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.
I was very surprised and delighted to discover such a well written debut novel. However, that is exactly what I discovered from the first page to the very ending.
There were many aspects of this novel that appealed to me! The time period, the arranged marriage, the setting of Australia and I loved the book cover.
Finella Mayfield is a strong character that knows what she wants and what she won’t tolerate. I enjoyed her travels and her Everlasting journal.
Shadrach Jones and his sister Molly are characters that were engaging, too.
The settings, the dialogue and the strong faith make this a book that you’ll want to read again.
It’s a beautifully written story with well developed characters that I truly cared about.
Ms. Adamek made me a huge fan with Carry Me Home and I look forward to reading more of her work.
This definite 5 star book.
I recieved a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest opinion which I have given.