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The Daring Ladies of Lowell

October 21, 2014 - 10:50am -- egraves
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Kate Alcott
Determined to forge her own destiny, Alice Barrow joins the legions of spirited young women better known as the Mill Girls. With her wide, intelligent eyes and rosy-hued cheeks, Alice manages to capture the attention of a wealthy industrialist's eldest son, the handsome and reserved Samuel Fiske. Their chemistry is undeniable, soon progressing from mutual respect and shy flirtation into an unforgettable romance. But when Alice's best friend, Lovey, is found strangled in a field, Alice and Samuel are torn between loyalty to "their kind" and a chance for true love. - from Goodreads

Unwed women are streaming into the mills from farm country, for the first time earning a paycheck and able to determine their futures for themselves, yet New England social norms are still caught up in the respectability politics of class and gender. The story told, through murder, love, industry, and class conflict, is that there are so many ways to be brave.

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