Cate of the Lost Colony

Cate of the Lost Colony

by Lisa Klein


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When her forbidden romance with Sir Walter Ralegh is discovered, young Lady Catherine is banished to the colony of Roanoke in the New World. Ralegh pledges to come for Cate, but as the months stretch out, Cate begins to doubt his promise and his love. But just as Cate discovers a new love in Manteo, a Croatoan Indian, Ralegh sets sail for the New World. Lisa Klein seamlessly weaves together fact and fiction in this engrossing novel.

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ISBN-13: 9781599907390
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 02/28/2012
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 491,832
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

LISA KLEIN is the author of Lady Macbeth's Daughter, Two Girls of Gettysburg, and Ophelia. A former professor of English, she lives in Ohio with her family.

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Cate of the Lost Colony 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
Having visited Roanoke Island on a family trip many years ago, I've always been fascinated by the story of the "lost" colony. I was very excited to see that Lisa Klein, a historical fiction author I've read and enjoyed in the past, had decided to put her own spin on the tale. Klein tells her story from three very differnt points of view. Acting as the main narrator, Lady Catherine Archer is a young handmaiden to Queen Elizabeth. She angers Elizabeth by flirting with Sir Walter Raleigh, one of the queen's favorite courtiers, and is first sent to the Tower and then later to England's new American colony, Roanoke. Another part of the story is told through Sir Walter's personal papers--letters, journal antries, and poems, giving readers a glimpse into the man who was the driving force behind Elizabeth's colonial experiment. Still another perspective is given by Manteo, a young Croatoan man who befriends the English, travels to the British Isles, and acts as an embassary between the English and their neighbors back in America. The three narratives blend skillfully to give readers a more complete picture of England's first attempt at colony building. Klein did a lot of research for this work, and it shows. I read Lee Miller's nonficton Roanoke: Mystery of the Lost Colony while reading Cate of the Lost Colony, just to compare it to the "real" story. Klein's attention to detail is amazing, and the conjectures she make seem realistic and plausible. If her story doesn't actually solve the mystery, I can safely say I wish it did! I definitely recommend this book to anyone who has wondered just what did happen to America's lost colony.
booksatruestory More than 1 year ago
Cate of the Lost Colony is about a girl who is banished to the new world by a jealous queen. This is the kind of entertaining historical fiction that also happens teaches you a little something about history. There is a huge cast of characters in this book, most of whom existed in real life. The main characters really shined even though the minor characters often got mixed up in my mind (thank goodness for the awesome character list at the beginning). The main characters Cate, Manteo, and Sir Walter Ralegh all narrate this story. I found the voices of each of the narrators so distinct and beautiful that I could tell within a paragraph or two who was talking even though it wasn’t labeled. Through each of the narrators we get to see the new world from different perspectives. Cate shows us life as a colonist. Manteo shows us the major changes that the Native Amercians went through. Sir Walter Ralegh, who is an historical figure, shows us the glory and wealth people dreamed of finding in America. I loved the summary at the end of the book that explained what was fiction and what wasn’t. It was surprising how much of the story was actually not that far from reality. I read this at the perfect time of year. Who knew that a novel about pilgrims would be such a page-turner? The writing was authentic and wonderful. The romance was amazing. No instant love or cliches to be found. Overall, it was a great historical romance that had me hooked until the last page.
Orla More than 1 year ago
I felt a part of the story from beginning to end. The only parts of the story that were boring, were the entries of Sir Walter Raleigh. But those entries are informative, so they mustn't be skipped. This book was an enjoyable read.
rebecca_herman More than 1 year ago
When her father dies while fighting in the Netherlands in 1583, fourteen-year-old Catherine Archer is left orphaned and penniless. Her fortunes change, however, when in recognition of the fact that Cate's father died in her service, Queen Elizabeth invites her to come live at court and serve as one of her maids of honor. Cate finds life at court to be rather complicated as no one there is truly free, but rather subject to the will of the Queen. That becomes all too clear when Cate's secret romance with Sir Walter Ralegh, a handsome young courtier who is a favorite of the Queen's, is discovered. The furious and jealous Queen sentences Cate to banishment in the new world of Virginia, while Ralegh, who hoped to govern the colony, is forced to remain behind and serve the Queen in England. As she sets out on the sea voyage with the other Roanoke colonists, Cate is filled with many conflicting feelings. After hearing Ralegh's tales of the wild and unsettled land of Virginia, and meeting the young Indian Manteo, brought back to England by a previous expedition, Cate had longed to travel to the new world and see it for herself. But she never expected so much hardship. The colonists are abandoned on Roanoke Island, and their governor must return to England to try and bring back supplies. The first years in the colony are filled with starvation, disease, and death. Seemingly abandoned by England, the colonists are on their own and must find a way to survive. Feeling abandoned by Walter Ralegh and now believing that he never truly loved her, Cate must set aside her memories of him, and her old life in England, so that she may survive and build a new life in this new world, perhaps even finding a new love along the way. I have always been fascinated by the mystery of the Lost Colony of Roanoke, so having enjoyed Lisa Klein's previous books, I was very excited when I first learned about this book. I am happy to say it did not disappoint at all and is in fact one of my favorite books so far this year. Through Cate's story, which is filled with adventure and romance, the worlds of Elizabethan England and Roanoke Island in 1587 are brought to life, and the story ends with a plausible theory of what might have become of the lost colonists. I highly recommend this book to any reader who enjoys historical fiction or who read and enjoyed the author's previous novels.
