Have you ever read a book by Beverly Jenkins?
Nope, Indigo was my first!
What were your expectations before reading Indigo?
…none? I knew that Beverly Jenkins is a well-respected name in historical romance, and pretty much just hoped that I’d enjoy the story.
Was there anything you were hesitant about?
Um… in this case, no. My reading of late is usually, “Oh that’s a book. I’ll read. Wheee!” Approximately.
How would you describe the heroine in three words? The hero?
Hester: Strong inner core.
Galen: Fell delightfully hard.
Was there anything you didn’t care for in their characters?
Galen had a few moments where he did things that were overbearing and pushy, and while the obvious reason why he did it (he was falling for Hester), it wasn’t necessarily good?
Did you feel like they both grew as people?
Their lives were irrevocably changed by being together, and in a good way.
What did you think of their individual character journeys?
Hester’s journey seemed to be more about blossoming into her potential. Galen’s was about opening himself up to love. The beauty of a well-written romance is that the character journeys of each character supports and complements the other, and I think that was evident here. Hester needed someone to help her see her full worth, and Galen needed someone to ground him.
Did any secondary characters stand out to you (good or bad)?
Galen’s friend Raimond. I’d pay money (in the form of a book) to see him fall for someone. He was fun! I would have also liked to see more of some of the “bad” people in this (who I won’t name). I love me a good villain, and in this case, there were more than a few.
What did you think of the first meeting between Hester and Galen?
Can we not count the part where he’s unconscious? When he’s just Black Daniel and Hester’s nursing him back to health, those two were a lot of fun. He was grouchy and rude, and she was nicer than nice. I do always enjoy when two characters start off on the wrong foot.
Were you able to root for their happy ending easily?
I wanted to see them find a way to be together that allowed each of them to be the person s/he needed to be.
What was your favorite romantic interaction between them?
So many of the moments between them. This was the kind of book where the hero knows what he wants (and goes after it) while the heroine isn’t so sure it’ll all work out, and that always makes me happy.
Do you think their happy ending felt realistic?
Not sure about overcoming some of the class stuff, but I loved what Galen did for Hester at the end (and is a fitting parallel to the beginning).
What did you think of the pacing of the story?
It felt a little off to me, which usually happens whenever the usual “happily ever afters” come before the actual climax of the book. There was a bit of suspense and outside conflict, but it popped up in and out of the romance. Everything that happened in the book spanned over a year.
Did you feel like the romance was helped or hindered by the subplots? Why?
Neither? I think the subplots would have been stronger, had they been more tightly woven into the romance. (Or is it the other way around?)
How would you describe the tone of this book?
More on the serious side. Some of the descriptions and historical details came off like a history lesson. (Not always a bad thing.)
Had you ever read a romance about the Underground Railroad before? How did this affect your experience with the book?
I haven’t, which meant Indigo was entirely new and exciting.
How do you think the author handled the historical details? Were they just wallpaper or did they make the story come alive?
Some of the historical details bordered info dumping (as if we needed to be caught up with what was going on), but they certainly helped to ground us in the time frame.
Did this book make you want to learn more about this setting?
Absolutely. There is so much about the Underground Railroad that’s fascinating and admirable.
What surprised you most about your reading experience with Indigo?
Nothing? I think I more just enjoyed learning things about the antebellum time period and the Underground Railroad.
Will you read more books by Beverly Jenkins in the future?
Yes! Before I bought Indigo, I had Forbidden loaded up on my Kindle, so… that will be next!