Dear Miss Kopp (A Kopp Sisters Novel #6)
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The U.S. has finally entered World War I. Constance, the oldest of the Kopp sisters, is doing intelligence work on the home front for the Bureau of Investigation while youngest sister and aspiring actress, Fleurette, travels across the country entertaining troops with song and dance. Meanwhile, at an undisclosed location in France, Norma oversees her thwarted pigeon project for the Army Signal Corps. When her roommate, a nurse at the American field hospital, is accused of stealing essential medical supplies, the intrepid Norma is on the case to find the true culprit.
Determined to maintain their sometimes-scratchy family bonds across the miles, the far-flung sisters try to keep each other in their lives. But the world has irrevocably changed—when will the sisters be together again?
Told through letters, Dear Miss Kopp weaves the stories of real-life women a century ago, proving once again that “any novel that features the Kopp sisters is going to be a riotous, unforgettable adventure” (Bustle).
Praise For Dear Miss Kopp (A Kopp Sisters Novel #6)…
"Stewart’s engrossing sixth Kopp Sisters novel finds the three siblings, based on actual sisters, separated for the first time, though they keep in touch through letters written from May to December 1918...Readers will eagerly await the sisters’ postwar adventures."—Publishers Weekly
"Amy Stewart may have gotten her start as a science and nature writer, but she’s just as lively and entertaining when she’s crafting historical mysteries. In the latest book to feature the fabulous real life Kopp sisters, the eldest of whom was the first female Under Sheriff in the United States, World War I is in full swing and the sisters immediately get roped into quite a few wartime intrigues."—Crimereads
"This is an excellent addition to this well written and researched historical series and is highly recommended. Although the novel reads well on its own, reading the earlier episodes is recommended to really get to know these delightful characters."— Mystery & Suspense Magazine
Praise for the Kopp Sisters Novels
“Any novel that features the Kopp Sisters is going to be a riotous, unforgettable adventure.”—Bustle
“An unforgettable, not-to-be-messed-with heroine . . . The rest is kickass history.”—Marie Claire
“Excels in revisiting a vanished time, place and sensibility.”—Washington Post
“Amy Stewart uses her skills as a researcher to lovingly excavate the wonderful, entirely forgotten story of the Kopp sisters.”—USA Today
“A fine, historically astute novel . . . The sisters’ personalities flower under Stewart’s pen.”—New York Times Book Review
“Zippy, winsome . . . [A] cinematic story of the [Kopps], the siege instigated by their powerful enemy, and their brave efforts in the face of real violence.”—Los Angeles Times
“Stewart gives us three sisters whose bond—scratchy and well-worn but stronger for it—is unspoken but effortless.”—NPR
“Fans of strong female characters will find their new favorite heroine in Constance Kopp.”—Cosmopolitan
“A smart, romping adventure, featuring some of the most memorable and powerful female characters I’ve seen in print for a long time. I loved every page as I followed the Kopp sisters through a too-good-to-be-true (but mostly true!) tale of violence, courage, stubbornness, and resourcefulness.”—Elizabeth Gilbert
Mariner Books, 9780358093121, 320pp.
Publication Date: January 12, 2021
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1. This is the first book in the Miss Kopp series written entirely in letter form. What did you think about this structure? What did you learn about the characters through their letters that you might not have learned through a traditional format?
2. The sisters are separated for the first time in their lives and must rely on written communication. Constance is able to write at length, while at first Norma struggles to communicate, relying on her new friend Aggie to help her compose her letters. How does their writing – their styles and what they choose to share – match their personalities?
3. What surprised you about the treatment women were subjected to because of their gender during the historical period of this book, both in the US and overseas?
4. Constance’s brother seems to have the hardest time of all the Kopp family members fitting into the world during the Great War. Did you sympathize with his situation?
5. In the previous Kopp Sisters books, Fleurette is extremely proud of her theatrical life and confident in her choices. But in this volume, she mentions that her contribution to the war effort – singing to the troops – is nowhere near as important as what Norma and Constance are accomplishing. How do you account for the change in her self-perception and her own value?
6. This is the first book where Norma solves a crime, without Constance to help. How do you think being separated caused the sisters to draw on one another’s strengths? How did they each embody the traits of the others?
7. The sisters all mention that they can’t imagine going back to the way they lived before the war. How have they been changed by the war? Why do they believe they might be discontent returning to their previous lives?
8. The ending provides a glimpse of the possibilities each Kopp sister has for her future. Are you surprised by the options available to them? What do you hope for them?
9. In the Historical Notes section at the end of the book, the author clarifies which parts of the lives of the Kopp sisters were historically known, and which she fictionalized due to a lack of information. Was the question of fact and fiction important to you while reading the novel? Does knowing this information afterward change how you think about the story?