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Left in the Wind: A Novel of the Lost Colony: The Roanoke Journal of Emme Merrimoth

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In 1587, the 118 men, women, and children of the "Lost Colony" were abandoned by their governor on what is now Roanoke Island, North Carolina, and never heard from again.

In this fictional journal, Emme Merrimoth—one of the actual colonists of Roanoke—recounts the harrowing journey that brought the colonists to the New World. During the voyage, Emme becomes involved with Go
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Published May 3rd 2016 by Pegasus Books (first published May 2nd 2016)
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Yeah, this was not the book for me. I wanted a historical fiction novel about Roanoke. What I got was essentially 1580s New World erotica. The MC sleeps with 4 men throughout the novel, is nearly raped by 2 more, and references her past as a prostitute (?? it's never directly stated, but she talks about entertaining members of a Mason guild.)

Naturally Emme is gorgeous and has ridiculously big boobs that make all the men (White and Native American) want her. Especially once she begins mingling wi
Dec 25, 2015 rated it did not like it
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I wish I’d read the reviews of Ed Gray’s Left in the Wind: A Novel of the Lost Colony: The Roanoke Journal of Emme Merrimoth before picking it up. Gray's thesis is intriguing, but his presentation isn’t the kind I appreciate and the creative license exercised by the author has forever tainted my interest in the early settlement. I know that sounds dramatic, but it's true. I'll never be able to think of John White or Ananias
Sandra Guerfi
Dec 31, 2015 rated it did not like it
I received this an an ARC from the publisher but the review is my own.

This was for me a very frustrating read. I liked the concept of one of the original settlers of Roanoke having written a journal of her journey from England there; it's founding and ultimately, its failure. History has left us with many questions as to what happened to this lost colony and what might have been the reason for it being left to fade into the annals of time. Even to this day with prestigious names such as Raleigh
Feb 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
The book in today's post was generously sent to me by Pegasus Books. There are some publishers that totally get the kind of books that I like and Pegasus is right at the top of the list. They sent me a copy of A Novel of the Lost Colony, Left in the Wind: The Roanoke Journal of Emme Merrimoth by Ed Gray which comes out on May 2nd of this year. It's a historical fiction book about the English that attempted to colonize Roanoke at the end of the 16th century...and were never heard from again. Gray ...more
Katie McGuire
Dec 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
My first acquisition for Pegasus! I hope you all love LEFT IN THE WIND (and the clever Emme) as much as I do!
Mar 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Although this is a work of fiction - using a fictional journal - the person who wrote the "journal" in this book was quite real.

Emme Merrimoth was one of 118 people, including children, were abandoned and left on Roanoke Island, North Carolina, and were never heard from again.

This journal outlines the harrowing journey the group endured while making their way to the New World. Governor John White is the one who abandoned the group, and the one with whom Emme begins a romance while on the journ
Feb 05, 2016 rated it it was ok
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Holly Weiss
I thank Pegasus Publishing for sending me an ARC.

Great fascination filled me as opened the pages of a story of the lost colony of Roanoke. Very little is known about these intrepid people and their fate. What a wonderful opportunity to create a fictional story. I really wanted to love this book.

The book is formatted as a journal by a widow, Emmie, young, beautiful, and well-endowed. Tell us more about her character, you may say. My thoughts matched those as I read. The story was lean on substanc
MaryannC.Book Fiend
Fascinated by this story of the Lost colony of Roanoke, haunting as well because we will never know what became of them.
Crystal Falconer
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
Woman with few defining characteristics has sexual encounters indiscriminately and otherwise lives a life with little purpose.
Apr 27, 2016 rated it it was ok
I chose this as my "read historical fiction set before 1900" (Read Harder), but it's really historical fantasy and the fact that it was a poor choice is my fault. The historical part:
1) In 1585-6 an English colony was set down at Roanoke, the fleet left to get supplies, there was an attack by peoples of the First Nations which was repelled.
2) In 1586 - Sir Francis Drake happened by and collected those that wanted to return to England with him. With them they also brought the following: potatoes
Gary Close
Jun 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
We are, all of us, caught up in the chaos of our times seemingly in control of our destinies but not. And European settlement of the New World was a gritty affair, the summation of all the desires and hopes of a people crammed in the Old World but willing to chance everything on the edge of another. Thrown into this mix is the character Emme Merrimoth who must make her way through the ambition of a fledgling British Empire complicated by the personal desires of the colonists themselves--includin ...more
This has to be one of the most interesting and fascinating novels I’ve read in a long while. The story of the Lost Colony is apparently very familiar to most Americans but elsewhere, less so. I don’t know why as you would think people going missing en masse would raise an eyebrow or two!

