Historical Fiction, Review

Carry Me Away by Dorothy Adamek

It is my pleasure to share my review of Australian historical romance, Carry Me Away by Dorothy Adamek, book 2 of the Blue Wren Shallows series! Be sure to check out Dotti’s previous visit which includes a quick q&a!


about the book

Carry Me Away by Dorothy Adamek (Blue Wren Shallows book 2)

Blue Wren Shallows book 2 Carry Me Away by Dorothy Adamek

Inspired by the incredible true story of an Australian shipwreck and those who survived to tell the tale.

When the Black Swallow sinks off the Australian coast in 1877, Australian midshipman Tom Darley rescues English passenger Ada Carmichael from the disaster that claims her entire family. News of the only two survivors enchants the world, but Ada needs to hide before secrets and old foes find her. Tom is chasing big dreams of a crumbling house he will convert into a small hotel ~ but the promising start he’s acquired now sits at the bottom of the sea.

Inexplicably entangled, Ada and Tom lean upon each other to make sense of the tragedy that’s displaced them. But when scheming journalists observe their affection they drag Tom into life-altering riches and a news-worthy romance he cannot resist. So he arranges for Ada’s protection where only he might find her ~ the quiet Phillip Island farm of his friends Shadrach and Finella Jones.

And that’s where real trouble finds them. When heroic promises fail to shelter, and love refuses to be silenced, only surrender will pluck Ada and Tom from where life has wrecked them.

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my thoughts

Ordinarily, I’d say that a love story between the only two survivors of a shipwreck is completely unbelievable. However, the historical fact that two real people actually did beat the odds of survival coupled with the enticing detail of their companionable ages makes a fictional account of what might have happened simply irresistible for the romantic in me!

Dear Tom flawlessly embodies the role of the chivalrous hero. While he certainly owns his share of blunders, Tom is perfectly wonderful at heart. Practical Ada is understandably hesitant to jump into a romantic attachment while grieving her numerous losses. Her pragmatic take on the future leaves little room for happily ever afters. Fortunately, with the addition of a bit of patience, Tom is well-equipped for the task of sweeping a certain reluctant lady off her feet and winning his way into her heart. Ada may say leave me alone with her words but her heart cries Carry Me Away!

This story and its predecessor are brilliantly written and completely engaging! I highly recommend this second installment of the Blue Wren Shallows series and encourage readers to first pick up Carry Me Home to avoid spoilers. I’m eagerly looking forward to future works by Dorothy Adamek!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review. The opinions expressed are my own.


about the author

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 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. Her favourite holiday destination is Phillip Island, the real-life setting of Carry Me Home, book one in the Blue Wren Shallows trilogy.

Visit her website or connect with Dorothy on facebook, twitter, or instagram!


Blue Wren Shallows series

Blue Wren Shallows book 1 Carry Me Home by Dorothy Adamek Blue Wren Shallows book 2 Carry Me Away by Dorothy Adamek


Let me know if you’ll be adding Carry Me Away by Dorothy Adamek to your tbr!
I also shared my review of Carry Me Home recently!

2 thoughts on “Carry Me Away by Dorothy Adamek”

  1. This book sounds intriguing and like a very good page turner! I love the cover, it is beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing your book review, I will be adding this book to my TBR list. Have a Great week.


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