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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 Flor
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Hardcover, 343 pages
Published October 3rd 2017 by Blackstone Publishing
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Lois I am the direct descendant of Enslaved West Africans. I have not read this but it is on my to read list.
I know I won't like it.
Not because chattel sla…more
I am the direct descendant of Enslaved West Africans. I have not read this but it is on my to read list.
I know I won't like it.
Not because chattel slavery isn't a part of history or that it needs to be left out of fiction.
I get the feeling that Eliza is portrayed as a heroine and well, she's not.
She was an oppressor much like George Washington.
She absolutely unequivocally knew that Enslaved West Africans were human beings.
Still she stole from them and held them in captivity.
She stole so much from them for so long that her descendants are still wealthy today off the backs of the labor she and her descendants stole for centuries.
Her 'legacy' can never be removed from that.
White women were horribly abusive to enslaved peoples.
That's historical fact.
They were heavily involved in physical punishment-hanging kids by their thumbs. They were involved in raping children as well as adults.
They were not innocent and if she's not presented with those historical facts in mind then this is slavery apologist in nature.
No one that held human beings in bondage was a good person.
Same with colonists.
There were good Europeans that existed at that time period I'm sure but we don't know about them because they stayed in the country of their ancestors and weren't involved in the displacement and genocide of the Indigenous Peoples of the Americas.
So yes this book is both offensive and not historically accurate.
This story has to include the perspective of those peoples or it's just a white supremacist myth.
Like gone with the wind.(less)
Adele There is romance and deep passion but it is controlled because of circumstances.

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Angela M
Sep 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
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 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
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Beata
Oct 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novel is an example of historical fiction that elegantly blends facts with author’s interpretation of them and imagination.
Incredible as it may sound, in 1739, Eliza Lucas, a sixteen-year-old girl is put in charge of the plantations in South Carolina by her father who leaves to pursue his political ambitions. The estate is in dire financial state, but intelligent, observant and with entrepreneurial spirit, Eliza comes up with an idea of producing indigo dye, so much sought after in Europe,
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Dem
Jul 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
I Love Reading accounts of strong women from history and The Indigo Girl is a powerful well written historical fiction story based on the life of Eliza Lucas a 16 years old girl who in 1739 takes over the running of her fathers plantations in rural South Carolina after he mortgages them in order to raise funds in pursuit of his military ambitions. Hearing how much French pay for Indigo dye Eliza believes its the key to her families salivation.

I happened upon this one by chance while browsing a
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Fran
May 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Cheri
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“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 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
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Heidi
Dec 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is an excellent example of how a well-researched historical fiction book can bring lesser known historical figures to life— and make both their accomplishments and historical eras accessible to modern readers.

I loved Eliza Lucas and found myself annoyed at how little control she really had when all was said and done. She runs her father’s estates as if she were the heir, but she is often reminded by others just how little she is valued.

Although the story started off slowly, it really star
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Marialyce (absltmom, yaya)
May 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgallery-books
*****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
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Diane Barnes
Dec 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars rounded up to 4 because of the research. I ended up liking this book more than I thought I would midway through. It is a fictionalized account of the early efforts of Eliza Lucas to grow the first Indigo crop in SC, after being left in charge of her father's three plantations here when he returns to Antigua. She disdains marriage, and works hard to succeed at making the plantations successful. After a lot of trial and error and much help from slaves and neighbors, she does finally prod ...more
Irene Sim
REVIEW OF 07/08/2017
4,5 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 historical facts and people into a fascinating tale that kept me transfixed till the last page.



Eliza Lucas is a woman ahead of her time. And I say woman because even if she’s only 16 years old she is mature in mind and spirit beyond her age. A twist of fate has Eliza, instead of marrying off to some featherheaded nobleman to
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Emily D-W
Feb 07, 2019 rated it did not like it
I wanted to read this book because I am moving to South Carolina and because I am a historical fiction nerd. The story of Eliza Lucas was fascinating, but the story of the enslaved people working on her plantation seems to me to be less historical and more revisionist. The enslaved characters want to help Eliza - it is a team effort to grow indigo - she refers to them only as “servants” and nicknames them, teaching some men how to read. The way this book is written suggests that Eliza was a “goo ...more
Jess
Dec 01, 2017 rated it it was ok
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. ...more
JimZ
Jul 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
I thought this was a very good read —the writing was pretty good and her story line held my attention throughout. A solid 3.5 stars so rounded up is a 4. The novel tells the story of Eliza Lucas, the indigo plant, and the great difficulty and the skills needed to extract dye that could come from the plant, indigo dye. The time was 1739 and the place was one of the colonies of England, South Carolina.

