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The Indigo Girl - Natasha Boyd

The Indigo Girl

By Natasha Boyd

  • Release Date: 2017-10-03
  • Genre: Historical
Score: 4.5
From 730 Ratings


“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

“A delight to read…Thank you, Natasha, for giving Eliza the recognition she deserves.” - Margaret F. Pickett, author of Eliza Lucas Pinckney: Colonial Plantation Manager and Mother of American Patriots, 1722–1793

A deeply-researched and powerfully-written work of historical fiction, based on the untold story of Eliza Lucas, an extraordinary sixteen-year-old girl in Colonial-era South Carolina, whose actions were before their time: the story of the indigo girl.

In 1739, bright and determined sixteen-year-old Eliza Lucas is charged with keeping her family’s struggling plantations afloat, in her father’s absence. Learning of the high value of indigo, Eliza becomes determined to learn the secret of growing the enigmatic crop, believing it to be her family’s salvation, but everyone tells Eliza growing indigo in the region is impossible. Thwarted at nearly every turn, even by her own family, Eliza finds her only allies in 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 read. So develops an incredible story of romance, intrigue, hidden friendships, threats, ambition, betrayal, and sacrifice, based on historical documents and Eliza Lucas’ own letters.


  • The Indigo Girl

    By Readingbythesea
    Loved the story. The characters were so well described made for an interesting story.
  • Great Work of Historical Fiction

    By Carleton Rover
    Very well written. Loved the characters and how they stayed true to themselves.
  • The Indigo Girl

    By KathyIquilt
    The highs and lows of the life of a very brave, intelligent, strong young woman. Loved it!
  • Great read!

    By Bentwater Neighbor
    I fully enjoyed the time spent reading this historical novel. Ms. Boyd did an amazing amount of research into the life of Eliza Lucas, a 16 year old girl whose father placed her in charge of his plantations in South Carolina so he could advance his military career. Bravo for finding such a strong-willed character from the mid-1700’s.
  • Wow!

    By Julzweaver
    I wasn’t sure what to expect. I found myself delighted with a wonderful story of a young woman struggling against the mores of a time when women were expected to be simply chattel. I was caught up in the story from the beginning to the end.
  • The Indigo Girl

    By lad9391
    Really enjoyed this book. It was an interesting and well written book. I really took an interest in the history. Well done!
  • The indigo girl

    By Ljpatts
    Excellent read. And I Learned a few things to boot!