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 Publishing
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Romance, Adult, American, Southern

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
    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! “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. Th...
  • 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...
  • Irene Sim
    IT'S LIVE TODAY!!!! 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 bran...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Kindling Micky
    2.5-3 starsI 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 dif...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • Mel (Epic Reading)
    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 prod...
  • 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...
  • Jill Croce-McGill
    An absolutely breathtaking and touching novel that I couldn't put down! Highly recommend!
  • 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 ...
  • Pamela Sparkman
    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 ocea...
  • Andi (A Literal Hottie)
    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 ...
  • 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...
  • Amy Coury
    I don't usually read Historical books, but I found this very interesting and very well written. It was very fun to learn about the Southern plantations. It's very inspiring for young women and women in general.
  • 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...
  • Sheila Melo
    FINAL DECISION: I almost gave up on this story because the beginning is tremendously slow, but the true events upon which it was based were interesting enough to keep me going and I ended up enjoying this book.THE STORY: At the age of sixteen, Eliza Lucas is left in charge of her family's plantations in South Carolina when her father travels to pursue his advancement in the military. Strong willed and independent, Eliza is determined to use the k...
  • Gaele
    AudioBook Review: Stars: Overall 5 Narration 5 Story 5 Taking the period of 1739 through 1744, we are following the story of Eliza Lucas, eldest daughter left to fend for the fortunes of her family as her father has returned to Antigua in hopes of advancement. Three plantations make up the family’s holdings: each run by an overseer to manage the slaves, and each in need of a profitable crop to keep the family afloat. With her two brothers at sc...
  • Shannon
    I began this book knowing very little about Eliza Lucas Pinckney and finished it with a new female historical hero. While The Indigo Girl is historical fiction, it is a book that is based on a very real woman who left an indelible legacy in American history. Eliza Lucas took over running her father's plantations, at the age of sixteen and at a time when it was unheard of--in fact "indecent"--for a young woman to even have such aspirations, and re...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • Alan
    Natasha Boyd has done it again. This time she's written an inspiring, fast-paced story based on historical facts.Boyd certainly knows how to draw you into a story. Her lyrical prose will transport you back to colonial times and immerse you in plantation life in South Carolina. The images of "Indigo Girl" will stay with you long after you finish this sensational novel.Though this is a fictional story, it is based on a real person and real events. ...
  • Lisa D - Sassy Cat Chat
    The Indigo Girl is the perfect example of why I adore historical fiction. Natasha Boyd has really outdone herself with her latest novel. With completely immersive writing she brings to life the story of an exceptional young woman, Eliza Lucas Pinckney. Eliza was a sixteen year old girl living in South Carolina in 1739. Her father left his plantation and family to attend to his interests abroad. Having no of age male children on the land, Eliza's ...