The Indigo Girl

The Indigo Girl An Incredible Story Of Dangerous And Hidden Friendships, Ambition, Betrayal, And SacrificeThe Year Is 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 To Become Restless Her Mother Wants Nothing Than For Their South Carolina Endeavor To Fail So They Can Go Back To England Soon Her Family Is In Danger Of Losing EverythingUpon Hearing How Much The French Pay For Indigo Dye, Eliza Believes It S The Key To Their Salvation But Everyone Tells Her It S Impossible, And No One Will Share The Secret To Making It Thwarted At Nearly Every Turn, Even By Her Own Family, Eliza Finds That Her Only Allies Are An Aging Horticulturalist, An Older And Married Gentleman Lawyer, And A Slave With Whom She Strikes A Dangerous Deal Teach Her The Intricate Thousand Year Old Secret Process Of Making Indigo Dye And In Return Against The Laws Of The Day She Will Teach The Slaves To ReadSo Begins An Incredible Story Of Love, Dangerous And Hidden Friendships, Ambition, Betrayal, And SacrificeBased On Historical Documents, Including Eliza S Letters, This Is A Historical Fiction Account Of How A Teenage Girl Produced Indigo Dye, Which Became One Of The Largest Exports Out Of South Carolina, An Export That Laid The Foundation For The Incredible Wealth Of Several Southern Families Who Still Live On Today Although Largely Overlooked By Historians, The Accomplishments Of Eliza Lucas Influenced The Course Of US History When She Passed Away In , President George Washington Served As A Pallbearer At Her FuneralThis Book Is Set Between And , With Romance, Intrigue, Forbidden Friendships, And Political And Financial Threats Weaving Together To Form The Story Of A Remarkable Young Woman Whose Actions Were Before Their Time The Story Of The Indigo Girl

USA Today Bestseller, Winter Rose FINALIST 2013 Eversea , Digital Book Award Winner 2014 Eversea and Chatelaine Awards for Romantic Fiction FINALIST 2015 Deep Blue Eternity.

➠ [Epub] ➚ The Indigo Girl  By Natasha Boyd ➪ –
  • Hardcover
  • 343 pages
  • The Indigo Girl
  • Natasha Boyd
  • English
  • 19 May 2019
  • 9781455137114

10 thoughts on “The Indigo Girl

  1. says:

    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 not only appears to be well researched, but excerpts of letters written by Eliza Lucas are interspersed throughout Eliza Lucas was a determined, smart and tough woman who was in many ways, a woman ahead of her times How heartening to know that in spite of the societal demands of the times, that there were women who were bold enough to do things considered to be only in the realm of men She is remembered for bringing to SC the indigo crop that changed its economy.The author in her notes tells which characters are based on real people and which are imagined I always love to hear what the creative spark was that prompts an author to write a particular story In this case, Natasha Rosenfeldt Boyd was attending an indigo exhibit in South Carolina and overheard a conversation between the gallery owner and one of Eliza s descendants I caught snippets of a story that would light a fire in me It was a story about a sixteen year old girl who ran her father s plantations in her father s name This girl, the unknown person said next to me, unaware of my eavesdropping, made a deal with her slaves she would teach them to read, and in return they would teach her the secrets of making indigo And thus the spark for this novel and the story of this young woman whose story is inspiring and relevant even today I received an advanced copy of this book from Blackstone Publishing through NetGalley.

  2. says:

