Kopp Sisters on the March (Kopp Sisters, #5)
In the fifth installment of Amy Stewart’s clever and original Kopp Sisters series, the sisters learn some military discipline—whether they’re ready or not—as the U.S. prepares to enter World War I.It’s the spring of 1917 and change is in the air. American women have done something remarkable: they’ve banded together to create military-style training camps for women who want to serve. These so-called National Service Schools prove irresistible to the Kopp sisters, who leave their farm in New Jersey to join up.When an accident befalls the matron, Constance reluctantly agrees to oversee the camp—much to the alarm of the Kopps’ tent-mate, the real-life Beulah Binford, who is seeking refuge from her own scandalous past under the cover of a false identity. Will she be denied a second chance? And after notoriety, can a woman’s life ever be her own again? In Kopp Sisters on the March, the women of Camp Chevy Chase face down the skepticism of the War Department, the double standards of a scornful public, and the very real perils of war. Once again, Amy Stewart has brilliantly brought a little-known moment in history to light with her fearless and funny Kopp sisters novels.

Kopp Sisters on the March (Kopp Sisters, #5) Details

TitleKopp Sisters on the March (Kopp Sisters, #5)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseSep 17th, 2019
PublisherHoughton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN-139781328736529
Rating
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Mystery, War, World War I, Historical Mystery

Kopp Sisters on the March (Kopp Sisters, #5) Review

  • Carolyn
    January 1, 1970
    This fifth book in the Kopp Sisters series is a change in format from the previous four. Now that Constance Kopp is no longer a deputy Sheriff, following the elections that brought in a new Sheriff with no need of female deputies, the books are no longer based on actual newspaper articles and reports of Constance's activities. Instead Amy Stewart has written a lively, fictionalised account of what the sisters could have been doing based on events that were happening at that time and place in an This fifth book in the Kopp Sisters series is a change in format from the previous four. Now that Constance Kopp is no longer a deputy Sheriff, following the elections that brought in a new Sheriff with no need of female deputies, the books are no longer based on actual newspaper articles and reports of Constance's activities. Instead Amy Stewart has written a lively, fictionalised account of what the sisters could have been doing based on events that were happening at that time and place in an America on the cusp of entering WWI.It's the spring 0f 1917 and while Constance has spent the winter cooped up feeling sorry for herself, Norma has been busy getting her pigeons ready for service as couriers in the war in Europe. While America has been trying to stay neutral and out of the European war, many in the country feel that it's inevitable with Germany trying to blockade their merchant ships and entice Mexico to join with them in fighting a land war in America. The armed forces are woefully under-prepared and camps have been set up to train men in marching and shooting. Norma has decided to enrol all three sisters in a camp for women where they will learn basic first aid, cooking for convalescents and 'scientific bedmaking'. Of course she also plans to take her pigeons to show the army what they could do for them in Europe.With real events and real people woven into the story, Amy Stewart has once again given us a fascinating insight into American history and the role women played in getting ready for war. Her careful research into the period has resulted in painting a picture of what was happening to everyday folk away from the committees and politicians. She has enlivened the novel even further by inserting a woman involved in an infamous murder case as one of the women attending the camps, giving us a window into the difficulties poor, uneducated women had to overcome to survive in this period. Constance is called upon to use her talents to help run the camp and by the time the camp is finished has some ideas of what she could do next. Can't wait to read the next episode!With thanks to Netgalley and the publisher Houghton Mifflin for a digital ARC to read
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  • Phrynne
    January 1, 1970
    Episode 5 in the Kopp sisters' fascinating life as told by author Amy Stewart. The previous books have been closely related to real events as lived by these three fascinating women. Apparently they were very quiet in 1917 so in this book Stewart has imagined how they may have spent part of that year according to what was taking place in America at that time.Poor Constance has lost her job after the appointment of a new Sheriff and has gone into retreat at the farm. Norma decides that all three o Episode 5 in the Kopp sisters' fascinating life as told by author Amy Stewart. The previous books have been closely related to real events as lived by these three fascinating women. Apparently they were very quiet in 1917 so in this book Stewart has imagined how they may have spent part of that year according to what was taking place in America at that time.Poor Constance has lost her job after the appointment of a new Sheriff and has gone into retreat at the farm. Norma decides that all three of the them should go to a National Service School, a type of training camp for women to develop skills which could aid the war effort. Norma takes her pigeons, Fleurette makes plans to provide an entertainment for the camp, and Constance quickly finds herself in charge of the whole thing and happily able to use her skills in maintaining discipline and good organisation.By the end it seems the three of them are all about to go off in different but hopefully fulfilling directions. I am already looking forward to the next book!Thanks to Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this book.
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  • Carol
    January 1, 1970
    If you worried you had seen the last of Constance Kopp when she lost her position as Deputy Sheriff in book four, have no fear! Amy Stewart breathes new life into all three Kopp Sisters, providing all that her fans have loved in the prior books and more. Not quite as true to fact as the previous outings, Ms. Stewart admits she has no idea what the Kopps were actually doing in 1917. She still manages to spin a tale with supporting characters pulled right from the annals of history and provides a If you worried you had seen the last of Constance Kopp when she lost her position as Deputy Sheriff in book four, have no fear! Amy Stewart breathes new life into all three Kopp Sisters, providing all that her fans have loved in the prior books and more. Not quite as true to fact as the previous outings, Ms. Stewart admits she has no idea what the Kopps were actually doing in 1917. She still manages to spin a tale with supporting characters pulled right from the annals of history and provides a fictional plot that is both plausible and entertaining. This reader was fascinated with the results. Highly recommended. Put your copy on pre-order right now.With sincere thanks to Edelweiss, Hougton Mifflin Harcourt, and Author, Amy Stewart, for the ARC of Kopp Stisters On The March to be published September 17, 2019 .