pagese More than 1 year ago
I had high hopes for this book. A pretty cover, Elizabethan England, the lost colony of Roanoke, romance, and danger makes for a pretty fantastic build up. I was not disappointed. It's a little slow to start, and one charcter annoyed me, but overall I truly loved this book. The setting was marvelous. I tend to love anything set during Tudor England (particularly King Henry VIII or Elizabeth I). I think the author did a fantastic job with the royal setting and what it might have been like to serve Queen Elizabeth I. I first had the impression that the book was set more in the colonies, but it's actually about half and half. I was impressed with the descriptions of Roanoke. I confess I don't know any more details than the few provided by the history books. I felt this did an accurate job of portraying the life of early colonists. I loved Cate. She's a head strong character, which is perhaps why Queen Elizabeth banished her. She never seems to know when to hold her tongue. But, in the end, this character flaw is perhaps what saved them all. I confess to never really liking Sir Walter Raleigh. But, I've learned it seems to be a character flaw of the men Queen Elizabeth loved and controlled. I also like Manteo. His contribution both to the fictional story and in real history greatly intrigue me. He's role in the events make the story that much more real knowing he's a real character in the history books. The story itself is wonderful. I loved the first half set in England. I think it gives a good account of England during that time period. I don't think any characters (including the Queen's) actions differ from any other fiction or nonfiction work set in the same time period. If I thought I loved this first half of the book, it possible I loved the second half even more. I loved watching Cate charge and make friends with the Indian women. I thought it was great that she didn't sit and wait for Sir Walter to come for her. I also thought the ending gave a highly plausible cause and reasoning to what happened to the lost colony of Roanoke. I can't recommend this one enough, and will be looking for the author's other works!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ive read lisa kliens opila and lady mcbeths daugther, both were amazing, and was no less impressed! Its a great read for historical fiction lovers.
Tiger_Holland More than 1 year ago
Catherine Archer is the orphaned daughter of a nobleman, called to attend Queen Elizabeth when she's only fourteen. As one of Elizabeth's maids of honor, Cate stays in the maid's dormitory, runs small errands and tends to the queen needs, particularly caring for her wardrobe (ever wonder who prepared all those pleated and starched neck ruffs? The longsuffering ladies in waiting). The queen inspires devotion, and Cate all but worships her. That is, until Cate begins to fall for Sir Walter Raleigh, a handsome courtier who the queen wants to keep to herself. Poor Cate gets caught up in a storm of trouble that leads her to settle in the legendary "lost" colony of Roanoke in Virginia where she finds love with an English-speaking native man, Manteo. For historical fiction, the novel works very nicely. There's a wonderfully handy guide in the front the book which lists which characters are historical and which are fictional, and whether they appear in England, Virginia, or both. Tidbits of court life at Whitehall Palace seem right in keeping with the times, and the portrayal of Queen Elizabeth's grandness and capriciousness is spot-on. Historical fans won't be disappointed in the level of realism in the action and dialogue. I had some trouble connecting with the characters. Walter Raleigh doesn't get a POV, but several chapters consist of his letters, journal, and poems, all of which make him seem to be an absolutely dreadful person. He's fawning over the aging queen at one moment, then complaining about her in the next, because he doesn't like how she shows him favor but fails to give him money. This leads to him getting into debt by living the high life he expects he'll eventually be able to afford. And even while he's buttering the queen up like a bread roll, he's sighing over Cate, though he's really just falling for her lovely appearance and her general demeanor of sweetness--he never mentions love. Also, he's desperate for riches, which is the impetus that leads him to start a colony in the New World where gold is rumored to be abundant. Raleigh's character bothered me so much that it affected my opinion of Cate, who is a gentle soul but always seems to make the worst decisions. She's about sixteen when she starts falling for Raleigh and she hasn't yet been jaded by court life, so her preference for him could be chalked up to inexperience, but when he has no virtues except good looks and a gift for flattery, it kind of cheapens her love, though she's sincere. We get some Manteo POV, but I didn't get a real feel for his personality, except that he's sensible, peace-making, and wants to be a great and powerful man. He's a much better choice for Cate than Raleigh, but I didn't quite feel the love growing between them, though their story is compelling. Cate of the Lost Colony is well researched and well executed, even if the characters themselves didn't entirely appeal to me. Pick it up if you're interested in this period in history, or are looking for a nice example of historical YA.
