Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015
Source: E-Galley, Library
Audience: Adults, Older Teens
Constance Kopp doesn’t quite fit the mold. She towers over most men, has no interest in marriage or domestic affairs, and has been isolated from the world since a family secret sent her and her sisters into hiding fifteen years ago. One day a belligerent and powerful silk factory owner runs down their buggy, and a dispute over damages turns into a war of bricks, bullets, and threats as he unleashes his gang on their family farm. When the sheriff enlists her help in convicting the men, Constance is forced to confront her past and defend her family — and she does it in a way that few women of 1914 would have dared.
Thank you, Goodreads, for the SPOILER. I hadn’t read the description for months - I just remembered that I wanted to read it. I was almost done with it when I went to add it to my “Currently Reading” list and saw the ending. So if you’re interested in this book - don’t look at the Goodreads description until you’re done with it!
The book starts off with Constance and her sisters getting into an accident - with the driver of the car being at fault. It was extremely unlikely that she had to deal with this particular person, as he was a dangerous fellow. While he makes the ladies’ lives miserable, we learn more about Constance’s situation and root for her to solve a mystery of a missing child. It’s the perfect book for fans of historical fiction, mystery, and strong female characters.