G’day, lovely people. How wonderful to be visiting with you today, all the way from sunny Australia. Yes, sunny, because it’s December already and that means we’re gearing up for long hot summer days.
If visiting Australia is on your bucket list, allow me to make an early introduction. CARRY ME HOME is my debut historical romance, set on Australia’s majestic Phillip Island in 1875. Once upon a time, Phillip Island was the real life home of the Hemsworth brothers. Long before then, it was, (in my imagination) the perfect location for a romance, or two. (Ok, now we’re up to three.)
Windswept, rugged, and isolated, this part of our country beckons with picture perfect coastline and beaches. It’s where visitors from all over the world come to see penguins waddle in from the sea and seals luxuriate on volcanic outcrops.
It’s where my family have holidayed for over 40 years. A place dear to my heart. So naturally, this island was the perfect backdrop for the story of Australian-born Shadrach Jones and Finella Mayfield, the English lass who lands in his life when he least expects her. When he can least afford her.
Theirs is a story of displacement. The struggle to find where they belong when nothing about their landing place fits. The struggle we all face when life as we know it is upended and the storms of love carry us away.
Chris Hemsworth is the inspiration for the hero in my current writing project. Who’s your favorite Aussie celebrity? Would they make a great hero/heroine? A lucky commenter will win a copy of CARRY ME HOME
About Dorothy Adamek
Australian author, Dorothy Adamek, writes Displacement Fiction ~ the stories of people upended by tragedy and trauma, and their struggle to belong in their new worlds.
Couched in clean romance, her fiction is set in the late Victorian era.
Author of the Blue Wren Shallows trilogy, she lives at Crabapple House in Melbourne with her Beloved and their three children, twenty fruit trees and Gilbert the Library Cat.
A graduate of La Trobe University, Dorothy studied Literature, History and Education. She taught secondary school English and English As A Second Language. She loves black and white floors, collects blue and white china, and makes apricot jam every summer.
About CARRY ME HOME
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.