Excellent historical fiction. It was a story I couldn’t stop listening to. Eliza Lucas was a fascinating, strong woman. Her development of Indigo dye was truly amazing at a time when woman were not taken seriously.
Great historical fiction about a strong woman. Really enjoyed learning about Eliza's life and appreciated the author's notes at the end.
It was interesting to be reading this book while widespread demonstrations for racial justice for African Americans were going on. Demonstrators pointed to the history of slavery in this country; the book was written from the point of view of a young Englishwoman newly immersed in the ownership and management of enslaved people in the mid-18th century. What I appreciated about the book was its solid grounding in historical research among the papers left by Eliza Lucas. This was not a "moonlight and magnolias" romantic treatment of the slave system. I was still left with the question of how the enslaved African Americans benefited from sharing the intricate process of growing and processing indigo, which became the foundation for fortunes amassed by the Pinckney and other South Carolinian families. Interested to learn in the Afterward that one of the enslaved men who was key to Eliza's success was freed a few years later, purchased land in the Charleston area, and became a planter himself.
This was one of the first books I have listened to where at first—- I knew it was being “read”. The use of the First Person (“I said...”, “ I thought...”) was distracting. Somewhere in the middle, the narrator sounded more like she was performing this book rather than reading it.
Anyway, the topic was interesting. I did cheat and look up Eliza Lucas Pinckney before I finished listening which did not ruin the book.
Awesome tale. It was a joy to hear a based on truth story about such a strong young woman. It's truly amazing that she accomplished so much in an age where women, especially young women, were treated as chattel. The characters were brought to life by the wonderful narration. If you like historical novels, this book is for you!
The author made the story come to life. Definitely a good read/listen.
I loved the fact that this was based on a remarkable true story.
One of the best books that I have listened to. Factual and mesmerizing, intriguing and exciting. The narrator was so good.
Well written and well read. Hard to stop listening.
This was a great listen. I was captivated by the story from the beginning and all thru the story line. Wonderful mix of history, fiction, character development and plot. Narrator also did a great job.
A wonderful story of a woman's amazing spirit and courage in a time that women had no rights. Well written and narrated. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of this book
I loved this book because of its historical significance living in the Low Country of SC. The narrator was very good and held my attention. I just passed Charles Pinckney’s plantation outside of Charleston and will now make a point of visiting it in the very near future.
Interesting historical fiction.
Didn't realize this was based on a real woman. Loved the story, no bad language, narrator was easy to understand. Just a great listen.
I enjoyed this historical fiction novel. I knew nothing about the role Indigo played in southern history nor did I know anything about Eliza. I highly recommend this book.
This was an excellent book and the reader made it come to life. I highly recommend it. So informative about Eliza and the time period.
Inspirational historical novel. Well written and the narration was excellent.
Good book. We’ll written and narrated. Kept my interest throughout. Based on a real life female character in plantation history. Fascinating to learn about the growing and harvesting of indigo. A complicated plant and process.
A good listen. I consumed it quickly, and I enjoyed especially the history. Good research albeit fictional story.
I really enjoyed this book. As a fan of Historical Fiction, it was an interesting story that brought into focus the political atmosphere regarding women and race in America (or the New World at the time) during the early 1700's. The narrator had a pleasant voice and she did a great job with the characters.
I enjoyed this historical yet fictional story. Honestly I had no idea what this book was about. But I could not put it down once I started reading it. It wasn’t until the epilogue that I discovered it was based on true events. That sparked my interest to research the real life characters. Fascinating part of South Carolina history. The narrator was great.
Well written and fascinating account of the woman responsible for bringing the indigo industry to the USA . Based on her letters. Really enjoyed!
Narrator was excellent also.
Excellent historical novel
I really enjoyed listening to this book. It was all so very proper ;) A historical book with interesting facts about Indigo.
I LOVED this book, highly recommend it! I love historical fiction, and stories of strong women, and learning by listening to really engaging stories and meeting the characters. The narrator was wonderful, and Eliza Lucas is such an important yet relatively unknown player in American history. Every bit I and we can learn and understand about slavery is so essential.
Very interesting to hear history from her point.
Good story and well narrated
what an amazing story! the story based the life of Eliza Lucas pickney and her struggles in life & with indigo flowed beautifully.
I felt I was there, as the narrator was perfect.
I,m not sure if I like the narrator,s performance, male voices in particular, all sound like if the men were angry all the times
Interesting historical novel, well read, great listen. Happy to find an intelligent, strong, fair female protagonist, especially from that era.
Great historical picture of the time periods and an amazing colonial girl growing to womanhood in a complex social structure. Eliza was out of sync with her time period in moral and economic expectations of women and of the enslaved people who built the prosperity of colonial America. Wonderful book!
Loved it! It was fascinating and educational and heart-wrenching all at once.
Amazing book about a strong, smart young lady!! Also my favorite narrator!!
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