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  • Linda
    January 1, 1970
    Finding a way and not finding excuses......Amy Stewart has masterfully given us the Kopp Sisters whose escapades have entertained us since the very first offering, Girl Waits with Gun. in this fifth book of the series, we find our gals sorting through their options in 1917 after Constance lost her position as Deputy Sheriff in Hackensack, New Jersey. Newly elected sheriff with a bad attitude shows Constance to the door. Weak in substance, this guy just doesn't want any competition from a woman w Finding a way and not finding excuses......Amy Stewart has masterfully given us the Kopp Sisters whose escapades have entertained us since the very first offering, Girl Waits with Gun. in this fifth book of the series, we find our gals sorting through their options in 1917 after Constance lost her position as Deputy Sheriff in Hackensack, New Jersey. Newly elected sheriff with a bad attitude shows Constance to the door. Weak in substance, this guy just doesn't want any competition from a woman with superior skills and intelligence. Norma, second in command in this lively sister trio, has developed a mobile pigeon cart aimed at carrying military messages as the country balances on the brink of war. She's enrolled the sisters in the National Service School which was organized to mobilize women for wartime service. Youngest in the lineup, Fleurette, would be perfect with her sewing and fashion background for creating uniforms. No one wishes the alternative of staying back on the family farm.Upon arriving at Camp Chevy Chase in Maryland, our gals are caught up in the mix of a drop-off-and-deliver chaos as parents wave goodbye to their daughters. With over 200 women volunteers waiting for orders, the camp turns into a tent setup with awkward hands but determined attitudes. We'll meet a bevy of women from varying backgrounds and spouting lippy remarks. Nothing like baptism by fire.The Camp Matron, Geneva Nash, takes quite the tumble and breaks her leg. In a heartbeat, Constance finds herself at the head of the pack without warning or preparation. But Amy Stewart always guarantees a quirky adventure with the Kopp Sisters. There's never a situation that Constance can't handle. This time, she'll have her hands full with a number of high-flying women with off the wall complications. These women have been used to thinking that orders were just suggestions......until they meet Constance.Amy Stewart has engaged in some deep research for this one. She walks in characters from real life situations of the time and butters them with a bit of fictional tang. Two prior characters will find themselves on stage from a previous book. And we'll even have an unexpected murder dragged in on the heels of one of these lovely ladies. As things begin to wind down in the ending, the Kopp Sisters will be mulling over which doorway to pass through for the future. Whatever their choice, I know we'll all be booking a ticket to that destination ASAP. So get on it, Amy Stewart.I received a copy of this book through NetGalley for an honest review. My thanks to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and to the talented Amy Stewart for the opportunity.
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  • Scribe Publications
    January 1, 1970
    Told in Stewart’s nimble, witty prose, this fifth in the popular series is based largely on fact and offers a paean to patriotism and the role women have played in war, even a century ago. Devoted fans will be pleased with the tantalising hint Stewart provides about what lies ahead for Constance. STARRED REVIEW Booklist Constance Kopp takes on the military establishment in Kopp Sisters on the March, the fifth in Amy Stewart’s entertaining series about three fiercely feminist sisters who refuse t Told in Stewart’s nimble, witty prose, this fifth in the popular series is based largely on fact and offers a paean to patriotism and the role women have played in war, even a century ago. Devoted fans will be pleased with the tantalising hint Stewart provides about what lies ahead for Constance. STARRED REVIEW Booklist Constance Kopp takes on the military establishment in Kopp Sisters on the March, the fifth in Amy Stewart’s entertaining series about three fiercely feminist sisters who refuse to believe that men are meant to rule the world. Washington Post Loosely inspired by an actual crime fighter ... the brisk Kopp Sisters on the March, with Constance and her sisters — crabby Norma and dreamy Fleurette — enrolling in one of the National Service Schools that prepared women for what World War I would require of them, on the home front or overseas. Star-Tribune A thrilling mix of history and feminism, this new ‘Kopp’ story contains the same captivating storytelling as the first one, with plenty of nuggets for series fans. STARRED REVIEWLibrary JournalSet in the spring of 1917, Stewart’s enjoyable fifth Kopp Sisters novel finds the three Kopp sisters ready to do their bit as the U.S. prepares to enter WWI ... Convincing characters behave in ways true to their era. Stewart does a wonderful job of illuminating a fascinating period in American history. Publishers Weekly A feisty, fact-based series ... After losing her dream job as Bergen County deputy sheriff, Constance Kopp regroups at a Maryland Army camp for women on the eve of World War I ... Plenty of loose ends are dangled for future volumes as Constance and Beulah both make peace with their pasts and plans to move forward. Kirkus Reviews
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  • Karen Kay
    January 1, 1970
    I received this from Netgalley.com for a review. Blurb ... "In the fifth installment of Amy Stewart’s clever and original Kopp Sisters series, the sisters get some military discipline drilled into them—whether they’re ready or not—as the U.S. prepares to enter World War I."I love this series. In this book, the Kopp sisters go to military camp to learn useful skills to use during the upcoming war, which really wasn't so useful until Constance took charge of the camp. We are introduced to real lif I received this from Netgalley.com for a review. Blurb ... "In the fifth installment of Amy Stewart’s clever and original Kopp Sisters series, the sisters get some military discipline drilled into them—whether they’re ready or not—as the U.S. prepares to enter World War I."I love this series. In this book, the Kopp sisters go to military camp to learn useful skills to use during the upcoming war, which really wasn't so useful until Constance took charge of the camp. We are introduced to real life notorious character Beulah Binford. I loved how the author quietly weaved in her story in and out with the Kopp sisters.Good series, looking forward to the next book.4.25☆
