Daughtie Winfield is a Shaker, raised to believe that equality should come for everyone in the world and not just a chosen few. She is surprised when her beliefs cause hostility in her work environment and danger to those around her. This book is # 3 in the "Bells of Lowell" series, and is considered a Christian romance. I enjoyed the historical aspect of the book very much, and would encourage those who enjoy a good historical novel to read it, even if you don't like romance novels.
Raised in an atmosphere of equality, Daughtie Winfield is outspoken in her support for the rights of others, from the mill girls threatening a strike over pitiful working conditions to the immigrants living on the other side of town. So she is unprepared for the hostility-even from some who claim to hold similar beliefs-aroused by her growing friendship with Liam Donohue, an Irish artisan. Behind the scenes, a disgruntled former employee conspires with a one-time mill partner in a develish plan that imperils not only the operation of the mills but those dearest to Daughtie. As dissension and upheaval threaten the future of the textile industry, Daughtie longs for peace-in her working world and deep within her heart. Historic New England comes to life in a captivating blend of drama and romance.
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Book 3 of Bells of Lowell. Timid yet alluring Daughtie Winfield finds herself in a precarious position when the new doctor casts his favor upon her. Though flattered by his attention, she is drawn to Liam Donohue, a local Irish artisan. As Daughtie and Liam work together to help runaway slaves, their friendship blossoms. But her work in the mills is threatened when a downturn in profits causes the Associates to decrease wagesresulting in plans for a strike. With the fate of the textile industry in an upheaval, will her hopes for love be thwarted as dissention infiltrates life in Lowell?
The firs one was definitely better. Overall a great series!