Published: October 12, 2010
When her forbidden romance with Sir Walter Ralegh is discovered, young Lady Catherine is banished to the 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. But just as Cate discovers a new love in Manteo, a Croatoan Indian, Ralegh sets sail for the New World.
This is a fictional retailing of one of the greatest mysteries in world. The disappearance of the Colony of Roanoke. Lets have a little history lesson before we begin, shall we?
This colony has been sent by Queen Elizabeth to populate the New World and convert the Indian tribes, which lived there into Christianity. Since there were not many supplies, John White was sent to bring them back from England. Three years after White returned, he found the colony deserted with no sign of life. Only the word Croatoan, which was carved into the trunk of tree, was left behind.
Catherine or Cate as she is called by the people of Roanoke, was sent into exile by the Queen and is forced to spend the rest of her life in the colony. When the other Indian tribes want the people of the colony to leave, Mateo, one of the converts, helps them to survive and in doing so, he falls in love with Cate. Most of the colony has died due to little food, harsh winters, and war with the tribes. Cate's best fiend is killed and she is left in the care of the woman's baby.
This is a story of survival, which touches your heart and takes you back in time to the harsh winters that people with only the hardest hearts can survive. I'm giving it 5 stars.