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.
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.
Let me know the first line of the book closest to you & then head over to Hoarding Books to see who else is participating!
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