The Indigo Girl by Natasha Boyd

The Indigo Girl

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 Florida, just a short way down the coast, are rising, and slaves are starting t...

Details The Indigo Girl

TitleThe Indigo Girl
Release DateOct 3rd, 2017
PublisherBlackstone Audiobooks
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Romance

Reviews The Indigo Girl

  • Angela M
    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 n...
  • Fran
    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 mili...
  • Cheri
    “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 con...
  • Marialyce
    *****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 pl...
  • Christie«SHBBblogger»
    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...
  • Irene Sim
    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...
  • 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 ...
  • Karen
    I received this ARC from 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...
  • 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 t...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 l...
  • Cathy
    Find all my book reviews plus author interviews, book extracts and guest posts, on my blog: 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 r...
  • 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...
  • Stephanie
    Am I Blue: THE INDIGO GIRL early review 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 ob...
  • Luanne Ollivier
    4.5 I knew I wanted to listen to Natasha Boyd's new novel, The Indigo Girl, when I heard it was based on a true story.Boyd has blended fact and fiction to tell the story of Eliza Lucas Pinckney. Eliza was a sixteen year old girl in 1739 when she was left in charge of the family's plantations in South Carolina, while her father pursued his military career. Determined to offset the mortgages and debt on the properties, she envisioned growing indigo...
  • Annette
    Historical fiction is most interesting when the subject is known the least. This book brings a story of a remarkable young woman who became a footnote in history. And the author brilliantly revives her appearance in history. This story is so profound; it will linger with you long after you are done reading. Set in South Carolina in the first half of the 18th century, when Charleston is known as Charles Town, Eliza Lucas conveys her extraordinary ...
  • Bethany Swafford
    An intelligent young woman is left in charge of her father's plantations in South Carolina while her father pursues his military pursuits. As her ambitions grow, she must fight the disapproval from her own family and her own family.What I especially loved about this novel is how it is based on reality. Eliza did refuse to conform to society. She did learn to produce indigo dye, when everyone save for a few people, said she wouldn't be able to. I ...
  • Rachel Poynter
    Eliza Lucas is a sixteen year old girl who unexpectedly becomes the head of her household. Her father is called away to Antigua and she is left in charge of their family's colonial plantation. Her determination to succeed against all odds leads her down a path where race, gender and age come to the forefront of the story. As a female reader, Eliza is relatable. I typically shy away from this era of historical fiction but I decided to go into this...
  • Kathleen Mckee
    I was a lucky winner of a Goodreads giveaway for an ARC of The Indigo Girl. The story of Eliza Lucas Pinckney was brought to life in Natasha Boyd's historical novel. I knew nothing about the young girl who made indigo a thriving international export in support of colonial South Carolina and our future American nation. The author creatively added depth to craft a narrative from Eliza's personal letters and historic lore. She developed interesting ...
  • Penmouse
    Long before women took part in the Women's Liberation movement Eliza Lucas managed to run the family's plantations. She turned he love of botany into a profitable venture as she learned how use indigo dye.If you love historical fiction, and spunky women, you will love The Indigo Girl.Recommend.Review written after downloading a galley from NetGalley.
  • Ariadna
    Breath-taking! Quite literally could not put it down! Perfectly paced; allows the reader to come up with their own guesses of what is to come while never lagging in the story line. I found myself getting frustrated and happy, my moods paralleling those of Eliza. The story is beautifully written and artfully told.
  • MetLineReader
    Fascinating and fabulous. An insight into 18th century plantation life, the trials and tribulations (and expectations) of a young woman plus how to create indigo dye... (who knew it was quite so difficult)I absolutely loved this book - was very taken with Eliza - and even more so when I discovered that her sons became founding fathers of the USA5* highly recommended
  • Melissa Flanagin
    Thank you for sending me the netgalley to The Indigo Girl by Natasha Boyd. Very interesting read. Loved the main character Liza. She was a very strong independent woman. She treated her slaves like family and everyone around the way she wanted to be treated. Plot line was a great concept. I found Liza's mother very annoying, but for that time period every woman who had to depend on a man and couldn't think for themselves was annoyin...
  • Tehteh
    First off, I should confess I only read about a third or less of this book. I don't think it is the book's fault that I didn't get into it. The plot is quite good, as is the writing. I think Eliza has a very interesting voice, as it is a balance between a proper girl for her time and age as well as someone who just really wants to be free and have their way in life.I just feel like maybe the build up of the story is a little slow, and maybe that ...
  • Carol Baldwin
    REVIEWINDIGO GIRL by Natasha Boyd is the story of 16-year-old Eliza Lucas, who lived outside of Charles Town (Charleston), SC in 1739. A British subject, she spent her formative years in Antigua where her father was governor. He moved his family to South Carolina only to decide that he needed to return to Antigua to ensure his political career. With her older brother studying in England, Eliza’s father turns over the responsibility of running t...
  • Clarissa
    ❝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 let it compromise me.❞What I love about this book is that this is based on a true story. There’s nothing more interesting...
  • Denice Barker
    Indigo is the most beautiful color I can think of. It is blue’s blue. I’m not sure many people realize that in the early colonial days of our country we were a top producer of some of the finest indigo dye in the world to date. That’s why I was excited to be given a chance to read The Indigo Girl for NetGalley. When Eliza Lucas was just sixteen years old her father left her in charge of the family’s holdings, three South Carolina plantati...
  • Louise
    Having enjoyed the contemporary book writing of Natasha Boyd I was thrilled to see that she was giving us a historical tale. I’m a lover of period tales and jumped at the chance to read this book. A great five star read for me.This book is historical fiction so although there is some conjecture about interactions ad other bits there is also a lot of fact that underlies the whole book. This is a story set in the 1800’s and gives a story about ...
  • Allison M
    This novel is a fictionalised account of the life of Eliza Lucas (1722-1793), who was left at the age of sixteen to look after the family's plantations in South Carolina on her father's return to Antigua. Eliza Lucas appears to have been spirited and ambitious in an age and society that decried such traits in young women: in order to improve her family's financial security, she attempted various agricultural experiments including the growing of t...
  • sleepywriter
    I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.The Indigo Girl tells the fascinating true story of Eliza Lucas, the girl who made indigo profitable in the Carolinas. Eliza is truly a girl born before her time - intelligent and driven, the only thing her mother wants to do is marry her off. Eliza doesn't want that though - she only wants her plantation to turn a profit and for her slaves to be safe. This book captivated me fr...