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Publisher Description

“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an incredible story of romance, intrigue, hidden friendships, threats, ambition, betrayal, and sacrifice, based on historical documents and Eliza Lucas’ own letters.

Fiction & Literature
October 3
Blackstone Publishing
Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Customer Reviews

Carleton Rover ,

Great Work of Historical Fiction

Very well written. Loved the characters and how they stayed true to themselves.

KathyIquilt ,

The Indigo Girl

The highs and lows of the life of a very brave, intelligent, strong young woman. Loved it!

Bentwater Neighbor ,

Great read!

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.

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