By Tracie Peterson
Booklet 2 of The Bells of Lowell. The mill city of Lowell, Massachusetts, beckons Arabella Newberry whilst she makes a decision to escape the lifetime of the Shakers. There she unearths the independence she seeks and a better function as she works for academic reform. yet Lowell, laid low with ethnic strife, turns out not a secure haven yet really a chance while numerous ladies 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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Bella reached into her satchel and withdrew a small cloth bag. ‘‘We can use this, Aunt Ida,’’ she offered. ’’ A tentative smile appeared on Ida’s lips. ‘‘Thank you, dear. You’re as sweet as your mother. I want to hear all about her. How is she faring among the Shakers? I never thought she’d stay there. Polly was the one who always wanted a family with lots of children. Guess folks change, though,’’ she remarked, setting a pot to boil in the tiny corner that served as a kitchen. Seating herself on the cot, she leaned back against the bundle of laundry and rubbed her hands together.
But you girls had best spend the night with me. Arthur’s gone to Boston on a delivery with his employer. ’’ ‘‘That certainly makes more sense than sleeping along the roadside,’’ Daughtie whispered as Ida returned to pour herself a cup of tea. ‘‘I suppose we could stay, Aunt Ida,’’ Bella said. ‘‘If you’re sure it won’t be an inconvenience,’’ she quickly added. Ida beamed. ‘‘It will be fun. Just the three of us—we can visit, and you can tell me all about life in the settlement. I’m surprised Franklin gave you permission to leave the Shakers.
Bella inquired as she brushed a stray wisp of blond hair under her cap. ‘‘No, but I was fearful for a short time. Sister Minerva walked with me until we reached the entrance of the dormitory. Fortunately Eldress Phoebe summoned her away before she had opportunity to inquire of your whereabouts. ’’ Bella nodded as she lifted one of the toddlers to her lap. ‘‘We’re leaving tomorrow night, so this will be our last opportunity to visit, Daughtie. I transfer to the kitchen tomorrow. ’’ Daughtie began to wring her hands, a nervous habit that brought constant remonstration from the older Sisters.
A Fragile Design by Tracie Peterson