The Indigo Girl by Natasha Boyd

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The year is 1739. Eliza Lucas is sixteen years old when her father leaves her in charge of their family's three plantations in rural South Carolina and then proceeds to bleed the estates dry in pursuit of his military ambitions. Tensions with the British, and with the Spanish in Florida, just a short way down the coast, are rising, and slaves are starting to become restless. Her mother wants nothing more than for their South Carolina endeavor to fail so they can go back to England. Soon her family is in danger of losing everything.

Upon hearing how much the French pay for indigo dye, Eliza believes it's the key to their salvation. But everyone tells her it's impossible, and no one will share the secret to making it. Thwarted at nearly every turn, even by her own family, Eliza finds that her only allies are an aging horticulturalist, an older and married gentleman lawyer, and a slave with whom she strikes a dangerous deal: teach her the intricate thousand-year-old secret process of making indigo dye and in return -- against the laws of the day -- she will teach the slaves to read.

So begins an incredible story of love, dangerous and hidden friendships, ambition, betrayal, and sacrifice.

Based on historical documents, including Eliza's letters, this is a historical fiction account of how a teenage girl produced indigo dye, which became one of the largest exports out of South Carolina, an export that laid the foundation for the incredible wealth of several Southern families who still live on today. Although largely overlooked by historians, the accomplishments of Eliza Lucas influenced the course of US history. When she passed away in 1793, President George Washington served as a pallbearer at her funeral.

This book is set between 1739 and 1744, with romance, intrigue, forbidden friendships, and political and financial threats weaving together to form the story of a remarkable young woman whose actions were before their time: the story of the indigo girl.

Title : The Indigo Girl
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ISBN : 1455137111
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 343 pages


Angela M rated it ★★★★☆

October 01, 2017

4+ stars If I didn't know that this was based on a true story, a real person in our history, I would have found it to be pretty unrealistic that in the 1730's, a British man would leave his sixteen year old daughter in charge of his plantations when he leaves South Carolina for Antigua to further...

Fran rated it ★★★★★

May 14, 2017

Sixteen year old Eliza Lucas has acquired an unexpected vocation. Living in South Carolina in the 18th Century, she must oversee the running of the Lucas family plantations including three tracts of land. Each plantation is run by a manager who oversees slaves as they work to plant and harvest cr...

Cheri rated it ★★★★★

October 03, 2017

!! NOW AVAILABLE !! “1739 The Negroes were singing. Light danced over the dark, inky ocean, and I blinked my eyes awake. No ocean. Just the faint blue of a breaking day casting over the white walls of my bedchamber. A dream still clung damp to my bones. Always the same since I was a child. Sometimes...

Marialyce rated it ★★★★★

May 23, 2017

*****5 fantastic reading stars***** *I received this ARC from Blackstone Publishing and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review* Eliza Lucas is just sixteen years old when her father leaves her in charge of their plantations in rural South Carolina. The year was 1730 when there were both Indian...

Irene rated it ★★★★☆

October 05, 2017

IT'S LIVE TODAY!!!! Arc provided by Blackstone Publishing via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review I can't believe I was granted an arc for Natasha Boyd's new novel. She is one of my favorite authors! (Happy dancing) For Readathon-2017: 36/52 In the category: "A book in which the protagonist i...

Christie«SHBBblogger» rated it ★★★★★

September 29, 2017

Title: The Indigo Girl Series: Standalone Author: Natasha Boyd Release date: October 3, 2017 Cliffhanger: No HEA(view spoiler)[Yes (hide spoiler)] Lately, I've been searching for books that are outside the contemporary romance sphere. Has it been because I've read the same thing too many times, or are original plots about unique ch...

FMABookReviews rated it ★★★★★

September 09, 2017

OMG YOU GUYSSSSS!!! Have you ever read a book out of your normal comfort zone? Like one that isn't remotely what you would normally read but you ended up LOVING IT all the same??? ❝It was so unlike me, but yet, it was me. Something was unfurling within me from behind the fear of societal expecta...

Deanne rated it ★★★★★

August 24, 2017

A book has not truly touched my soul like this one has in a LONG time! Even though this book has 346 pages in it's hardcover edition it felt like a much shorter read because it was just that good! It was not a book that you say to yourself, geeze I have to slog through this to finish it. It kept...

Karen rated it ★★★★☆

May 16, 2017

I received this ARC from in exchange for a review. At the age of 16, Eliza Lucas is tasked by her father to oversee three plantations while he returns to Antigua to pursue his military and political careers. After many failures and set backs, Eliza succeeds in growing an Indigo crop...

Kindling rated it ★★★☆☆

October 03, 2017

2.5-3 stars I am a fan of historical fiction and Natasha Boyd but I’m afraid this book didn’t thrill me in the way I was hoping it would. I will keep this fairly short but also aim to explain my thoughts and feelings. This is not romance, I would consider this straight historical fiction which mig...

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