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  • Susan Johnson
    January 1, 1970
    This is the best Kopp Sisters book in my opinion and I have enjoyed them all. The characters keep developing and growing which is amazing as it's based on real life people. The author says this has the most fiction in it and perhaps that really helped. Imagination is more entertaining than real life. When the book opens in 1917, Constance is still sulking after being fired as a deputy by the new sheriff. Norma is anxious to get her beloved pigeons in the war effort so she signs them and her sist This is the best Kopp Sisters book in my opinion and I have enjoyed them all. The characters keep developing and growing which is amazing as it's based on real life people. The author says this has the most fiction in it and perhaps that really helped. Imagination is more entertaining than real life. When the book opens in 1917, Constance is still sulking after being fired as a deputy by the new sheriff. Norma is anxious to get her beloved pigeons in the war effort so she signs them and her sisters up for a National Service Schools camp where the organizers are trying to prove to the military that women have a place in the service of their country. At the camp of 200 women, the three sisters fit in right away. Norma runs pigeon training classes and Fleurette sews uniforms. Because of an unfortunate accident Constance becomes leader of the camp, a role she thrives in. In no time at all, she has whipped the girls into a discipline and routine that would make a general smile. They meet my favorite character, Beulah Binford. Beulah has been involved in the scandal of the century and her face has been plastered across every newspaper in the country. As you get to know her story you really feel sorry for her and end up rooting for her to have a second chance in life. Beulah is a real life person. As always, Stewart has done meticulous research and the times are really brought to life. It's hard to believe that just 100 years ago women had basically no rights and no real role to play other than wife and mother. It's such a lovely reminder to think of the women who opened doors for the rest of us. The Kopp sisters are such unique people and are really are the last women you would think would be in the forefront of opening doors for other women but there they are. Constance is in the woods teaching women how to shoot guns and do body take downs. Norma is single minding designing and implementing her pigeon program. Fleurette is pursuing her entertainment career secure in the knowledge that she is a worthy person. They are wonderful role models and inspiring to read about. They are funny and good. In a world where I read too many characters I don't like it is so refreshing to read about likable people that I enjoy spending time with. I can't wait to discover what happens next. Thanks to Net Galley for a copy of the book in exchange for a fair review. I think it's important to know that Stewart operates an independent bookstore in a smallish town. I think this is wonderful and we should support the independent bookstore owners.
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  • Kate
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to the publisher, Houghton, Mifflin, Harcourt for allowing me to be a member of The Kopp Sisters Literary Society and for sending me a fun package with this book. This is number 5 in the series and I think it is one of the best yet. The three Kopp sisters are headed to an all female army camp to help prepare women to help the men who may be heading to war in Europe. It is Spring 1917 and the US has not officially entered the war, although men have gone to the front to support France and E Thanks to the publisher, Houghton, Mifflin, Harcourt for allowing me to be a member of The Kopp Sisters Literary Society and for sending me a fun package with this book. This is number 5 in the series and I think it is one of the best yet. The three Kopp sisters are headed to an all female army camp to help prepare women to help the men who may be heading to war in Europe. It is Spring 1917 and the US has not officially entered the war, although men have gone to the front to support France and England. Each of the Kopp sisters finds a niche in the camp, teaching and working and Constance winds up running the camp, which utilizes her skill set of being in charge of a large group of women and keeping order. A woman who shares their tent may not be telling the truth about who she is and once again Freeman Bernstein, vaudeville promoter and his wife May Ward appear in the Kopp Sisters lives after Fleurette books them to perform for the Women's camp. Satisfying, this book makes me want to continue reading about the Kopp Sisters' lives. While Amy Stewart acknowledges that this is the most fictionalized account of them thus far, they remain believable and interesting in her good hands.
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  • Jules
    January 1, 1970
    [I received this ARC as part of the Kopp Sisters Literary Society]This was a departure from the style of the last four books—following the three sisters as they (as described at the end of Miss Kopp Just Won’t Quit) head off to a camp for women to learn skills appropriate to support the European war efforts in WWI. In addition to our intrepid trio, an additional (historical) character is introduced and we learn her story through a series of flashbacks interwoven with the experiences in the camp. [I received this ARC as part of the Kopp Sisters Literary Society]This was a departure from the style of the last four books—following the three sisters as they (as described at the end of Miss Kopp Just Won’t Quit) head off to a camp for women to learn skills appropriate to support the European war efforts in WWI. In addition to our intrepid trio, an additional (historical) character is introduced and we learn her story through a series of flashbacks interwoven with the experiences in the camp. I enjoyed the novelty and the episodes of camp life along with turn-of-the-century Richmond, Virginia. I’m so impressed with Amy Stewart’s ability to take a morsel from a newspaper story and snowball it into a full character/story that keeps me turning pages until past my bedtime! The only trouble with reading an Advance Reader Copy is that now I have to wait even longer until the story continues! Guess it’s time to start from the beginning!
