About Me I am a retired librarian and I now support books and authors through my reviews.

I have always loved to read and I was able to share that love through my work as a public librarian for 22 1/2 years. I now promote literacy by reading, and then writing reviews. I love to support authors by sharing my reviews with others!

Sunday, December 5, 2021

Elinor: A Riveting Story Based on the Lost Colony of Roanoke (Daughters of the Lost Colony) by Shannon McNear

Elinor: A Riveting Story Based on the Lost Colony of Roanoke (Daughters of the Lost Colony)

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?


Long ago, I learned about Virginia Dare, the first English child born in the Americas, but there is little else known about her. Author Shannon McNear has written an absorbing tale that allows us to imagine 'what if', and she once again demonstrates her ability to write captivating historical fiction. Elinor White Dare is the title character, and she is Virginia's mother, but there are three men who are strong influences in this story. Elinor's father John White, her husband Ananias, and a native American named Sees Far play major roles in a tale that touches on trials, loss, and a frantic search for loved ones. How could Elinor have endured all that she faced?

McNear shares a bibliography and several pages of historical notes so that we can determine fact versus fiction, and it's apparent that she devoted much time and effort to her research. The Lost Colony of Roanoke is a fascinating mystery in our nation's history and reading what might have happened makes it even more intriguing. There is also an emphasis on faith, and I was especially drawn to the faith journey that transpires for Sees Far.

I truly enjoyed Elinor, and I loved imagining what might have happened after this book ends. I recommend it to all who enjoy historical Christian fiction.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


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. 

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