dasuzuki on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have always been fascinated by the question of what happened to the Roanoke colony since the first time we read about it in History class so this book immediately caught my eye. While not horrible it did not live up to my expectations. The story alternates from being told from Cate¿s point of view, a Native American named Manteo¿s point of view and various correspondence from Sir Walter Raleigh. I enjoyed reading Cate¿s and Manteo¿s POVs but I just could not get into the format of hearing Walter Raleigh¿s POV based on letters to his brother and other pieces of writing. It just did not have the nice flow of events and seemed too disjointed.The charactersCate was an interesting mixture of proud, naive and stubbornness. She makes some phenomenally stupid mistakes but you have to keep in mind that she was not raised at court and apparently even after four years living at court still committed some monumental faux pas. Even when she reaches America her naive stubbornness that the natives would not harm her gets her into more trouble but you do have to admire her spunk.Sir Walter Raleigh was harder to get into because as I mentioned I did not care for getting his POV through letters. He definitely does not come off as the hero type and you have to wonder what Cate really sees in him.I wish we had gotten more of Manteo¿s POV. He had the potential to be the most interesting character as he traveled from America to visit England and then returns home to be the guide and ambassador for the colonists. We get to see some of his thoughts about the differences in the two cultures and how his view changes from awe and seeing the white folks as almost gods to seeing them more as petty children who can¿t get along or know even the most basic survival skills.The storyI found the portion that takes place in England to be just too long and I was wondering when would we actually see anything take place in Roanoke. Once the colonists arrive in Roanoke the story picked up and definitely caught my attention. I enjoyed seeing how the colonists go from the conquering adventurers out to make a fortune to having to face the reality of building a new world in an unfriendly environment. I can only imagine how difficult it must be especially when you figured many of the initial colonists left England because of their own problems and not because they thought they could work well together.The romanceI was glad that although Cate falls for Walter Raleigh and this leads to her downfall the book wasn¿t a pure romance story and focused more on the evolving character of Cate. I did find it hard to see why she would fall in love with Walter Raleigh based on what we see of his actions but I suppose it can be chalked up to her being so naive. Who she ends up with in the end is not a surprise but I would have liked to see more build up instead of the sudden declaration that she loves this man.Overall if you enjoy hearing different theories of what happened to the Roanoke colonists this is an enjoyable read
C.Ibarra on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
rebecca191 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Loved this book! I think it may be my favorite historical fiction read so far this year. Full review closer to release date but definitley add this one to your wish list if you enjoy historical fiction.
grnpickle on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed Cate of the Lost Colony by Lisa Klein. I have always been intrigued by the Roanoke Island Colony and its possible demise. Ms. Klein spins a plausible tale which gives us one possible answer as to where the colony went. Definitely worth a read for anyone interested in Early American History.
BookSpot on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Orphaned after her father dies in war, Lady Catherine Archer is left in the care of her aunt and uncle--who don't exactly want her. Almost immediately called away as a maid for Queen Elizabeth I, though and that's where Cate of the Lost Colony really begins.One of the girls responsible for the daily care of the queen--from fetching her clothing to washing and starching her ruffs (those huge white collars they used to wear) to accompanying the queen on her excursions--Catherine, only fourteen, has to learn the ins and outs of palace life and protocol.No matter the rules, however, she finds it hard to keep all of her thoughts to herself especially where a certain paramour of the Queen's, Sir Walter Ralegh is concerned. Even knowing it will undoubtedly lead to trouble, Catherine can't seem to complete ignore Sir Walter, even under the ever watchful eye of the Queen and her other, not always friendly, maids.Things do eventually lead to the Lost Colony of Roanoke (but that's much later on and I'm all for the anti-spoiler synopses, keep reading for more about this).The summaries provided on different book-ish/buying websites and on the back of the book itself, (even the title actually) give more of the plot away, but much of that doesn't happen until Part II and Part III. Part I is a lot about building who Catherine is and her relationships with different characters while working as one of the Queen's maids.I really enjoyed that so much time was spent developing all of the characters and their relationships before Roanoke was even introduced, it really helped me care more about them once they were in Virginia. It was a historical book but one as much if not more about a character than the events.There's an index in the front of the book to let you know which characters are real/historical and which are fictional (Cate is fictional) and the author's note in the back does a great job summing up the history--what's real, what's not so much, and where you can go to get more.Cate of the Lost Colony blends just enough romance, history, and adventure to be a really good read. I'm looking forward to reading some of Lisa Klein's other books now.
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