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, American, Southern, Adult

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...
  • 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...
  • Jill Croce-McGill
    An absolutely breathtaking and touching novel that I couldn't put down! Highly recommend!
  • 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 ...
  • Tammy
    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 yo...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Aura
    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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • Jess
    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.
  • 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.
  • Tiffany
    Well written book, I would like to learn more about how historically accurate it is. I feel like maybe it was too romantic on the whole idea of colonization and plantation culture, but that's something for me to contemplate.
  • Jo Ann
    This is my kind of book, and my kind of heroine. I love that Eliza was a real person, a teen who lived on her father's plantation, and in his military absence, not only ran the plantation, but started the planting of indigo seeds and with help from her black friends, figured out exactly how to make the seeds thrive and how to process them into rich dyes. This was in the 1740's, and no girl was held in esteem who was as driven and ingenious as Eli...
  • Colleen Turner
    One of my favorite aspects of book blogging is coming into contact with other delightful bloggers and readers, as well as the wonderful people who work within the publishing world at large. When I saw the cover of The Indigo Girl I knew I had to showcase it for one of my Thursday Cover Crush posts. After that, one of my favorite bloggers - Amy at Passages to the Past and Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours - hooked me up with Lauren Maturo - a ...
  • Good Book Fairy
    The Indigo Girl is a beautifully rendered tale of Eliza Lucas and her journey to create indigo in the states. Her obstinacy, drive, courage and brains made her a woman to root for. It’s books like these that I’m beyond grateful for; they tell the little known story of fascinating American history. The importance of ink, as our country grew, was crucial.The author, Natasha Boyd, knows how to spin a story. She’s written several contemporary r...
  • 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.
  • 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...