    I Love Reading accounts of strong women from history and The Indigo Girl is a powerful well written historical fiction story based on the life of Eliza Lucas a 16 years old girl who in 1739 takes over the running of her fathers plantations in rural South Carolina after he mortgages them in order to raise funds in pursuit of his military ambitions Hearing how much French pay for Indigo dye Eliza believes its the key to her families salivation I happened upon this one by chance while browsing audible and had no idea who Eliza was or anything about the Indigo process but was curious when I read that book was based on historical documents and Eliza Lucas s own letters and what an interesting and educational read this was This was a horrible time in America s history but a time that was real and therefore can not be forgotten.I really enjoyed learning about Eliza Lucas and her remarkable accomplishments and while this was historical fiction the author s note does explain what is fact and where she has embellished the story and why I loved the descriptions of South Carolina and life of eighteenth century colonial society The Indigo process was extremely interesting and well documented considering this was a historical fiction story.A story that is well researched and written and the audio version is so good and added to my enjoyment of the novel I especially love when historical fiction brings attention to a person or event in history that I am not familiar with or might never have read about and I am so glad I got to read about Eliza Lucas and her accomplishments in the Indigo Industry.Recommended for readers who enjoy historical fiction and novels such as The Kitchen House or Someone Knows My Name.

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    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 venture and only successful crop production will keep the family afloat in South Carolina..Eliza is no stranger to the running of the family enterprise She has routinely assisted Big Lucas in recording family transactions She is not the child of choice for this operation, however, her two brothers are away at school The plan is for Eliza to keep the business solvent until her elder brother George can assume the reins Eliza does not believe in convention, she believes in individual freedom Women should not be chattel to be married off to unburden the family Eliza will not settle for being a figurehead for the plantationbuthow will she be successful Two of her plantations are heavily mortgaged to support her father s military aspirations.Eliza is determined to grow indigo Indigo is a weed that has been grown with limited success in Antigua Perhaps it can grow in South Carolina soil She enlists the help of neighbor and botanist Mr Deveaux and family friend, lawyer Charles Pinckney, as well as trusted slaves Quash, Togo, and Sawney Indigo is difficult to produce Success is unlikely Frost can destroy indigo seeds Indigo stalks must be cut at the exact hour of their potency and before they flower She is embarking upon an uphill battle.Eliza Lucas is a teenager ahead of her time While her mother worries about making a good match for her daughter, Eliza wants a husband who will treat her as an equal She believes in compassion Her slaves live in cabins free from draft, a dwelling has been built to serve as a schoolhouse and she has taught Quash and others to read Her kindness has won her respect There are those, however, who do not want Eliza to succeed and will thwart her efforts on a continual basis The Indigo Girl by Natasha Boyd is a remarkable historical account of a girl s determination to introduce indigo as a staple crop in South Carolina Kudos to Natasha Boyd for creating Eliza s journey.Thank you Blackstone Publishing and Net Galley for the opportunity to read and review The Indigo Girl

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    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 This is a story of conspiracy and deception, love and romance, ambition and sacrifice, secret alliances and betrayal, of intimidation and trust Trust given and trust earned A story of free men and slaves, of a young women who dared to insist on her right to choose to marry, or not, who dared to assert herself as a woman as competent as the men who tried to intimidate her A woman who dared to choose her path in life in Colonial era South Carolina Eliza Lucas was a woman who dared to be kind to her childhood friend from Antigua a friend who returns to her life as a slave owned by the man her father has sent to teach her the ways of growing indigo and turning it into dye.This would be a wonderful historical, fictional, story, a story that would inspire many, but what makes this an exceptionally moving and inspirational story is that Eliza Lucas lived and breathed, was a real woman who became known as the woman who changed agriculture in South Carolina The Indigo Girl.In the South Carolina of old, young sixteen year old Eliza Lucas is left in charge of her family s plantations, her father has left in order to further enhance his position with the military, and has returned to Antigua, leaving Eliza, her mother and her younger sister there It hasn t been that long since he brought his wife and daughter to this plot of land seventeen miles outside of Charles Town, six by water originally purchased by her father s father Her two brothers are attending school in England, but in a few years, her brother George will be able to take over for her.Eliza has had a formal education in a finishing school in England when she was younger, but she was encouraged from a young age to seek out knowledge, to read, to follow her inquisitive nature One of her interests was botany.She has plans, which include a grove of oak trees with an eye to future ships needing the wood, but she is drawn to the indigo plant She remembers the clothing she saw back in Antigua, and when she sees two women wearing skirts of that same rich blue when in town, she decides to look into growing indigo A plant notoriously difficult to grow in South Carolina, subject to many failures in growing and many failures in the process of being turned into dye.Based on an immense amount of research including many historical documents and Eliza Lucas own letters excerpts of some are included in this story this is the story of a woman who was so highly regarded that, upon her death, George Washington requested to serve as a pallbearer at her funeral In 1976, a marker commemorating the location where Eliza Lucas planted indigo seeds in 1741 was erected Pub Date 03 Oct 2017Many thanks for the ARC provided by Blackstone Publishing

