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Carry Me Away

(Blue Wren Shallows #2)

4.46  ·  Rating details ·  46 ratings  ·  30 reviews
Inspired by the incredible true story of an Australian shipwreck and those who survived to tell the tale.

When the Black Swallow sinks off the Australian coast in 1877, Australian midshipman Tom Darley rescues English passenger Ada Carmichael from the disaster that claims her entire family. News of the only two survivors enchants the world, but Ada needs to hide before se
Kindle Edition, 304 pages
Published November 5th 2019 by Crabapple House Publishing (first published November 2019)
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Rachel McMillan
Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Richly poetic in the tradition of Lori Benton and Laura Frantz with the sensory prose of Joanne Bischof, Carry Me Away marries impeccable research with a stunning love story. The sea-swept canvas of Philip Island offers a vibrant backdrop to Tom and Ada’s unexpected adventure and resonant themes of faith and endurance amidst tragedy and loss. A beautiful companion to Adamek’s fresh debut, Carry Me Away is an intelligent treatise on the nature of rebuilding, of forging new fa
Sarah Sundin
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Gorgeous and gripping, Carry Me Away is a novel you won’t forget. Ada and Tom’s deep attraction and clashing needs create a poignant love story, and Dorothy Adamek writes about grief and love in a way that is palpable and heartfelt. But the ending – oh, the ending! So sweet and triumphant and affirming that I want to tell everyone – except I want you to discover it for yourself. Let the lovely writing carry you away to picturesque Phillip Island, and be swept away by Tom and Ada’s tale.
Oct 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A masterpiece...

My heart was completely swept away by this book… So many feels, so many emotions, so much love for this story and the characters within. Two broken people washed up out of the sea after a shipwreck. Ada’s struggles are so real you will beg for her happy ending. Tom has a hero’s heart who pursues her with his love. My heart and mind are still on Phillip Island right now. Dorothy Adamek weaves words so poetically that Tom and Ada will dig deep into your heart and stay with you. Tru
Nov 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019
After adoring the author's debut, I've been waiting and waiting for her sophomore novel to release.

The time between novels has provided an opportunity to see the photos the author has shared through social media of Phillips Island, the setting of Carry Me Away. That has helped bring the setting to life.

As with her debut, the words are part poetry. I loved the author's note at the end which shared the facts that brought this novel to fruition. While I didn't love the characters as much as I would
Susan Snodgrass
Oct 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
'Survival is made of many parts. First, your skin will heal. Then your bones.'

1877. The Black Swallow sinks off the Australian coast, a horrific event that leaves only two survivors, Tom Darley and Ada Carmichael. This deftly written novel details the aftermath of that shipwreck, which is inspired by the true story. Ada has lost her entire family and Tom rescues her. Both of these have been through rough waters, so to speak, with forgotten dreams, feared enemies and old secrets.

Soon the journal
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Carry Me Away is a way-beyond-satisfying tale of one shipwreck, its only two survivors, and the emotional baggage each carries to cope with the consequences of choices made — before and after the Black Swallow breaks apart off the coast of Melbourne, Australia.
Tom Darley and Ada Carmichael are thrust into the limelight and kept there by a public who will accept nothing less than a happily-ever-after for the ever-smiling midshipman who meets life head on, and the ever-serious doctor’s daughter wh
Diane Burns
Oct 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When a book grips the reader from the first pages, excuses are made throughout the day to keep reading....
One more page, okay just to the end of the chapter....until you close the last page wishing you hadn’t read it so fast....
I read Carry Me Away by Dorothy Adamek in a day and a half. I could not put it down.
It is a tale of shipwrecks, history, early Australia, friendship, family, terror, tragedy, loss and love and silkworms...Yes silkworms!
It is a tale of love of Ada and Tom. Trust broken. Tr
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-indie-books
Miss Ada Carmichael and her family are immigrating to Australia on the Black Swallow. Tom Darley is a member of the crew. They are about to become the only two survivors of a tragic shipwreck, and turns them into national darlings.

