Elinor by author Shannon McNear is a captivating Christian historical fiction. It is based on events from history with fictional fillers. This provided a stunning tale of what might have happened to the Roanoke Colony. I was immediately invested and could not put this novel down.
The author takes readers back in time to 1587 and introduces us to historical Elinor White Dare. She is the daughter of John White, the governor of the new colony. This is a character that I would love to have as a friend. She is strong, dedicated, faithful, and caring. Her husband, father, and other colonists were well described and relatable. Their conversations sounded smooth and authentic. The author displays a creative imagination and pleasant style of writing. She kept me engaged throughout the entire story.
Research done on this project is obvious by the many details. I learned so much about the customs, land, history, and even folklore. Books that teach me things and have a Christian message are my favorites. Elinor checked both of those boxes.
I highly recommend this poignant tale. It remains in my thoughts even though I finished reading it days ago. Be sure to read the Author’s Notes at the end. There the author explains what is fact, what she used for inspiration, and what fictional elements she used. Book Clubs that enjoy historical books based on truth will have much to discuss. I rate this 5 stars. A copy was provided by Celebrate Lit, but these are my honest words.
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.
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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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