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    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 need of money Eliza, a strong willed brilliant daughter, resolves to make the plantation she and her family reside on, a success The way she decides to do so is in the production of indigo Her mother wishes for her to fail so that the family can return to England so she offers little to no support and actually thwarts Eliza s efforts.Eliza, a botanist at heart, is helped by a neighbor botanist, a gentlemen lawyer, and her slaves who knew the secret of indigo extraction They strive to make a go of it Eliza is the epitome of courage and determination She will get what she wants and entices the slaves to share their indigo secrets by promising to teach them how to read, something that was against the law She forms hidden attachments to her slaves, spurns those who are against her, and sacrifices everything to make this dream of hers come true Along the way Eliza is met with many adversities but through the support of a man who she will eventually marry and her slaves who she treats with fairness and concern, she succeeds Her indomitable spirit at such a young age makes her a woman of that fosters admiration, strength, and resilience.This novel is based on letters from Eliza and other historical documents Through Eliza, her eventual husband, and the slaves, she is able to lay the foundation for the indigo industry that will eventually become one of the largest exports from South Carolina It was quite an incredible book to read and enjoy as this little known figure in history came alive in this novel Incredibly interesting is that no one really has heard of her exploits as she played a major role in the route that US history eventually took Mentioned in the author s notes was that President George Washington was a pall bearer at her funeral Eliza was a independent woman hundreds of years before that came into vogue Her achievements, given that it was 1730 s and was a woman need to be both admired and made know so that all women know that no matter what constraints that are placed upon them, having the will and the determination to succeed they will eventually do just that.

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    3.5 stars rounded up to 4 because of the research I ended up liking this book 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 produce a small production of superior Indigo, which becomes the forerunner of one of the backbones of South Carolina s early economy She goes on to marry Charles Pinckney and one of her sons is a signer of the U.S Constitution Quite a story of a remarkable woman.Two very opposite qualities were at play in this book One, it was very well researched and relied heavily on letters and documents from the period, 1739 1744 Most of the characters were very real people, and since I live in the Charleston area, the locations and place names and descriptions were very familiar to me Two, there were times when the narration very nearly descended into romance novel territory, with heaving bosoms, tintillating glances, and burning sensations The author saved herself each time by seeming to remember that this was of an historical novel I did check into her previous books, and they seem to all be in the romance novel genre, so I suppose old habits are hard to break.Having said that, I did enjoy the story, and learned enough from it that I will check into some of the non fiction works listed in the bibliography.Fun fact I did not know The SC State Flag has a deep blue background because of the importance of Indigo in the history of our early settlement.

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    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 brand new gender for her She managed to merge historical facts and people into a fascinating tale that kept me transfixed till the last page.Eliza Lucas is a woman ahead of her time And I say woman because even if she s only 16 years old she is mature in mind and spirit beyond her age A twist of fate has Eliza, instead of marrying off to some featherheaded nobleman to appease her mother, stepping in her father s position as head manager of his estates in South Carolina, at least until her younger brother becomes of age to assume responsibility Eliza is no stranger to the estate s affairs, her father s been training her for many years and she s been acting as his aid keeping his correspondence and accounting books It s unfathomable the burden that is laid upon her young shoulders Not only she has to make profitable decisions about crops, sales etc, she also has to discourse with managers, bankers, sales persons and manage the slaves, all in her father s name because she is a woman and her gender induces no respect Her courage is inspiring, her determination admirable With her kind heart, fairness and ambition she manages to overcome all obstacles and win over respect from her slaves to her most strict competitors.There were times in the story that I totally hated her mother Not only she is incapable to provide the smallest amount of help in managing the household, she keeps sabotaging Eliza s attempts But then, she s the typical woman of her age and can t help herself from being small minded and socially confined.I have to cut half a star from my rating because I was annoyed by the evolution in the relationship between Eliza and Ben view spoiler I can justify their friendship, but I think her romantic fantasies about Ben and her stalker ish jealous behavior was a little farfetched for the time and place I also didn t like that he had to die for her to be able to move on hide spoiler

