The Lost Colony of Roanoke has always held a fascination for me. In this fictional account Ms. McNear tells an interesting story of what could have happened to the people who settled there. Using source documents and weaving them throughout the story made this believable and interesting.
The story centers around Elinor Dare’s experiences, her joys and struggles as she begins her life in a very different world than that of London. When the colony is attacked and Elinor is taken prisoner, you see what true mettle she has. Losing her family, working in a copper mine, and becoming a slave are a few of the things Elinor endured. She chose to trust God to see her through it all. Elinor was an embodiment of her name, “light”, as she shared her faith through her extremely difficult trials with her captor, Sees Far.
I appreciated Ms. McNear’s end notes on the actual people and events that happened. It was helpful to be able to read about what was true so I can do further research myself. If you are a person who likes Early American history and Christian fiction, this will be a book for you. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher of a copy of this book. I was not required to write a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
About this Book:
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?