by Lisa Klein
Courtesy of Good Golly Miss Holly ARC Tours
One of the greatest mysteries of all time . . . and a love triangle that spans two continents.
Lady Catherine is one of Queen Elizabeth's favorite court maidens - until her forbidden romance with Sir Walter Ralegh is discovered. In a bitter twist of irony, the jealous queen banishes Cate to Ralegh's colony of Roanoke, in the New World. Ralegh pledges to come for Cate when he sails for the settlement with supplies, but as the months stretch out, Cate begins to doubt his promise and his love. Instead it is Manteo, a Croatoan Indian, whom the colonists - and Cate - increasingly turn to. Yet even as Cate's longings for England and Ralegh begin to fade and she discovers a new love in Manteo, Ralegh will finally set sail for the New World . . .
Seamlessly weaving together fact with fiction, Lisa Klein's newest novel is an engrossing tale of adventure and forbidden love kindled by a real life mystery: the fate of the Roanoke colonists, who disappeared without a trace into the pages of history.
Cate of the Lost Colony is the first of [what I hope not will be not too many] my Unfinished Friday posts. I tried, really tried, to get into this book, but there was too much in the way of court life for me to get interested. After spending my last semester of college reading La Princesse de Cleves, Le Bourgeois gentilhomme, and other books of the sort, apparently I have developed an aversion to anything related to court life. Readers who are interested in this period of history may enjoy this book; however, it just wasn't for me.
Lisa Klein is the author of a few other historical novels: Ophelia, Two Girls of Gettysburg, and Lady MacBeth's Daughter.