The Indigo Girl

Natasha Boyd


The Indigo Girl

The Indigo Girl

  • Title: The Indigo Girl
  • Author: Natasha Boyd
  • ISBN: 9781455137114
  • Page: 265
  • Format: Hardcover



An incredible story of dangerous and hidden friendships, ambition, betrayal, and sacrifice.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 FlorAn incredible story of dangerous and hidden friendships, ambition, betrayal, and sacrifice.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 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begins an incredible story of love, dangerous and hidden friendships, ambition, betrayal, and sacrifice.Based on historical documents, including Eliza s letters, this is a historical fiction account of how a teenage girl produced indigo dye, which became one of the largest exports out of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.


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4+ starsIf 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 his military career. There are several things that I really liked about this book. While this is a fictionalized account of the life of Eliza Lucas, it not only appears to be well researched, but excerpt [...]

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 crops in order to turn a profit. Eliza's father, nicknamed Big Lucas, has returned to Antigua, the family's original domicile, in order to advance his military career. Debt has accrued in his military vent [...]

!! NOW AVAILABLE !!“1739The 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 threatening. Sometimes euphoric. Breathing in deeply, I fancied the day held the weight of destiny.”Thus begins Natasha Boyd’s The Indigo Girl.This is a story of conspiracy and deception, love and ro [...]

*****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 and slave uprisings. Her father returns to Antigua and has great military ambitions also wishing to become the governor of Antigua. He mortgages these plantations, unbeknownst to Eliza, because he is in [...]

IT'S LIVE TODAY!!!! Arc provided by Blackstone Publishing via NetGalley in exchange for an honest reviewI 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: 36/52In the category: "A book in which the protagonist is a historical person"REVIEW OF 07/08/20174,5 stars!I thoroughly enjoyed this story! Natasha Boyd’s magical pen has worked miracles again and in a brand new gender for her. She managed to merge histori [...]

Title: The Indigo GirlSeries: StandaloneAuthor: Natasha BoydRelease date:October 3, 2017Cliffhanger: NoHEA(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 characters genuinely becoming more scarce? I can't say. Here's one thing I can say with certainty:The Indigo Girl is special and it deserves to be voraciously devoured and appr [...]

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 expectations. Something true and deep. A part of my soul I'd always known was there but never acknowledged. I knew I'd never completely stop playing the role assigned to me in this life, but I would never ever [...]

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 me captivated throughout the whole book! It was so fascinating learning about the flower Indigo. It explained the while process from planting the seeds through harvesting the plant through the dyeing pro [...]

I received this ARC from netgalley 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. What Eliza accomplished changed American history. This is a great book, the writing was easy to read and the story was very interesting. I really liked reading portions of Eliza's personal correspondence. [...]

2.5-3 starsI 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 might confuse other Natasha Boyd fans as she is known for successful contemporary romance. This wasn’t a problem for me per se, but there were two different strands of suggestion of romance and both o [...]

An absolutely breathtaking and touching novel that I couldn't put down! Highly recommend!

I firmly believe I could gush about this book until the world stopped spinningBut who knows how long that could be?So in the meantime, I will do my best to honor The Indigo Girl by writing as good a review as I possibly can.My love for Eliza is endless. I am SO in love with her--everything about her. Her strong character, her fiery spirit, her unwavering dedication to the ones she loved, her endless ambition. She was plucky, compassionate, and not afraid to put a man (or two, or three) in his pl [...]

Historical fiction like The Indigo Girl that tells the story about a person in history that has actually excisted is my absolute favorite to read. Especially if they are about women who accomplished amazing things, like Eliza Lucas. Starting the book I knew nothing at all about her but I'm now so glad that Natasha Boyd wrote about this book. It made me want to find out even more about Eliza's life. I'm so fascinated by her right now.I absolutely loved Eliza. And they way the author wrote her. El [...]

I'm a bit on the fence when it comes to this book. I found Eliza Lucas to be an interesting historical character and as always is it interesting to learn more about someone that influenced US history so much with her striving to produce indigo dye. One the other hand was the addition of a childhood friend, a slave boy that her father sold and who later turned up as an indigo expert together with the man who owned him (who claimed to be the indigo expert of course) contrived. I have no problems w [...]

Certainly stories of strong historical women aren't unusual; even if history barely remembers them. We seem to want to tug on these journeys until their story unravels. Indigo Girl is a mostly true story. Eliza, our lead gal, was a women of not even 17 living in the American colonies in mid-1700s. The primary purpose of the story appears to be about Eliza but I actually think (based on the afterword); that this is really a story about indigo production and how to get by in the mid-1700s. The per [...]

5 "The Girl Who Saved South Carolina" Stars for the story and narration!Based, in part, on true events (primarily from letters), and set in South Carolina in the Colonial America era (primarily from 1739 to 1744), The Indigo Girl simply blew me away!  What a breath of fresh air!  If you're looking for a story that is full of inspiration and that will give you hope that dreams can come true, you must listen to The Indigo Girl. Moreover, I also loved how this story is an example that innovation [...]