But Ada doesn’t want to be a national darling. She wants to escape, hide, and stay hidden. She’s had bad experiences with the press, and knows how the newspapers twist the truth for their own ends. Tom Pearce has ambitions that mean he wants to court the press—especial
Fiction Aficionado
I’m tempted to say I’ll take a ship wreck any day if it brings me a hero like Tom Darley, but the truth is I can’t even handle shipwrecks in movies, let alone real life. Thankfully, I’m a little better with shipwrecks in novels, because this is a story I definitely would not want to miss. Not only is Dorothy Adamek’s writing lyrical and emotionally resonant but she pens stories that capture you from the first word to the last. To have them set in my native Australia is just the icing on the cake ...more
Cathy Cermele
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Carry Me Away is a beautiful and heartfelt novel inspired by the true story of an Australian Shipwreck and I got swept up in this novel from the very first page. It is such an emotional read filled with characters who I absolutely adored, well there is one character who was truly despicable but he played an important role in the storyline.

The setting of Australia in 1877, Tom Darley and Ada Carmichael are two survivors of the shipwreck that took the lives of so many, including Ada's entire famil
Tom and Ada's story of tragedy, loss, forgiveness, love and letting go of the past is simply lovely. I didn't want it to end. Adamek seduces the reader with her language, gorgeous metaphors and visual imagery of historical Victoria and more specifically Phillip Island. But most significantly we fall in love with her characters and not just the leading duo. Even the supporting cast are wonderful creations (including the villains). It's clear she spends a lot of time creating each cast member as e ...more
Beth Erin
Dec 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Dear Tom flawlessly embodies the role of the chivalrous hero. While he certainly owns his share of blunders, Tom is perfectly wonderful at heart. Practical Ada is understandably hesitant to jump into a romantic attachment while grieving her numerous losses. Her pragmatic take on the future leaves little room for happily ever afters.

Fortunately, with the addition of a bit of patience, Tom is well-equipped for the task of sweeping a certain reluctant lady off h
Angela Henderson
Oct 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Set in Australia 1877, this follows the story of Ada Carmichael and Tom Darley, following their survival from a devastating shipwreck. I thought that Dorothy gave good representation of what Ada and Tom went through as they journey through their recovery from the wreck. Not just the physical recovery, also the emotional recovery that went along with the secrets and hurts from their past that seem to be hindering them from being able to recover from all that entailed. This is a powerful story of ...more
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What happens when you combine a true story, a talented Australian author and a good imagination? You get this beautifully written novel about a ship wreck that happened and what could have been. Tom and Ada survive the unthinkable shipwreck. There is so much to say about this book. So much to love. So many emotions. The beauty of it. The emotions Ada and Tom both go through. This a special book with the story written within. I’m very thankful to have read it and definitely recommend it to others ...more
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Based on real events, it's intriguing how the author wove together a tale of shipwreck, two survivors with lots of emotional baggage to handle wanting to escape the consequences of their choices.
Dorothy Adamek pens a tale so beautiful, it holds you spellbound from the first word till the last wanting to know what happens next how exactly do they survive and handle what comes at them.
Being in the limelight is the last place Ada wants to be based on past experiences. But there she finds herself as
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In her lovely lyrical prose, author Dorothy Adamek carries the reader away on a heart-rending journey to the "land down under"—with its exotic seaside beauty, scents of jasmine and roses permeating the air, and the strange cries of kookaburras and magpies—Australia.

Midshipman Tom Darley and Ada Carmichael are the lone survivors of a shipwreck who must learn to heal amidst the tragic losses they have sustained. Ada's sorrow and grief broke my heart and one of my favorite lines in the book was "S
Linda Klager
Nov 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
The cover depicted how Ada Carmichael was drawn to the sea even though tragedy struck her. She was always looking for anything that would wash up from the wreck of the Black Swallow. Tom also had to deal with loss when the Black Swallow sank.

The two main characters each had much tragedy in their lives and it took time and love to work through these horrific events. To me Ada had more to deal with than did Tom.

The book brought out bullying in the 19th century. That type of behavior is still goin
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
With richly painted settings and colorful, engaging characters, Dorothy Adamek carried me away to far off Australia in her new book. Her beautiful, poetic prose and creative story based on a true occurrence swept me right in and kept me enthralled. Tom Darley is a perfect caring, courageous, though broken hero. I loved how considerate he was of Ada and her grief. The heroine, Ada Carmichael, showed such great courage and determination in making a new life for herself after losing everything.

