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In 1914 collisions between motor cars and horse-drawn carriages are an everyday occurrence on the streets of Paterson, New Jersey. But when an out-of-control driver smashes into a buggy driven by Constance, Norma, and Fleurette Kopp, their lives change forever. Constance, the oldest, demands payment for the damages but quickly realizes that she is dealing with a madman - Henry Kaufman, a silk manufacturer with a drinking problem and a dangerous group of associates.
Soon the Kopp home is under siege. The sisters face threats of arson, kidnapping, and white slavery. Bricks come flying through their windows, and shots are fired at their house late at night. Even the sheriff can't solve the case on his own. He issues revolvers to the Kopp sisters, posts guards at their house, and enlists Constance's help in catching Kaufman. In the process Constance finds herself pulled into an underworld of abused factory workers, missing children, and dirty dealings.
Her attempts to help another woman in trouble forces her to confront her own past and imagine a different future for herself and her sisters. Before the collision, she was just a bored 35-year-old woman living at home with her sisters in the New Jersey countryside, stuck in a life she didn't want but couldn't escape. But the minute Constance is issued a gun, she finds her calling.
Set against the backdrop of the famous Paterson Silk Strike and based on actual events, Girl Waits with Gun is the first in a series of novels based on the real life adventures of Constance, Norma, and Fleurette Kopp. Drawing on extensive research into newspaper reports, courthouse files, genealogical archives, and letters, this intriguing story remains true to the historical record.
©2015 Amy Stewart (P)2015 Recorded Books
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Critic Reviews

"Christina Moore is simply spectacular narrating Amy Stewart's story of one of the country's first female deputies.... Stewart is telling a fascinating story, and Moore makes listening an immersive experience." ( AudioFile)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Sara on 11-09-15

Slice Of Life From Another Time

I loved this book because of the detailed depiction of life in 1914. Amy Stewart is known for her highly researched nonfiction books. Now she has turned this finely developed skill towards fleshing out the adventures of a group of sisters living in New Jersey. Lucky for us!
This book is so well written and captures these eccentric, individual, quirky, stand up for themselves women perfectly. The narration was excellent.

Be aware that while the characters engage and jump off the page--coming vividly to life as the story progresses--the pace of the book matches the era. Horse and buggy rather than high speed action. For me, this wasn't a problem. I liked hearing about day to day life on the farm and nearby town. To me, this was a delightful window back to another lifetime in history. However, if you prefer fast paced action and high tension storytelling you might find this charming book a bit too tame.

I did not realize when I started reading that this is the first book in a planned series. It's a good thing since I'm hooked and look forward to future books. Recommended if you like living history that might just make you smile.

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4 out of 5 stars
By L. O. Pardue on 09-20-15

Enjoyable History Novel About Sheltered Women

I enjoyed this historical novel very much. The story was interesting from the beginning and there was no lag during the entire story. Amy Stewart did a great job of building the different characters of the three sheltered Kopp sisters living together in the country. As with all sisters that are so different yet love each other, they are a hoot and I smiled or laughed several times during their interactions with each other. The sisters encounter a very distressing event in their lives and the men involved make it much worse than it should have been. My favorite character, Sheriff Heath, was the right person in the right place to protect them while efforts for justice move forward.

Who would love this book? People who love "lightweight" history with good characters and descriptions of life in 1914-15 in Paterson & Hackensack, NJ. It sounds like a YA story at times. If you have listened to several "intense" stories, this is a good transition before your next strong listen. The narrator did a good job with all the different voices, especially the sisters. I will look for more books from Amy Stewart.

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