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  • Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsIt's the spring of 1917 and the United States is preparing for war. It has been a rough six months for Constance Kopp since we last saw her in book four, Miss Kopp Just Won't Quit.  Now, Constance and her sisters Norma and Fleurette are joining the war effort by attending Camp Chevy Chase, a National Service School that acts as a training camp for women.  While the women in attendance will rise at dawn to perform the same exercises, drills, and marches as soldiers, they'll spend the day 3.5 starsIt's the spring of 1917 and the United States is preparing for war. It has been a rough six months for Constance Kopp since we last saw her in book four, Miss Kopp Just Won't Quit.  Now, Constance and her sisters Norma and Fleurette are joining the war effort by attending Camp Chevy Chase, a National Service School that acts as a training camp for women.  While the women in attendance will rise at dawn to perform the same exercises, drills, and marches as soldiers, they'll spend the day "learning the skills most suited for women who wish to be intelligently useful in times of national stress."Basically, there's a lot of first aid/nursing, cooking, sewing, and scientific bedmaking (oh yeah, that was apparently an actual thing) going on in camp --- and no self defense skills or combat training with actual guns.When the the camp matron breaks her leg in an accident, Constance agrees to step in and oversee the camp until Miss Miner (who offered her a job in book four) can find a replacement.  However, Miss Miner has bigger fish to fry in D.C. and isn't trying to hard since she knows the women are in the capable hands of someone who can appreciate her goal:"My aim is to plant the idea in the minds of the generals and the congressmen and the president that women are capable of military service. Right now there aren't very many women who would join the Army, regardless. But herhaps we're putting the ideas in women's minds, too." *Meanwhile, the Kopp sisters have no idea that their tent mate is the notorious Beulah Binford, a woman running from a scandalous past under the false name Roxie Collins.  In alternating chapters we learn Beulah's life story and the scandal that turned the public against her.Kopp Sisters on the March is a much slower pace than the first four books in the series and it also focuses more closely on Beulah's story than it does on Constance.  Once again, I applaud Amy Stewart for piecing together a brilliant cozy read loosely based on real  people and events from a handful of newspaper articles.  The historical notes are always fun to read so definitely don't skip those at the end.I would've loved more spotlight on Constance but the ending gives us an idea of what to expect from her next and I forsee the action picking back up and major changes in book six!Huge thanks to HMH for sending me an ARC to review!  Kopp Sisters on the March is scheduled for release on September 17, 2019.*Quote included is from an advanced reader's copy and is subject to change upon final publication.For more reviews, visit www.rootsandreads.wordpress.com
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  • Biblio Files (takingadayoff)
    January 1, 1970
    Great historical novel that contains lots of fascinating accurate details of life in the U.S. in the 1910s, with the emphasis on women's lives. This fifth in the series doesn't have a mystery but the story is gripping. It also sets the stage for a thrilling sixth episode that promises to be full of action.
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  • Kelly Long
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing this book in exchange for an honest review. This is the 5th book in the Kopp sisters series. I have enjoyed each of these books and this one was equally wonderful. While the subject matter and story is different from the previous 3 books, this is definitely an interesting topic and the historical aspect is important. Well written and very enjoyable book.
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  • Phyllis
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to author Amy Stewart for sending me an ARC with a fun package as a member of the Kopp Sisters Literary Society. All thoughts and opinions are my own.I loved this brilliant book! It's #5 in the series and the best one yet! Plus you can read this as a stand-alone, but be warned - if this is your first Kopp Sisters book, after reading this one you'll want to read all the others, too. (In order).The clever and well-written story begins in the spring of 1917 just before war is declared. The K Thanks to author Amy Stewart for sending me an ARC with a fun package as a member of the Kopp Sisters Literary Society. All thoughts and opinions are my own.I loved this brilliant book! It's #5 in the series and the best one yet! Plus you can read this as a stand-alone, but be warned - if this is your first Kopp Sisters book, after reading this one you'll want to read all the others, too. (In order).The clever and well-written story begins in the spring of 1917 just before war is declared. The Kopp sisters (Constance, Norma and Fleurette) join a military-style training camp for women near Richmond, VA and Stewart combines fact with her imagination to create an entertaining novel whose theme is reinvention. I don't want to say more since part of the pleasure of this book is discovering for yourself the plot twists, the character development, themes of family, strong women, and the humor sprinkled throughout this memorable novel.
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  • Linda
    January 1, 1970
    A book about the Kopp sisters is always a great read (received as an eARC from Edelweiss) and this latest installment is no different. Constance Kopp, former woman deputy has had a bad 6 months after losing her position when a new sheriff was elected in Hackensack, NJ. Now, her sister Norma has signed up herself as well as Constance and younger sister Fleurette to attend a camp in MD to learn skills that will assist the government when the U.S. enters what we know as WWI. Unlike the previous 4 A book about the Kopp sisters is always a great read (received as an eARC from Edelweiss) and this latest installment is no different. Constance Kopp, former woman deputy has had a bad 6 months after losing her position when a new sheriff was elected in Hackensack, NJ. Now, her sister Norma has signed up herself as well as Constance and younger sister Fleurette to attend a camp in MD to learn skills that will assist the government when the U.S. enters what we know as WWI. Unlike the previous 4 books, there is also another story line involving Beulah Binford, an actual historical character as well. Beulah has been running away from a bad life in Richmond, VA for over 5 years and decides to go to this camp in hopes that what she learns there will give her a break to change her life. Of course she doesn't use her real name, she's spent the last few years changing names and jobs/protectors on a regular basis. It wouldn't be a Kopp sisters book without Constance taking charge in some way and in this book she ends up running the camp when the original director is injured. Based on enough history to be fascinating the author always helpfully ends these novels with what is history and what is fiction. I hope the Kopp sister continue to march through my reading life regularly.
