By Tracie Peterson
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 academic reform. yet Lowell, stricken by ethnic strife, turns out not a secure haven yet fairly a hazard while a number of women cross 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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Bella watched as Priscilla shriveled back in her seat. ‘‘Don’t be upset by Sally’s manner,’’ she whispered. ’’ ‘‘Look, Bella,’’ Daughtie said. ’’ Sally leveled a look of contempt toward Daughtie. ‘‘You and Priscilla should become fast friends. You seem to be endowed with the same level of intelligence,’’ she remarked as the coach came to a halt in front of the Appleton Mill. The driver pulled open the door. ‘‘Here we are, ladies. I’ll escort you inside. As soon as Mr. ’’ The girls dutifully followed behind as the driver pulled a rope hanging over the iron gate.
Yes, I’ll remember. ’’ The older woman gave her a strange look, almost as though she realized something was amiss, but before Sister Mercy could question her further, Bella gave the older woman a bright smile and said, ‘‘We’ve made it just in time. ’’ Bella’s warning hissed through the night air as she turned to face Daughtie. There was a slight chill to the moonlit evening, and Bella pulled her cloak more tightly around her shoulders before readjusting her satchel. She waved her friend onward toward the stand of pines—toward Jesse and their new life among the outsiders.
The walls were sorely in need of whitewash, and the wood floors lacked care. A tiny potted plant sat drooping on the windowsill, a testament of those who lived within. Bella scanned the room, seeking a place for Daughtie and her to sit down. Ida appeared to follow her gaze and hastened to remove drying clothes from the two straight-backed wooden chairs. ‘‘Sit here,’’ she offered, gathering the laundry into a bundle and placing it on a narrow cot. ‘‘I’d make some tea, but I’m fresh out,’’ she apologized.
A Fragile Design by Tracie Peterson