Today am reviewing a Historical Paranormal Fiction titled Roanoke Vanishing by Auburn Seal. This is the first book in the Vanishing series. First let’s get to know the author..
Auburn Seal enjoys zipping through life in the lovely Pacific Northwest where she finds herself surrounded by a great family—one super-cool husband and three awesome children—and gorgeous scenery. She is a fair-weather blogger (it’s possible she has commitment issues), and has a unique ability to weave the dead into her stories. Auburn graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science in Student Loans. Oops, Justice Studies. Note the irony. Still, Go Sun Devils!. One of her favorite activities is getting to know new people, so send her an e-mail and check out her website. firstname.lastname@example.org
When The Lost Colony of Roanoke vanished mysteriously in the late sixteenth century, Elinor Dare’s fate–and that of her family–was lost to the world. Now it’s 2013 and Avery Lane, an over-zealous master’s student, is determined to find out what happened to those who disappeared from England’s first colony. The Descendants have discovered her interest and will stop at nothing to ensure the secret remains buried. Elinor, her spirit having lingered for more than four hundred years, is Avery’s only chance to evade the Descendants and solve one of America’s most intriguing mysteries.
Avery Lane is a history student who has been researching ‘The Lost Colony’ aka Roanoke for about an year. However, once she gets deeper into figuring out what exactly happened to those colonists who simply seemed to have vanished, she gets threatened by several people including her ‘respectable’ professor, who all of a sudden wants her to drop her research. What Avery Lane doesn’t know is that she is destined to solve this riddle.
She doesn’t let anything or anyone deter her. She is very strong willed and brave. She faces life threatening situations, gets into scenarios where she is left hopeless, but still strives on. Her best friend, Jen, helps her extensively with her research. I love the portrayal of their friendship. It’s just so beautiful and genuine. One of the lost colonists, Elinor Dare, is the only one who knows Avery’s destiny and in order to help her along with her research, her ghost appears only to her, leading her to clues. The author has written the story quite wonderfully, with each chapter alternating between the present day and the actual happenings of the colonists’ lives about 400 years ago.
There are some questions left behind at the end of the story and I don’t like that. The book cover is beautiful and has an ethereal quality to it. Anyways, if you are into historic reads, this is definitely a good read for you.
I give this book 4 out of 5 stars which by Goodreads standards means that I ‘liked it’.
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