Daring Ladies of Lowell, The

The Daring Ladies of Lowell

A Novel
Written by Kate Alcott
Narrated by Cassandra Campbell
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The Daring Ladies of Lowell

A Novel
Written by Kate Alcott | Narrated by Cassandra Campbell
“A compelling tale of courageous young women fighting for justice” (Jennifer Chiaverini): Drawn to the textile mills of Lowell, Massachusetts, Alice soon finds herself caught between two different worlds. An Audie Award–winning narrator delivers a mesmerizing performance of this “refreshingly old-fashioned heroine” (The New York Times).

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From the New York Times bestselling author of The Dressmaker comes a moving historical novel about a bold young woman drawn to the looms of Lowell, Massachusetts–and to the one man with whom she has no business falling in love.

Eager to escape life on her family’s farm, Alice Barrow moves to Lowell in 1832 and throws herself into the hard work demanded of “the mill girls.”  In spite of the long hours, she discovers a vibrant new life and a true friend-a saucy, strong-willed girl name Lovey Cornell.

But conditions at the factory become increasingly dangerous, and Alice finds the courage to represent the workers and their grievances.  Although mill owner, Hiram Fiske, pays no heed, Alice attracts the attention of his eldest son, the handsome and reserved Samuel Fiske. Their mutual attraction is intense, tempting Alice to dream of a different future for herself.

This dream is shattered when Lovey is found strangled to death. A sensational trial follows, bringing all the unrest that’s brewing to the surface. Alice finds herself torn between her commitment to the girls in the mill and her blossoming relationship with Samuel.  Based on the actual murder of a mill girl and the subsequent trial in 1833, The Daring Ladies of Lowell brilliantly captures a transitional moment in America’s history while also exploring the complex nature of love, loyalty, and the enduring power of friendship.

Categories: Editor's Pick, General Fiction
Release Date: February 25, 2014
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Run time: 10:40:04
Unabridged Audiobook

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