Title: Girl Waits With Gun
Author: Amy Stewart
Published: March 10th 2016
Publisher: Scribe UK
Genre: Adult, Crime, Historical Fiction
Length: 416 pages
Source: Paperback ARC from publisher
Book Blurb (via Goodreads):
From the New York Times best-selling author of The Drunken Botanist comes an enthralling novel based on the forgotten, true story of one of the US’s first female deputy sheriffs.
Constance Kopp doesn’t quite ﬁt the mould. 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 from the city to the country fifteen years before. When a powerful, ruthless factory owner runs down their buggy, a dispute over damages turns into a war of bricks, bullets, and threats as he unleashes his gang on their farm. The sheriff enlists her help, and it turns out that Constance has a knack for outwitting (and disarming) the criminal element, which might just take her back out into the world and onto a new path in life.
Through Amy Stewart’s exuberant storytelling, Constance Kopp catapults from a forgotten historical anecdote to an unforgettable historical-fiction heroine — an outsized woman not only ahead of her time, but sometimes even ahead of ours.
Girl Waits With Gun is one of those stories that, when you hear the basic idea behind it, you just want to grab it immediately and read it then and there. I mean, who doesn’t want to read about a group of sisters being total badasses and not backing down from a fight in the 1920s?
Constance Kopp is a different kind of woman, towering over others with her irregular height, living on a farm with her two sisters, and generally keeping to herself. When the sisters collide with a wealthy factory owner, a feud starts that escalates to terrifying heights. To protect her sisters and help a new friend, Constance takes up arms against their tormentor and begins an investigation to uncover the truth behind the man who just won’t leave them alone.
There’s a lot to love about this book. It seems, at first, to be a straight forward crime thriller, where the sisters are tormented by an entitled factory owner who is used to getting his own way – or wiping out whoever squares off with him – but that is barely scratching the surface of this story. There’s so much more going on, with Constance learning to believe in herself and get back out into the world, secrets from the past coming to light and beginning to understand why the sisters live the way they do.
One of the things that I really liked about this book was that there wasn’t a love interest or love triangle. Their brother was constantly trying to get them to move in with him, sure that his sisters wouldn’t be able to manage without him – even though they do just fine – and there were various comments about the women’s husbands (mostly from men wanting to know what the hell they’re doing). I can imagine how frustrating it must have been for women in this time period who were as independent as the Kopp sisters and constantly being asked questions like that.
Constance’s sleuthing skills were really impressive, and I loved that she never gave up trying to help one of their tormentor’s factory workers. When Constance discovers what Mr Kaufman (the factory owner) did to the poor girl, she works tirelessly to make sure that the girl gets a happy ending.
An exciting ride from start to finish, it’s easy to lose yourself in the Kopp sisters’ adventure of kidnapping, spying, and grudges. This is a must for fans of historical fiction and badass women taking care of their own business.
About the Author
You can also find her all over the country speaking to audiences at bookstores, botanical gardens, garden clubs, and college and museum lecture series. To find out if she’s coming to your town, visit the Events page of her website.
Four of Amy’s books have been New York Times bestsellers, and she has enjoyed contributing to the New York Times, Washington Post, NPR, Good Morning America, and CBS Sunday Morning.
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) granted her a Creative Writing Fellowship, and she’s the winner of the American Horticultural Society’s Book Award.
*Picture and Biography from Goodreads