A Fragile Design by Tracie Peterson

By Tracie Peterson

Publication 2 of The Bells of Lowell. The mill city of Lowell, Massachusetts, beckons Arabella Newberry while she makes a decision to escape the lifetime of the Shakers. There she reveals the independence she seeks and a better goal as she works for academic reform. yet Lowell, suffering from ethnic strife, turns out now not a secure haven yet relatively a threat while a number of women move lacking. As rumors and clash invade the of the mill, Arabella struggles together with her personal middle as males vie for her love.

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We could return and find out what’s happened to Jesse. ’’ Daughtie asked, her question filled with the same hope that sparkled from her eyes in the moonlit night. The hood of Bella’s cape fell back as she vigorously shook her head back and forth. ‘‘We’re ready now. Either Jesse has decided he’s not going or he’s already left for Concord, thinking we weren’t coming. ’’ Daughtie was silent for a moment. ‘‘If you’re sure we can find Concord, I suppose we’d best be on our way. ’’ Bella nodded and took the lead, hoping she could remember all that Jesse had told her regarding the route they would follow.

There was no way to guarantee when the others would be asleep. Apparently the Brothers don’t go to sleep as early as the Sisters,’’ Bella replied. ’’ Slowly, minute by minute, the night wore on. ‘‘I don’t think he’s coming, Bella. Let’s go back. ’’ ‘‘No! I’m not going back. ’’ A look of fear crossed Daughtie’s face. ‘‘We can’t go without Jesse to lead us. ’’ ‘‘It seems I’m always surrounded by men who convince me to trust them and then disappoint me—first my father and now Jesse. But that doesn’t change my decision to leave.

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. ’’ ‘‘I didn’t seek his permission. ’’ Ida placed a hand on each cheek and stared wideeyedat the two girls. CHAPTER 3 An early spring storm refused to let up, and Bella and Daughtie soon found their shoes weighed down with the muck and mire of the roadway and their woolen cloaks heavy with rainwater.

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