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Indigo: A romantic, historical novel about the struggle of African-Americans and the Underground Railroad Paperback – 22 Aug 2000

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  • Paperback: 370 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse (22 Aug. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595002021
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595002023
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.4 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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About the Author

Beverly Jenkins is an award winning, African-American writer of historical romantic fiction. Her best selling novels have been widely praised by fans and critics alike for their unique and compelling stories set against the powerful backdrop of nineteenth-century African-American history.

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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 Beautiful and incredibly rich in historical detail 5 Feb. 2016
By Cory Ida - Published on
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This book was chosen by a book club I belong to. I had never heard of the author before and since I didn't even read the blurb/synopsis before I bought the book, I had NO idea what I was about to read. I assumed, however, that it would just be another Old School romance.
I was wrong. I was so, so wrong.
This book is BEAUTIFUL. Both Galen and Hester (Indigo) are beautifully fleshed out. They're both intelligent, capable, and compassionate, but they aren't too perfect to be believable. They communicate well (gasp! What a concept in romance) and support one another in a really lovely way.
What really makes this book special, though, is the incredible amount of history poured into the story. I learned so much about the abolitionist period in this book, but it was presented as an integral part of the story rather than either an afterthought or a dry history lesson. It was amazing.
Yes, the love scenes had some of the purple prose Old School romance is known for, but even that didn't detract from how wonderful this book is.
As a final thought, I think that it's fitting that this was a selection for February, which is Black History Month.
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5.0 out of 5 stars SPECTACULAR - A Classic! 9 Mar. 2015
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Northern Michigan, 1859. Born a slave and now a free woman, Hester Wyatt is a “conductor” on the Underground Railroad. As the book begins, she and her fellow conductors are helping a family that has just arrived from the South. The family will move on quickly to Canada, barely stopping to rest and replenish themselves, but their guide was seriously injured during the flight. Severely beaten, the man, known as “the Black Daniel”, cannot possibly be moved. He remains in a secret room in Hester’s basement to be cared for, even as he suspects that someone in Hester’s circle has betrayed him, and more importantly, their work.

Hester nurses the Black Daniel, Galen Vachon, back to health. Initially very difficult to deal with, he relaxes as he heals and they form a tenuous bond before he returns to his work. They each try to forget the other, but when Galen returns in the spring, it is with very serious intentions towards Hester. Objecting to the differences in their stations, Hester holds out against his charm offensive for as long as she can, but ultimately surrenders. Because of the setting, their happily ever after is vulnerable and the reader knows it will be challenged as the American Civil War begins.

Almost any other historical romance written in 1998 would feel dated. Indigo does not (mostly) and I think that is owed to both Jenkins skill as a writer and the seamless way she weaves genuine historical detail into the story. Every once in a while, there is a history lesson/succinct summary of what the reader needs to know about the political and cultural climate at the time. The fraught situation creates a sense of jeopardy that no other romance has ever possessed for me. Normally, I view the “historical” part of the romance as something that creates narrative distance: It’s another world and the clothing is pretty. Indigo is a love story in which the historical context is truly essential. The characters are not real, but the bravery and boldness required in their situation calls out to all of the people who fought against the injustice of a repugnant society.
5.0 out of 5 stars I knew it! 24 Sept. 2013
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I've never read a historical romance before, I was truly never interested. I figured it was for older ladies, so I never gave one a chance. Well after reading Mrs. Jenkins contemporary romance suspense books and absolutely loving them I said I'd give at least one a try. I loved everything about this book. I feel in love with Galen, Raymond, Hester, Maxi...all of them. The love between Indigo and her Dragon was so beautiful. He loved her truly and he was happy to let her know. She had legitimate reservations about their relationship but I was so glad to see that she didn't let that stand in the way of her love for him. This book had a serious background but the fun and happiness that Galen brings into Indigos life took so much of the edge off that you were able to really enjoy every page of this book. I knew after reading her suspense books that if I read one of the historical ones I'd be hooked. Now I have to find out if the other characters in this book has their own story. I knew it( smh).
5.0 out of 5 stars Indigo is a not to miss read if you love romance and black history! 16 Jun. 2017
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Beverly Jenkins is my favorite historical romance author. Indigo is phenomenal. Jenkins attention to detail and historical accuracy is what makes her novels so stellar! I highly recommend this book to people who are interested in learning about black history. Through her genre it increases the knowledge base while being entertaining at the same time.
5.0 out of 5 stars La Petite 7 Feb. 2015
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Hester Wyatt, a free black woman living in Michigan was born a slave but rescued by her aunt as a young child and taught to read and write. Hester's home is one of the stops on the Underground Railroad. One stormy night a wounded man, Galen Vachon, "The Black Daniel" is delivered to Hester's home. There is a huge price on Galen's head and he is near death when Hester meets him. Galen was born into a wealthy Creole family but often risks his life to help others escape slavery. Galen was beaten severely by slave catchers who were warned he would be in the area. Hester hides and nurses Galen until he is able to travel. Hester doesn't believe Galen when he promises to return. But Galen does return months later and buys the most expensive home in the area. Galen wants to find the traitor on The Underground Railroad network but not nearly as much as he wants to seduce and woo the lovely dark skinned beauty. I usually dislike fictional narratives about slavery but love Indigo because of the love story between Hester and Galen. Hester is torn between doing what is right and following her heart. Galen is turned inside out he is so smitten with the innocent, prim, and proper Hester.
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