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Roanoke: The Lost Colony (Keepers of the Ring #1)

3.85  ·  Rating Details ·  925 Ratings  ·  104 Reviews
Series premiere special price! "Roanoke: The Lost Colony" recounts the life of Jocelyn Colman, whose faith is tested and refined when she follows the husband she barely knows to an unexplored land. Jocelyn struggles with her husband's bitterness and guilt until God's forgiveness becomes a lifesaving reality.
Paperback, 512 pages
Published February 27th 1996 by Tyndale House Publishers (first published January 1st 1996)
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I knew the history of Roanoke prior to purchasing Angela Elwell Hunt’s Roanoke: The Lost Colony, but my interest in the novel didn’t begin with its subject matter. Truth be told, I stumbled over the book because I wanted to read one of its sequels. Unfortunately, the jacket description on Charles Town led me to believe the Keepers of the Ring series built on one another so rather than breaking sequence and jumping in at book
Jun 23, 2013 Christin rated it did not like it
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May 18, 2012 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
Absoltely gut-wrenching. Ordinarily, I cannot read sad books. And sad is understatement for this book. But I just could not put this book down. Some parts were absolutely horrifying, but I'm thankful for having read them. It really gave me a deeper gratefulness for what sacrifices were made so that I could now live in this country. I'm just in awe.
I really loved Jocelyn's character. Her virtue. She was quite amazing, but believable. I found myself so frustrated with Thomas, but I think hi
Nov 25, 2008 Cambria rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite books. I love historical fiction, and this has strong Christian themes. I think I cried during each book of this series.
Dec 05, 2011 Ellen rated it did not like it
When I discovered that Angela Elwell Hunt, author of The Note, had tried her hand at historical fiction, I was eager to give it a try. I had enjoyed The Note as evidenced by my favorable review here on GoodReads. In addition to inspirational romance, historical fiction is always a favorite for me.

Now, anyone with even an elementary grasp of American history knows that any book with the title of Roanoke should not expect a light and flowery tale of romance, so I wasn't surprised that it was froug
Sep 21, 2015 Lynda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While I shelved this as "historical fiction", I really felt like I was reading history. The author did her research. A lot of it. And it shines through in this novel. I found myself hoping I could grab some time to read 'more'.

You will recognize some names as those as based on facts; a few are created. Each is brought alive in this novel. The author addresses the lives they lived, why no ships arrived for a long time, where the colonists went and even what could have happened.

I highly recommend
Jan 01, 2008 Alanna rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: college age and up
Double Wow! I really don't have words to describe this book except heartwrenching and amazing! As the title suggests, Hunt gives her take on what happened to those colonists on Ronoake Island, and her suggestion seems very plausible. Her writing style is phenomenal and the story line and characters captivating. But this book isn't just happy go lucky. Sometimes it is so sad, you wonder how you'll ever go on. Some parts are gruesome, so I wouldn't recommend it for young people, but if you are rea ...more
Wendy King
Dec 06, 2016 Wendy King rated it it was amazing
It was slow starting out for me, but oh my, by the end, I couldn't put it down. I was sad when it was over. I've already gotten the #2 book in the series. I can't wait to read it.
Feb 08, 2016 Liza rated it liked it
Although this book frustrated me to some extent, I kept reading. Disregarding any historical inaccuracies (it is, after all, fiction), I thought the first half of this book was richly detailed. I became irritated towards the last quarter of the book when dates started to run together (and beargut was replaced by catgut, although no cats were ever mentioned anywhere else in the book), and disliked how the relationship between Jocelyn and her husband was concluded (I mean, you spent at least a thi ...more
A little to long and dreary. And Thomas...lets just say I wanted the Indians to get him! But I've already read the next book and its much better!

Series Review:

Full of history, this series is very unique in its setting. I have read very few books (Christian or not) about pre-Revolutionary America and I cannot think of a book-outside of the Dear America series-about the Native American/settlers war and conflicts. Covering Roanoke, Jamestown, Hartford, King Philip's War, and the early slave trade,
Mar 23, 2008 Lorie rated it really liked it
I do not usually read books like this. The first one that I read was Uncharted by this author, but this is really a different book. I remember in history learning about Roanoke, but nobody really knew what happened to it. Angela Hunt tries to create what she thinks might have happened to that lost colony. A very believable story with great characters that seem believeable. I got to where I could not put the book down. This book continues with other tales. The next one is called Jamestown and I a ...more
Lisa Carter
We North Carolinians are a bit biased in terms of our favorite of history's mysteries. Great historically accurate detail. Eminently plausible supposition for what befell the "Lost Colony" of Roanoke. I loved Jocelyn and the depiction of the coastal plains Indians. I did not care for Thomas as the romantic hero. He was a jerk and his behavior inexcusable.
Aug 25, 2012 Laurie rated it did not like it
I may be being too harsh but I just can't appreciate a book that has tragedy at every corner even if it is "realistic"... I suppose it probably was that bad back then but I'd rather be blissfully ignorant!
Feb 17, 2008 Piper rated it really liked it
First off, a confession. I knew very little about this lost colony of Roanoke before beginning this book. This book is clearly very well researched. I literally couldn't put it down. A great read, and now I'm off to try and find the next book in the series!
Veronica Bareman
Wow! That was a tough read. Not a lot of joy in this story, nor is it a happy story, but if you're into a fictionalization of a historical event or time period, then this may be the book for you. Kind of wished I wouldn't have spent so much time on it, but looking forward to a lighter read next.
Catrina Bradley
Aug 26, 2012 Catrina Bradley rated it really liked it
I gasped when I realized I had come to the end of this novel and had to say goodbye to characters I had come to love. I see now that it's #1 in a series? I'll be seeking out the next volume.
Jun 21, 2009 Ashley rated it liked it
The ending was sad...
Nov 13, 2015 Alenna rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, re-read
Best book in this series, by far!
Oct 19, 2016 Hope rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christianity, history, dud
If you want a comfortable, enjoyable book, this is not the title for you.

