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Fighting for Bread and Roses: A Novel [Paperback]

By Lynn A. Coleman (Author)
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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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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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Item Specifications...

Studio: Kregel Publications
Pages   256
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.04" Width: 5.3" Height: 0.75"
Weight:   0.57 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 1, 2005
Publisher   Kregel Publications
ISBN  0825424097  
ISBN13  9780825424090  

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More About Lynn A. Coleman

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Lynn A. Coleman is an award-winning and bestselling author of Key West and other books. She began her writing and speaking career with how to utilize the Internet. Since October 1998, when her first fiction novel sold she's sold 30 books and novellas.

Lynn is also the founder of American Christian Fiction Writers Inc., and served as the group's first president for two years and two years on the Advisory Board. One of her primary reasons for starting ACFW was to help writers to develop their writing skills and to encourage others to go deeper in their relationship with God. "God has given me a gift," says Lynn, "but it is my responsibility to develop that gift."

Lynn has spoken at writers groups, women's groups, home-schooling organizations, church groups, conferences, workshops and retreats. "Lynn is informative, humorous, and approachable--what more can you ask for?" said one attendee.

She makes her home in Keystone Heights, Florida, where her husband of 36 years serves as pastor of Friendship Bible Church. Together they are blessed with three children and eight grandchildren.

Lynn A. Coleman has published or released items in the following series...

  1. 50 States of Love

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1Books > Subjects > Children > Religions > Fiction > Fiction
2Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > General > Contemporary
3Books > Subjects > Mystery & Thrillers > Mystery > Women Sleuths
4Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Fiction > General
5Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Fiction > Mystery

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Mystery and suspense - A History Mystery  Jul 29, 2006
Lynn Coleman has written an interesting book in Fighting for Bread and Roses. She weaves the past with the present in a story of love and death, mystery and suspense. The characters are believable and she draws you into their lives. You want Lindsey, the heroine, to find out what happened to Anna and Jenna in 1911. The author gives interesting facts about the textile mills of the early 1900's and the conditions people had to work in. This book will draw the reader in and keep them up late to finish the book.
Anyone with a love of history and mystery will enjoy this book  Dec 30, 2005
Fighting for Bread and Roses by Lynn A. 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 doesn't 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, Lynn A. Coleman brilliantly takes two stories from different time periods and intertwines them into a single fantastic novel. Anyone with a love of history and mystery will enjoy this book, and I recommend purchasing it. -- Andrea Burns, Christian Book
Seamlessly weaves past and present in suspense  Dec 29, 2005
I received this book as a Christmas gift, sat down to read it on the morning of December 26th, and finished it that evening. I could not stop reading it. Lynn Coleman has woven two parallel stories into one gripping, seamless tale with just the right touch of suspense, romance, and mystery--along with historical and political facts that give the tale credibility. So much credibility that I wanted to look up the Bread and Roses strike on the Internet to see if the characters in this book actually existed.

Coleman's skillfully told story, believable and sympathetic characters, and vivid descriptions of place (Lowell, MA, circa 1911/12 and present day) will pull readers into this tale and won't let them leave until the last page. I highly recommend Fighting for Bread and Roses.
Past Meets Present  Oct 11, 2005
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.
Exceptional!  Sep 17, 2005
Lindsey Taylor is determined to live a normal life and that is not easy after the trauma she had just been through. Lindsey had witnessed a murder in New Orleans and had to testify against a dangerous crime family. Her life had been in an upheaval, but now it was time to move forward.
Lindsey is a writer and eager to complete her research on her next project; a writing about the "Bread & Roses" strike of 1912 in Lawrence, Massachusetts. As she travels to Lawrence to research she assures her husband that she will be fine, but she is almost dead wrong.
Lindsey begins to dig into the death of one Millworker, Anna Lopizzo and in doing she uncovers the story of Jenna Waverly who is said to have drowned in the frozen Merrimack River. How could that have happened and were these two women connected in someway? As Lindsey's investigation becomes more intense she finds someone is determined to keep certain secrets hidden and will do anything in their power to stop her. What a great read!

I have to tell you this is an exceptional book; taking us from the present and the happenings to Lindsey, to 1912 and emerging us into the lives of those deeply touched by the "Bread & Roses" strike. I was glued to the pages as the author craft-fully created the world that both eras lived in, brought it to life like a full screen movie and charged your emotions to a full time high. Outstanding! This work has history, well defined characters, sprinkled with the strength of God, suspense, romance and mystery. I simply cannot recommend this read highly enough. Bravo Ms.Coleman, you have a real winner here.

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