Dec 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Carry Me Away by Dorothy Adamek is the second book in the Blue Wren Shallows series and definitely worth reading if you love inspirational historical romances. This story brings out all of the feels so make sure you have a box of tissues handy.
Ada Carmichael and her family were on a journey fleeing from the only life they ever knew when disaster strikes and takes them all from her. Tom Darley was able to save her physically, but she needs to look to the loving grace and redemption that only God
Anna Kapeleris
Oct 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have been eagerly awaiting this second book in the Blue Wren Shallows series and as with the first, I couldn’t put it down once I started. Dorothy is a beautiful storyteller and you grow to love the characters she weaves into both of her books, played out against the stunning backdrop of Phillip Island.
The story of Ada and Tom is one of two broken people thrown together by tragedy. Over time, they come to build an unbreakable bond of love, forgiveness and finally trust.
I loved seeing these ch
Nov 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful Story!

Dorothy Adamek shares a moving tale, packed from start to finish with adventure and intrigue. I loved her main characters, and was swept into their tangled story immediately. Heartwarming and soul searching, it's a story that stays with you, resonating with hope and ultimately, peace. Adamek is a master storyteller, gifted with an amazing ability to paint beautiful images through her words. Can't wait to read her next book!
Oct 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a book that grabs you on the first page. It is beautifully written and the author makes the story to life with her words. This book is full of emotions and stays in your mind long after you've read the last page. I received an ARC copy of this book and was not required to write a review. All opinions expressed are my own.
Fiona Haymes
Aug 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
After loving the first book in this series, Carry Me Home, I was eagerly awaiting this second book Carry Me Away, and now I can’t wait for the release of the third book Carry Me Close!!

The historic references transported me to a simpler era and the themes of rescue, kindness and new beginnings captivated me.

Looking forward to more wonderful stories from this very talented author.
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I got carried away with this book because I couldn’t put it down!
I have to say this book touched me, and deeply. I haven’t read the first book in the series. I received an early copy of this book and somehow thought it was a debut novel. This is the second installment in the Blue Whren Shallows Series and it’s the first book I’ve read from Dorothy Adamek. I can truly say it won’t be my last, what a wonderful, deep, poignant, faith inspired, touching and emotional author! It’s like she let us pee
Jessica Higgins
Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Unlikely circumstances result in an unlikely romance.
Ada Carmichael has just lost her entire family in a shipwreck. The Black Swallow has sunk of the coast of Australia and Ada herself would have been a causality had it not been for the heroic action of midshipman Tom Darley. As the two only survivors of the catastrophe, the media begins to go crazy. Ada desperately needs to stay hidden before her past comes back to haunt her, but Tom could really use this publicity to make his dream come true.
Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This story is incredibly lyrical and poetic. It is so beautifully written and will sweep you away! Keep you making excuses to put off all that you can to read til the end. This tale, based on true events, is of a shipwreck with only two survivors, Ada Carmichael and Tom Darley. Ada, who is running from her past, wants nothing to do with the limelight the newspapermen want to put her in. Tom, on the other hand, sees his dreams coming to reality, if only they could both work with them. Ada and Tom ...more
Kathryn Bochman
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was first introduced to Dorothy Adamek a year or so ago with her first release, Carry Me Home. I fell in love with her writing style and storytelling ability from the start. So when I saw this sequel, I jumped at the chance to review it. And I’m thrilled I did, for this book was even better than its predecessor.

I guarantee you will be swept away with this novel set in 1877 Philip Island, Australia. Here, you encounter a ship wreck, a gallant rescue, damaging secrets threatening to be brought
Oct 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Carry Me Away is the fascinating second installment from Dorothy Adamek’s series, Blue Wren Shallows. It is based on the true event of a shipwreck in the late nineteenth century Australia and the two lone survivors. Tom and Ada’s world changes forever from the aftermath of Blue Swallows sinking.
I give Carry Me Away five plus stars. I hope a third book of the Blue Wren Shallows releases in the near future. I love the storytelling of Miss Adamek and highly recommend her books!
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Nov 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Carry Me Away

Wow! This author knows how to pull you into a story quickly and get you invested in the characters. I was intrigued and I needed to know what was going to happen to Tom and Ada. There were so many emotions that pulled on my heart, I really felt for Ada. Adamek knows how to write Christian fiction without it being preachy, she seems to know that readers need more than cookie-cutter solutions or just band-aids, and that they need complete healing. You can see that in the way she writ
Doris Raines
Dec 08, 2019 rated it liked it
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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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