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Indigo Girl
Indigo Girl | Natasha Boyd
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 to become restless. Her mother wants nothing more than for their South Carolina endeavor to fail so they can go back to England. Soon her family is in danger of losing everything.Upon 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 read.So begins an incredible story of love, dangerous and hidden friendships, ambition, betrayal, and sacrifice.Based on historical documents, including Eliza's letters, this is a historical fiction account of how a teenage girl produced indigo dye, which became one of the largest exports out of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 1793, President George Washington served as a pallbearer at her funeral.This book is set between 1739 and 1744, 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.
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Indigo Girl | Natasha Boyd
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Pickpick

Natasha Boyd nicely stitched this story together by reading Eliza's actual historical letters and creating strong personal and emotional motives for each character. The different tensions between Eliza and other characters felt solid and propelled the story forward.

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I live in South Carolina, (the setting of the book) so was interested in reading this historical fiction novel about Eliza Lucas Pickney and her experiences and accomplishments as a young woman (a teenager!) whose father left her in charge of the entire plantation plus other nearby properties. I'm still reading and the story is interesting and written to highlight the inequalities among people of the time period.

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Wife
Indigo Girl | Natasha Boyd
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Our last book for this round. Time flies! A fast paced and easy to pick up read. I found some of the content a little far-fetched for the 1700s, but fiction will be that way 😏. Great picks from @suvata @Laughterhp and @litenthusiast Thanks for the awesome bookmark that was sent with this book! 2/5💙s

Laughterhp Just wanted to let you know that I still have your book! I‘m slowly reading it and enjoying it, but if you need it back I can send it out to you! Sorry! I‘m always really slow getting to the last read I don‘t know why! 4mo
Wife Take your time and enjoy 🌹 4mo
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Laughterhp
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This book was so good! It was even better knowing it was based on actual facts and life events of Eliza. I don‘t want to say too much since it‘s a #LMPBC pick and 1 more person still needs to read it. You will get extremely frustrated by this book, because of the way everyone men and women treat Eliza because she has ambitions.

#ReadingUSA2019 - South Carolina (finally a state for the month of May)

Wife 🌹 I‘m looking forward to this one! 5mo
Laughterhp @Wife I‘ll send it out to you as soon as I can! 5mo
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Kaye Good job on completing another state. 👍🏼 5mo
squirrelbrain I‘ve already stacked this one previously but I don‘t know when or why 🤪 I still need South Carolina so I need to see if I can get it cheaply over here.... 5mo
Laughterhp @squirrelbrain I‘d offer to send you this one if I could, but it‘s not my book. 😬😬😊 5mo
squirrelbrain Well it would cost nearly as much in postage @Laughterhp ! Although it‘s expensive at the mo ((cb for hard copy, Qd for Kindle ?) it may come down in price.... 5mo
litenthusiast Yay! I'm so glad you liked it! 5mo
Wife 👍🏻 5mo
Librarybelle That‘s great! 5mo
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Laughterhp
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Really digging into the #LMPBC book. It‘s pretty interesting and I‘m really enjoying it!

Snuggling with Levi (we are dog sitting for a week and a half 🤪) and having fire number 3 of the weekend! We‘ve gotten rid of a lot of sticks/brush we pulled out of the woods in April.

litenthusiast So glad you are enjoying it. I really liked it! 6mo
Laughterhp @litenthusiast I like all the little notes and research you added into the book!! 6mo
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Laughterhp
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I received the next #LMPBC book today! I‘m really looking forward to reading this one! It‘s been on my TBR for a while!

No Exit should be to @Wife by Monday the latest! My husband dropped it at the post office today!

Wife 🌹 6mo
litenthusiast I hope you enjoy it! 💜 6mo
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suvata
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#LMPBC Round 5 - #GroupJ
@suvata @Laughterhp @wife @litenthusiast

@Laughterhp The Indigo Girl is headed your way. You should get it by the beginning of next week.

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Read for Litsy Markup Postal Book Club (#LMPBC) Round 5 - Group J.

What a beautiful novel about a real life woman whose vision and persistence changed the face of 18th Century South Carolina. I‘m not giving too much away because I am reading this as part of a group and I don‘t want to spoil the fun for the rest of the ladies in the group. I will say, however, that I really loved this book.

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Kpulver
Indigo Girl | Natasha Boyd
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I did not know about the process to make indigo. Learned lots with a riveting historical fiction storyline! Great read!

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suvata
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Yay! Look 👀 what I got in the mail today. Thanks, Kelli.
P.S.: The bookmark is beautiful.

