Friday, September 8, 2023

REBECCA (Daughters of The Lost Colony #3) by Shannon McNear, Reviewed by Paula Shreckhise

I absolutely loved this series about the daughters of the Lost Colony, a history of Roanoke and Jamestown. It was an eye opener. Not much is know about this time period, although the author has spun a believable tale using what records are available from the actual events. This story begins when Pochahuntas/Rebecca is a child and continues until her death.

As one might suppose, the account is full of danger considering the coming together of two different cultures and peoples. Ms. McNear has done extensive research and incorporates many of the customs of the Powhatan into her story. What was most interesting was the way John Rolfe and Reverend Whitaker taught Pochahuntas the scriptures starting with Genesis and establishing that God was the Creator. They then discussed the difference of the Powhatan view of Creation.

The romance was slow and steady, John Rolfe being a widower and Pochahuntas already a widow. He was portrayed as a devout man who wanted to protect Pochahuntas.

This story brought out many emotions from tenderness, to outrage, to wonder and then sadness. But through it all the sovereignty of God was shown and how He can bring people to Himself who have had no formal upbringing in the Christian Faith.

It was a very enjoyable history lesson.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author. I was not required to post a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*5 stars and a solid faith thread

BackCover Blurb:
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.


Barbour Publishing, July 2023
Available in digital ebook, paperback, and audiobook

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