About the Book
Author: Shannon McNear
Release date: December 1, 2021
A Journey Full of Hope…
Escape into a riveting story based on the mystery of the Lost Colony of Roanoke.
Author Shannon McNear portrays history with vivid authenticity.
In 1587, Elinor White Dare sailed from England heavy with her first child but full of hopes. Her father, a renowned artist and experienced traveler, has convinced her and her bricklayer husband Ananias to make the journey to the New World. Land, they are promised, more goodly and beautiful than they can ever imagine. But nothing goes as planned from landing at the wrong location, to facing starvation, to the endless wait for help to arrive. And, beyond her comprehension, Elinor finds herself utterly alone. . . .
The colony at Roanoke disappeared into the shadows of history. But, what if one survived to leave a lasting legacy?
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About the Author
Transplanted to North Dakota after more than two decades in Charleston, South Carolina, Shannon McNear loves losing herself in local history. She’s a military wife, mom of eight, mother-in-law of three, grammie of two, and a member of ACFW and RWA. Her first novella, Defending Truth in A Pioneer Christmas Collection,was a 2014 RITA® finalist. When she’s not sewing, researching, or leaking story from her fingertips, she enjoys being outdoors, basking in the beauty of the northern prairies. Connect with her at www.shannonmcnear.com, or on Facebook and Goodreads.
More from Shannon
Why did I write this story? Well, God shoved the opportunity under my nose, and I didn’t want to be guilty of taking the easy way out, by saying no. 😊
Really, while the concept was fascinating, the execution was daunting, and sometimes terrifying. The Elizabethan Era—before the King James Bible and even before Shakespeare was popular! As a student of the Revolutionary War and surrounding times, I felt very much out of my depth.
Though the research sucked me in, it was also daunting. Sifting through various interpretations of the primary accounts and their own speculations on why they felt things must have gone a certain way. Trying to “find” my story amongst all the theories and opinions. Above all, getting to know my characters and letting them come alive in my own imagination.
And come alive, they did—in full color, with a vividness I did not expect. I hope I was able to translate even a portion of what I envisioned to the page, so that you also can see them!
This story is definitely written with historical knowledge as it takes us back to a time when the New World was starting. I loved being transported back to when colonies were starting and learning about the struggles that came with the unknown New World. What a shock it must have been to discover that you have landed in the wrong place.
Elinor is my favorite character because she had such compassion for others. Her faith was strong even in the midst of danger. All around her was uncertainty and a longing to be safe. This place called Roanoke was filled with many unseen treasures and enemies. I appreciate that the author kept to the original dialect of this time period to make it more authentic. I can say that at times it was hard to understand but as the story continued the flow became easier. Elinor endures a tragedy and is held as a slave to be sold. Oh that this would happen to her is heartbreaking. Will she be taken care of by this person named Sees Far?
The story is not without prominent historical figures that played important rolls in history. As I read the author’s notes at the end, I understood the struggles these people faced. The world was different with the main focus on surviving. They had to learn who to trust and how to gather food and lodging. Their faith was very prominent and sustained them through many long days. I encourage readers who love historical fiction to grab a copy for themselves.
I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.
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