Daughter of the Loom (Bells of Lowell #1) by Tracie Peterson and Judith McCoy Miller
The year is 1828, Lowell, MA has been created to be the textile capital of the United States with factories, girls from all over working them, and a promise of prosperity for all.
All except Lily Armbruster. Lily was born in the town before it was named Lowell, before the factories, and she hates the changes that were made. Her brother Lewis sold their farm and stole the money, her fiancé Matthew Cheever betrayed her by working for the Boston Association, and her father died of a broken heart from losing the farmland.
Lily has decided she is going to destroy the Boston Association and the mills, by being hired as a factory girl and sabotaging it from the inside out.
She moves into a company owned boarding house and finds herself befriending the other workers and the boarding house keeper, Miss Adelaide, they all becoming her family.
Even though she doesn’t want to harm her friends, she is determined to not be deterred from her goal. But before she can start anything, someone else starts sabotaging the mills. Could this be a sign from God that she is on the right track? Or does someone have their own vendetta against the mills.
Matthew keeps coming back into Lily’s life trying to get together with her, even though she constantly rebuffs him, but will she change her mind? Is he the man she is supposed to be with? He’s not the only bad penny to turn up as her brother Lewis also decides to return to Lowell with nefarious reasons why.
Will Lily continue her vigilante justice? Or give up her plan? And if Lily isn’t the one sabotaging the mills, who is?
Thoughts After Reading:
I found this to be an extremely compelling historical fiction novel. I loved reading about Lowell, and went down a historian rabbit hall researching more about it.
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