Staff Review: "The Daring Ladies of Lowell"
In 1832 Massachusetts, there are not a lot of opportunities for young women. Alice is young and headstrong. She works hard on the family farm but her father controls her life and her future. Alice wants more. She moves to the mill town of Lowell where young women can find employment in the cotton mills and freedom from their families. Alice loves her new independence, ability to hold her own money, and the sudden expansion of her social circle. She quickly befriends the boardinghouse rebel, Lovey Cornell, a strong willed and vibrant girl who shows her the ropes. When health and safety issues start to surface, Alice inadvertently speaks up in front of the mill owners. She is invited to their home to discuss her concerns which sets her on the complicated path of split loyalties. This beautifully written novel takes us through budding romance, brutal murder, a sensational trial, and women's and worker's rights.