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4.47  ·  Rating details ·  1,900 ratings  ·  263 reviews
As a child Hester Wyatt escaped slavery, but now the dark skinned beauty is a dedicated member of Michigan's Underground railroad, offering other runaways a chance at the freedom she has learned to love. When one of her fellow conductors brings her an injured man to hide, Hester doesn't hesitate even after she is told about the price on his head. The man in question is the ...more
Paperback, US / CAN / UK edition, 372 pages
Published August 20th 2000 by iUniverse (first published November 1st 1996)
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
This is such a great book. Hester is a seemingly mild-mannered spinster with a peculiar habit of always wearing gloves up to her elbows. It turns out she was an escaped slave from a plantation where indigo was harvested, and has permanent dyeing of her arms and lower legs from working in the fields. She is one of my all time favorite heroines for her undying devotion to helping slaves escape their bondage. Her big house is an important stop on the Underground Railroad. She is uncaring of the dan ...more
Anne Boleyn's Ghost
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
Quality. Pure quality. But I would expect nothing less from Ms. Bev.

Indigo was published in 1996. My admiration for pioneers of the romance genre is immeasurable, but 22-year-old romance novels don't always age well. That Indigo aged well indicates Beverly Jenkins' enduring talent.

Indigo is a romance, but it is also a history. As a certified history nerd, I must pay my respects. Historical romances are sometimes lacking in history, but here it is tangible and thorough. Jenkins seamlessly wove a
I did a buddy read for this over on BookLikes, for all my discussions, comments, and quotes:
Prologue - Ch 4
Chs 5-10
Chs 11-16
Chs 17-end

I've read a couple other Jenkins' books, this was my favorite. I loved all the historical references, tidbits, and weaving in that she did; I can't even tell how many hours I spent learning about people, places, and events she included. Galen was a roguish character that I probably let his charm get him off the hook, he was pushy and I wasn't a fan of how he force
Kimberly Carrington-Fox
Estoy entre 3'5 y 4, pero ya sabéis que siempre tiro a la baja. Que no engañe la nota, que la lectura me ha gustado bastante. Cuando se publique la entrada de las autoras opcionales del #RetoRita2 #RitaJenkins podréis leer mi opinión en la reseña!
(Pero vamos, que atreveos con la Jenkins si os gustan las historias clásicas de amor)
One of My Favorites

This is only my third novel by Beverly Jenkins. And she has yet to disappoint! I've read Night Song, Vivid and now Indigo. I enjoyed the heated romance between Hester and Galen. The chemistry between Galen and Hester was so charged, they couldn't help but fall for each other. Their story just leapt off the pages. Galen was so used to being able to get any woman he wanted and he was so undone when Hester constantly told him 'No', he just couldn't help but fall in love with her
Lover of Romance
Apr 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review was originally posted on Addicted To RomanceSo Welcome to the last segment of Historical Romance 101: It has been such a great month so far. Today all Four of us had the opportunity to read Indigo by Beverly Jenkins. This review is a bit different, so we wanted to do a bit of a group discussion questionairre!! So should be fun. Make sure to see the thoughts of these other great ladies: Jennifer @ Feminist Fairy Tales, Amanda @ On A Book Bender, and Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook. 

Kaethe Douglas
Looking to expand my romance reading beyond the narrow offerings when I was a teen, I found Beverly Jenkins name on many lists. And now I know why. She does a marvelous job of combining romance with real history, in a way that meets all the conventions of romance and also deals realistically and seriously with the Underground Railroad. Great stuff. I'll be reading more of her. And I'm always looking for more non-white characters, so if you have suggestions, I'll welcome them.

Library copy
This is one of those books that started off really strong for me and then fizzled out. For the first third, it was a solid five. If it had continued along the same or similar lines, I'd probably have given it a five despite my dislike of certain tropes. I was loving the tone and the characters and everything...but then Galen left and the latter two thirds happened and it was almost like the book was suffering from some personality crisis; it felt like a mishmash of ideas, as if it wasn't sure wh ...more
Queen Beverly Jenkins, Slayer of Words and All-Around First Lady of Romancelandia—her reputation precedes her, and rightfully so. Everything I know about her as a person inspires a lot of respect. She's a lovely human being. (AND she Skyped into my African American Women's Lit class in undergrad, which was wonderful.)

