Fighting for Bread & Roses   -     By: Lynn A. Coleman
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Kregel Publications / 2005 / Paperback

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Like any novelist worth her weight in ink, Lindsey Marc, a writer of historical mysteries, visits the mill city of Lawrence, Massachusetts, to research the infamous Bread and Roses strike of 1912. She's particularly interested in the death of Anna Lopizzo, the first fatality of the volatile confrontation. But somebody dangerous is threatened by what Lindsey will expose. Will she uncover the truth---in time? 256 pages, softcover from Kregel.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Kregel Publications
Publication Date: 2005
Dimensions: 8.0 X 5.25 (inches)
ISBN: 0825424097
ISBN-13: 9780825424090
Availability: In Stock

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Romance, family, and politics converge explosively in a suspicious murder during the Bread and Roses Strike of 1912 and threaten to engulf a 21st-century woman researching the strike. When textile workers went on strike in 1912 for better wages and working conditions, they never imagined the violence that would overwhelm them. The first person to die was Anna Lopizzo . . . and then John Rami. . . and then many others. The strikers claimed the police had killed Anna, but the police said one of the strikers shot her. Who was right? Fast forward to present-day Lawrence, Massachusetts, and Lindsey Marc, a historic mystery writer, is tracking down what really happened to Anna and the other workers. Along the way, someone gets wind of what Lindsey is researching and is threatened by what she may discover. It begins with phone calls and quickly moves to ransacking her hotel room. Can Lindsey find out the truth before something terrible happens to her?

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  1. Christy Janes
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    4.5 Stars
    November 4, 2010
    Christy Janes
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    All I can say is WOW!!! I never expected to love this book so much! A friend recommended it to me ages ago, and I procrastinated for a very long time before I decided to pick it up and read it. Let me tell ya...you better get to steppin', and do the same! You will not be sorry!

    I love historical fiction, but I really love historical fiction with a mystery. Even more, I love historical fiction that is told in conjunction with a present-day story. All of that is wrapped up perfectly in this book. The history in the book is based on true events that I had never even heard of until now. I did a little internet searching to see if any of the characters ever existed, and so far, I've found info on two. In retrospect, that just made this book so much more interesting. I mean, we all know the Civil War happened, but I feel that I can relate to a story more when I know that the characters I'm reading about actually existed and aren't fictitious.

    Then, there's the mystery, and it's a good 'un--not only in the historical account, but in the present-day drama that is Lindsey Marc's life. I had the mystery pretty well solved on my own, but there were a few things that crept up that I didn't expect to happen. Honestly, the whole book is a roller-coaster ride, but it kept me on the edge of my seat as a reader from page one clear to the end.

    Since this book was written 2005, my guess is that the author didn't have any thoughts on a sequel, or even a series featuring Lindsey Marc. But honestly, that would be such a great idea! The sky's the limit on stories like this combining the past with the present, and I'd be an instant fan for sure.

    4.5 Stars
  2. Michelle Sutton
    Arizona
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    October 24, 2007
    Michelle Sutton
    Arizona
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Fighting for Bread and Roses held my attention to the end. It isn't the catchiest title, nor does it reflect how good this book really is, so I ended up liking more than I had anticipated. I can get easily distracted while reading but found myself reaching for this book every chance I got. The twists and turns are compelling. I suspected what happened and was correct, but the author did such a great job with red herrings that I had my doubts all the way to the end. The author balanced out the past with the present very well, though I enjoyed the historical piece more. That often happens when I read this type of book because I love history.Political intrigue, mystery, suspense, action, love, passion, romance, and family secrets contained in diaries all played a part in making this tale exceptionally enjoyable for me. If you like mysteries with twists, romance with passion, and a portion of intriguing history mixed with faith, you'll love this book as much as I did. It was compulsively readable and I highly recommend it.
  3. DT
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    February 6, 2007
    DT
    Awesome book! I love it!
  4. Christian Book Previews.com
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    December 29, 2005
    Christian Book Previews.com
    Fighting for Bread and Roses by Lynn Coleman is a suspenseful novel about a quest to discover the truth surrounding a historical event. Main character and novelist, Lindsey Taylor, uncovers secrets from the past while researching deaths that occurred during the Bread and Roses Strike of 1912--the topic of her next book. There is someone, however, will stop at nothing to ensure that these secrets stay buried. This story is full of twists and turns that make the reader eager to join Lindsey in discovering the truth. Danger plagues Lindsey as she begins to uncover more about the Strike of 1912. She receives calls encouraging her to research another book, her hotel room is ransacked, and she quickly realizes she is being stalked. Problems only escalate from there; the more she researches, the more difficulties she experiences. The reader has the same questions as Lindsey: Who is it that doesnt want her researching this topic, and why is this person threatening her? Her determination and love of mystery cause her to continue pursuing the truth about the past, despite the dangers she encounters. As Lindsey uncovers more about the Bread and Roses Strike, the reader is taken back to that actual time period and sees the story unfold in the perspective of the very people Lindsey is researching. This permits the reader to examine the details of what truly happened to Jenna Waverly, the mill worker whose past Lindsey is most interested in. The continuous shifting of time allows the reader to become involved with two separate women, and mystery and intrigue are a large part of both of their lives. Fighting for Bread and Roses is an excellent novel. The mystery and suspense make it a fast and enjoyable book. Although the double storyline and abundance of suspicion can cause some confusion, Coleman brilliantly takes two stories from different time periods and intertwines them into a single fantastic novel. Anyone who loves history and mystery will enjoy this book!
  5. Marian Merritt
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    October 11, 2005
    Marian Merritt
    Novelist Lindsey Taylor has a knack for bringing unsolved mysteries of the past into her present.As Lindsey researches the Bread & Roses strike of 1912 in Lawrence, Massachusetts, she uncovers facts that some in Lawrence would rather have remained in history.When Lindsey is followed, her hotel room broken into, and her computer stolen she begins to realize that someone wants to prevent her from discovering the truths associated with the strike.Mrs. Coleman has woven a well-crafted tale of suspense while mixing history and fiction. Highly recommend.
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