I can’t believe we’re winding down 2015 and this is one of my last reviews of the year. What in the what Internet? How? Why?! I’m not ready!!!! Just kidding, I’m totally excited for 2016. I’m also excited to share about this debut from Dorothy Adamek!
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?
First, this book takes place in Australia. That’s a major win because I don’t come across many historical fiction novels that are set there. I really enjoyed reading about Australia, as well as some of the historical aspects and what it was like.
This is a story that reminds the reader how life is often full of instances and happenings that often change the course of perfectly charted lives. What happens when things turn out so differently and we’re a position we didn’t plan? The story of Shadrach and Finella weaves through these questions while building a relationship and I really enjoyed the journey.
As a reader, you’re drawn in each of their stories as each fights through unexpected circumstances, painful pasts and sorrows. Following a story of growing strength that can only come from faith, with each passing page, you’ll find yourself more and more involved. A debut worth reading for historical romance fans!
I already really REALLY want to go to Australia and this book only added fuel to the fire. One day internet. One day.
What countries would you like more novels to be set in?
(With thanks to the author for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest opinion).