The February book club pick is: Indigo by Beverly Jenkins. This book is so well-reviewed everywhere you look, and there's a very good reason for that. It's amazing. It's also a classic and one of the best historical romances.
Here's the summary: 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 her his, but traitors have to be found, slave catchers have to be routed and Hester's refusal to trust her own heart have to be overcome before she and Galen can find the freedom only love can bring.
As usual, if you use SBTBARE at checkout, you will get a 50% eBook Bucks Rebate at AllRomance.com, the official sponsor of the Sizzling Book Club. The 50% rebate at AllRomance will be valid from February 1-15, 2011. You can also buy a paperback copy at Amazon, or wherever you like to go book shopping.
Get this – used copies of the original paperback are online for over $100 in some cases. I am not kidding that this is a much-beloved book. I also found paper copies in many public libraries in the US through WorldCat.org.
The Book Club Chat will be February 29th at 9pm ET/8pm CT, and Beverly Jenkins will be joining us at 10pm ET to answer questions. If you've never chatted with her, she's hilarious, and this will be a lively and fun book club chat.
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With all the five-star reviews everywhere, I'm hoping you're curious if it lives up to the reviews. I think it does, and I cannot wait to talk about it with you.