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Cate of the Lost Colony by Lisa M. Klein
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Feb 14, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: america, migrations, colonial-period, historical-fiction-ya, british-uk, tudor
Read from July 14 to 15, 2011 — I own a copy

Fictional Cate, handmaiden to Elizabeth I, falls in love with Sir Walter Raleigh and as punishment is sent to Roanoke (at 42%). The narrator voice alternates between Cate, Sir Walter Raleigh, and Mateo (a Native American who has lived in England that Raleigh sends with the settlers). Cate is of course a fully fictional character, and everything that happens to the settlers is made up (although if you know you history of other settlements, fully reflective of what happened with those). Klein ultimately has the two lovers reunited in a context that forces Cate to make a choice.

In essence, the author intertwines a fictional central character into historical events. Where the events are known she sticks to the fact, where unknown, she makes them up. So This book is actually a pretty good primer for all the historical events surrounding Roanoke, and offers a 'plausible' resolution for what actually happened to the settlers.

Anyone who knows their history of Sir Walter Raleigh knows that he ultimately angered Elizabeth by marrying one of her ladies in waiting without the queen's permission... the author is counting on the fact that you don't remember that ladies name. Suffice it to say it wasn't Cate. -- and no pointing out a historical fact does not count as a spoiler.

Includes good author's notes that include authors choices, what is real vs fictional, and what happened to Raleigh after the story; also there's a really long bib

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