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Publisher's Summary

The fate of the world is often driven by the curiosity of a girl.

What happened to the Lost Colony of Roanoke remains a mystery, but the women who descended from Eleanor Dare have long known that the truth lies in what she left behind: a message carved onto a large stone and the contents of her treasured commonplace book. Brought from England on Eleanor’s fateful voyage to the New World, her book was passed down through the fifteen generations of daughters who followed as they came of age. Thirteen-year-old Alice had been next in line to receive it, but her mother’s tragic death fractured the unbroken legacy and the Dare Stone and the shadowy history recorded in the book faded into memory. Or so Alice hoped.

In the waning days of World War II, Alice is a young widow and a mother herself when she is unexpectedly presented with her birthright: the deed to Evertell, her abandoned family home and the history she thought forgotten. Determined to sell the property and step into a future free of the past, Alice returns to Savannah with her own thirteen-year-old daughter, Penn, in tow. But when Penn’s curiosity over the lineage she never knew begins to unveil secrets from beneath every stone and bone and shell of the old house and Eleanor’s book is finally found, Alice is forced to reckon with the sacrifices made for love and the realities of their true inheritance as daughters of Eleanor Dare.

In this sweeping tale from award-winning author Kimberly Brock, the answers to a real-life mystery may be found in the pages of a story that was always waiting to be written.

Praise for The Lost Book of Eleanor Dare:

“From the haunting first line, The Lost Book of Eleanor Dare transports the reader to a mysterious land, time and family . . . the captivating women of the Dare legacy must find their true inheritance hiding behind the untold secrets.” —Patti Callahan, New York Times bestselling author

  • Historical women’s fiction
  • Stand-alone novel
  • Book length: approximately 135,000 words
©2022 Kimberly Brock (P)2022 Harper Muse

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Book synopsis misleading

So maybe I would’ve liked this book better had the synopsis not been so misleading. The synopsis makes it seem like a mystery but it’s not really at all.

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Most beautiful book this year!

One of the most beautiful, hopeful, and loving books I’ve read this year. The writer articulates the emotional landscape between mothers and daughters through the generations. It includes a well researched historical mystery and gorgeous descriptions of the Georgia coast. Worth every second of listening!

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Complete Snoozefest

I love Brittney Pressley, but this book was just a complete bore. It was my stubbornness alone that prompted me to finish it, and by the end I was listening at 1.6 speed just to get it over with.

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Author lost focus

The book lost focus about 2/3 of the way in and I could not listen to the rest of it. Not much to do with Roanoke and lots to do with a rambling small town family sotry that just got way too long

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not for me

for me the story dragged. not a whole lot of storyline to it that I could relate to.

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surprisingly excellent

at first I wasn't sure if I would like this read/book. I kept with it and it kept getting more and more interesting. What this author does is really get you to feel the good (and bad) these people went through, entwined with magic and mystery. I truly enjoyed it, and will be making my own family book of women's secrets to pass down!

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Sweet

A nice meandering tale that could or could not be true. I wasn’t sure about it at first because I usually don’t like the way people do Southern accents. However I got so into the story I overlooked it.

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Beautiful!!

Sweet story beautifully told and beautifully read. The journey of women and their desire to leave their mark for the next generation to remember them.

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I was excited to read this one. The description sounded good and it was on a really good sale on audible. I figured I would give it a shot. I ended up DNF’ing this one. It seemed to drag for me. I lost interest about halfway through it. The narrator was really good though.

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Enjoyable listen

I actually really enjoyed this book. I love history, so most historical fictions are enjoyable to me. I am intrigued by the thought that can be more to these classic history tales. Alice and Pen both were able to find themselves while discovering their own family history. I would recommend this book.