I’m not a frequent reader of historical novels, but I really like this series.
Koop Sisters on the March ventures further into fiction than the previous four books, but fact and fiction meld seamlessly. The narrative is full of historically accurate detail down to the murder ballads popular at the time. Personalities are authentic too. The author interviewed family members to find out what her characters were like in life.
Best of all, this is great storytelling. The Koop Sisters attend a National Service School, designed to prepare women to support the war effort (World War I looms.). Constance is trying to recover from the humiliation of getting fired from her beloved job as Deputy Sheriff. Norma wants to push her agenda of getting messenger pigeons used in battle. Fleurette has a scheme to organize entertainment for the women campers. She loves theatrics.
Although it’s not known what the actual Koop sisters did after 1917, their fictional exploits at the camp are totally convincing — and captivating. Another historical character takes part in the plot — a young woman trying to escape her scandalous past. Beulah’s story is fascinating — and very close to the facts of her troubles.
This is not a murder mystery, but murder and attempted murder figure in the story. And there’s some satisfying action. Constance with her imposing size and great strength has good opportunities to exhibit her courage and martial skills.
I enjoyed every minute of Koop Sisters on the March.