Daughter of the Loom (Bells of Lowell Book #1)

Daughter of the Loom (Bells of Lowell Book #1)

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by Tracie Peterson
     
 

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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…  See more details below

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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?

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Two veteran novelists team up in this evangelical Christian historical fiction series debut that explores interesting social issues, but eventually falls flat. Nineteenth-century New England is in the throes of change as it morphs from an agricultural economy to textile industry. Caught in the growing pains of her little town of Lowell, Mass., is the comely Lilly Armbruster, who has lost the family farm through the death of her parents and the greed of her older brother. Her devotion to the ambitious Matthew Cheever is dispelled when he seemingly sells out his values to become the prot g of a dubious business mentor. Lilly contracts to work in the textile mills with the idea of becoming an "instrument of God" and sabotaging the business that she feels has cost her everything she loves. The story begins promisingly enough with some discerning historical insights about the problems of industrialization for women and ethnic groups (sexual harassment, poor working conditions, prejudicial treatment), but the pacing is slow, the dialogue and actions are often wooden and the abundant sermonizing is a constant distraction. Although there are some surprises in the character development of Lilly and Matthew, other characters are one-dimensional and undergo unbelievable transformations too quickly. The sulky Lilly is also difficult for the reader to like. However, fans of Peterson and Miller will likely appreciate that the authors wrap up enough loose ends to make this work not only as a stand-alone title but also as an introduction to the series. (Feb.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781441203199
Publisher:
Baker Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/01/2003
Series:
Bells of Lowell Series , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
384
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

Tracie Peterson is a full-time author who has written or co-written over fifty novels in both historical and contemporary genres, including the WESTWARD CHRONICLES, the YUKON QUEST and the SHANNON SAGA series.

Tracie also teaches writing workshops at a variety of conferences on subjects including inspirational romance and historical research. She and her family live in Montana.

Judith Miller is an award-winning author whose avid research and love for history are reflected in her bestselling novels. When time permits, Judy enjoys traveling, visiting historical settings, and scrapbooking the photographs from her travel expeditions. She makes her home in Topeka, Kansas.
Tracie Peterson is the bestselling, award-winning author of more than 100 novels. Tracie also teaches writing workshops at a variety of conferences on subjects such as inspirational romance and historical research. She and her family live in Montana. Learn more at www.traciepeterson.com.
Judith Miller is an award-winning writer whose avid research and love for history are reflected in her bestselling novels. Judy and her family make their home in Kansas. Learn more at www.judithmccoymiller.com.

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Daughter of the Loom (Bells of Lowell Series #1) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 44 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got this because it was a freebie friday. I chose to purchase the renaining two in the trilogy because it is fairly well written. Simple in its faith stance, but strong in belief, it follows not only the changing landscape of New England in the Industrial Revolution, but the changing roles of women that were also developing. You'll cheer for Lily and Matthew.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book started out a bit slow for me, but as I pressed on I was able to get involved in the story. Not the "best" book I've read, but not as predictable as I first thought.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. I don't normally read these kind of books. My great-grandmother gave me the book and I love it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed. Well written and a good smattering of history
Birmingham_Mom More than 1 year ago
I loved the story line and really got caught up in the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An excellently written historical romance story. A little too wordy in places, but in whole, a trult great book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Page turner. Hard to put down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am only half way through this book but I love it. The history and story telling is captivating and it's hard to put this book down. Highly recommended
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great reading with historical interest especially of women and factory work.
puzzmaster More than 1 year ago
good book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Quick read
demthd More than 1 year ago
good weekend reading
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
...Really enjoyed this book. Love reading books in other time periods. Longing for the day when men and women cinduct themselves in this type of respectful manner again....ex lilly and matthew
toughmama More than 1 year ago
This is the kind of story I enjoy. Thank you for lending it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the historical aspect of this novel and I will read more by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable read and could not wait to finish this book. Reminds us that only God can change a heart.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Light reading
Guest More than 1 year ago
The story started well enough with the troubles of Lilly, however, the story developed slowly and without much depth of plot or characters. Even the romance between Lilly and Matthew barely kept my interest. Several good possible plots were hinted at, but never went anywhere. Also, it left several story lines dangling at the end which I found very discouraging and wanting another 25 or more pages for the authors to finish their story.
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The book froze on me and I cannot read it.