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!

Saturday, October 15, 2022

Mary: A Riveting Story Based on the Lost Colony of Roanoke (Daughters of the Lost Colony #2) by Shannon McNear

Mary (Daughters of the Lost Colony #2)

Worlds Collide Along the Shores of the Outer Banks
Immerse yourself in the “what if” questions related to the Lost Colony of Roanoke. What if an English boy and a native girl met in the wilderness? The push-and-pull between two very different worlds begins as one seeks simple friendship and the other struggles to trust. And can it—dare they—allow it to be more?

Sparks fly between Mushaniq, free-spirited daughter of Manteo, and Georgie Howe, whose father was brutally murdered by undiscovered native warriors before they’d been on Roanoac Island a full week. As Georgie struggles to make sense of his life and to accept that not all they call “savage” are guilty of his father’s death, Mushaniq grapples with her own questions about who Manteo has become. As tentative friendship becomes more, forged in the fire of calamity and attack upon their community, both must decide whether the One True God is indeed who He claims to be and whether He is worthy of their trust.

Author Shannon McNear portrays history with vivid authenticity.


Author Shannon McNear has discovered the perfect formula for penning historical fiction. Find an intriguing subject, do your research well, and then, add enough fiction to make it a story that readers can't put down! This is exactly what happens in Mary, the second book of her Daughters of the Lost Colony series. McNear takes us back to the Lost Roanoke colony, reunites us with characters we've already met, and introduces us to others who become just as endearing. Manteo is a native who's been introduced to the teachings of Christ, and his daughter Mushaniq sees the change that has occurred in her father. She also discovers young Georgie Howe. Is it possible that the friendship that blooms between them could deepen into something more? Is this why she changes her name to Mary?

I loved that McNear continues the story that began with Elinor and includes Sees Far and Georgie. She shares a deeper insight into the efforts of the colonists and the natives to live together peacefully. Will the struggle to preserve their heritage while being introduced to new beliefs help them find common ground, or are there too many differences between these two cultures? Can they accept that Mary and Georgie deserve a chance at happiness...together?

Mary is a well-developed story that will appeal to history lovers and fans of romance, and it ends with the hint of another book in the Daughters of the Lost Colony series. I recommend it to all who enjoy historical Christian romance.

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

My rating: 4 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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