Last month, I got really into audiobooks. I've started mowing our gigantic yard again, and when I'm clean out of podcasts to listen to, I turn to books. And last month, I was into historical fiction apparently. I haven't read much historical fiction of late, but I listened to a couple books last month and really enjoyed them. I am here today to talk about those!
The Daring Ladies of Lowell by Kate Alcott - This book reminded me so much of North & South by Elizabeth Gaskell. It's basically a story of the mill girls who work in the cotton mills in Lowell. When they decide they want change in their mill, which isn't the safest place to work, one of the girls, Alice Sparrow, decides to be the group's spokesman. Alice catches the eye of the mill owner's son, Samuel Fiske, a man who is different from everyone else in his family, and works for the good of the mill workers. When Alice's best friend dies, her death and suspected murder stirs up controversy against the Fiske family, her budding relationship with Samuel is torn between their loyalties to "their kind" and a chance at true love. This book was really good as well. It doesn't compare to North & South, but I really enjoyed it all the same. I didn't connect with the characters quite as much as I would have liked, but the story was strong and the characters were pretty likeable for the most part. Lovey Cornell, the girl who is killed, (this is not a spoiler because it happens pretty quick) was my favorite character, because she seemed like she had the strongest personality, so I was pretty bummed when she left the story. I enjoyed her far more than the main protagonist, Alice Sparrow, basically because Alice never had a really sturdy, consistent personality. Though this may have been because the narrator voiced her with kind of a weak, timid voice, which was totally opposite to her character. That was annoying. Another issue I had with this book was the romance. I'm totally okay with romance in historical fiction, but this one seemed ever so slightly unbelievable and rather heavy handed at times, and both of those things will turn me away. So while the romance was sweet, it seemed a little incompatible with the character of Alice Sparrow and ever so slightly unbelievable for its time. Overall, I enjoyed this book quite a lot, but I didn't love it like I did The House Girl. I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars.
And those are my thoughts on the audiobooks I listened to last month. Thanks for reading and let me know if you have any audiobook recommendations, I would love to hear them! xo, Ella