About the Book
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?
Other Books in the Series
In My Opinion
Shannon McNear returns to her Daughters of the Lost Colony series with Rebecca, but as you read, you’ll realize that you know Rebecca by a different name: Pocahontas. But this is a story unlike the Disney version you’ve watched in theaters.
Of the three books in this series, this one was the hardest for me to follow along (but full transparency, I was listening to the audiobook and reading the book may not have presented this same issue). McNear gives heaps of details about the Powhatan tribe, Native American life (daily life as well as distrust of the white men who have intruded upon them). There are some recognizable names in the book (John Smith and John Rolfe).
McNear brings a little slice of American history to life, putting clothes on the people from our history books and classes. The way historical fiction sweeps me into a time and place has turned this non-history buff into a lover of learning about it, and McNear did that for me with Pocahontas’s story.
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