The Daring Ladies of Lowell

The Daring Ladies of Lowell

Book - 2014
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Moving to the mill city of Lowell in 1832 to escape farm life, young Alice is disillusioned by the local factory's harsh working conditions and struggles to advocate on their behalf while recklessly falling in love with the mill owner's son, a situation that is complicated by a murder and sensational trial.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, [2014]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780385536493
Branch Call Number: FIC ALCOTT 2014
Characteristics: 287 pages ; 25 cm


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Jun 15, 2017

Just loved this book. The story evolves around the industrial revolution in Britain, a time of hardship and suffering for the people who lived on the land. A girl leaves her family farm to escape to a better life and works for one of the mills where working conditions play a tragic part in the lives of the young women who work in the mills and then live in dormitories in their off hours. Tragic, exciting, and romantic. The heroine goes to court to make for change to the working conditions in the mills. Good read.

athompson10 Sep 19, 2016

Not my favorite. Reads more like a romance than historical fiction, and a forced, predictable and totally unrealistic romance at that. The history aspect - mill workers in New England - is a lightly researched backdrop for the romance.

May 26, 2016

This love story blends class differences with industrial history and small town politics into an interesting story. The trial that dominates much of the book was based on a real-life trial on the death of a mill-girl, and this adds a great deal of authenticity to the story. Personally I could have done without the romance which I found superficial and would have preferred more about the struggle for justice and better working conditions that these young women were starting to be involved in.

May 13, 2015

Enjoyed reading this story, makes one appreciate how far we have come in providing safe working conditions, particularly for female employees (not that there isn't still room for improvement, however ...).

Aggie3 Sep 27, 2014

A book hard to put down. Every page held my interest. Well written. I have never before heard of the Lowell Mills, so it's been a new topic for me. Kate Alcott manages descriptions and historical fact in an interesting way. The story line is interesting and keeps you glued to the book. I really enjoyed it. Thumbs up.

ehbooklover Apr 25, 2014

This is a fictionalized account of the lives of the “mill girls” of Lowell, Massachusetts. The story touches on the long hours, dangerous equipment and low pay that these women endured and their subsequent fight for safer working conditions. It also includes a murder and trial which are based on actual events. An enjoyable read despite a somewhat improbable romance.


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