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Cate of the Lost Colony

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  1,883 ratings  ·  223 reviews
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
Hardcover, 329 pages
Published October 12th 2010 by Bloomsbury (first published August 24th 2010)
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Nov 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Okay... Wow, that book was just absolutely amazing!!! The writing was soo good and I was always wanting to read it. The historical aspect was very fascinating with England and Roanoke and Cate was an outstanding character! I really really liked her and I felt like she would have been a feminist of the 16th century and I loved how she could stand up to herself and her feelings and it was all just really well written. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical novels or this woul ...more
Oct 19, 2010 rated it liked it
In a Sentence: Cate of the Lost Colony is a masterful coming-of-age tale that takes place in a vivid historical setting.

My Thoughts

When I was in high school, I picked up Lisa Klein's first novel, Ophelia, and absolutely loved it. As such, I was really excited to read Cate of the Lost Colony. Klein has written a few books between Ophelia and Cate, but this is only the second one that I've read.

Cate of the Lost Colony definitely lived up to the high standard set by Ophelia. The characters we
 Tina (Fantastic Book Review)
I enjoyed Lady Macbeth's Daughter by Klein and I wondered how she would craft Cate of the Lost Colony into a fictional work of art. Well, I didn’t have to worry because Klein pulled me into another beautifully written work of historical fiction built around events of the Lost Colony of Roanoke. It's astounding to read about some of these historical figures and the mysteries surrounding what actually happened to the Colony. The detail that was put into creating the characters piqued my interest e ...more
Sab H.  (YA Bliss)
Jun 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I'm stunned! This was ABSOLUTELY SPLENDID!!!! I normally quite enjoy Historical Fiction but this time... I mean, come on! This is probably the single one thing in history that I would die to read about, and Lisa Klein does a marvelous job with it. It will always be one of the greatest historical mystery, but now I have an alternate ending that completely satisfied me. I was truly amazed by the way the story flows naturally and provides the reader such vivid insight with the several POVs and lett ...more
May 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
Catherine Archer, an orphan has been selected for the chance to be one of Queen Elizabeth’s maids in waiting. It is the chance of a lifetime, as working for the Queen reflects a potential positive change in fortune. Catherine finds love with one of the Queen’s favorites, Sir Walter Raleigh. However, this draws the Queen’s ire. I am sure you can infer from the title what will happen. Think Roanoke, the lost colony! When in Roanoke, Cate finds herself attracted to a native, Manteo. With her heart ...more
Jun 29, 2010 rated it really liked it
Are you, like me, so incredibly fascinated by the Roanoke colony?! I remember reading about it in fifth grade. Mind. Blown. They just don't know where over a hundred people went? And they left a word carved into a log . . . ? Beyond bizarre! And awesome!

Lisa Klein (who in her book OPHELIA, made me actually really like Ophelia!), delves into the mystery of the Roanoke colony with gusto. She also paints an amazing picture of life at Elizabeth I's court, and life in an Algonquin village of that sam
Jun 15, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Fictional account of what may have become of the Lost Colony of Roanoke. Slow in places, and I felt the author spent too much time on inner reflection with the main characters. 3 stars
Mar 31, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: own
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
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May 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2010

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 ser
Tara Chevrestt
I didn't like this much at all, which surprised me as I read and enjoyed this same author's Lady MacBeth's Daughter over a year ago.

Cate is a lady's maid for the very jealous Queen Elizabeth. Thus when Cate begins a romance with Elizabeth's latest crush (And how the heck can you call this a romance??) Elizabeth has a bad reaction and sends Cate to the Tower. Walter (the romance.. hmph) arranges for her to be sent to the new colony in Virginia, something Cate wants. But in Virginia, there is bab
Aug 28, 2010 rated it liked it
The lost colony of Roanoke was something that I always found quite interesting when studying history. What happened to those people? Where did they go? Cate of the Lost Colony provides an intriguing – and quite plausible – explanation: The people were absorbed into the Native American tribes nearby. I know that's not something that ever would have crossed my mind before reading this book, but I'm sure historians and/or scholars have considered this possible outcome. I loved that this story prese ...more
Allison (The Allure of Books)
Thank you to Bloomsbury for giving me a chance to review this early! I have several of Lisa Klein's other books on my wishlist, and I was thrilled I'd finally have a chance to read her.

