Historical Fiction Novel
This novel begins in 1914 as three American sisters are heading into a nearby town, from their rural farm, to pick up a few provisions. Suddenly a motor car, driven by a young factory owner, slams into the ladies’ pony cart, causing extensive damages and narrowly avoiding serious physical harm or death. This is the only form of transportation for these three women so elder sister Constance has the damages assessed and sends the bill to the factory owner. He ignores it. Constance decides to take the factory owner to court. At this point in the story the factory owner – a man by the name of Henry Kaufman – enlists his group of thugs to systematically harass, stalk, blackmail and endanger the three sisters. Not a nice guy.
One of the best aspects of this fiction novel is that it is based on the real life story of Constance Kopp – a woman who became America’s first female sheriff. The factory owner is pretty easy to dislike; he sees himself as an entitled man with his inherited wealth, and his treatment of all women and his employees is despicable. Of course these events took place one hundred years ago so things would be different now (we wish –think of affluenza teen in the U.S.A.)
This is a great book to read for fans of strong female characters. Don’t suggest to these ladies that they may improve their life by finding a man to marry them. They will do whatever they can to stay together. In their past we find that they would handle a problem “head-on” and find a solution, And yes they had problems (even secrets).
The ladies find assistance from the sheriff. He’s a good sort and not afraid to ruffle some feathers.
Throughout the story the woman have other difficulties as well, especially their dwindling cash reserves. They have recently realized that they can’t keep selling off packets of the farm or they will soon have nothing. Youngest sister Flaurette has some sewing talent but A paying job would sure help.
Perfect for fans of female fiction and historical fiction.
Possibly first of a series.
GIRL WAITS WITH GUN HOUGHTON MIFFLIN HARCOURT PUBLISHING 2015 408 PAGES