by Natasha Boyd
Reviewed by Janet:
When her ambitious father returns to the Caribbean in 1739 to further his career, 16 year old Eliza Lucas is left in charge of their South Carolina plantations. In the face of great debt left by her father, Eliza attempts a new crop – indigo – which is highly valued yet difficult to produce. Her attempts are supported by some and thwarted by others, including her mother. Based on historical documents and the actual letters of Eliza Lucas, this thoroughly readable and enjoyable novel provides a look at colonial life in the south and the contributions of this overlooked woman of history.