Daughter of the Loom (Bells of Lowell Book #1) [NOOK Book]

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

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Overview

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?
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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441203199
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/1/2003
  • Series: Bells of Lowell Series , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 60,006
  • File size: 2 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 award-winning author of over one hundred novels, both historical and contemporary. Her avid research resonates in her stories, as seen in her bestselling Heirs of Montana and Alaskan Quest series. Tracie and her family make their home in Montana. Visit Tracie's website at www.traciepeterson.com.
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. Visit her website at www.judithmccoymiller.com.
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2013

    Historically sweet

    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.

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2013

    Good little read

    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.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2013

    R Great

    Really enjoyed. Well written and a good smattering of history

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2013

    I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. I don't normal

    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!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2013

    Ok

    Ok for free

    4 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2013

    highly recommend

    Page turner. Hard to put down.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 10, 2013

    Enjoyed and looking forward to reading bok 2

    I loved the story line and really got caught up in the book.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2013

    Excellent Reading

    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

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2013

    A Good Read

    An excellently written historical romance story. A little too wordy in places, but in whole, a trult great book!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2013

    I couldnt

    I couldnt even finish the book. It was so much babble about nothing. I just couldnt finush it. I will not be buying any more of her books. Thank goodness this was free. Too drawn out .

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2014

    Great reading!

    Great reading with historical interest especially of women and factory work.

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  • Posted January 20, 2014

    good book

    good book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2013

    Recommend

    Quick read

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  • Posted September 5, 2013

    good weekend reading

    good weekend reading

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2013

    Book froze on me

    The book froze on me and I cannot read it.

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  • Posted July 21, 2013

    it's ok, wish there was more history involved and not so much romance.main character seemed too wishy washy

    ditto

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2013

    Religious

    Corny outdated

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2013

    Well I...

    ...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

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  • Posted June 14, 2013

    I give 4 stars.

    This is the kind of story I enjoy. Thank you for lending it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2013

    Great read.

    I enjoyed the historical aspect of this novel and I will read more by this author.

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