Eliza was a young white woman (actually 16 years old at the beginning of the novel) who was given
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Title: The Indigo Girl
Series: Standalone
Author: Natasha Boyd
Release date: October 3, 2017
Cliffhanger: No
HEA(view 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 ap
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FMABookReviews
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
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Sara
3.5-Stars, rounded down.

In the modern-day world where women feel liberated and equal, I wonder how many could take on the running of three plantations and assume the responsibility of dozens of people at the age of sixteen. That is what Eliza Lucas did in 1740s South Carolina, and in the process she cultivated the crop that saved the colony, indigo.

I loved the historical aspects of this novel. There was so much that was genuine, including the excerpts from Eliza Lucas’ actual letters. On the fli
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Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
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 ...more
Afton
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
I have so many problems with this book. Spoilers below, fyi.

First of all, she has slaves from day one to the end of her life, yet is portrayed as pure hero for the entire book. The afterword makes much of the fact that she eventually frees Quash, one of her slaves from her plantation full of slaves. The cliché that a slave owner who doesn't beat his/her slaves is a hero? I'm so over it.

Here, I'll interject that I'm fine with protagonists who aren't perfect. But don't write a book about a perfect
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Maureen
Feb 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Indigo Girl is a wonderful historical fiction novel, based on the life of Eliza Lucas.It is set in 1739 South Carolina. Eliza st the age of 16 is left with the responsibility of her father’s plantations. Her mother is ill and her brothers are away from home. Her father leaves for Antiqua to commence his career
This is a time where a woman is not allowed to own property. Their goal is to marry well.

Natasha Boyd has blended facts and fiction to tell this remarkable story. There are many documents
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Camie
Dec 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Need a good book featuring an unlikely heroine who deserves to be more widely known? This story of downright feisty Eliza Lucas who is very uncharacteristically left in charge of her father's 3 plantations in South Carolina at age 16 as he must leave the country to pursue his military ambitions is one that perfectly fits the bill. Without it having been based on a very real character who will make an indelible mark on the history of the South by learning to grow indigo as the French did, while m ...more
Jill McGill
Oct 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An absolutely breathtaking and touching novel that I couldn't put down! Highly recommend! ...more
Bookphenomena (Micky)
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 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 of thes
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Deanne Patterson
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 ...more
Deborah
Aug 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
In 1739, sixteen-year-old, Eliza Lucas, was left to manage their South Carolina plantation and two other properties and to look after her fragile mother and young sister as her father returned to Antigua to pursue a military commission. Her two younger brothers were in England studying. Her father was mortgaging the properties to further his military career as a colonel. Eliza was determined to make the properties a financial success and to show her father his trust and faith in her was valid. T ...more
Stephanie Anze
Aug 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"Impressions are all I am left with- impressions of hands dragging me down, squeezing my heart, keeping me under. Hands that want me to drown in my own creation. In my ambition.
And Drown I did.
I sank into the opaque blue abyss.
Yet even though Indigo broke my heart, it saved my life.
Indigo ran through my veins."

Eliza Lucas is told by her father that he is leaving to pursue his political ambitions. He will be leaving Eliza, who is sixteen yaers old, in charge of overseeing all three of the Lucas'
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Stephanie (Bookfever)
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
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Joy D
Historical fiction based on the life of Eliza Lucas, a real person of history and a key contributor to the development of indigo crops in the American south in the mid-1700’s. At the age of sixteen, her father put her in charge of the family’s plantations while he returned Antigua. The family owned slaves and Eliza is portrayed as a kind person with strong opinions against slavery. The author has done research about the life of Eliza Lucas, using excerpts from her actual letters during this peri ...more
KarenK2
May 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-netgalley
I received this ARC from netgalley.com 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 corresponden
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Aura
Jan 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Eliza Lucas is a 16 year old who is left in charge of a slave 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 this is ...more
Whitney
I firmly believe I could gush about this book until the world stopped spinning...
But 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
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Kathryn in FL
Terrific historical account of a real-life maverick woman standing up to her community to pursue her dreams and save her family's legacy. Based on tremendous research and use of letters of correspondence, this well written story recounts nearly four years of Eliza Lucas's life. She makes a very intriguing main character, who faced with multiple adversities and those who battle her (her family, her neighbors, overseer and her slaves) and those who support her, (her friends and her slaves) to over ...more
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Natasha Boyd (writing romance as Tasha Boyd) is a USA Today bestselling and award-winning author of both historical fiction and contemporary romance. Her historical fiction novel THE INDIGO GIRL was long-listed for the Southern Book Prize and was a Southern Independent Booksellers' Association OKRA PICK. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and lives with her husband, two sons and the cas ...more

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