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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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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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