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Carry Me Home by [Adamek, Dorothy]
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Length: 354 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Page Flip: Enabled Language: English

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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?

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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1355 KB
  • Print Length: 354 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Crabapple House Publishing; 1 edition (1 December 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0186TC6GC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #228,411 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A powerful story, beautifully written. It has everything I love in a book. I love the characters, the way the story flows so naturally, the deep spiritual themes woven gently but effectively throughout. I thoroughly enjoyed the humour and the way the characters related to one another. I was completely invested in them from the very beginning. This story took me to Phillip Island and made me feel the mud, the ocean air, the earthy reality of the time. I was gripped from the first page by how beautifully the author expresses herself. She has a true gift with words. I love a story to move me and this one definitely did. Thank you Dorothy Adamek for sharing your gift and all you have put into this book.
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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 migrants searching for a new beginning.
It's 1875 and Finella Mayfield leaves behind her home in England and travels across the oceans to Australia, a wild place so completely opposite to the home she loves. She is on a quest to fulfill her parents dreams for her to become a pastors wife and to find the name of the man who caused her mother's death.
Shadrach Jones, the son of a convict wants only to build his farm and take care of his sister. When his best friend is bitten by a poisonous snake Shadrach promises to take care of a woman who is coming halfway across the world to marry his friend who is on his death bed.
Finella is not about to let her future be dictated by a man she doesn't know and Shadrach will not let a woman tell him how live his life and take care of his sister.
Can Finella and Shadrach leave the past behind them or will it continue to haunt their present and ruin their future?
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By Iola TOP 50 REVIEWER on 11 December 2015
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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 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 up more once 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 did more than anyone to bring Finella out of her shell. The plot was also excellent, with more than 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.
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I loved this story!
It portrays life in the late 1800s on Victoria's Phillip Island, and as I love history, and really finding out about how people might have lived ad loved in earlier times, it ticked all the boxes for me.
Dorothy creates wonderful imagery that I found myself reading two and three times over before I moved on, just to appreciate the beauty of the words.
This is a book that is very difficult to put down and it will have you reflecting upon the characters and the author's message long after you have turned the last page.
A super read!!
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