There are more than a few historical links to the British as well.It was a late 16th-century attempt by none other than Queen Elizabeth I to establish a permanent English settlement and was even founded by Sir Wa
Apr 27, 2016 rated it liked it
After visiting Roanoke island and the site of the lost colony several years ago, I read a short history of what some think happened there. I wanted to read something about the settlement in the historical fiction genre. This is the first book I've tried, and it was somewhat lacking. Emme Merrimoth is the main character ( a fictitious person because there is a list of all the colonist who went to live on Roanoke.) That didn't bother me, but several things about her didn't ring true with me. First ...more
Jun 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
so, I almost didnt read this thinking it wouldnt be "my type" of book. But, I'm trying to branch out from my YA books, and this was on a "Check It Out" list from my local library, so I gave it a shot.

i surprised myself by actually liking it. I dodnt LOVE it, but I was pleasantly surprised. i have always been fascinated by Roanoke, and this idea of what could have happened really sparked my interest. i enjoyed Emme, as she was kind of a bad-ass. i would reccommend it to anyone who likes historic
Jul 10, 2017 rated it it was ok
This was a disappointment. The main character, widow Emme Merrimoth, is meant to be an independent thinker, a voice of reason among colonists who are depicted as being pretty clueless. But Emme's story involves being passed among four men over the course of the story, and having her ample bosom leered at by countless others. In all of her sexual encounters, none of which she initiates, she's depicted as initially resistant, then "giving in" to her secret physical passion. Another reviewer called ...more
Roni Jennings
Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is an historical fiction account of the Roanoke Colony as written in the fictional journal of an actual member of the colony. Emme Merrimoth and her journal give us a glimpse into the politics and the relationships within the colony. She also writes about the native peoples- Manteo, Wanchese, Skiko- and others individuals as well as their tribes.
Intrigue, sometimes thrilling, sometimes court-like. The manner in which each of the characters depended on a collective of others for safety and s
Marilee Steffen
Oct 21, 2017 rated it liked it
The "Lost Colony" of 1587 mystery has never been solved. One hundred eighteen men, women, and children were abandoned on Roanoke Island, North Carolina by their governor who went back to England and did not return for 3 years. When he did the colony had vanished. The fictional story of what happened to the colony is narrated, in her personal journal, by Emme Merrimoth, who actually was a member of the colony.
Mar 10, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2017-reads
Quick read, but very bizarre. The whole reason for Emme going to the New World was to be a midwife/wetnurse for her boss' family, but she has no midwife experience, and considering she isn't pregnant/mother to a baby at the time, the wet nurse thing seems pretty farfetched as well.

Beyond that, the plot is just very "we do this, and then this happens, then this" Just seemed repetitive. Wouldn't recommend.
Dorothy Hodder
Aug 31, 2017 rated it liked it
This imagined version of what might have happened to the Lost Colony has a sort of 16th century House of Cards flavor, with sex, power plays, backstabbing, and sex. It's a fast read with a plot that's creative if not completely plausible. Narrator Emme Merrimoth is bright, pragmatic, feisty, and likable enough, but her journal is a particularly implausible literary device.
Jul 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful Story

I very much liked the character Emme, she is a practical no-nonsense person. I also enjoyed the writing style of Mr. Gray, he really made it read like the journal of an Englishwoman.
Feb 15, 2018 rated it did not like it
Dear author,

Don’t try to write about women.
Ronald Aylward
Feb 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Portrays what it might have been like as a immigrant coming to the United States and settling in Roanoke.
Nov 17, 2016 rated it did not like it
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Marybeth Quattrone hueter
Finally. An historical fiction I THOUGHT I could enjoy. Until almost immediately the main character is described as a well endowed blonde who enjoys sexual interludes. Ruined it, even though I liked the author's writing style. A blonde with a large cliche.
Oct 09, 2016 rated it liked it
Not too awful, kept me interested enough in what little I could glean from the conjectured history t finish the book, especially accounts of the first People. I was not as enamored with the depiction of the protagonist, Emme--found her actions and attitudes to be fairly unrealistic and contradictory to what was conventional behavior of women of that time period. Also, way too much foreshadowing!! .
Apr 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Left in the Wind: The Roanoke Journal of Emme Merrimoth by Ed Gray

My thanks to Katie McGuire at Pegasus Books for my hardcover review copy of this book! You are backing another winner!

To any child in American Schools the story of the Lost Colony of Roanoke Island, NC is a familiar one. On July 22, 1587, 115 colonists under the command of Governor John White, appointed by Sir Walter Raleigh landed on Roanoke Island.

Although there had been a garrison of 107 soldier under command of Ralph Lane left
Mary Czarnecki
May 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was fascinating-- I never really thought much abt the lost colony of Roanoke, but there are several theories abt what happened there. This is a fictional memoir (her real name was actually on the manifest) written by a member of the colonists, a single woman named Emme Merrimoth who has outlived 2 husbands & is maybe in the market for another. She comes along in 1587 on the rough voyage to the new world as servant/nursemaid to a couple expecting a baby, Gov. John White's daughter & ...more
Peggy Geiger
Genre: Literature & Fiction>Historical>Biographical>Mystery

Queen Elizabeth I of England attempted to permanently colonize the New World in 1587 by sending 115 men, women and children to Roanoke Island. This story is a fictionalized account of Puritan journalist, widow Emme Merrimoth, based on historical fact. The tiny doomed colony, under governor John White, ultimately failed and disappeared into history. The only clue to the whereabouts of the settlers was the word "Croatoan" foun
Mar 07, 2016 rated it liked it
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I received this as an ARC from NetGalley. I have to say that I did like the way the author introduced the story by stating that this was a work of fiction and it should be read that way. I know for me and I am sure many others it is hard to read historical fiction books, especially ones that have been covered numerous times, to separate the fiction from the facts. It was a good disclaimer to start the book and I had to keep reminding myself of this as I read the book.

I felt that the story moved
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Ed Gray is a writer and editor of books, magazines, and screenplays. With his wife Rebecca Gray he has been the founder of Gray’s Sporting Journal, GrayBooks Publishers, Aisle Seat Books and Tales2Film.
He lives in Lyme, New Hampshire, just a few miles north of Dartmouth College which, as he says, “has twice claimed to have educated me.”