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?
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!
Shannon McNear is a writing powerhouse. Every topic she takes on turns to gold. Elinor is no exception. This is a richly deep text where every line feels heavy with historical detail and care. The attention to detail in this novel is magnificent. It is exceptionally clear that Ms. McNear did her homework for this book. As a reader who loves to continue to learn in my older age, I appreciate Elinor because I feel like it is the best kind of history book — the interesting kind! The settings are so beautifully defined and illustrated I felt like I was with Elinor, Ananias, and John the whole time. As far as characters go, Elinor, Ananias, and John are superbly crafted. My heart went out to these characters SO many times during the reading of this story. I also appreciate how well written the Native Americans are, too. I like how McNear illustrates the vast differences between the two peoples, but simultaneously shows how similar we all are regardless of skin color and circumstances. It is a universal truth that most humans regardless of who they are just want the simple things: a place to belong, sustenance, and love and acceptance. As far as adventure goes, Elinor is non-stop. This book is definitely a story the reader won’t want to put down until the final page is read. All in all, Elinor is a must-read Historical Fiction story that you will not want to miss.
As with all her novels, Elinor by Shannon McNear is another homerun. If you are a fan of well-written, well-researched, highly engaging Historical Fiction texts, then Elinor is definitely the book of you. Purchase yourself a copy of this amazing book today. You won’t be disappointed that you did!
I received a review copy of this novel in eBook form from the author, Shannon McNear, via Celebrate Lit in order to review. In no way has this influenced my review. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.
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