Girl Waits With Gun by Amy Stewart: A Bold Historical Romp

Posted September 8, 2015 by LeahAdmin in Reviews / 11 Comments

Book Review: Girl Waits With Gun
Girl Waits With Gun by Amy Stewart
Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on September 1, 2015
Pages: 416
Genres: Historical Fiction
Format: Galley
Source: Publisher
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Constance Kopp has never been one to conform to expectations. At 35 years old, she is unmarried, residing in a farmhouse with her two similarly unattached sisters (Norma and Fleurette), and trying desperately to hold onto the farm as the family funds dwindle.

The Kopp sisters’ troubles are only compounded when the automobile of wealthy silk merchant Henry Kauffman collides with their buggy during a trip into town. When Constance demands restitution for the damaged buggy, Kauffman repays the sisters with months of harassment in the form of threatening letters, shoot-outs on their property, and even an abduction attempt. However, he gets more than he bargains for with Constance. She firmly holds her ground, working with the town sheriff, learning to use a revolver to protect her family, and even doing her own sleuthing to help another woman who has been wronged by the gangster.

Based on the true story of one of the first female deputy sheriffs in the US, Girl Waits With Gun is an insanely fun romp through 1914 New Jersey. Amy Stewart brings her characters to vibrant life, and readers will love getting to know gutsy Constance, practical Norma, and effervescent Fleurette. I love a good book about unconventional women, and I was thrilled that the story is interspersed with real contemporary newspaper articles about Constance’s adventures. They serve as a great reminder that many of the novel’s unforgettable events really happened.

Girl Waits With Gun has everything: A compulsively readable plot filled with action and mystery; bold, memorable characters; and fascinating historical details. (And stakeouts and carrier pigeons and mad sewing skills and and…!) If you haven’t read it yet, get thee to the library or bookstore!


  • This has officially made it on my must-read list!

  • I can’t wait to read this one! Will make sure to get to it in the next few months. And – I read the first paragraph and was immediately drawn in! Glad it lived up to the hype for you.

  • This sounds like a perfect book. I love that it’s based on a real person and includes the newspaper clippings! Great review.

  • Veronica

    I really can’t wait to read this, I need something a little light hearted with how my life is going right now!

  • Lindsey Stefan

    I wasn’t sold on picking this one up, but reading your glowing review and learning it is set in New Jersey may tip the scales for me!

  • Dang, I’ve only seen good news about this one. On the “to investigate” pile!

  • This sounds like a perfect fit for you! And I’m intrigued 🙂