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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Rendered in vivid, authentic period detail…A suspenseful, compelling tale of courageous young women fighting for justice.”

    Jennifer Chiaverini, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Set during the turbulent days of America’s industrial revolution…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

  • “Cassandra Campbell gives a heartfelt narration of this story of love and determination…Campbell’s performance is elegant and well paced. Whether she’s portraying the determined Alice, her wild and reckless friend, Lovey, the ruthless Mr. Fiske, or his older and charming mother, Campbell’s accents and characterizations are spot-on and believable. This glimpse of what nineteenth-century American factory workers, especially women, faced is illuminating.”


  • “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

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