Tuesday, July 6, 2010

ARC Review: Cate of the Lost Colony by Lisa Klein

Title: Cate of the Lost Colony
Author: Lisa Klein
Release Date: 10/12/2010
Reading Level: Young Adult

My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

Description from Goodreads:

The greatest unsolved mystery of American history--what happened to all the colonists who landed on Roanoke Island in 1587? This novel traces the fortunes and misfortunes of one Cate Archer, banished to Virginia by a jealous Queen Elizabeth because of her dalliance with Sir Walter Ralegh. What will be her fate in this dangerous New World?

My thoughts:

Catherine Archer is an orphan who is thrilled to have the opportunity to serve as one of Queen Elizabeth’s ladies. Initially in the Queen’s good graces, Lady Catherine finds herself shunned because she acts upon a forbidden attraction. Cate is fascinated by the “new world” and longs for a life of travel and adventure. Exile to Virginia doesn’t seem like much of a punishment. Faced with difficult challenges in her new home on Roanoke Island, Cate must either give up or persevere.

Author, Lisa Klein, takes an American mystery and adds her own spin. Historical facts embellished with fiction leads to one amazing novel. History buffs will eat this one up. The author creates a plausible answer to what happened to the colonists that disappeared from Roanoke Island. Catherine’s relationships with Sir Walter Ralegh and Croatoan Indian, Manteo, adds a nice romantice element to the book.  The author managed to create quite a story, with a fascinating cast of characters. I look forward to reading more of Lisa Klein’s novels in the near future. 

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  1. Haven't read this one yet, but I loved Lisa Klein's first book, Ophelia. If you like Shakespeare at all, I'd suggest giving that one a try in the future. Thanks for the review! :)

  2. I've loved the cover of this book ever since I first saw it, but I didn't really know what the book itself was about. Your review makes it sound awesome! I'll have to look into it. Thanks!

  3. Sounds awesome. I love hisorical fiction. Especially when it involves American history. This sounds like a really good story.