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    Title The Indigo GirlSeries StandaloneAuthor Natasha BoydRelease date October 3, 2017Cliffhanger NoHEA view spoiler Yes hide spoiler

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    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 let it compromise me The Indigo Girl by Author Natasha Boyd was PHENOMENAL There was so much passion within the pages of this book that my heart ached ACHED This is not a typical romance, so don t go into this book expecting that But The Indigo Girl was filled with passion passion for life, for love and humanity It was a story filled with guarded intimacy, and forbidden love, a story that reminds you what it is to be human And this piece of fiction is BASED ON A TRUE STORY It was incredibly inspiring.Based on true life, The Indigo Girl tells the story of Eliza Pickney At 16, her father leaves her in charge of his plantations in the Carolinas Her two brothers the rightful heirs at that time were away at school in England So when her father had to return to Antigua, it was just Eliza, her mother, and younger sister The family needed a Hail Mary to survive while her father was gone They could not sustain all of the plantations they owned and her father s commission It was up to 16 year old Eliza to find a way to financially sustain her family.Indigo.One day while touring one of her families plantations, Eliza sees clothing on the women that reminds her of the Indigo her beloved Ben used to make Having grown to love horticulture, she wondered if she could grow Indigo, there, in South Carolina And if she could, would this be what saved her family Not having seen her friend in many years, Eliza petitions her father to send Ben to teach her how to grow Indigo Her father denies her request Both for Eliza s reputation and the safety of her friend Ben is the first friend Eliza made as a young girl and grew to be her best friend He was also a slave So Eliza presses on, she studies and asks questions She befriends people and slaves who have experience growing seeds similar to Indigo as well as those who have knowledge of Indigo.Eliza was put in a precarious position On the one hand, her father left her in charge of plantations and slaves Her father wanted her to save the family of financial ruin or at the very least, keep the family afloat until her brother came of age and could take over in her father s place.On the other, her mother was dead set on marrying her off Women weren t celebrated for their knowledge, this was a time when women didn t have power or a voice Her mother didn t understand Eliza s exuberance, her independence, nor her strong sense of self Eliza wanted to work She was strong willed and had opinions As a 16 year old female, men were interested in patting her on the head or dismissing her entirely than they were with accepting that she might be intelligent enough to make good decisions Her value and worth were only what she could bring to a marriage and how she could provide for her husband This was perhaps my only chance to show my father I was destined for than being some man s wife Perhaps one day But not yet What was wrong with being a spinster anyway I so admire Eliza Pickney She had a strong sense of right and wrong Her fortitude was admirable She was strong before her time Had she been born today, she would have been celebrated for her ideas and her intelligence.This story evoked a myriad of emotions in me I cried from sadness and I cried from anger But I also gained a sense of appreciation for how far our gender has come I first read this author when she penned Eversea , and the follow up book, Forever, Jack I liked those well enough But The Indigo Girl was a superb I am so happy that Natasha Boyd felt compelled to tell the story of such an amazing woman While parts may be fiction, it is clear that Ms Boyd did her research.Phenomenal Exquisite Passionate I didn t want it to end TRAILER I was voluntarily provided this free review copy by the author, narrator, or publisher This did not influence my opinion of the book nor my review.

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    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 flip side, the contrived part of this novel seemed contrived to me But then, in a life as improbable as Eliza s, I suppose all things are possible The book started off slow and a bit simple for me, but it improved after a while and I did quite enjoy it by the end It inspired me to know about this woman and to wonder why she isn t included in our American history books After all, George Washington requested to be a pallbearer at her funeral.

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