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4.22  ·  Rating details ·  3,391 ratings  ·  585 reviews
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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Kindle Edition, 342 pages
Published October 3rd 2017 by Blackstone Publishing
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Lisa I am not a person of color, but I think it is important that we talk about what really happened, not ignore it or gloss over it. Some people were…moreI am not a person of color, but I think it is important that we talk about what really happened, not ignore it or gloss over it. Some people were treated very badly. Let us not forget so we do not repeat these horrific actions.(less)
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Angela M
Sep 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Fran
May 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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 rom
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Marialyce
May 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
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 is a historical person"

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 historica
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Christie«SHBBblogger»



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 ever
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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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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
Karen Kay
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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Camie
Dec 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jill McGill
Oct 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An absolutely breathtaking and touching novel that I couldn't put down! Highly recommend!
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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Kindling 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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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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Tammy
Mar 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: release-2017
This intriguing novel BLEW ME AWAY—new to me author Natasha Boyd is a fabulous storyteller!

Eliza Lucas was a courageous + REMARKABLE woman way ahead of her time for the 1700’s. She was definitely one persistently strong woman which was unheard of for women to be in those days.
Interesting to me is this is based off Eliza Lucas’ actual diaries from 1739-1744 + the author did extensive research to write this book. Definitely worth a pick if you enjoy historical stories!
Mel (Epic Reading)
Oct 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-netgalley
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
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Jess
Dec 01, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Bj
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 an
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Aura
Jan 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Anita
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I appreciated the opportunity to learn about a fascinating woman that I hadn't known about before. However, it was a pretty unsatisfactory read in terms of the quality of the writing. It was utterly obvious that the writer normally writes contemporary romantic fiction. So many pounding hearts! So many urges to touch or to brush a lock of hair out of someone's eyes! And in most cases these details did nothing to further our understanding of the story or of the character. Also while there were sec ...more
Christine (Shh Moms Reading)
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 successfu
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Irene
Aug 12, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a fictionalized account of the life of Eliza Lucas, a woman I had not heard of prior to reading this book. At the age of 16, Eliza’s father left her in charge of his heavily mortgaged plantations in South Carolina. It is the 1730s and he is off to earn a fortune and political post in Antigua. Having watched slaves in Antigua create die from the indigo plant when growing up in Antigua, Eliza decides this is the secret to saving the family land. Despite many odds, Eliza succeeds in growing ...more
Andi (A Literal Hottie)
Dec 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Historical Fiction fans
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
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Pamela Sparkman
Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Marisa
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am on a trend of reading historical fiction with strong female characters and this novel fit the bill to a "T". I loved this novel.

At book expo 2 years ago, THE INDIGO GIRL cover was the first poster i saw and the sheer beaurt of the cover took my breath away. The image of a strong, shadowed woman amd the vibrant colors made me want to read. The only reason it took so long is because i took a break from historical fiction to read thrillers and contemporary fiction.

This novel has strong people
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Donna
This was probably closer to 2 stars for me and that is because of the narrator. Ugh. The fake accent was bothersome. Eventually, I could tune that out and focus on the story, but I was already on the road of discontent and it was hard veer off of that. I'm willing to round up for the time period and the fact that one of the characters didn't make a miraculous (cheesy) comeback.

This one had a modern vibe to it. I don't always like that, especially in Historical Fiction, but I understood how it h
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“Something was unfurling within me from behind the fear of societal expectation. 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, let it compromise me.” 0 likes
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