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4.40  ·  Rating details ·  2,901 ratings  ·  472 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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Jewell The slave at the train station was assisted by abolitionists in a state that had laws prohibiting slavery. So when her master entered the state he leg…moreThe slave at the train station was assisted by abolitionists in a state that had laws prohibiting slavery. So when her master entered the state he legally could not keep her enslaved there if she wanted to be free. Pennsylvania had a law that said those who were enslaved were legally free if they resided in the state for 6 months. Often times, freedom seekers arrived without masters and abolitionists were vigilant in helping them go further north if they wanted to. All freedom seekers had to contend with slave catchers, however. (less)

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Jessica
This was everything I wanted it to be and so much more. While I did have some problems with the pacing, the romance was EVERYTHING. The tension and build up of the romance between Galen and Hester had me DYINNGGGGGG. The first 100 pages were my absolute favorite where Hester was nursing Galen back to health and they were both just so stubborn yet so attracted to each other. I loved how Galen ended up being so unapologetically attracted to Hester and wanted her. I also really enjoyed the undergro ...more
EmBibliophile
Mar 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars
4.5 stars

I’ve finally read my first Beverly Jenkins book, and I might have went and bought a couple more..

Hester is a former slave who now works to help other slaves escape. One night she found herself sheltering the famous Black Daniels, who helps escorting slaves to freedom, and nursing him back to life.


I loved the beginning and how Hester was nursing and taking care of him and how they were both stubborn and they kept on pickering. I also really like the informative part of this book abou
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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
K.J. Charles
An early epic by the magnificent Ms Bev, and a cracker. This one is set pre Civil War in the time of the Underground Railroad. Hester is a freed slave whose father sold himself into slavery for love. She was sold away from her family as a baby, and used as an indigo worker which has permanently stained her hands and feet, not to mention the finger joint her mother cut off in the hope of identifying her later. Hester's hands are a record of forced labour and violence against human bonds, and it i ...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
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Lacey (laceybooklovers)
I loved this so, so much! It’s a bit long, but I adored every second of it. The Underground Railroad aspect was fascinating to read about. It adds a lot of suspense and danger to the story. The romance took my breath away - I’m still swooning over Galen! He’s a reformed rake who cherishes and worships his heroine. The way he went about wooing her was perfection. Hester is a headstrong, intelligent woman I couldn’t help but root for. The two of them made such a powerful couple. I can see why so m ...more
WhiskeyintheJar
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
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Antonella
I can't believe that this is my first read by Beverly Jenkins.
This is an amazing slow-burn romance with a great storyline and a heroine that I really love. She is such a strong and smart woman, a protagonist after my own heart. The chemistry between her and the hero is sizzling. Well, who can blame her, Galen is swoon-worthy.
I enjoy reading about the dangers and efforts of the Underground Railroad...it is very informative and engaging.
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sraxe
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
Lois
This is my favorite book by Jenkins.
I love everything about it🥰

Original Review:
I loved this🥰 a couple light standard romance tropes.
This is set around my hometown of Detroit. Some of it takes place near where I currently live in Canada.
I take for granted local history on the Underground Railroad but this is a reminder that I need to visit these landmarks again and again.
Especially in these current times it's comforting to remember all my ancestors have survived and how we have thrived.
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Renae
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
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SassyMama
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
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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
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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.

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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. 


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Desiree
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
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Donna
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
Al George
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.
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Claudine
The book starts with two letters that tell a heartbreaking story: a free black man has sold himself into slavery to be with the woman he loves. Despite the slave-owner promising to keep him together with his family (now including a baby girl who has been named Hester) he doesn't believe that the slave owner's son will honour the agreement. The second letter tells us the tragic end to the tale: the baby girl has been sold, separate from her mother, who has also been sold. The man is ill and will ...more
Taryn
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh my gosh, I knew this book was going to be phenomenal and it still totally blew me away. Beverly Jenkins is the master (mistress?) of historical romance and I need to get into her backlist pronto. She’s an amazing talent and an incredibly thorough researcher. Indigo is set before the Civil War, and it’s a grim time for people like Hester, a free woman who shelters people on their way to freedom on the Underground Railroad. When Galen becomes her newest houseguest, he brings both danger and tem ...more
Layeshia
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 turn.
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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.
Kazen
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 ti
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Jess
Jun 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think it's kinda cheesy and embarrassing to describe romance novels as 'passionate', but this one really is. Unusually for a romance novel, there's not tons of character development; but this is good. Firstly, there is a lot going on with plot and context and themes, so a simpler love story doesn't confuse. Secondly, the fixation Galen's heart has on Hester works like a thread throughout the book, while around it circumstances change. He's saying ridiculous, piercing things from far too early ...more
Jess
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
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Jewlsbookblog
Galen and Hester stole my breath from the moment they walked on the pages. The vibrant push and pull between Galen and his Indigo will have you rooting for these two to succeed like nobody’s business.
The sheer amount of slave/abolition history Jenkins includes is worth reading this book alone-her attention to detail is amazing and she includes a fantastic bibliography! Add in the threat of danger, questionable motives, and an honest, straightforward romance?! Liquid gold.

I really love how Jenki
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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
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Ashley
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
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Brianna
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
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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
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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

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