Notwithstanding her newer work, I've always had the impression that Indigo was Jenkins' best book, or at least the one that's been talked about most often to me. So, I got my butt i
Bree Hill
Dec 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
Okay, I have officially finished my second ever Beverly Jenkins.

Indigo is a sort of slow moving, yet super intense historical romance all the while there is just so much going on and at the most random of times Queen Bev drops some much needed knowledge then carries on with the story.

This is Hester and Galen’s romance. Both in their own ways are conducters on the Underground Railroad. The entire backdrop to this romance is dangerous. So hard to put into words, but amongst all the edge of your se
May 11, 2015 rated it it was ok
I need to review books in more detail before reading them because this was not what I expected. I was disappointed because this had potential that was not reached. This was romance, which I don't mind if it sounds remotely plausible....this however was NOT that. It felt a little dumbed-down. I wonder if the author had written some of these ludicrous descriptions with a serious and straight face, because it caused excessive eye rolling on my part. If a wolf locked in with a lamb is your cup of te ...more
Initial thoughts: I didn't like this as much as I thought I would. There were issues I had with certain aspects that I'll try to fully articulate later.

Full review:
Bullet points mostly because I'm trying to catch up on my reviews and may not remember all the details:

1. I didn't really start to have anything more than lukewarm feelings about Galen until about I was about 70% of the way through when I read his back history (how he started the work of Black Daniel and what it was like for him as
Finally the library has this on audio I can't wait to listen to it! I love Beverly Jenkins and her Stargell romances. You can always learn something from history in her novels<3
Hester and Galen two very important underground railroad conductors. The two Met each other under duress. Galen was a badly wounded agents of the underground railroad. And Hester was the woman who took care of him while he was injured. Love did not come these two quickly. In fact Galen was very rude to her at every tur
So that's what I said when I finished this book..

i said g_d damn

Listen up people, this is gonna be a quick review. This book is just about everything. I mean everything. I feel edified, entertained, horrified, and maybe I'm a bit of a better person for reading this thing...maybe not. Either way, damn.

I bow down to the brilliance that is Beverly Jenkins.

NOTE: read for 2017 New Years Reading Challenge, African American romance.
Nandi Crawford
Still one of my most favorite love stories out there. Bev just goes to the inner most beings of a woman. Those who desire love and to be loved.
Mar 16, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of Jenkins' best loved historical romances for a reason - it starts off with a bang and I was hooked from the start. In the last third I started losing interest, but that probably has more to do with me than the book.

The good:

- I was all in from the start. Hester's life story riveting, and I love the look at the abolitionist movement in Michigan.

- Everything is well researched and there's tons of history here. I learned so much about not only what life was like in this particular tim
Danielle Book Boss
Beautiful story during a time period I've heretofore avoided as a Black American woman whose family is descended from kidnapped and enslaved Africans.

I love historicals. But I tend to stick with Regency and earlier since they are almost always set in England and quietly avoids all things chattel slavery though when you think about it, a lot of the gentry's money was from plantations in the Caribbean and shipping... anyway... so as I was saying... I don't like American based historicals unless i
I feel like this deserves a couple scores, one for its actual importance and then one for how I actual rate books, which is based on how much I enjoyed it. And in this case, that probably averages out to a 3.5.

A problem I have as a reader is hype aversion. When someone/some book are consistently praised so highly, as Ms. Jenkins and Indigo are, I expect a life changing book. That's my own problem. But in this particular case, that meant that things like the hero refusing to call the heroine by h
Locus Amoenus
I'm so happy I discovered Ms Jenkins! This novel was absolutely amazing, so thanks to my romance reading buddies for bringing this author to my attention. Hester's story was heartbreaking and uplifting, and the blend of history and fiction was seamless. I appreciated the fact that the story behind the "traitor" was nuanced, and not a simple whodunit; it was shocking and sad, but ultimately resolved in the best way possible.

I also loved the fact that there was a bibliography at the end, so I can
Oct 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
It felt a bit dated, which makes sense since it was written 20 years ago. I'd once read that Kathleen Woodiwiss was an inspiration for Beverly Jenkins, so I was glad to find that this book didn't suck like The Flame and the Flower did, and wasn't ridiculous like that book.