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  • Jessica
    January 1, 1970
    Netgalley provided me with an advanced reading electronic copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.Constance Kopp was a history maker when she became the first female Deputy Sheriff, and throughout the five installments of her story, she pushes the limits of roles of women. In this fifth story, her sisters join her as they all embark upon service in the Great War.Kopp Sisters on the March is my favorite so far in this series. In previous novels, Constance is the primary focus followed Netgalley provided me with an advanced reading electronic copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.Constance Kopp was a history maker when she became the first female Deputy Sheriff, and throughout the five installments of her story, she pushes the limits of roles of women. In this fifth story, her sisters join her as they all embark upon service in the Great War.Kopp Sisters on the March is my favorite so far in this series. In previous novels, Constance is the primary focus followed by the lead in whatever plot she is solving or supporting. But in this one, the other sisters' characters are development a bit more. The military camp setting also provides interesting plot challenges as readers see how young and grown women from different backgrounds find their places in changing societal expectations. And always, there is intrigue, conflict, and humor, because how could there be anything else when 3 sisters are involved.
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  • Massanutten Regional Library
    January 1, 1970
    Stephanie, North River patron, June 2019, 5 stars:I received an advance reading copy of Kopp Sisters on the March. Everyone who enjoys historical fiction with strong female leads should check out this latest Kopp Sisters novel when it is published in September. As usual, I was entertained but also amazed at how Stewart uses big and tiny details from primary sources to create stories about real people and the times and places where they lived. There are also some subtle parallels with our time.Th Stephanie, North River patron, June 2019, 5 stars:I received an advance reading copy of Kopp Sisters on the March. Everyone who enjoys historical fiction with strong female leads should check out this latest Kopp Sisters novel when it is published in September. As usual, I was entertained but also amazed at how Stewart uses big and tiny details from primary sources to create stories about real people and the times and places where they lived. There are also some subtle parallels with our time.The Historical Notes section at the back of the book is such fun; I've already done a little follow up reading on the real people who inspired characters in the novel. This 5th installment of the series features some Virginia history, which was an unexpected bonus for me. And of course the home front setting leading up to WWII was engaging. Other than discovering how Stewart makes use of historic sources, my favorite parts of these novels are the interactions between the sisters and other idiosyncratic characters. I do find that some parts of the novels are a bit slow, but they eventually pick up, and this one was hard to put down during the final few chapters.Librarian's note: Lucky Stephanie! Don't worry, you'll be able to check out this book from MRL when it is published in September 2019!
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  • Dgordon
    January 1, 1970
    The fifth book in this series is just as witty and charming as the previous book. Look out world the Kopp sisters are headed for World War I.
  • Katie
    January 1, 1970
    I really liked this, and I’m curious what others will think since a good chunk of this book is devoted to Beulah Binford rather than the Kopp sisters. I actually found her chapters to be the most interesting and was curious to learn more about her past. Stewart did a fantastic job of structuring the story in a way that made me eager to know how Beulah became a bit of a swindler, and what she was going to do to get out of it.The Kopp sisters take up residence in Camp Chevy Chase, a training camp I really liked this, and I’m curious what others will think since a good chunk of this book is devoted to Beulah Binford rather than the Kopp sisters. I actually found her chapters to be the most interesting and was curious to learn more about her past. Stewart did a fantastic job of structuring the story in a way that made me eager to know how Beulah became a bit of a swindler, and what she was going to do to get out of it.The Kopp sisters take up residence in Camp Chevy Chase, a training camp for women who want to serve in the war. There they get to learn about making beds, rolling bandages, and various other tasks that aren’t as fun as practicing with firearms out in the forest where they suspect they won’t be found. Not a lot happens at the camp, but Constance gets an opportunity to show her strengths keeping everyone in order, and Norma is still trying to convince everyone pigeons will give the US a tactical advantage. If Fleurette is your favorite character, she takes a bit of a backseat here, but becomes a friend to Beulah and organizes a show with her old pals, Freeman Bernstein and May Ward. What she doesn’t realize is that Beulah has crossed paths with Bernstein before, and things come to a head when their paths cross once again.While this wasn’t the action-packed novel I was hoping for, I understand that Stewart had no clue what the Kopp sisters were up to at this time, and I love that she used so many primary sources to construct an adventure that certainly seems plausible.Thanks so much to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for the ARC!See more of my reviews: Blog // Instagram
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  • Jeannette
    January 1, 1970
    This book was fine, but it just didn't feel like a Kopp Sisters book. I've binged a couple of them this week, and each has fed into the next in a really natural way. This one is no different. It made perfect sense after the unfortunate events that happened to Constance in the previous book. And to be honest, I loved the idea of seeing Constance, and yes, even Norma and Fleurette, take charge of a ladies' Army camp.That's where the book went in a different direction, though. Most of the book actu This book was fine, but it just didn't feel like a Kopp Sisters book. I've binged a couple of them this week, and each has fed into the next in a really natural way. This one is no different. It made perfect sense after the unfortunate events that happened to Constance in the previous book. And to be honest, I loved the idea of seeing Constance, and yes, even Norma and Fleurette, take charge of a ladies' Army camp.That's where the book went in a different direction, though. Most of the book actually seemed more concerned with Beulah Binford, her history, and what she was going to do about her future. And Beulah really does have an interesting story! But for most of the book, it didn't seem to tie naturally into what was happening in the camp. It wasn't until Stewart brought it all together at the very end that I really liked the blending of the two tales. Until then, it felt very much like I was reading two separate books at the same time, and part of me kind of wished they had been two separate books. I would have enjoyed both of them greatly, Stewart making history a lot of fun through her fiction!Because the author did blend the stories so well at the end, and each of the stories was fascinating on their own, I upped my rating from 2.5 to 3 stars. I really hope that this series continues because I can't wait to see what the Kopps do next, and I think Stewart could do some really interesting exploration of the role of women in WWI!Thanks to Goodreads for the giveaway that gave me this book!
