Girl Waits with Gun

Uncompromising, with zero interest in marriage or domestic affairs, Constance Kopp is devoted only to her sisters – practical Norma (who prefers pigeons to people) and spirited Fleurette.

They live quietly in the shadow of a dark secret, until a powerful, ne’er-do-well merchant runs down their buggy. Constance demands recompense – but things turn ugly and she turns avenger. So good we're still thinking about it now. 

Summer read with edge-of-your-deckchair factor? Check. With literary credentials? Check. Based on an actual real-life heroine for her – indeed, any – time? Done. 

Girl Waits With Gun by Amy Stewart