About Me I am a retired librarian and I now support books and authors through my reviews.

I have always loved to read and I was able to share that love through my work as a public librarian for 22 1/2 years. I now promote literacy by reading, and then writing reviews. I love to support authors by sharing my reviews with others!

Sunday, August 6, 2023

Rebecca (Daughters of the Lost Colony, #3) by Shannon McNear

Rebecca (Daughters of the Lost Colony, #3)

A Native Princess Follows Her Heart
Immerse yourself in the “what if” questions related to the Lost Colony of Roanoke when a native princess meets an English widower.

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 friendship with one of their leaders and the opinions and politics of her elders. 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 fate be a part of the lasting legacy of the Lost Colony of Roanoke?

The colony at Roanoke disappeared into the shadows of history. But, what if at least one survived to leave a lasting legacy?


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.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Transplanted to North Dakota after more than two decades in Charleston, South Carolina, Shannon McNear loves losing herself in local history. She’s a military wife, mom of eight, mother-in-law of three, grammie of two, and a member of ACFW and RWA. Her first novella, Defending Truth in A Pioneer Christmas Collection, was a 2014 RITA® finalist. When she’s not sewing, researching, or leaking story from her fingertips, she enjoys being outdoors, basking in the beauty of the northern prairies. 

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