White Seed

The Untold Story of the Lost Colony of Roanoke

Fiction - Southern
486 Pages
Reviewed on 12/19/2009
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Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite

Seventeen year old Maggie Hagger expects the Virginia Colony to be a paradise. She was indentured to John White for four years. He paid sixteen dollars for her to care for his pregnant daughter. The land was not the paradise she expected. There were savages, harsh weather, and little food. At times it was difficult to tell who the savages were.

White Seed is a fictional story based on actual events. The plot is very realistic and I imagine it could have happened that way. The characters are well developed. I was enchanted by Maggie and Manteo. There love story was well done. I was quickly caught up in the story and could not put it down until I’d read the last word.


White Seed is a historical novel based on the true story of the first English settlement in the New World.

This is a well written novel with an eye for period detail and meticulously researched. The deterioration of the soldiers, the actions of the settlers and the retaliation of the Native Americans makes for one great story, which I couldn't put down. It is totally believable and utterly realistic. It has the right amount of everything you can imagine, romance, pirates, sailing and plenty of action.

Highly recommended.