked it up.

I laughed, I cried, I had great trouble putting it down. Only problem is, I now have to wait for the next one. Sigh!

Congrats Dorothy on an outstanding debut novel.
Ann Chan
Jan 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was drawn into the characters and the historical setting from the first pages. The author's beautiful writing style flowed effortlessly as the story unfolds. I can't wait to read the next book in the Blue Wren Shallows series, Carry Me Away.
Carla Matthews
Mar 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A delightful read. Beautiful characters, plot twist, heart break and love. What a gorgeous slice of Australian history this novel reveals. An all-round eager and joyful read. Very happy to know it's just the first of three from this talented writer.
Kristin Meachem
Jan 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Loved this book. Setting captured beautifully, characters fabulous and the historical detail perfect. I couldn't put the book down. Can't wait for the next in the series.
Jun 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 wooin
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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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Blue Wren Shallows (2 books)
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