Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Review: Elinor by:Shannon McNear

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

**Disclosure**This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the publisher.

About the Book:

 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?

My Review: 

 Many times as I read our history books from the early days of people landing in America or The New World, I think about the many challenges they faced that we can only imagine. They had way more issues and deeper problems than we could ever have. Thats why it is so humbling to read stories based on that specific time period. 

 Elinor with child and her husband Ananias traveled to the New World for a fresh start much like we do when we move. But this place was fresh and new something untouched pretty much by others. So they would have to start from the beginning, which in itself will prove to be very difficult.

 Roanoke Island the lost colony was called that because when the leader of the island returned, he found it to be deserted. All these centuries later after extreme hardship what was left of the settlers seemed to have moved on to other settlements. But at the time they feared all had been lost and the settlers killed.

 But Elinor, is a fictional telling of that same colony. While the story at times made me listless, the writing has more than made up for that. As I sat through this virtuosity of a story. I really became engrossed and fell in love with Elinor. Her strength astounds me.

A fantastic read!

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