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Indigo [Kindle Edition]

Beverly Jenkins
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (235 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A historical romance from NAACP nominee and bestselling author Beverly Jenkins...

Hester and Galen's favorite Mud Pie Recipe included!

As a child Hester Wyatt escaped slavery, but now the dark skinned beauty is a dedicated member of Michigan's Underground railroad, offering other runaways a chance at the freedom she has learned to love. When one of her fellow conductors brings her an injured man to hide, Hester doesn't hesitate…even after she is told about the price on his head.

The man in question is the great conductor known as the "Black Daniel" a vital member of the North's Underground railroad network. But Hester finds him so rude and arrogant, she begins to question her vow to hide him.

When the injured and beaten Galen Vachon, aka, the Black Daniel awakens in Hester's cellar, he is unprepared for the feisty young conductor providing his care. As a member of one of the wealthiest free Black families in New Orleans, Galen has turned his back on the lavish living he is accustomed to in order to provide freedom to those enslaved in the South.

However, as he heals he cannot turn his back on Hester Wyatt. Her innocence fills him like a breath of fresh air and he is determined to make this gorgeous and intelligent woman his own…

Yet…there are traitors to be discovered, slave catchers to be evaded and Hester's heart to be won before she and Galen can find the freedom that only true love can bring.

“Jenkins is a gifted storyteller who knows how to bring special spark and sass to romance.” Romantic Times BOOKclub

"Simply superb!” Brenda Jackson, New York Times bestselling author)


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Hester Wyatt is a free black woman who harbors runaway slaves. Freedom fighter Black Daniel lands badly beaten on her doorstep. Hester finds herself attracted to the arrogant man. Their time together proves short and his goodbye causes her heartache. But not for long. He returns as Galen Vachon, a wealthy man accustomed to getting what he wants, and he loves and wants Hester. He showers her with gifts and attention, but his elite status means he can never marry her. She was once a slave, her stained indigo hands proof of her lowly status. When a slave catcher threatens them both, the Black Daniel comes to her rescue and forever captures her heart. A love story you won't want to miss; it touches the heart and soul.

About the Author

Beverly Jenkins grew up in Detroit and majored in journalism and English literature at Michigan tate University. She has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, People, the Dallas Morning News, Vibe, and many other national publications.

Product Details

  • File Size: 885 KB
  • Print Length: 399 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1495368211
  • Publisher: NYLA (December 6, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006IYGDJ4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,179 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST BEVERLY JENKINS BOOK YET! October 6, 2000
Format:Paperback
I do not normally read historical romances. I was selecting books from a book club, saw the Black characters on the cover and decided to give it try. I was amazed at the how vivid the characters were and how they seemed to almost jump off the page. More importantly, I WAS AMAZED THAT BEVERLY WROTE BOOKS ABOUT STRONG, SENSITIVE, GOOD BLACK MEN!!!!! I had never read a book that painted Black men in a such a positive light.
Not only is Galen stunningly handsome, but he truly loves Hester and spares no expense at showing her so. He is well read, wealthy, and has impeccable manners. I also like the fact that Hester is one of our darker skinned beauties. Therefore, smashing the horrible myth that Black is only beautiful if lighter in color.
I have since read each and every book Beverly Jenkins has written and they are all fabulous. Indigo is my favorite followed closely by Through the storm, a completely separate story, however, the characters were introduced in Indigo. I love the way she entertwines more than one story, and a large piece of African American history as well.
KEEP WRITING YOUR WONDERFUL BOOK BEVERLY!!! I HAVE INTRODUCED SO MANY OF MY FRIENDS, BOTH MALE AND FEMALE, TO YOUR WONDERFUL STYLE OF WRITING!!!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beverly Jenkins is the only romance writer I read February 17, 2001
Format:Paperback
Before Beverly Jenkins I didn't read romance novels. My experience had been suffering through several really bad, corny books to find a good one, or at least decent one. I was talked into trying one of Beverly Jenkins' books by a friend who even got me the book because I refused to waste my money. And what a wonderful, and exciting treat. I first read Vivid. I returned my friends copy and bought my own. And I have read all of Ms. Jenkin's books. I love the way she takes a background or supporting character from one book and tells their story in another. Her work is exceptional. She even gives a list of resources, at the end of each book, where the reader can find more information about black history of time period in her book. After much debating, my sister and I decided Indigo is our favorite. Through the Storm is also #1 because it's the life story of Galen's best friend, the main male characters in Indigo. Vivid, Nightsong,Topaz and Always and Forever would be my second favorites. I just can't choose. The thing I love most about her books is, unlike many Black, Books, Music, Movies, etc., she portrays black people as the intelligent, industrious, complex people we are instead of the stereotypical, crying over a man, can't find a job, somebody is cheating, self hating, loud and wrong images we constantly see. Those of us that don't relate to those negative images have a hard time finding stories that we do relate to about educated, or not, career minded, black, people in love relationships that are just dealing with life's problems and success, ups and downs. I love this author and can't wait for the next book. Any movie deals in the works for one of these fabulous stories?
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HAUNTINGLY BEAUTIFUL December 20, 2000
Format:Paperback
Before reading Beverly Jenkins, I was a snob when it came to Romance Novels. Wouldn't entertain the thought of reading one. Now she has a fan for life. I've read all her other novels with the exception of Vivid, which I cannot find, so my expectations are pretty high. Indigo surpasses them all. Long after you've removed the book mark and closed the back cover this story will haunt you. The thing that makes Beverly so great is a combination of lyrical writing(the dialog between character is witty and the word-play between lovers is both spirited and lusty), incredible storylines, and characters that live and breath.
Hester Wyatt (Indigo) is the type of woman, we all strive to be, strong, honorable, intelligent and committed to causes she believes in. Galen Vachon is her soulmate, he is without a doubt the most handsome, determined and passionate character ever. Together they find love, discover passion and the rewards of shared commitment.
This is a must read!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Indigo, Ma Coeur February 26, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Detroit's own Beverly Jenkins never disappoints when it comes to historical fiction. Indigo begins with letters in the Prologue from David Wyatt to Katherine Wyatt. In the letters, David explains how he gave up his freedom and became a slave just to be with the woman he loves. The man chose love over freedom! Can you imagine? Their love produced a child named Hester, who was eventually separated from her mother. David pleads for his sister Katherine to find Hester and bring her north.

