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The Indigo Girl Hardcover – October 3, 2017
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''Natasha's writing is a fresh and modern spin on great Southern literature.'' --Ashley Pullo, author of the New Amsterdam Series, praise for the author
''Indigo Girl by Natasha Boyd is a lively historical novel about Eliza Lucas Pinckney, a sixteen-year-old girl left in charge of her absent father's three South Carolina plantations in 1739 and who became the first person to produce commercial-grade indigo in the American colonies. South Carolinians and fans of historical fiction will enjoy this peek into Colonial life. The novel also works as a YA crossover and should be of interest to SC history teachers.'' --Jill Hendrix, Fiction Addiction (Greenville, SC)
''If you love historical fiction, this book should be on your fall reading list....It is based on historical documents and the real-life Eliza Lucas.'' --Southern Living
''Based on a true story, The Indigo Girl is an outstanding example of historical fiction...Through Eliza's strong internal voice and excerpts from actual letters, Boyd effortlessly brings this character to life. Readers will love discovering the amazing story of a virtually unknown girl who changed the course of history.'' --Booklist (starred review)
''Without preaching or judging, the narrative integrates the politics of gender inequality, race, and class into Eliza's quest for confidence and allies...Boyd's first historical novel captivates on every level, refreshingly crafting the eighteenth-century world of real-life Eliza Lucas Pinckney. Fans of Elizabeth Gilbert's The Signature of All Things will savor.'' --Library Journal (starred review)
''Boyd paints a vivid portrait of a young woman entrepreneur's defiant and revolutionary spirit...Actual excerpts from some of Eliza's correspondence provide another layer of authenticity to the story...Rich and colorful...The Indigo Girl is a riveting narrative about a woman who defied convention to become one of the country's first women entrepreneurs.'' --Foreword Reviews
''Boyd excels in her descriptions of coastal South Carolina and its climate, in the intricacies of eighteenth-century colonial society, and in her strong characters. Her information regarding indigo production adds interest to the narrative. Eliza is an engaging heroine, both compelling and realistic, who discovers her strengths and capabilities amid a series of setbacks and frustrations. This is a solidly researched and well-crafted story based on the life of a woman, Eliza Lucas Pinckney (1722-1793), largely forgotten today, but who left an important legacy.'' --Historical Novels Review
About the Author
Natasha Boyd is an internationally bestselling and award-winning author of contemporary romantic southern fiction. Her debut novel Eversea was a finalist in the 2013 Winter Rose Contest for Contemporary Romance and won the 2014 Digital Book Award for Adult Fiction. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Georgia Romance Writers, Passionate Ink, and Island Writer's Network in coastal South Carolina where she has been a featured speaker. She holds a bachelor of science in psychology and has a background in marketing and public relations.
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What follows is a story of strength, compassion, and a commitment to bettering the circumstances and living standards of not only Eliza's life, but that of the slaves on her father's plantations, as well. Eliza agreed to teach the slaves and their children to read, in return for their shared knowledge in indigo farming and processing. After some poor outcomes, she eventually became successful in developing indigo as one of the most important cash crops of Colonial South Carolina.
The accomplishments of may great women in history often become eclipsed by their male counterparts--as was the case with Eliza Lucas Pinckney. Although it was obviously very well-researched, the addition of fictional characterization, within The Indigo Girl, is necessary and enjoyable. I loved the characters (even the ones I "loved to hate") and the relationships between them and felt that Ms. Boyd's talent for storytelling and creating believable characters and dialogue made Eliza's history come alive. This is an overwhelmingly beautiful story and I was left engulfed in emotions, at the end.
Such a strong, fierce woman is Eliza. I was rooting for her through all the obstacles and mishaps that seem to fly her way. Where most would have given up, she just persevered. I want to meet and talk with Eliza. I want to BE HER! As soon as I finished this book, I handed it straight to my 12 year old and said, "Read this. Get to know Eliza, and be like her. She is such a wonderful role model."
This is Natasha Boyd's best work to date, and I am a huge fan/supporter of all of her novels, but this one is just flat out AMAZING! I felt like I was right there in the 18th Century and my heart was breaking and rejoicing with all that was going on at that time. She tells a story that is beautiful and must be shared.
I love books that take historical facts and tell an engaging story, it's almost like tricking you into learning important historical facts.
Natasha Boyd is a true crafter of words! There is something for everyone in this book and I truly believe that it is an important read, especially given the current climate. It's a fascinating and endearing story, and one that truly shaped that area of our nation. I am so glad that this important (but forgotten) woman from our country's past is being brought to light in this beautiful story!!
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. As portrayed, Eliza Pinckney is an intelligent, courageous young woman who finds herself managing a failing plantation while her father is away. Her struggles to save the plantation are at once heart-wrenching and utterly compelling.
"Indigo Girl" is a must read, and I highly recommend it to readers of historical fiction and specially to readers of American Colonial Fiction.