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Indigo [Kindle Edition]

Beverly Jenkins
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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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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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 885 KB
  • Print Length: 399 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1495368211
  • Publisher: NYLA (6 Dec. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006IYGDJ4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #447,264 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars sublimed 17 April 2013
By nessa82
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Page turning, sizzling and character driven with a enthralling story about black people's life during the times if slavery. A must read for anybody.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST BEVERLY JENKINS BOOK YET! 6 Oct. 2000
By Von Gordon - Published on
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.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beverly Jenkins is the only romance writer I read 17 Feb. 2001
By mom in nocal - Published on
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?
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HAUNTINGLY BEAUTIFUL 21 Dec. 2000
By busylady - Published on
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!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Indigo, Ma Coeur 26 Feb. 2012
By Literary Marie - Published on
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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not "Just" a Romance Novel 8 Sept. 2000
By A Customer - Published on
I have read all of Beverly Jenkins' novels and Indigo is the best novel she has written. All of her books have been enjoyable and educational without feeling like you are in a history class. In Indigo, Ms. Jenkins provides the reader with the ultimate fantasy...Galen is Hester's prince charming. He truly LOVES her. The book takes place during the period in our history of slavery. Ms. Jenkins provides information that some readers may not know about the trials and dangers of the underground railroad. So, Ms. Jenkins is able to entertwine history and romance in a most delightful way! Indigo is more proof that as Ms. Jenkins has said, "What some African-Americans know about their history is that we were slaves and then there was Martin Luther King, Jr." African-Americans have a lot of history that exist between those two time periods and a lot of romance as well. Beverly Jenkins' ability to formulate an excellant historical romance novel dealing with African-American issues is fantastic!
You will enjoy this book...the ultimate fantasy of love...a Prince Charming.
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