Eliza Lucas is a 16 year old who is left in charge of a slave owning plantation while her father goes off to Antigua to tend to other matters. Young Eliza decides that the future is Indigo and so she launches into this endeavor even though many people want her to fail and a handful help her succeed. There are many obstacles and of course there is the moral question of owning slaves. Amazing story that kept me enthralled from page 1 to the end. I was also amazed to read at the end that actually t [...]

3.5 stars!I'm glad that I stuck through this one. It was very hard for me to get into the first 25-30% because the story moved rather slowly. What kept me going was knowing that this was based on real life letters from a girl named Eliza whose father left her and her family to fight in the war.Once you pass this hump, the story flies as Boyd takes us on a journey of a sixteen year old girl with such fierce drive to prove that she can do what any boy or man can do in this time period—be success [...]

Indigo Girl is based on the true story of Eliza Lucas, the author even included excerpts from her letters in the 1730s adding a wonderfully authentic touch. The novel starts off slowly but before you have time to notice you are engulfed in the story and you'll find yourself captivated by something as random as the production of indigo. I highly recommend to lovers of no gimmick historical fiction. By that I mean the author doesn't rely on a dual timeline or some kind of fabricated drama to tell [...]

I can't stop thinking about this book, so I guess I'll be writing a review.Review now posted.It's been days since I've finished this book. Days I have thought about this determined girl who dreamed so big and had her hopes dashed so brutally, but still, somehow, prevailing in the end. But perhaps it is the way in which the author told this remarkable story that had me spellbound.The Negroes were singing. Light danced over the dark, inky ocean, and I blinked my eyes awake. No ocean. Just the fain [...]

Find all my book reviews plus author interviews, book extracts and guest posts, on my blog: whatcathyreadnext.wordpress/In her afterword, the author explains how a snippet of conversation overheard whilst visiting an exhibition about indigo became the inspiration for The Indigo Girl. I was reminded of a quote I read recently by Bernie McGill, author of The Watch House: ‘As a fiction writer, I am always looking for the gaps between recorded events, the spaces in between’. In this case, the au [...]

I don't usually read Historical books, but I found this very interesting and very well written. It was very fun to learn about the Southern plantations. It's very inspiring for young women and women in general.

This is my kind of book, and my kind of heroine. I love that Eliza was a real person, a teen who lived on her father's plantation, and in his military absence, not only ran the plantation, but started the planting of indigo seeds and with help from her black friends, figured out exactly how to make the seeds thrive and how to process them into rich dyes. This was in the 1740's, and no girl was held in esteem who was as driven and ingenious as Eliza wase was an embarrassment to her mother, and ta [...]

One of my favorite aspects of book blogging is coming into contact with other delightful bloggers and readers, as well as the wonderful people who work within the publishing world at large. When I saw the cover of The Indigo Girl I knew I had to showcase it for one of my Thursday Cover Crush posts. After that, one of my favorite bloggers - Amy at Passages to the Past and Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours - hooked me up with Lauren Maturo - a Senior Publicist at Blackstone Publishing - who of [...]

The Indigo Girl is a beautifully rendered tale of Eliza Lucas and her journey to create indigo in the states. Her obstinacy, drive, courage and brains made her a woman to root for. It’s books like these that I’m beyond grateful for; they tell the little known story of fascinating American history. The importance of ink, as our country grew, was crucial.The author, Natasha Boyd, knows how to spin a story. She’s written several contemporary romance series that have brought her much success. [...]

I wanted to love this book, but it was just ok. The history of Eliza Lucas Pinckney is so fascinating, but this author chose to spend a whole lot of time on her imagined inner romantic thoughts about the men in her life instead of focusing on her accomplishments. The invented character of Benoit and Eliza's fantasies about him - just unnecessary. Disappointing.

Am I Blue: THE INDIGO GIRL early review fangswandsandfairydust/201This is a fascinating piece of historical fiction with, I believe, a lot of research, but possibly not enough findings available. The story of a 16 year-old young woman being left to manage her father’s holdings in South Carolina as he goes off to pursue his expensive military career in the mid-1700s is an absolutely tantalizing idea. Between Eliza’a father’s obviously ruinous business practices and the expenses of his milit [...]

FINAL DECISION: I almost gave up on this story because the beginning is tremendously slow, but the true events upon which it was based were interesting enough to keep me going and I ended up enjoying this bookE STORY: At the age of sixteen, Eliza Lucas is left in charge of her family's plantations in South Carolina when her father travels to pursue his advancement in the military. Strong willed and independent, Eliza is determined to use the knowledge she has gained from her relationships with h [...]

AudioBook Review: Stars: Overall 5 Narration 5 Story 5 Taking the period of 1739 through 1744, we are following the story of Eliza Lucas, eldest daughter left to fend for the fortunes of her family as her father has returned to Antigua in hopes of advancement. Three plantations make up the family’s holdings: each run by an overseer to manage the slaves, and each in need of a profitable crop to keep the family afloat. With her two brothers at school, and a mother who is more interested in retur [...]

I began this book knowing very little about Eliza Lucas Pinckney and finished it with a new female historical hero. While The Indigo Girl is historical fiction, it is a book that is based on a very real woman who left an indelible legacy in American history. Eliza Lucas took over running her father's plantations, at the age of sixteen and at a time when it was unheard of--in fact "indecent"--for a young woman to even have such aspirations, and realized that it was necessary for her to make a lar [...]


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