This book did not disappoint. She expertly weaves historical fact into a narrative of her own creation. She takes on one of the greatest unsolved mysteries of all time: the lost colonists of the 1587 voyage to Roanoke Island.

She does it well. It was very real and honest: she showed us tastes of the combination of
Apr 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hannah, ree, elizabeth
This book was absolutely wonderful and one of the best I've read so far this year! Cate is such a wonderfully relatable and fiercely abiding heroine that no matter what she did, I loved her always. I loved the romance, adventure, mystery and history attached to this book. It was very well-written and Lisa Klein's explanation for what happened to the lost colony of Roanoke is very plausible and interesting. I especially enjoyed Cate's acceptance of Manteo before she had even met him. To her he wa ...more
First sentence: At a young age I learned how quickly one's fortune's can change, a truth that never betrayed me. One day I was the beloved daughter of a Hampshire gentleman who had been chosen to serve the queen. The next, he was killed fighting in the Netherlands, and I was an orphan.

Premise/plot: Catherine Archer becomes a maid in the court of Queen Elizabeth I. She even earns enough favor to receive a nickname--"Cat." But the Queen's favor is a fickle, fickle thing. And when the Queen discove
Aug 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
Book Opening:

"At a young age I learned how quickly one's fortunes can change, a truth that never betrayed me."

Notable Scene:

Her forehead and cheeks were bright red with anger. "You were also nothing until I favored you. But I see you have entirely forgotten that."

"No I have not forgotten," I said forlornly. I could see my good fortune, accrued through years of service, sinking like a wrecked ship. What was left for me to cling to but my pride? So I looked my queen in the eye and said, "But
Aug 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I was really excited that I got this book for Christmas because I had been waiting to read it so long so it was the first one I started after Christmas.

In 1583, young fourteen year old Cate is left a penniless orphan when her father is killed in service to the Queen whilst fighting in the Netherlands. Sent to live with her Aunt and Uncle (and her intolerable cousins), she is not welcomed into their household happily as she is an extra burden in already tight financial status. Soon after, her for
Aug 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Its not often I will read a non-romance, historical fiction novel.  Even less likely if its young adult.  However something about Cate of the Lost Colony made me want to read it.  Badly.  Told  in three parts, we watch Cate go from an anxious lady in waiting to Queen Elizabeth, to a young settler desperately trying to hold onto hope and ultimately a young woman who has found a place for herself.

The novel is told from her first person POV, Manteo's first person POV and through letters, poems and
Beth Martin
Oct 26, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2012
Cate of the Lost Colony is a historically accurate but meandering story that never seems to know quite where it is headed. Alas, because I had high hopes for this tale. After all, I adore historical fiction. Furthermore, I truly adore interracial romantic historical fiction. How rare to find such things, especially in the young adult category. I was so excited that I finally agreed to give Amazon eight dollars for the ebook. Yet I was disappointed.

The Story: Despite what the back cover might lea
Margo Tanenbaum
Sep 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Lisa Klein's absorbing fourth novel plunges the reader head-first into the mystery of the lost Roanoke Colony of Virginia. As Klein writes in an afterword, the fate of the 117 men, women, and children who landed on Roanoke Island in 1587 is "perhaps the greatest unsolved mystery in American history."

This new novel represents historical fiction at its best; Klein creates an appealing fictional character, young Cate Archer, and inserts her into the actual events of the time in a historically beli
Jul 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
How have I not read anything by the amazingness that is Lisa Klein before? Cate of the Lost Colony was an engaging, original, and very well written novel that had me reading late into the night. Historical fiction has always been one of my favorite genres and I've read about a variety of time periods. The lost colony of Roanoke is something that interests me very much, but it's also one of the only parts of American history I haven't read much about!