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    What do you get when the three Kopp Sisters put their minds to helping the country prepare for war? You get pigeon training, hand to hand combat, and of course a variety show. And if that wasn't enough, Ms. Stewart also gives us Beulah Binford, the famed mistress of Henry Clay Beattie who was executed for the murder of his wife. I love this part of Ms. Stewart's books! She takes real history and weaves it into her stories. Amazing how many interesting characters were out there! Though, I think t What do you get when the three Kopp Sisters put their minds to helping the country prepare for war? You get pigeon training, hand to hand combat, and of course a variety show. And if that wasn't enough, Ms. Stewart also gives us Beulah Binford, the famed mistress of Henry Clay Beattie who was executed for the murder of his wife. I love this part of Ms. Stewart's books! She takes real history and weaves it into her stories. Amazing how many interesting characters were out there! Though, I think this book might have cemented Norma as my favorite of the Kopp Sisters (sorry Constance!): "Norma didn't just hold grudges, she feathered a news for them and kept them warm, like a broody hen." "Norma couldn't envision such a thing as a leisurely start to the day: she greeted the dawn with the sort of smack one gives to a newborn baby to start it breathing." I think Norma might be Ms. Stewart's favorite character as well! As this book begins a new start for Constance and her sisters away from their farm and old life, I suppose you could read this without reading the others beforehand. But why deny yourself the pleasure?Thanks to Ms. Stewart for a copy of the book. This review is my own opinion.
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  • Maribeth
    January 1, 1970
    In Kopp Sisters on the March, Constance Kopp, former deputy, is still struggling to find her place in the world after a humiliating and unfair job loss. She has agreed to accompany her sisters Norma and Fleurette to a National Service School in Maryland so Norma can show the army how much they will need her trained carrier pigeons in anticipation of World War I. The camp isn’t exactly what any of them expected, but they must make the best of it, marching for drill exercises, training with wooden In Kopp Sisters on the March, Constance Kopp, former deputy, is still struggling to find her place in the world after a humiliating and unfair job loss. She has agreed to accompany her sisters Norma and Fleurette to a National Service School in Maryland so Norma can show the army how much they will need her trained carrier pigeons in anticipation of World War I. The camp isn’t exactly what any of them expected, but they must make the best of it, marching for drill exercises, training with wooden rifles, and learning skills “most suited for women” during a time of war: first aid, cooking, and scientific bedmaking. At least Constance found an interest in map-drawing and wireless communication, and Fleurette set herself to sewing and planning for a visiting vaudeville act to perform at camp.When the camp matron is injured in a fall, Constance reluctantly agrees to take over, and she soon finds that there are other campers who want to learn and do more to serve their country. Where is the line between keeping order and letting these women reach their potential as she yearns to do?We also meet Beulah Binford, a young woman who is also trying to redefine herself after a job loss. She is also desperate to hide from a scandal in her past and hopes that nobody sees through her flimsy fake name and backstory. She wasn’t counting on Constance, but Constance’s intuition only makes her more defensive. Her sad story unfolds in stages throughout the book, and finally comes to a head when a familiar face arrives at camp and Beulah must decide whether she can trust her new campmates.This is the fifth book in Amy Stewart’s Kopp Sisters series, which is based on the real lives of several characters (do not skip over the Historical Notes). Stewart tells this story with humor and warmth, with characters who are as supportive of each other as they are determined to be their best selves. Thank you to NetGalley and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for giving me an advanced copy to review. I cannot wait to share it with my library’s community.
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  • Juli Hoffman
    January 1, 1970
    While the first four books in the series are based on actual events in the real lives of Constance, Norma, and Fleurette Kopp, this book veres further into the world of fiction. We don't know what happened to the sisters in 1917, so the author choose to use events from the time to weave a convincing story about the sisters. I was lucky enough to receive an ARC copy of this book, but I've been looking forward to this installment for a year. In this book, we learn about military-style training cam While the first four books in the series are based on actual events in the real lives of Constance, Norma, and Fleurette Kopp, this book veres further into the world of fiction. We don't know what happened to the sisters in 1917, so the author choose to use events from the time to weave a convincing story about the sisters. I was lucky enough to receive an ARC copy of this book, but I've been looking forward to this installment for a year. In this book, we learn about military-style training camps for women preparing for World War I and the real-life, notorious (and misunderstood) Beulah Binford.I really loved this book! It would certainly be suitable for older teens through adults. There's a great deal of women's history in this book, but it's told in an entertaining way. If you'd like to read this book as a stand-alone novel, I'd recommend going to Amy Stewart's website to gain a bit of insight, although this book probably makes more sense as part of a series.I can't wait to read the next book! I feel like the Kopp sisters are growing as people and this book was no exception. With the threat of war looming, I really enjoyed seeing Constance, Norma, and Fleurette stepping up as women, ready to face whatever challenges might come into their lives.
