First Line Friday (week 178): Carry Me Home

Posted January 17, 2020 by meezcarrie in Christian, Dorothy Adamek, First Line Fridays, historical, romance / 14 Comments

Happy Friday! And welcome to First Line Friday, hosted by Hoarding Books!!! Since it’s Friday, it’s time to grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line. Today, Hoarding Books is showing support for Australia, which has recently been devastated by bushfires. All the admins of the site are joining in by sharing books written by Aussie authors (or set in Australia) on our respective blogs today, too! The book I’m featuring is Carry Me Home by Dorothy Adamek!

Fun fact: Our Hoarding Books admin Katie (who splendidly runs Fiction Aficionado) is our very own Aussie – she and her beloved country are close to our hearts right now!

and the first line is…

July 10, 1875
Aboard the Aurora
Departing Liverpool for Australia

Aunt Sarah says I must mark the days.


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 – is an Australian historical romance set in the pioneering era of the 1870s, on Victoria’s majestic Phillip Island.

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Catch up on other First Line Friday posts & find some new books for your TBR!

If you want to donate to help Australia during this devastating time, you can donate HERE to the County Fire Authority of Victoria, HERE to the Rural Fire Service of New South Wales (both Victoria and NSW are the areas hardest hit by these fires; their fire departments are mostly volunteers) and find even more ways to donate HERE and HERE.

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14 responses to “First Line Friday (week 178): Carry Me Home

  1. Kay Garrett

    Police chief Mitchell Rainbolt shook his head as he slid into the front seat of his departmental SUV and tried to remember why we was still in Rebel, Oklahoma, running a department with less staff than the Arrowhead Diner across the street.
    FINDING THE ROAD HOME by Tina Radcliffe

  2. Gloria A

    August In Manhattan
    Well this was a fine mess. Spending the night in Central Booking for instigating a fight at a wedding reception.
    The Fifth Avenue Story Society by Rachel Hauck

  3. Paula Shreckhise

    My first line is from Collateral Damage by Lynette Eason:
    Forward Operating Base camp Charles. Afghanistan, September
    Sergeant First Class Asher James stared at Captain Phillip Newell, sure that he’d heard wrong.

    I really need to read a Dorthy book!

  4. Alicia Haney

    ‘”Your’e going to be late to your own party.” Callum Fortune turned at the sound of his sister’s teasing voice. “It’s ribbon- cutting ceremony, Squeak. Not a cocktail gala.” This book is Fortune’s Fresh Start by Michelle Major

  5. Becky Smith

    Happy Friday! My first line is from “A Family to Call Ours” by Merrillee Whren:

    “The sideways rain drenched Caleb Fitzpatrick as he slogged down Maine Street.”

  6. Happy Friday! I’m sharing the first lines from Guarded by Sara Davison on my blog today, so here’s a semi-random line from Chapter 8:

    “I don’t do relationship advice, so you, Nicole, and God are going to have to work this out amongst yourselves.”

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