Lilly Armbruster plans to drive the mills from Lowell...but her plans go terribly awry. With the extraordinary changes to society and families ushered in with the Industrial Revolution, the quaint countryside of Lilly's youth has been transformed, bringing to some great wealth and to others tragic loss. Forced to work in the mill as her only means of survival, Lilly is deeply resentful of the powerful mill owners she believes have stolen her father's farm and caused his premature death. Though intent on revenging herself, Lilly is torn when she discovers her one-time betrothed, Matthew Cheaver, is hand-in-glove with "the lords of the loom." With her heart conflicted and her ideals faltering, Lilly's values-and tenuous faith-will be put to the test. A unique portrayal of the drama, intrigue, and even romance to be found among the Mill Girls.
I enjoy Tracie Peterson's books because of the rich historical details they include. The Bells of Lowell series is no exception. If someone has visited Lowell and studied the history of the mills and their labor movement, they will be able to appreciate and understand the historical context of the series even more.
The Industrial Revolution sweeping across the land and the extraordinary changes to society and families. A unique portrayal of the drama, intrigue and even romance to be found among the mill girls.
Loved it! It was my favorite of the series
Good story. Interesting to read how hard the women worked when the looms were introduced in the U.S. Great character development.
This is a pretty good book. It is a little slow at the beginning but once I got into it I wanted to finish it and I do want to read the others in the series.
Lilly Armbruster resents the mills that have come to Lowell, and feels that they caused the premature death of her father. Forced to take employment in the mills she despises, her mind is set upon revenge against the industry. When her former fiance becomes involved with the industry she despises, her feelings are conflicted and she questions her ideals further. Will her faith save her? You'll only find out if you read the book. ;o)
It certainly kept me reading. It was a different type of read for me. I enjoyed the book
Great book. I enjoy these authors and their historical perspective.
Tracie Peterson does it again! This series is one of my very favorite!!!
this book is very enjoyable and full of intresting information about the textile mills. you get to expand your knowledge as well as read a fun story. i feel in love with some of the characters, and was sad when the book ended.
Enjoyable. Looking forward to the rest of the series
I love Tracie Peterson and this book did not disappoint. I am anxious to read the next in this series.
This is pretty easy reading, but very enjoyable.
FROM THE PUBLISHER
Book 1 of THE BELLS OF LOWELL. The mill town of Lowell, Massachusetts, comes to life with intrigue and drama from the creative writing team of Judith Miller and Tracie Peterson. Young women at the end of the 19th century seek employment from driven men intent on transforming America's textile industry. Daughtersof the Loom features Lilly Armbruster, who is forced to work in the mills as her only means for survival. But Lilly's resentment runs deep against the "lords of the loom"- The men she believes have stolen her father's farm and caused his premature death. Her animosity happens to include Matthew Cheever, her childhood friend and one-time betrothed. Though separated by their opposing views about the future of the mill and the community that surrounds it, the emotions of their hearts still bind them. Will their dreams for the future allow their fragile love to survive?
This is a great copy, read only once by me.