The main character, Cate Archer, is such a fan
Megan (the
Sep 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Cate of the Lost Colony is a rare jewel in the historical fiction world. With fresh prose, an intriguing historical mystery and a sprinkle of romance, this novel can do no wrong. The story takes off at a clip from the very first page, and the pace only increases as Cate navigates her way through the stormy waters of Queen Elizabeth's court. Never fear, before all the noble's mind games become too tiresome, Cate sets sail for Virginia with a heart full of courage and hope.
Catherine Archer is on
Christina (Reading Extensively)
I have been fascinated by the story of the lost colony of Roanoke since I was a teen so I was excited when I heard about this novel. The story starts out at the court of Queen Elizabeth but I felt that this part of the story moved much more slowly than the part that takes place in Roanoke. Once Cate is banished, the story became more interesting to me even though I enjoy Tudor history. Cate's life in Roanoke is vastly different from the life she enjoyed as a courtier even with all the gossip and ...more
Paige (Arya)
Jan 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
When Catherine Archer's father dies and despair descends on the orphaned girl a surprising letter arrives from the queen, asking her to become one of her ladies in waiting. Catherine is thrilled, but when she arrives at court she realizes how little she knows about what goes on within their walls. As courtly intrigue threatens to drown her the dashing Walter Ralegh--a favorite of the queen--may just be the one who pushes her head under water for good.

Catherine is banished to Virginia when the qu
Mar 31, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Cate Of The Lost Colony, Lisa Klein's newest novel, does not disappoint. From the very first sentence I was drawn into Cate's world and I was captivated. The lost colony of Roanoke is not something that I have ever read about but after reading this I want to know more.

Catherine Archer's life is nothing special until the day she gets a letter from the Queen. The death of her father has left her orphaned and Queen Elizabeth has offered her a place as one of her maids. Things are looking up for Cat
Aug 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
There have been quite a few books about the Tudors over the last few years, and they've all told similar stories. Klein's book takes place during Elizabeth I's reign, but the story focuses on Cate, a lady-in-waiting who falls out of favor. She's sent to the new world, and struggles to survive.

I've definitely expressed my love for intelligent, strong female characters in YA fiction. By the end of the book, Cate won me over. She's faces her problems head on, and shows better leadership abilities t
May 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2010, kindle
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 Klei
Josiane Claremont
Definitely one of my FAVORITES!!! As expected of Lisa Klein! Amazing historical fiction~~

I've always liked these books, which talk about English settlers finding the good side of the Native Americans, and how they used to live. Sort of like Witch Child and Sorceress (I totally recommend Sorceress because it's really similar, but I can't recommend Witch Child YET, because I have YET to read it).

Also, the parts about Queen Elizabeth...I guess I'm still being influenced by The Other Boleyn Girl, be
Lia Marcoux
Jan 01, 2016 rated it did not like it
This was a very convincing and very boring account of the lost colony of Roanoke. Actually, it takes over 100 pages before the heroine leaves for Virginia, so it's a convincing and boring account of a couple different things. It follows mainly Cate, who is sententious and stuffy; Ralegh, a fool; Manteo, who might be a little too saintly; and the queen, who fakes a flirty speech defect. I could be making it sound like too much fun. In the acknowledgements Klein says of a play on the same subject, ...more
Oct 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
The story just pulled me along. The story is told from Cate's point of view and from that of Manteo, the Croatoan native brought to Elizabeth's court to learn English customs and eventually act as go-between. It also shows Ralegh's POV, primarily through letters and poems. Each voice comes across as authentic, but it is Cate's that truly shines.
See my full review at ReadingWorld.
Jun 11, 2011 rated it it was ok
I loved how this book started out, mainly because I love historical fiction, and then the story took a 180 degree turn. What might have been a romance turned into almost a history lesson. Although well written, I found the history portions to be tedious and that was most likely why I did not enjoy the second half of the book. Even though I love novels set in this period, this one regrettably just did not do it for me.
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