#LMPBC Round 5 - #GroupJ
@suvata @Laughterhp @wife @litenthusiast

litenthusiast Glad it made it safely! Enjoy! 7mo
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litenthusiast
Indigo Girl | Natasha Boyd
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Finished this one tonight for the #LMPBC swap. I don't want to post a full review until the rest of the group has a chance to read it. I will say though that this book made me want to know more about Eliza Lucas. #GroupJ #Round5 @suvata @Wife @Laughterhp

litenthusiast @suvata Mailing this out to you tomorrow! 💙 8mo
Wife I think that I should be the one you‘re mailing to according to the list that @suvata emailed. Suellen follows me on the list and I was planning to mail my book to her tomorrow. 8mo
litenthusiast @Wife I went back to look at all the posts regarding LMPBC and it says the number corresponds to the order we signed up in. So I signed up last, so I should send to 1. I think you are 3rd on the list, so you should send to me. I'm sorry for all this confusion. 💜 8mo
Wife I think we are supposed to go by the email. Let‘s ask @suvata to make sure. I‘ll post the order on the email and tag all of us. Suellen will know for sure. 🌹 (edited) 8mo
suvata @Wife Yes, I should be getting Indigo Girl next 8mo
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litenthusiast
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Spending the afternoon reading a historical fiction novel about 18th century South Carolina. #LMPBC #Round5 #GroupJ @Wife @suvata @Laughterhp

zsuzsanna_reads I love the cover! ♥️ 8mo
AndiM Gorgeous cover 😍 8mo
tammysue Loved it! 💙💙💙 (edited) 8mo
litenthusiast @whatshesreadingnow That is good to know. Thank you! 💜 8mo
Wife 🌹 8mo
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suvata
Indigo Girl | Natasha Boyd
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Laughterhp @litenthusiast Yay! So glad you chose this book. That one‘s been on my TBR for a while! 9mo
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sprainedbrain
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This is a fictionalized account of the real life of Eliza Lucas, who was instrumental in the success of indigo in South Carolina in the 1700s. While I did enjoy parts of the book, and was inspired to learn more about Eliza, it was slow to develop, and the two love storylines were not convincing. Also, any romanticizing of plantation life with its abhorrent use of slavery in this era makes me feel gross, so there‘s that.

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Tamra I‘m glad to have read your review - unstacking because I would dislike it for exactly the reasons you cite! 10mo
sprainedbrain @Tamra I really thought I would love this book... and originally was going to call it a pick, but that icky feeling that I had through most of it is still there. So I couldn‘t. 😥 10mo
Chrissyreadit @sprainedbrain I recommend reading more about her- it‘s interesting how she was downplayed in real life. Two of her sons were very influential on the early government and political history. 10mo
sprainedbrain @Chrissyreadit I‘ve been reading online about her since starting the book. I really think it‘s awesome what she took on as a young woman in that place and time in history. She was definitely downplayed... I can‘t believe I hadn‘t heard of her prior to this novel! 10mo
VeganCleopatra I guess I failed to see the romanticization. 🤔 10mo
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emilyhaldi I love that On Cats is the first book on the list 😻 1y
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Booknerd2
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Book 38 of 2018 and I finished it in about a day. It was soooooo good.💜💜💜 It really is amazing to read about what women endured throughout history. Eliza‘s father leaves her in charge of their mortgaged plantations at the age of 16. She vows to turn a profit despite everyone being against her. Based on a true story and a great read for historical fiction fans!!!

tammysue A fabulous book right!?! 😍 2y
Booknerd2 @whatshesreadingnow Absolutely loved it!!!! 2y
Mdargusch Sounds great! 2y
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tammysue
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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. 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 you enjoy historical stories!

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#historicalfiction #strongwomen

Tamra Indigo is such a striking color, a favorite! 2y
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego That's a beautiful cover 💙 2y
tammysue @Tamra @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Indigo has the most beautiful flowers. Reading from the book, to make the dye the leaves have to be picked before the plant begins to flower. Interesting :) 2y
Reviewsbylola Gorgeous cover. 2y
Booknerd2 I‘m reading it now. So good!!! 2y
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tammysue
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In 1739, Eliza is 16 yrs old when her father leaves her in charge of his three plantations in rural South Carolina. Not too long after, her family is in danger of losing everything. Upon hearing how much the French pay for indigo dye she believes it‘s the key to their salvation..

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MamaBear
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This girl may have lived in the 1700‘s but she had the right idea!

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BookishMarginalia
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The gorgeous #coverart attracted me, and then, I read the flap and found that this is a historical novel based on Eliza Lucas‘s own letters. Eliza sounds like quite a #NastyWoman: she develops an indigo-dye business to save her family AND defies the law to teach slaves to read. Definitely a #TBRtemptation! #BAM

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candc320
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I love historical fiction that introduces me to a fascinating new time/place/person and this book definitely fits the bill! Eliza, our main character, is a young woman before her time, fighting back against the cruelty and stereotypes of the time, determined to educate herself and make her family‘s farm viable. While I agree with others who stated it was rather slow at times I still think it‘s worth a pick. 🌟🌟🌟🌟

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CGeorge
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Mehso-so

I was intrigued by the history this was based on (Washington was a pallbearer at her funeral?!) but was let down. Ultimately I wish that there was more of that and less of a focus on the predictable but mostly fictional relationship angst.

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CherylRussell
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Mehso-so

Overall, I liked the book, but some of the subplots didn't work for me. I didn't find them all that interesting. Glad I read it, though.

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candc320
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This beauty also made it into my home last week! I picked this book as a selection for my Cover Crush Thursday post a few weeks ago and after that, thanks to the lovely @AmyBruno , the publisher offered me a copy for review!! How lucky am I 🤗?! Thank you Blackstone Publishing!