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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The Lost Colony of Roanoke has long been a mystery to history, and I have been intrigued by what happened to the people left behind as well. The author certainly gives us a detailed account of the colony, the people, and even the Native Americans who lived near them, both friendly and the enemies.
I cannot imagine leaving my home for an unknown and dangerous land, but this is what Elinor has done. Along with her husband and her father, John White who is also governor of the colony. I also understood the plight of the Native Americans who felt their home was being invaded by these colonists, who sometimes did not treat them well and often times brought diseases with them. However, in this story we are taken on a journey where certain eyes are opened, and bridges of nationalities can and may be crossed.
There was much, what I call, desperate prayer in this story. I certainly understood that, and that John White knew their survival depended only on God. Unfortunately, with man, mistakes and greed and all manner of evil can and will prevail, making the lives of all involved much harder to bear.
The author did her research of the times and of the land and the reasons why they landed on Roanoke instead of where they were first planning too. There seemed to be much political intrigue going on behind all of it. I appreciated the notes in the beginning and at the end. They were most helpful, and the atmosphere felt very authentic because of them. This was a good fictional account on what might have happened to that lost colony that seemingly just disappeared.
I was provided a copy of this novel from the publisher. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.
About the Author
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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!
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