Fast forward 25 years later and the setting is Whittaker, Michigan. Hester is a station on the Underground Railroad. The legendary Black Daniel is wounded in her home. Slave catchers had been hunting Black Daniel for years because he led slaves north. He was one of the most successful conductors. It was a very dangerous choice to hide him, but Hester agreed. It isn't long before she realizes how rude and arrogant Black Daniel really is. But as he heals, he cannot turn his back from Hester, affectionately nicknamed "Indigo." The story takes us through the span of one year, their love and freedom.

I love historical fiction books by Beverly Jenkins because they teach history lessons. It is very interesting to read how the state of Michigan was years ago. Did you know that a freed slave's free papers were the most valuable documents? A person could be subject to kidnapping without them. Do you know the symbol that showed runaway slaves which houses were safe to approach on the Underground Railroad? If you have not read Indigo yet, grab it now for less than $6. Find out why Black Daniel chose the nickname "Indigo" for Hester (a history lesson in itself). It is a great read for Our History Month.

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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Indigo
An excellent book, entertaining with lots of historical information not commonly known.
Published 18 days ago by Losie cooley
5.0 out of 5 stars La Petite
Hester Wyatt, a free black woman living in Michigan was born a slave but rescued by her aunt as a young child and taught to read and write. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Shelia Lowery Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Beverly Jenkins is s wonderful writer her romance novel are full of black history I love it!!!!!
Published 26 days ago by PATRICIA NORWWOD
5.0 out of 5 stars Indigo a wonderful burst of Color!
Wonderful exciting and reviting read. Again. Jenkins historical weaving is captivating and colorful. I learned new insight to the black side of the Road.
Published 1 month ago by Rene M. Mastin
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
What a wonderful love story with some steamy "love" even in slavery times!
Published 2 months ago by LaTonya Booker
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Black 50 shades of grey but better because a real love story!
Published 2 months ago by Rochelle Roberts
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful love story
This was a Beautiful and passionate love story. I only wish all women could experience a man like him. I thoroughly enjoyed reading every minute of the book.
Published 2 months ago by AHarris
5.0 out of 5 stars Beverly Jenkins Best!
If I could give this book more than 5 stars I would. I DO NOT and I mean DO NOT like or read romance novels, but my co worker kept insisting I read a Beverly Jenkins novels because... Read more
Published 2 months ago by misslady
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this author
I love this author, this was my very first book of hers I read and I have been hooked ever since
Published 3 months ago by Sherry
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE IT!
I have read many of Ms. Jenkins' books! This one touched my heart. This book is so full of history, I gained so much knowledge. Thank you for a well written book.
Published 3 months ago by Kianga M. Holland
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Beverly Jenkins grew up in Detroit and majored in journalism and English literature at Michigan tate University. She has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, People, the Dallas Morning News, Vibe, and many other national publications.

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