Review - Cate of the Lost Colony by Lisa Klein

Wednesday November 3, 2010

Cate of the Lost Colony
by Lisa Klein
October 12, 2010
Goodreads Review: 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 Raleigh. What will be her fate in this dangerous New World? 

Why I liked it... I'm a huge fan of historical romance and this one has a few of my favorite real life characters and details. First, I love anything about Queen Elizabeth "The Virgin Queen" if you know anything about her history you know she was a hardcore ruler who had to basically shun any romantic notions in order to maintain her rule. The results of this really play out in this story so it was another interesting twist to think about.

Also, the story of the mysterious Roanoke Colony has always been fascinating to me. The idea that an entire group of colonist can simply disappear is just bizarre. The stance taken in this story seems most likely to me and if you want to read more about the colony try here:Wikipedia-Roanoke Colony.

The author also does a fantastic job of intertwining real-life facts within Cate's story and the book even gives you a list of characters and tells you which ones are real and which ones are fictional. 
Main Character/Narrator: Catherine "Cate" Archer is a strong-willed girl who finds it hard to live within the confines of the social restrictions of her time where woman are basically to be seen and not heard. After the death of her parents she finds herself a ward of the Queen and then banished to the New World where her sense of adventure leads her on a perilous and wondrous journey. She finds herself divided between to in her new world and one from the past. Her choice could seal her fate as well as her fellow colonists.

Final Thoughts...I very much enjoyed enjoyed this historical romance. It is well written and I really enjoyed the portrayals of each character, most notably and as I mentioned previously Queen Elizabeth. The author does a great job of showing both sides of her...the lion and the lamb.  

Appropriate for ages 12 and up!