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. Download and start listening now!