Supporting herself by working in the mills in nineteenth-century Massachusetts, Lilly Armbruster resents the mill owners who she believes are responsible for her father's death, a sentiment that interferes with her love for former fiancT, Matthew Cheever. Original.Publishers Description
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?
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.38" Width: 5.52" Height: 0.99"
Weight: 0.76 lbs.
Release Date Feb 1, 2003
Publisher BETHANY HOUSE PUBLISHERS #7
Availability 0 units.
Reviews - What do our customers think?
|Not my Fav Dec 8, 2005|
|This is a series that starts out so slow that you wont want to finish it. I think it is because Pella is not as good of an author as Pererson is. Stick it out because when you do get to the part where Tracie is writting you will love it.|
|Good but not Great Nov 22, 2005|
|The Bells of Lowell series is not my favorite by Tracie. I think it is because I do not really like Judith Miller. This book was very slow in the begining but it got really good in the end. I do not think that this should be the first series by Tracie that you read. All of her other books are wonderful and worth reading.|
|Good Series Jul 22, 2005|
|This is the first of 3 books in this series. It did start out a little slow, and it left a lot of questions in the end (what happens to the child Lilly believes is her brothers being the biggest) but before you decided to not read this book, reconsider!! The second and third book answer all the questions and the last book is very fast paced (comparitivily speaking). You can't judge this series on just this book, although I did personally enjoy this book.|
|Dissapointed Aug 30, 2004|
| I read another story by Tracie Peterson and enjoyed it. When I started reading this book I was so excited. I was really enjoying it. The last fourth of the book was extremely dissapointing. The issues that were brought up were hardly even dealt with, all the way from the Mills to the lousy and unbelievable reconcile with her brother.|
Lilly starts off feeling that the Mills have had horrible consequences for her family and others. By the end, without too much thought in between, she decides that she sees the good that has come from them. Never mind, that she sees this after she herself no longer has to work in the Mills.
Yes, there was some good for some people who benefited from the Mills. And she did get one of the supervisors who was molesting some of the girls to stop (although that is a bit unbelievable).
There is still an issue of 8 girls in the rooms of the boarding house and four to a bed. The issue that the Windows are nailed shut without care to what the humidity does to some of their employees and if there was a fire!! That they are worked twleve hours a day, six days a week for little pay. These issues are not resolved. The Mills end up looking like salvation. Granted, farm life is not easy and can be extremely hard but the Mills is not paradise.
I agree with one other review that felt the moral of the book was that it was all great because she herself gets married? I strongly disagree.
Some of the characters, particularly Miss Addie, are very likeable including Lilly. Though with Lilly, I can never quite get past the fact that she never admits her almost fatal mistake to anyone, not even her friend whom she hurt.
I also don't like the fact that they all had to get men, including Miss Mintie, to be happy. I love romance and love stories when I feel that it is real and beautiful love. Not when a book is written in such a fashion that every woman has to get a man to be fullfilled in life.
I was extremely dissapointed.
|Lilly Sells Out Aug 21, 2004|
|I'm a sucker for a good historical romance, and I'm mildly obsessed with the Lowell mills. Sadly, this book failed to satisfy either of my passions. The writing is clunky and the historical accuracy dubious in places. The religious messages seem awkwardly inserted and more appropriate to modern Christianity than that of the 1820s. And Lilly is an unsympathetic heroine who causes a near-fatal accident--to which she never confesses and doesn't even seem very sorry about--in her misguided attempt to bring down the mills, and then happily abandons all notion of doing anything to improve the lives of the mill girls once she gets married. This book had the potential to make some important points about the consequences of industrialization, but it, like Lilly, gave up that notion in the pursuit of romance. Hooray for internal improvements!|
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