Review and Giveaway Elinor

by | Jan 11, 2022 | Uncategorized | 11 comments


About the Book

Book: Elinor

Author: Shannon McNear

Genre: Christian/Historical/Romance9781643529547 cover

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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My Review

I have always been intrigued with the Lost Colony. My daughter and I traveled to Virginia and went to the site—a forest trail with tall trees and whispers and traces of a settlement, nothing more. Eerie. Shrouded in mystery. I bought a few books—one non-fiction that read like fiction, the mystery sort.

The author’s characters breath life into the colony, a place of hope and great potential. Oh, the elements of nature and the manmade barriers and prejudices! Could I have left civilization—albeit, dirty, crowded, and unhealthy London—to carve out a home in the wild, virgin wilderness?  What would it have been like to birth the first child in the new colony? I couldn’t have done it, but someone did.

The characters bring warmth, purpose, and hope to the pages and my imagination. What a journey!

About the Author

Transplanted to North Dakota after more than two decades in Charleston, South Carolina, Shannon McNear loves losingShannonMcNear 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, 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!

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To celebrate her tour, Shannon is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card and a copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

Let me know what your think! Happy reading.


  1. Rita Wray

    Thank you for the review, sounds good.

    • Marguerite

      I was so great!

  2. Shannon McNear

    Thank you so much for taking the time to read and review! ❤❤❤

    • Marguerite

      Thank you for stopping by. I’m reading another book of yours–the blue cloak! So good! I can’t read it at night though.

      • Shannon McNear

        Oh goodness! Yeah, I try to warn people, that one isn’t for the faint of heart!

  3. Roxanne C.

    It sounds like an amazing and fascinating story.

    • Marguerite

      Fascinating is a good word!

  4. Crystal

    Sounds like a great book to read. Looking forward to reading and reviewing in print format.
    Thanks for your review

  5. Debra J Pruss

    Thank you so much for sharing. God bless you.

  6. Debra Guyette

    Sounds fantastic. thanks

  7. Helen

    Thanks for sharing. This sounds like an interesting book.


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