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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Girl Waits With Gun: A Novel

This book seriously intrigued me at Book Expo America, and when I met Amy Stewart, she was so charming and lovely. So picking up Girl Waits With Gun was a total no brainer. 

It's 1914 and the three Kopp sisters are mowed down in their buggy by an obnoxious man in a motorcar. The reckless driver, the owner of a silk factory in town, refuses to pay, and when Constance, the most independent of the three, refuses to allow him to use his power so menacingly, she begins to learn that there is more to the story than meets the eye. There is power, there is blackmail, and there is kidnapping. Constance refuses to allow this man to harass her family and bully the town. Will she use any means necessary to stop a man who has the money and the power?

It is super hard not to absolutely love Constance Kopp. She is incredibly easy to relate to as a strong, independent woman, even in 1914. A big secret has kept her family out of society for some time, and as it was slowly revealed, I found myself with so much sympathy for her. It would take almost a decade for it to be considered okay to deal with what she did, although even today it's still a little touch and go. But as she weaves her tale, she never apologizes, and that was the most incredible part. It's what made her the strong woman that she was. No apologies. Life happens, and you deal with it accordingly.

I also loved the relationship that she and Norma, her next closest sister, had together with their brother, Francis. The brother keeps begging the girls to come live with him. He keeps insisting they can't take care of themselves. Now, we all know that's not true, especially so by the time you end this book. Their unwillingness to compromise their independence is really amazing. Even as Norma is expressing her annoyance at Constance, as she continues to almost beg her to not approach Mr. Kauffman or get involved in the mess that is near inevitable, really, they have clearly have a bond together than won't be broken. And it's not just about protecting Fleurette, their 13-year-old sister. It's clear from the second chapter that these two are thick as thieves, and as their story is revealed, it is clear why. The story is just so fascinating.

The strength of the women in this book was my favorite part. Whether it was the factory owner's sister and her annoyance at the mess made of it all, or the three Kopp girls, or the woman who ultimately spurs action in Constance when she reveals that she was taken advantage of and then lost her baby to the wealthy, powerful man behind it all, the women in this book make it worth reading. It was so refreshing to be able to pick up a book where the woman are strong and steady and driving the action. That, along with a strong story and a heinous villain and a great story arc make for one hell of a read. So yeah, I'm recommending it.

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