*As part of October's Outstanding Bloomsbury and Walkerbooks Author's Week, I have a reveiw of Lisa Klein's Cate of the Lost Colony today; be sure to check back later for more Cate of the Lost Colony related goodies*
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, 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 just as Cate's longings for England and Ralegh 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 historical drama is an engrossing tale of adventure and forbidden love - kindled by one of the most famous mysteries in American history: the fate of the settlers at Roanoke, who disappeared without a trace forty years before the Pilgrims would set foot in Plymouth.
Cate of the Lost Colony is a richly, creatively told story that combines fact and fiction in a way that not only has you learn new details about England, Elizabeth, and Roanoke Island but also leaves you breathless to find out more of what happened to the fictional protagonist of Cate.
Cate of the Lost Colony is the story of Lady Catherine, a girl who's nearly hitting rock bottom thanks to the death of her father and the loss of nearly everything she called home. But, as it turns out her luck is soon to change when Queen Elizabeth sends her a personal letter asking Cate to be one of her court maidens. Cate, thrilled at the news, quickly packs her few belongings, and sets off for court in hope of a new and better life. Though, as it turns out court will bring good, as well as bad things. Good being the fact she makes one of the best friends of her life and quickly becomes one of the queen's favorite and bad being the fact that after an illicit romance with Sir Walter Ralegh she's exiled to the colony of Roanoke, providing a struggle bigger than any other Cate has faced before. Will Cate be able to save herself, as well as the other lost colonists? Will Sir Walter Ralegh come back and profess his love, or will Cate find someone else? Only time will tell in this highly addictive tale of court drama, forbidden loves, and one incredible teen girl.
Cate is one of the bravest and strong willed protagonists I've read about in ages, which left me to have nothing but respect and admiration for this young girl, who manages to have everything taken from her and yet rebuild it all more than once. I loved the way Cate would never shy away from speaking her feelings, something most girls in her time wouldn't, and how she was always one to come up with a creative new way to get along with the Indians and unite Roanoke as a colony. One of my favorite parts of Cate of the Lost Colony was the relationships she made throughout. Her friendship with Emme, one of the girls at court, was one of my favorites because it was a fun addition, and their friendship often felt real and not forced. I also loved reading about her connection to Manteo, though I personally would have loved a bit more development to their relationship.
The premise is this is great (I loved the idea of half of the novel taking place at Roanoke and how it dealt with what happened to the colonists that were left there to fend for themselves) and the execution was equally good. I enjoyed the way the story was separated in three different parts, as well as how greatly of detail and accuracy Klein put into this book.
My only complaint about Cate of the Lost Colony would be the way it lagged at times and how some passages sounded a bit like a history book.
While it did have those faults, Cate of the Lost Colony is still a book I highly enjoyed and when I can't help but suggest to all you history buffs and historical fiction fans!
Cate of the Lost Colony will be released October 12, 2010!
Source: Kate at Bloomsbury. Thanks!