Ultimately, the novel struck a successful balance between the lightness and oft-seen tropes of the majority of the historical romance genre and the darker realities of being black in America in the years just prior to the Civil
Feb 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A couple weeks ago, I read Beverly Jenkins' Forbidden. I had read two books by her previously, but didn't love them. Forbidden made me want to read every historical she'd ever written though. And I'm SO glad I made Indigo my follow-up book!!! Thank you, Old School Romance Book Club, for making this the February read.

Indigo followed the characters of Hester and Galen. Hester was a conductor on the Underground Railroad, so I was immediately interested in her story. I loved how passionate she was
Michelle Gilmore
Jul 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I loved it! I loved everything from the beginning to the very end. The letters in the prologue had me near tears. Galen and Hester's back stories were both very interesting, and didn't leave me feeling as if there was something missing. I especially enjoyed reading a historical romance centered around a couple committed to working on the Underground Railroad- something that I think a writer would have to work very hard to find the romance in; but I think Beverly Jenkins did it very well. I'll de ...more
Quinn's Book Nook
Apr 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this.
Rachel- Goodbye Borders
Apr 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2019
As someone who enjoys historical romance, the majority of the books are set in England with titled people meeting and falling in love. As a Lover of Romance (LOR) if I want to read a different setting, time period, etc, I have to look for it. So when a Buddy Read was announced, this was the perfect time to pick this one up.
Hester (or as Galen calls her, Indigo) was born a slave. She was found and freed by her aunt. She sees love as a weakness and something to be avoided because her father gave u
Oct 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
I think that if this book had been a regency romance, or really any other kind of historical romance, I might have found it pretty average. Not bad, but nothing spectacular. The romance was spicy and compelling, but pretty standard. The writing was good, but not spectacular. Although I have to admit that Beverly Jenkins has a flair for story and pacing - once I got started I was hooked.

But what really made this book special was the setting and the intense research supporting it. Indigo is set in
Amanda Weaver
Jul 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Just the opening pages alone are enough to rip your heart out. This was a beautiful romance set in a harrowing time and place. I read the second half filled with dread for what might be coming for the hero and heroine, but it all wrapped up in the best possible way.

Beverly Jenkins is a legend among romance authors and it could certainly be argued that she is responsible for bringing African-American characters and couples into the spotlight of the historical romance genre, after far too many years of being ignored or pushed off to the side. I had never read anything by Ms. Jenkins but knew I needed to rectify that, and everyone I spoke to told me that the book to read was Indigo.

**Minor-ish Spoilers Ahead**

Indigo is set in the years leading up to the Ameri
Oct 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have been hearing about Beverly Jenkins for years.
When Indigo was selected as our book club selection I didn't know what to expect. Historical romance didn't sound appealing.
I was drawn in from the epilogue. It actually pissed me off that a person would do something so stupid in the name of love.
Indigo is the love story of Hester Wyatt, a conductor on the Underground Railroad and Galen Vachon, a wealthy Frenchman with a secret.
The book explores slavery,racism, and the abolitionist movement.
Sep 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
I haven't read Jenkins' entire backlist but this is now my favorite surpassing Topaz. The heroine is so fantastic. I loved everything that the author tackled in this book - there's a lot of unpack here. She addresses slavery, racism, classism, sexism, colorism - all in the context of the developing romance and it all blends fairly seamless. I never felt like Jenkins was preaching to me. Some of the historical aspects could have been blended in a bit smoother, but there's a great community feel t ...more
Sep 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was surprised that I really liked this. I'm generally not a person who goes out of her way to choose romance novels, but Ms. Jenkins has done a lot of research and has provided many sources for further history about the Underground Railroad. I am sure I will read more of her historical romances.
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Beverly Jenkins is the recipient of the 2018 Michigan Author Award by the Michigan Library Association, the 2017 Romance Writers of America Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award, as well as the 2016 Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award for historical romance. She has been nominated for the NAACP Image Award in Literature, was featured in both the documentary Love Between the Covers and on CBS ...more
“You are the contrariest woman I have ever met." Hester snorted. "Contrariest. What kind of word is contrariest. French?" He grinned. "Be careful baby girl, I bite. I'll give you more French than you'll know what to do with.” 2 likes
“You always this combative, Miss Wyatt?" "Not as a rule, no." "That's too bad. A combative woman is usually a passionate woman,” 1 likes
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