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  • KayKay
    January 1, 1970
    "Kopp Sisters on the March" is the fifth installment of the series. Amy Stewart, once again, successfully weaves historical elements to her fictional plot. This particular installment is less action-packed but heartwarming. The core characters are more developed as the series continues. Constance, in particular, has grown so much and there are hints she wants to take on a dangerous and exciting role in the next book. I simply can't wait for installment #6 to come out in 2020!I would not consider "Kopp Sisters on the March" is the fifth installment of the series. Amy Stewart, once again, successfully weaves historical elements to her fictional plot. This particular installment is less action-packed but heartwarming. The core characters are more developed as the series continues. Constance, in particular, has grown so much and there are hints she wants to take on a dangerous and exciting role in the next book. I simply can't wait for installment #6 to come out in 2020!I would not consider "The Kopp Sisiters on the March" a mystery novel because there isn't any cases to solve. The main plot is about Constance and her sisters joining the National Training School. The only mystery is the subplot which unfolds the salacious past of the real-life Beulah Binford who is the tent-mate of the Kopp sisters at the camp. When the U.S. prepared to enter the WWI, females across different demographics joined the training schools hoping to share their responsibilities for their country. To me, this book is more a historical fiction rather than a mystery/thriller.What I like about the book:1- The Kopp sisters themselves, always. Constance, in particular, a multi-dimensional characters which readers could easily fall in love with.2- To learn about how the female war training camps worked and people's skepticism of the usefulness of female civilians to the war. 3- The heartwarming endings - Beulah's second chance; Constance's decisions of teaching the girls more than what she has been asked to do; the braveness of the young girls who eventually take their training seriously What I didn't like:1- The pace is slower than the previous books but it can be justified because of the plot construction. Things pick up again the last 1/3 of the book.Overall, the Kopp Sisters is a wonderful and well-researched series that would appeal to readers who love historical fiction. 4.5 stars.
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed this but not as much as the first 4 books. I wasn't as interested in Beulah Binford as I was in the Kopp sisters. It was well a researched and interesting story.
  • Randee Green
    January 1, 1970
    Constance, Norma, and Fleurette Kopp are back in the fifth installment of the Kopp Sisters Series – KOPP SISTERS ON THE MARCH. Out of a job as a deputy sheriff in Bergen County, New Jersey, Constance Kopp is at loose ends. At the insistence of her sisters – and with the United States on the brink of joining the Great War in Europe – Constance agrees to attend a training camp at a National Service School outside of Richmond. The National Service Schools were created to train women to help out wit Constance, Norma, and Fleurette Kopp are back in the fifth installment of the Kopp Sisters Series – KOPP SISTERS ON THE MARCH. Out of a job as a deputy sheriff in Bergen County, New Jersey, Constance Kopp is at loose ends. At the insistence of her sisters – and with the United States on the brink of joining the Great War in Europe – Constance agrees to attend a training camp at a National Service School outside of Richmond. The National Service Schools were created to train women to help out with war-related tasks. When the matron of the camp is injured in an accident, Constance reluctantly takes over control of the camp. Realizing that most of the lessons being taught to the women are of little use to the women who are serious about taking part in the war effort in France, Constance changes the curriculum and begins teaching the women more useful lessons – including how to fire a gun. Fleurette remains as exasperating and lovable as she was in the previous novels. Norma is still obsessed with her darn pigeons – and she is convinced that the Army will soon recognize that pigeons are necessary for communication purposes on the front lines of the war. KOPP SISTERS ON THE MARCH is told in the third person, and the point of view bounces back and forth between Constance and another woman named Beulah Binford. Beulah was a notorious woman in her day. She was the “other woman” in a love triangle. Her lover killed his wife, and Beulah was almost charged as an accessory. Since being released from prison, Beulah has been running from her past. Beulah was an interesting addition to the novel, and her real-life story is fascinating. The only problem is that Beulah steals the spotlight from Constance and her sisters. Amy Stewart has based the first four Kopp Sisters novels on real-life events. With no historical record of what the sisters were up to in 1917, Stewart placed them at one of the real-life National Service Schools. It is entirely believable that the Kopp sisters could have trained at one of the schools. KOPP SISTERS ON THE MARCH is a bit different from the other books in the series – Constance is not involved with the local sheriff’s department – but it still a very intriguing novel. I had never heard of the National Service Schools, so it was interesting to read about the Kopp sisters (mis)adventures at one of the camps. Also, this novel was difference because Constance’s side of the story seems to pale against Beulah’s story. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the novel and I am looking forward to what the Kopp sisters get up to in the next novel. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC.
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  • Marilee
    January 1, 1970
    A terrific new addition to the Kopp Sister's saga, as told by Amy Stewart. I've read them all. This latest finds the sisters in a National Service School encampment for women near Chevy Chase, just prior to the break out of WW1 in 1917. As one might expect if you're read any of the previous books, Constance finds herself stepping into a leadership role at the camp and whipping everyone into shape. Of course, nothing ever goes totally to plan, but it's our indomitable Lady Deputy into the breach. A terrific new addition to the Kopp Sister's saga, as told by Amy Stewart. I've read them all. This latest finds the sisters in a National Service School encampment for women near Chevy Chase, just prior to the break out of WW1 in 1917. As one might expect if you're read any of the previous books, Constance finds herself stepping into a leadership role at the camp and whipping everyone into shape. Of course, nothing ever goes totally to plan, but it's our indomitable Lady Deputy into the breach. Dour sister Norma brings her homing pigeons to demonstrate their potential usefulness to the war effort and the youngest, Fleurette demonstrates her prowess with a variety show, sewing needle and mischief. Introduced in this story is the real life Beulah Binford, a supposed notorious female figure accused of immoral behavior few years previously, well documented, if inaccurately, in the sensational news stories of the time. Malicious gossip is nothing new. Her story unfolds at the camp, where she'd hoped to find some anonymity by attending under a fictitious name, only to fear she's been found out, with potentially disastrous consequences. Stewart has done her research and based many of the sites, characters and happenings on true events and people, filling in what's missing with entirely plausible fictions. Thanks to Amy Stewart and HMH publishers for allowing me to read an ARC of Kopp Sisters on the March.
