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By Tracie Peterson

ISBN-10: 0764226894

ISBN-13: 9780764226892

E-book 2 of The Bells of Lowell. The mill city of Lowell, Massachusetts, beckons Arabella Newberry whilst she comes to a decision to escape the lifetime of the Shakers. There she unearths the independence she seeks and a better objective as she works for tutorial reform. yet Lowell, laid low with ethnic strife, turns out now not a secure haven yet quite a probability while numerous women pass lacking. As rumors and clash invade the of the mill, Arabella struggles along with her personal middle as males vie for her love.

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I assume they find it entertaining or amusing. Perhaps both. They come to satisfy their curiosity about a people they don’t understand. ’’ Sally swung around on the bed. ‘‘Dance? I thought Shaker men and women were forbidden such familiarity. ’’ ‘‘Our dances are not the type of which you speak. They are a part of worship, and the men and women don’t touch in the manner of the world’s dances,’’ Bella replied. Voices of bellowing liquored men sounded loudly through the floorboards and were followed by what sounded like crashing furniture and then the frightening roar of a gun being discharged.

Leaving their makeshift dining room, the girls walked back toward the road. ’’ ‘‘If life was so good in Lowell, why did Mary find it necessary to live off the Shakers all winter? ’’ Bella nodded at her friend. ‘‘Yes, one would think so, but Mary spent her money on every new fashion and whimsy her heart desired. She spent her money as quickly as she made it. Then, when she was least prepared for losing her employment, she became ill. With no money and unable to work, she made her way to the Family.

I’m told many of the mill girls dress as well as society ladies do. You’ll be outcasts in those clothes. ’’ ‘‘We know how they dress, Sally. There were some of the world’s people at our settlement every Sunday to watch us worship. Some of the most prominent people from all over the country—even Europe—have been there. ’’ Ruth moved closer to Bella. ’’ ‘‘We dance during our worship. I assume they find it entertaining or amusing. Perhaps both. They come to satisfy their curiosity about a people they don’t understand.

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