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The Daring Ladies of Lowell

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ISBN13: 9780385536493
ISBN10: 0385536496
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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.

Review:

"Alcott's second novel, following The Dressmaker, focuses on the mill girls of Lowell, Mass., unlikely workhorses who powered the country's early textile industry. It's 1832 and Alice Barrow has fled her family's New Hampshire farm seeking money and freedom. Though the dormitories are Spartan and the hours long (13 per day), the job gives her access to the mill's literary magazine, The Lowell Offering; speakers at the Lyceum, including President Andrew Jackson; and Saturday afternoons in town. Alice quickly befriends Lovey Cornell, who at 23 is the mill's chatty and sassy elder stateswoman. However, she also experiences the downsides of working in the mill, including polluted air and dangerous machinery. By speaking up in front of Jackson during the president's visit, Alice draws mill owner Hiram Fiske's ire, but also catches the eye of his son, Samuel. Soon afterward, Lovey is found hanged in an apparent suicide and the tension between workers and management begins to boil over, threatening Alice's prospects for a relationship with Samuel. Alcott draws on a real-life trial to lend authenticity to her romantic story. For readers looking to expand their knowledge of feminist history, the book will illuminate and satisfy. Agent: Esther Newberg, ICM." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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"Rendered in vivid, authentic period detail, The Daring Ladies of Lowell is a suspenseful, compelling tale of courageous young women fighting for justice — and sometimes their very lives — in the cotton mills of mid-nineteenth century Massachusetts." Jennifer Chiaverini, New York Times bestselling author of Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker

Review:

“Set during the turbulent days of America’s industrial revolution, The Daring Ladies of Lowell captures the spirit and courage of the young women who dared to work at factory jobs. Kate Alcott draws on the true story of a murdered mill girl for this captivating story of loyalty, friendship, and love — most of all, love.” Sandra Dallas, New York Times bestselling author of Alice’s Tulips and Fallen Women

Review:

The Daring Ladies of Lowell are as complicated and flawed as any contemporary heroines, and they shine in this gripping 19th century tale about a small group of ‘factory girls’ who refuse to be silenced when one of their own is murdered. Kate Alcott has woven industrial history, small-town politics, and pure invention into a nuanced gem of a novel about friendship, sacrifice, and love that will keep you turning its pages until the very end.” Amy Brill, author of The Movement of Stars  

About the Author

Kate Alcott is the pseudonym for journalist Patricia O’Brien, who has written several books, both fiction and nonfiction. As Kate Alcott, she is the author of The Dressmaker, a New York Times bestseller. She lives with her husband in Washington, D.C.

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The Lost Entwife, March 13, 2014 (view all comments by The Lost Entwife)
I had high hopes for The Daring Ladies of Lowell. I love historical fiction that centers around women's rights, especially when it surrounds the working class. When I saw that this book was about mill girls I really, really wanted it to blow me away. I know a little bit about the working condition of cotton mills so I was hoping to get even more of an education about the experience in addition to reading a story about the girls themselves. What I got was a mediocre history lesson wrapped up in a somewhat cliche, and definitely predictable, romance.

I wish that wasn't the case, I really do. When I saw the direction being taken by Alcott I literally rolled my eyes. It's predictable folks, from the first visit of a certain prominent family to the mill. And not only is it predictable, but in a book about a valid part of our country's history, it's also really, really unreal. Like, for the life of me, I couldn't see it happening. I kept protesting, first inside, then actually in an audible way, as I worked my way through the book but no dice. The story had to go exactly where I was hoping it wouldn't.

You see, romances like the one in The Daring Ladies of Lowell cheapen the story for me. When I pick up a historical fiction about a serious subject, I want to see that subject treated seriously. When the romance emerges and takes center stage it gives me this horrible feeling like it was merely being used as a prop to get the reader all swoony over some type of Romeo and Juliet situation. That, folks, leaves a bad taste in my mouth.

There are other historical fiction novels that deal with serious subjects in a more serious way...but if romance is your thing, Alcott's The Daring Ladies of Lowell isn't a bad read. I finished it after all, it just wasn't for me.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780385536493
Author:
Alcott, Kate
Publisher:
Doubleday
Subject:
Romance - Historical
Publication Date:
20140225
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
9.55 x 6.4 x 1.05 in 1.32 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Alcott's second novel, following The Dressmaker, focuses on the mill girls of Lowell, Mass., unlikely workhorses who powered the country's early textile industry. It's 1832 and Alice Barrow has fled her family's New Hampshire farm seeking money and freedom. Though the dormitories are Spartan and the hours long (13 per day), the job gives her access to the mill's literary magazine, The Lowell Offering; speakers at the Lyceum, including President Andrew Jackson; and Saturday afternoons in town. Alice quickly befriends Lovey Cornell, who at 23 is the mill's chatty and sassy elder stateswoman. However, she also experiences the downsides of working in the mill, including polluted air and dangerous machinery. By speaking up in front of Jackson during the president's visit, Alice draws mill owner Hiram Fiske's ire, but also catches the eye of his son, Samuel. Soon afterward, Lovey is found hanged in an apparent suicide and the tension between workers and management begins to boil over, threatening Alice's prospects for a relationship with Samuel. Alcott draws on a real-life trial to lend authenticity to her romantic story. For readers looking to expand their knowledge of feminist history, the book will illuminate and satisfy. Agent: Esther Newberg, ICM." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , "Rendered in vivid, authentic period detail, The Daring Ladies of Lowell is a suspenseful, compelling tale of courageous young women fighting for justice — and sometimes their very lives — in the cotton mills of mid-nineteenth century Massachusetts."
"Review" by , “Set during the turbulent days of America’s industrial revolution, The Daring Ladies of Lowell captures the spirit and courage of the young women who dared to work at factory jobs. Kate Alcott draws on the true story of a murdered mill girl for this captivating story of loyalty, friendship, and love — most of all, love.”
"Review" by , The Daring Ladies of Lowell are as complicated and flawed as any contemporary heroines, and they shine in this gripping 19th century tale about a small group of ‘factory girls’ who refuse to be silenced when one of their own is murdered. Kate Alcott has woven industrial history, small-town politics, and pure invention into a nuanced gem of a novel about friendship, sacrifice, and love that will keep you turning its pages until the very end.”
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