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  • Scribe Publications
    January 1, 1970
    Told in Stewart’s nimble, witty prose, this fifth in the popular series is based largely on fact and offers a paean to patriotism and the role women have played in war, even a century ago. Devoted fans will be pleased with the tantalising hint Stewart provides about what lies ahead for Constance. STARRED REVIEW Booklist Constance Kopp takes on the military establishment in Kopp Sisters on the March, the fifth in Amy Stewart’s entertaining series about three fiercely feminist sisters who refuse t Told in Stewart’s nimble, witty prose, this fifth in the popular series is based largely on fact and offers a paean to patriotism and the role women have played in war, even a century ago. Devoted fans will be pleased with the tantalising hint Stewart provides about what lies ahead for Constance. STARRED REVIEW Booklist Constance Kopp takes on the military establishment in Kopp Sisters on the March, the fifth in Amy Stewart’s entertaining series about three fiercely feminist sisters who refuse to believe that men are meant to rule the world. Washington Post Loosely inspired by an actual crime fighter ... the brisk Kopp Sisters on the March, with Constance and her sisters — crabby Norma and dreamy Fleurette — enrolling in one of the National Service Schools that prepared women for what World War I would require of them, on the home front or overseas. Star-Tribune A thrilling mix of history and feminism, this new ‘Kopp’ story contains the same captivating storytelling as the first one, with plenty of nuggets for series fans. STARRED REVIEWLibrary JournalSet in the spring of 1917, Stewart’s enjoyable fifth Kopp Sisters novel finds the three Kopp sisters ready to do their bit as the U.S. prepares to enter WWI ... Convincing characters behave in ways true to their era. Stewart does a wonderful job of illuminating a fascinating period in American history. Publishers Weekly A feisty, fact-based series ... After losing her dream job as Bergen County deputy sheriff, Constance Kopp regroups at a Maryland Army camp for women on the eve of World War I ... Plenty of loose ends are dangled for future volumes as Constance and Beulah both make peace with their pasts and plans to move forward. Kirkus Reviews
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  • Kendra
    January 1, 1970
    Hurrah for the return of the Kopp sisters, who in this latest book are off to a women's national service camp on the eve of WWI. Constance soon finds herself in charge of the operation, while her sisters throw themselves into their various passions with gusto. Constance soon finds that she enjoys teaching hand-to-hand combat and firearms safety and skills, and by the end of the book has decided where her future might lie. Along the way, there's the story of a former sex worker who rose to fame a Hurrah for the return of the Kopp sisters, who in this latest book are off to a women's national service camp on the eve of WWI. Constance soon finds herself in charge of the operation, while her sisters throw themselves into their various passions with gusto. Constance soon finds that she enjoys teaching hand-to-hand combat and firearms safety and skills, and by the end of the book has decided where her future might lie. Along the way, there's the story of a former sex worker who rose to fame as the "other woman" in a murder case, and her fears of being discovered, which of course she is, albeit only by Constance and a few trusted others. As always, the book is well-written and engaging, and historically engaged. Readers don't have to have read the previous books in the series to enjoy this one, although it would help to explain a few things glossed over in this book. I can't wait to read the next one.
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  • Stephanie
    January 1, 1970
    I received an advance reading copy of Kopp Sisters on the March. Everyone who enjoys historical fiction with strong female leads should check out this latest Kopp Sisters novel when it is published in September. As usual, I was entertained but also amazed at how Stewart uses big and tiny details from primary sources to create stories about real people and the times and places where they lived. There are also some subtle parallels with our time.The Historical Notes section at the back of the book I received an advance reading copy of Kopp Sisters on the March. Everyone who enjoys historical fiction with strong female leads should check out this latest Kopp Sisters novel when it is published in September. As usual, I was entertained but also amazed at how Stewart uses big and tiny details from primary sources to create stories about real people and the times and places where they lived. There are also some subtle parallels with our time.The Historical Notes section at the back of the book is such fun; I've already done a little follow up reading on the real people who inspired characters in the novel. This 5th installment of the series features some Virginia history, which was an unexpected bonus for me. And of course the home front setting leading up to WWI was engaging. Other than discovering how Stewart makes use of historic sources, my favorite parts of these novels are the interactions between the sisters and other idiosyncratic characters. I do find that some parts of the novels are a bit slow, but they eventually pick up, and this one was hard to put down during the final few chapters.
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  • Michelle Casey
    January 1, 1970
    I was given the opportunity to enjoy an Advanced Reading Copy of this novel by the Kopp Sisters Literary Society. What a treat! I think this may be favorite of the series to date. It is 1917 and all three Kopp sisters have enrolled in the National Service School which was set up to teach women volunteers skills in how to help the war effort at home and abroad in the eventuality that America would enter the war in Europe. In the course of the narrative the reader also learns of Beulah Binford, no I was given the opportunity to enjoy an Advanced Reading Copy of this novel by the Kopp Sisters Literary Society. What a treat! I think this may be favorite of the series to date. It is 1917 and all three Kopp sisters have enrolled in the National Service School which was set up to teach women volunteers skills in how to help the war effort at home and abroad in the eventuality that America would enter the war in Europe. In the course of the narrative the reader also learns of Beulah Binford, notoriously connected to a murder in Richmand a few years previous. The Kopp sisters and Ms Binford are not the only historical figures the reader encounters and it is always fun to see how the author ties together documents she uncovers in her research of the time to form an entertaining glimpse of another era. I highly recommend this series to anyone interested in historical fiction. It is wonderful to be educated about strong women figures that most of us have never heard of before and in a glut of WWII fiction it is also refreshing to learn of another era with compassion and light humor.
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