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 comes to a decision to escape the lifetime of the Shakers. There she reveals the independence she seeks and a better function as she works for tutorial reform. yet Lowell, suffering from ethnic strife, turns out now not a secure haven yet fairly a hazard whilst a number of ladies move 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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3. )—Fiction. I. McCoy-Miller, Judith. II. Title. II. Series: Peterson, Tracie. Bells of Lowell ; 2. 54—dc21 2003002569 In memory of my mother, Gladys E. McCoy. Thanks be to God for the blessing of a godly mother. —Judy Miller Table of Contents Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Chapter 3 Chapter 4 Chapter 5 Chapter 6 Chapter 7 Chapter 8 Chapter 9 Chapter 10 Chapter 11 Chapter 12 Chapter 13 Chapter 14 Chapter 15 Chapter 16 Chapter 17 Chapter 18 Chapter 19 Chapter 20 Chapter 21 Chapter 22 Chapter 23 Chapter 24 Chapter 25 Chapter 26 Chapter 27 Chapter 28 Chapter 29 Chapter 30 Chapter 31 Chapter 32 Chapter 33 Chapter 34 Chapter 35 Chapter 36 Chapter 37 Epilogue TRACIE PETERSON is the author of over eighty novels, both historical and contemporary fiction.

It was obvious she was attempting to set them at ease—so dissimilar to the welcome that had been extended to Bella’s family when they first arrived at the Shaker community. That meeting was one she would not soon forget. Inside the Trustees’ Office they had been greeted with prying eyes and pursed lips, and by the end of their meeting, the Elders had leveled looks of displeasure and disgust. Bella wasn’t sure exactly what had caused their displeasure during that interview. In fact, four years later, she still wasn’t certain.

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. ’’ Daughtie whispered. ’’ Bella glanced around the area. ’’ she called. ’’ They waited in silence. ‘‘I don’t think he’s here,’’ Daughtie offered. ’’ ‘‘We didn’t set a specific time. 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.

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