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This is the third book in Stewart's series about the real life Kopp sisters set in 1916 New Jersey. The first half of this book really focuses on the limited and controlled lives lived by women in pre-WWI America. At times this felt overly dark and discouraging. Historically Stewart offers an exacting and detailed view of the struggle women had, and how much Constance Kopp was breaking the mold with her job as deputy sheriff. To be honest, for me, this all felt drab and humorless. But, I stuck with it and I'm glad I did.
Do not worry. Once Stewart sets this dour scene she returns in full force to the quirky humor, wry antics and almost Keystone Cops dashing around from the previous books. The interplay between Norma and Constance is sharp witted and funny. The stories of Vaudeville on the road, life on the farm and work at the jail are all perfectly developed and contrasted.
I love how this series continues to remain absolutely grounded in the history and headlines of the time. The dialogue and characters were excellent. Moore's narration was good. Recommended if you love historic fiction strongly based in reality. A vibrant look at life long gone.
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i devour all three books in less than a week and a half and I loved each and every single one. i saw Amy Stewart in person during her tour for the third book (here is where I admit that I hadn't read any of them so the Q&A was lost on me) and I'm fairly certain I remember her talking about the POV change, but it was still jarring especially after reading the first two back to back like I did. My only complaint is that I wish the first two were in 3rd person too, but I understand why they weren't. Eagerly awaiting the next one!