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Author: Dorothy Adamek (her website is gorgeous!)
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 incredibly well-written and beautiful in the way that beauty is when it’s forged from tragedy. The main characters are interesting and flawed and multi-layered. The storyline and sub-plots are original and twisty, it has non-clichéd secondary characters (the Pastor, Goliah, is a hoot) and a location that is right out of my childhood. Literally. Which is why I picked up this book in the first place.
Carry Me Home is set on Phillip Island, just outside Melbourne. I spent countless holidays there as a child. Small towns, gentle beaches, rugged coastlines, rolling countryside, koalas and penguins. It seems Phillip Island holds the same nostalgic magic for Dorothy Adamek and she does the landscape and its history justice.
And boy, can Adamek write a good hero! I was smitten with Shadrach immediately. You can tell she visualises each scene because the movements come alive on the page, which is magical when witnessing the growing attraction between Shad and Finella. It had my pulse racing! And this is who Adamek had in mind when she was writing Shad…. 🙂
She deftly turns that spark into a gradual and deep abiding love worn deeper by the internal and external conflicts each has to overcome.
The thread of Christian faith weaves so gently through the story that I believe it would appeal to all readers, regardless of beliefs, who enjoy a well-written story of finding where one’s heart belongs.
I’m not 100% sure I’m ok with the ending, I’ll have to mull it over for a few days. Even so, Carry Me Home is the best piece of romantic fiction I’ve read in a long time. And as it’s romance week and I’m feeling all fuzzy and loved up, I might give another one a go….
Carry Me Home is the first in the Blue Wren Shallows trilogy and I eagerly await the next one.
Highly recommended, especially for romance week!