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Apr 24 2016

Girl Waits With Gun by Amy Stewart (Book Review)

Girl Waits With Gun

Rating: ★★★★★

Review: I have to admit I wasn’t expecting much when I picked this book up. I just wanted something that I knew I could finish so I could get myself back into the habit of reading one book a week, something I hadn’t done many times this year so far. The title caught my eye and so did the image on the cover so I figured I’d be mildly interested.

I didn’t read the description, I just trusted my instincts on this one and they were correct. This was a page turner from beginning to end! I became instantly fascinated by the three sister, especially the eldest sister and her story of fear in some things yet strength in others. Reminded me of myself. I saw a bit of myself in each of the sisters actually.

I found myself wishing it would be made into a television series, but from the 80’s/90’s era when crime shows were great to watch!

Then there’s the time-period this all took place in! I love history and books based in some truth. As I became more and more invested in the book I decided to go to the author’s website where I discovered these three characters and this actual story was based in truth, making it even more exciting for me to read.

Of course this was less of a mystery in the sense that we knew all along who the bad guy was and there was also no murder, but in spite of not having any of those stereotypical elements it was great just the same. This was more of a foundation story. Something I’m sure, and I hope, to prepare us for a series of mysteries and books yet to come.

So if you’re the least bit interested in a gun toting, butt-kicking, kind of woman (I know I would be), who’s going to look out for the weaker person, then this is the book for you. It’s got amazingly independent women taking care of themselves in the era just before the roaring 20’s taking place in New Jersey.

This book is simply about a man who owns a sweat shop and is influenced poorly by those around him into thinking he can be a menace and no one would stop him, until he crashes (quite literally) into the Kopp sisters horse and buggy, then refuses to pay. The sisters go out of the norm their used to of keeping to themselves and never becoming the center of attention all of their lives and enlist the aid of a sheriff who runs the local jail. Together the women are taught how to handle a gun and defend themselves against a man who by today’s standards would be considered a millionaire yet refuses to pay three women for damages costing about fifty dollars! His stubbornness and theirs lead to many fights, but ultimately he loses and Constance gets offered a job to work alongside the sheriff in future cases.

Synopsis: 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.

Girl Waits With Gun
Kopp Sisters Series
by Amy Stewart

404 pages
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | 2015
Women Sleuths / Historical / Mysteries
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