Jeannine Allard is an historical novelist who lives and works in an old sea-captain's house
at the tip of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. She has written about women in aviation, women
in oppressive cultures, and now is pleased to be looking at the mill girls of New England.
More about her at www.jeannetteauthor.com.
Jeannine Allard is one of the pen names used by Jeannette de Beauvoir, an
award-winning novelist, playwright and poet whose work has appeared in 15 countries and
has been translated into 12 languages. She has long been fascinated by the "mill girls" of
New England, many of whom were finding financial independence for the first time through
the long difficult hours they worked in the mills. They were at the forefront of early labor
strikes; textile workers formed the first union of working women, mobilizing before they
even had the right to vote. Jeannine Allard lives and writes in an old sea-captain's house
on the tip of Cape Cod with one cat, one lovebird, and thousands of books. More about
her at jeannetteauthor.com.
Chloe has come to Manchester to work the mill after her family has
disowned her in Québec. Unlike other Canadian girls who came down to
work the mills of New England, Chloe isn't there for financial betterment; she
was forced out of her community after having an affair with another woman.
in love. Life in the textile mills is hard, though workers at the Amoskeag are
happier than most, and Chloe and Rachel overcome the obstacles of their
gender and their choice of life-partner to be among the "mill girls" whose
stories have happy endings.