Roanoke deals with the trials and heartaches of the first colonists to the New World. In addition to the outward perils there are inward struggles with sin, selfishness, and fear. The protagonist has a warped view of sex, which is explained discreetly, but still rankles.

There's plenty of tacked-on religious jargon for people who want a "Christian" novel. I didn't mind the natural way the colonists talked about God. But Joc
Jan 18, 2017 Sabrina rated it it was ok
This book really dragged for me. There was only so much negativity I could take without wanting to scream.
Sep 30, 2016 Joleen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Phew! I'm glad this book is done! This was an interesting read, and clearly the author tried to be historically accurate, with license enough to make it a fiction book rather than a textbook. Although at times it did read like a history book, for the most part the author did a good job of making it a story.

My problem was the lengthy drawn drama between Jocelyn and her husband Thomas. Most of that was fiction, but it was just too much. Thomas was a preacher, a very legalistic preacher bent on rul
Christie Hagerman
Jul 27, 2012 Christie Hagerman rated it really liked it
As we follow young Jocelyn across the ocean to the English colonies, she becomes a capable member of the community. She accepts her role as the minister’s wife and loves her husband despite her misperceptions about his feelings for her. More than once I wanted to scream as the couple misunderstand each others’ words or actions and go through years of marriage never understanding how they truly feel about each other.

But there is much to be gleaned from this could-be-true story based on the lost
Lori Crane
May 28, 2015 Lori Crane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Honestly, I have mixed feelings about this book. As you can see, the cover is absolutely stunning, but it has nothing to do with the story, not even a little bit. As the title indicates, the story is about the missing colonists of Roanoke, and I always enjoy seeing personalities put to historical figures. While I sincerely appreciate the time and energy that went into researching the documents and the history, the characters in this story weren’t very likeable. Reverend Thomas Colman was pretty ...more
I thought this was going to be nonfiction, about a subject that intrigued me, what happened to the lost colony of Roanoke. Instead, it turned out to be a fascinating piece of historical fiction.

It's definitely a page-turner, but all I could think concerning the hero, minister Thomas Coleman, is . . . you self-righteous bastard!!! That's all I kept saying throughout the book!

Trying to flee a dark past in England, the minister boards a ship bound for a new colony in America, but without funds to p
Jeni Enjaian
A review from my old blog (of the whole series) ...

Oh. My. Word. This series is incredible! Of Hunt's three historical series I have to say that this is my absolute favorite.

This series explores the relationship between the English and Indian during the colonial period. The main characters, after the first book, are for the most part of biracial which allows Hunt to explore the choices that such a person would have to face... whether to be English or to be Indian.

At the same time some of the mos
Janet McCord
Mar 13, 2014 Janet McCord rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
This was a well-written book that fleshed out the story of what might have happened to the "Lost Colony" of Roanoke. We begin at the beginning of the story before the expedition even sets sail and meet many of the main characters. The author does the best she can with the scanty historical facts and gives each person a story and character that's vivid and makes them come alive. The book gives us the whole story of the colony from beginning to possible end and, like watching the movie "Titanic", ...more
Rating: 3.5/5

Before reading this book I knew very little about Roanoke and its mystery, so this was an enjoyable learning experience for me. Although the truth behind what really happened to the settlement isn’t known, I found this imagining to be very interesting and from my perspective a believable account of what could have happened.

Author Angela Elwell Hunt used the real list of colonists written by John White in 1587, and created fictional personalities and a storyline for her book. Becau
Aug 23, 2016 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable historical fiction

When I need a break from nonfiction, realistic historical fiction is the genre I'm drawn to reading. This book did not disappoint. As a Virginian, I have learned extensively about the "lost colony of Roanoake" in school. This author's take on what happened seems as plausible as any theory.

My main complaint with this story is the tumultuous relationship between the protagonists. I understand the whole forbidden/unrequited love theme is supposed to add interest, but it
May 10, 2015 Melissa rated it really liked it
The depth of this novel, and the way it progressed throughout the course of several years, was really wonderful. I feel like I now know everything about Roanoke, for the history was so expertly woven into an exciting story. From the very beginning I was anxious to see how it would turn out, both to better understand the historical mystery and to see what would happen with the main characters. My favorite part is the ending --- in the face of death, the faith, hope, and joy that these people disp ...more
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