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The Lost Colony of Roanoke: discover an alternate view of their fate alongside the life of Pocahontas.

Born the daughter of a Powhatan chieftain and a woman of unknown origins, Mato’aka enjoys a carefree life. When strange men from across the eastern waters appear near her home, she regards them at first as a mere curiosity. Soon, though, she finds herself torn between fascination for one of their leaders and the opinions and ways of her people–then becomes a pawn in their delicate and dangerous game of politics. Drawn to a young Englishman, John Rolfe, who has lost a wife and baby daughter, she shares his griefs. . .and perhaps something more.

Could she have a future among the English of Jamestown, accepting their ways and even changing her name? Could her destiny be a part of the lasting legacy of the Lost Colony of Roanoke?

Author Shannon McNear portrays history with vivid authenticity.

Also of interest:
Elinor by Shannon McNear (Book 1 – Daughters of the Lost Colony)
Mary by Shannon McNear (Book 2 – Daughters of the Lost Colony)

The colony at Roanoke disappeared into the shadows of history. But, what if at least one survived to leave a lasting legacy?
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Shannon McNear
BISAC Category:
FICTION / Christian/Historical
Page Count:
Paperback - Trade / 5.5 x 8.375
Daughters of the Lost Colony

2 Reviews

  • 5

    Published by Vera Godley on Aug 19, 2023

    As an individual that has lived in North Carolina my entire life and originally from the coastal area, and as an individual that has always been fascinated by history - any era, I have found that reading Shannon McNear's fictional historical stories of the early settlers of the shores of what is now Virginia and North Carolina to be utterly fascinating. The author treats the historical accounts - both from recorded history of the "natural" or Indian people as well as the English settler's accounts, with delicate respect and artistry. In Rebecca (#3 in the Daughters of the Lost Colony series), the energetic, wise, enthralling, and intelligent daughter of the head King of the Powhatan nation comes alive on the pages capturing the interest of the readers as well as the story's characters. Her story bespeaks of her lively and happy life and then how danger, tragedy, and deep offense come upon her. It further speaks of her careful and intelligent examination of the words of the English and their man of God as he introduces her the the God of the English - the Christ. I found the story initially interesting but slow - for me - to read because I kept stumbling mentally on the names of the characters amongst the naturals or Indians. That is my short coming and simply mine. Not that of the author's. Once I became more accustomed to their names, the story captured my interest and my heart. The author has an abundance of supporting information at the back of the book as well as a time line and a list of characters and the role they play. Worth the read after or before you read the story. I highly recommend this series. DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher to facilitate a review. Opinions are mine, alone and are freely given.

  • 5
    Engaging Historical Fiction

    Published by Connie Porter Saunders on Aug 07, 2023

    Oh, how I loved this book! I was enlightened, entranced, and totally engaged in a story that features the early history of our country. Some of the facts that I learned at a young age revolved around Jamestown, Pocahontas, and Captain John Smith, and they've come alive in the pages of this new book. Shannon McNear's in-depth research and her ability to weave historical facts with fictional details are some of the reasons that I enjoy her books so much, along with the strong faith threads that are always apparent. Rebecca is proof positive of McNear's dedication to preserving history while also sharing a touching chronicle of faith. Pocahontas' early life, her transformation to Rebecca. and her journey to believing in the one true God is truly inspiring! Rebecca is book three in the Daughters of the Lost Colony and it's the perfect way to end the series. Yes, there are some mature themes but they only add to the authenticity of that time and culture. I highly recommend this book to all who enjoy historical fiction. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review. I am voluntarily sharing my honest thoughts.

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