Saturday, December 11, 2021

ELINOR by Shannon McNear, Reviewed by Paula Shreckhise

Well researched and rich in detail about Early America in the late 1500s, this novel proposed what could have happened to the lost Colony of Roanoke, Virginia.

Ms. McNear has represented the time period very well from the vivid descriptions of the New World to the dialects of both the colonists and the native people.

Elinor, is a brave, resolute woman who endures much hardship but is constantly comforted by her memorized scripture. Her father encouraged her: “Read it now, daughter, while there is yet time and opportunity. You know not when you may need it, laid up like treasure in your heart, when there is not the written Word to come to.” Indeed, she relies on one of my favorite passages in Romans when she realizes that through all her trials that nothing can separate her from the Love of God.
A favorite part was the baptism ceremony of Manteo, a native who had come to Christ. The liturgy was very similar to our Lutheran service of baptism. I found it fascinating to read the scripture passages as they were taken from the Great Bible translation of 1539.

This epic story is reminiscent of The Last of The Mohicans by Cooper but infinitely more readable.

There are many spiritual lessons to take away:

God keeps his people and loves and guides them.

God uses Christians in many ways by their words and their behavior to bring others to Salvation.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour on behalf of the author. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*5 stars and a strong faith thread 
BackCover Blurb:
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?
Barbour Publishing, December 2021
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