Brief synopsis (from Goodreads): Constance Kopp doesn’t quite fit the mold. She towers over most men, has no interest in marriage or domestic affairs, and has been isolated from the world since a family secret sent her and her sisters into hiding fifteen years ago. One day a belligerent and powerful silk factory owner runs down their buggy, and a dispute over damages turns into a war of bricks, bullets, and threats as he unleashes his gang on their family farm. When the sheriff enlists her help in convicting the men, Constance is forced to confront her past and defend her family—and she does it in a way that few women of 1914 would have dared.
Rating: Island collection
Long story short: I really enjoyed this book and I’m very much looking forward to reading the sequel, Lady Cop Makes Trouble, in September.
The plot was riveting and contained a lot of what I like to read: an original and unpredictable story, a good amount of action and suspense, and character development. The pacing was slow at times, but I rather liked reading about the mundane details of the sisters’ day-to-day lives.
I instantly loved the Kopp sisters and how different they were from each other. As the oldest Constance is instinctively protective of her sisters; Norma is the introverted middle sister who is often distrustful of strangers; and Fleurette is a whimsical and imaginative seventeen-year-old, as trusting of others as Norma is wary.
The coolest part about this novel is that it’s a fictional account of real events and real people. Constance Kopp and her sisters actually existed, and the major events in this book actually happened. Says the author Amy Stewart, “My task as a writer was to take the public record—pieced together from newspaper articles, genealogical records, court documents, and other sources—and invent the rest of the story.” In fact the title of the novel comes from a newspaper headline about Constance Kopp that appeared in the Philadelphia Sun on November 23, 1914. Stewart also met with descendants of some of the characters in the book, who shared stories about their ancestors. I’m always eager to read books about women ahead of their times, and this one was extremely satisfying.
If you’ve read Girl Waits with Gun, what did you think? If you haven’t, would you?