Saturday, 12 March 2022

[MPOV] Indigo

My rating: 3/5
Goodreads rating: 4.06/5
Published: 14/2/2020
Author: Paula Berinstein
Genre: Historical fiction, romance, time travel

I would like to say a huge Thank You to the author for this opportunity to mingle and enjoy Esther's time travels!
What would you do if you suddenly found yourself mistress of an 18th-century plantation?

Esther Rubens is looking forward to getting to know her new community in South Carolina and repairing her troubled marriage. But as soon as she arrives in Charleston her life begins to diverge from the idyllic picture in her mind. Her physicist husband, Melvin, is arrested for driving while black, she inherits a strange English property from a cousin she didn't know existed, and she learns that her great-grandmother Sophie, a brilliant scientist kidnapped by the Nazis, discovered the secret of time travel of all things.

Intrigued by Sophie’s cryptic journal Melvin begins to experiment with time travel, but his anger at the police makes him careless. The process backfires, killing him and throwing Esther back to 1750. Attacked by an unknown assailant the moment she arrives, she seeks protection at an indigo plantation belonging to a dashing planter with a dangerous secret, negotiating a deal that guarantees her safety. But she soon realizes she’s made a terrible mistake. What she discovers on the plantation is far more horrific than anything she could have imagined. Overwhelmed, she attempts to flee just as the planter’s mysterious, handsome brother arrives from England seeking refuge—and offering an opportunity that’s too compelling to turn down. But can he be trusted? And are the two of them strong enough to vanquish the evil that’s pervading the lowlands? Only time will tell.

The first title in the Indigo series.
At the start, Esther and Melvin seemed like any other mixed coloured couples until they migrated to the Southern region where trouble awaits them. At this point, I found the intro to be a little long as it gets a bit repetitive and I tend to skip through more. 

Once the inheritance arrived, it felt like an adventure is about to begin but it was a little too fast as the whole thought process or world building from then on was not consistent. At some points, it was not as detailed and the plots were too briefed. On the other hand, it became not as realistic. I could not get into the story itself and I just couldn't imagined it. However, the gist of it was still intact and the outcome of the story was not what I thought it would be, which is good. 

Esther and Jesse were just too obvious, like they immediately succumbed to Daniel's request without batting an eyelid! When Jesse knew of Esther's true identity, the story turned for the better. So much adventure from then on and no one seemed to notice this 2 were so besotted with each other! The ending was unexpected and it did had a little cliff-hanger effect since this is a series.

All in all, I was excited that this is a time travel romance as I had enjoyed The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. I did placed a high expectation on it which I shouldn't have. Also with my current long drought of reading slump that didn't help as much. As Goodreads have pointed out, there are many good reviews of this novel so if you are not as nitpicky as me, go ahead and read this novel!

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