Paper Woman: A Mystery of the American Revolution

Paper Woman: A Mystery of the American Revolution

by Suzanne Adair

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Paper Woman: A Mystery of the American Revolution by Suzanne Adair

Book #1 of Suzanne Adair's Mysteries of the American Revolution Trilogy.

She expected the redcoats to solve her father's murder. The redcoats and her father had other plans.

In early June 1780, the village of Alton, Georgia, is rocked by the triple murder of the town printer and one of his associates, both outspoken patriots, and a Spanish assassin. Alton's redcoats are in no hurry to seek justice for the murdered men. The printer and his buddies have stirred up trouble for the garrison. But the printer's widowed daughter, Sophie Barton, wants justice for her father. Under suspicion from the redcoats, Sophie sets out on a harrowing journey to find the truth about her father -- a journey that plunges her into a hornet's nest of terror, treachery, and international espionage.

PAPER WOMAN is the recipient of the Patrick D. Smith Literature Award.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940013260597
Publisher: Suzanne Adair
Publication date: 01/06/2010
Series: Mysteries of the American Revolution Trilogy , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 245
Sales rank: 578,984
File size: 505 KB

About the Author

Award-winning novelist Suzanne Adair is a Florida native who lives in a two hundred-year-old city at the edge of the North Carolina Piedmont, named for an English explorer who was beheaded. Her suspense and thrillers transport readers to the Southern theater of the Revolutionary War, where she brings historic towns, battles, and people to life. She fuels her creativity with Revolutionary War reenacting and visits to historic sites. When she’s not writing, she enjoys cooking, dancing, hiking, and spending time with her family.

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Paper Woman 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
aobibliophile More than 1 year ago
"Let justice be done though the heavens should fall." - John Adams in a letter in 1777 June 1780. in the Georgia frontier town of Alston, Sophia Elizabeth Barton nee St. James helps her father Will run his printing business.the patriarch, though, is opposed to the British colonists and he uses his printing press to print broadsides featuring atrocities allegedly committed by the redcoats. Will and two others later turn up dead. Sophie resolves to learn the truth about his father's murder and who was or were responsible. together with her brother David, Mathias Hale and Jacques le Coeuvre, she sets out on a journey that takes her to Florida and as far as Havana, Cuba. this fast-paced fictional account of what could have happened to a handful of Americans during the Revolutionary War is well-researched and written. Suzanne Adair's novel has the elements of a thriller, murder mystery, adventure and international espionage combined. she has captured the language and sentiments of a turbulent period with rich detail and with well fleshed out characters especially Sophie, the main protagonist. twists and surprises along the way make this a gripping read. history buffs and fans of historical fiction will surely enjoy this book which won the Patrick D. Smith Literature Award.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Intrigue & action during the American Revolution era. The heroine is a woman ahead of her times. The interplay of characters and shifts in scenarios leads the reader to a solution that is open to additional on-going stories.
nite-owlCP More than 1 year ago
I have enjoyed this book. It takes you from Georgia, through the swamps and backroads to Flordia. Having to fight red coats, the Spanish, and the patriots. When Sophia's father died, she was determined to find out who murdered him. From Flordia, Sophia, her brother, and a friend from growing up head to Cuba. If you like romance, it has just enough, adventure, it keeps you turning the pages, and mystery. This book has 712 pages and will keep you turning the pages.The only thing I have found, I wish I knew more history and understand the different angles. This is a way of learning!
Lars Hedbor More than 1 year ago
I was thrilled to find a good historical fiction novel set during the American Revolution, outside of the New England seaboard cities that are so frequently considered to be the sole arena of that conflict. The premise of a widow who has taken on the responsibilities of running a family printing business is believable enough, although there are a few questions right from the start as to the motivations of our heroine, particularly as regards her relationship with her daughter. For the most part, though, the story unfolds relatively smoothly, encompassing an epic journey across the southern Colonies, with the tensions of what was effectively a civil war ever-present, along with the general disorder resulting from the war. There are a few passages that seem a bit strained, including some dialectic choices that are difficult to take completely seriously, but the story line is intriguing, the settings beautifully described, and the denouement satisfying. For readers looking for a bodice-ripper, this is likely to be a bit on the dry side for their tastes, but for anyone looking for a view of the American Revolution from outside of Boston, Philadelphia or New York, it's a worthwhile read, and a good yarn.
WlfWmn More than 1 year ago
From the very first sentence of Suzanne Adair's historical mystery Paper Woman, I was hooked. Paper Woman takes place during the American Revolution where we meet Sophie Barton, aka Paper Woman, a 33 year old widow, who sets out to solve her father's murder while facing the harsh realities of war. Paper Woman is not only a learning experience, but an enjoyable, suspense-filled read that has the right mixture and perfect balance of history, romance, adventure and page-turning mystery.
GraceKrispy More than 1 year ago
A first novel by Suzanne Adair, this book won the Patrick D. Smith Literature Award. Fluid and descriptive, with writing that seamlessly weaves plot and historical context, it was a well-deserved win. The writing carries you along in such a way that you can't help but become engrossed in the time and the context of the story. The gritty realities of life in this time are made clear, as are the challenges women faced. This is no romanticized vision of the past, this is truth down to the grueling detail. The story was immediately engaging as we follow Sophie at a party, fending off unwanted advances and trying to keep track of her willful and outspoken father. Taking the reader across Florida and then across the ocean, this is a thrilling ride, full of adventure, duplicity and intrigue. With just enough twists in the story to maintain interest, it's easy to imagine yourself there, amidst the grime and fear, struggling to stay a step ahead of the game. There are plenty of characters to keep track of, and the development of these characters is top-notch. Although it's sometimes tricky to remember a name here and there (and, for some reason, it threw me off that Sophie's father is referred to as "Will" in the story rather than "her father" or some such moniker to denote his relationship to Sophie), there is enough context given for each character that they really distinguish themselves along the way. Sophie is a kick-ass character. She is a woman in a man's world, but manages to hold her own against many powerful and determined men. She's strong, yet vulnerable; especially with regards to her love life. "Uncle" Jacques is colorful and engaging, and it's easy to imagine him as the fun guy at the party. Edward appears a simple character, but turns out to be more complex than we may have imagined, while Fairfax is so ruthless and clever it's easy to despise him. David is perhaps the least developed character, and it would have been nice to get a little more personality from him, but, really, "least developed" in this crew is still more developed than many stories I've read. He may just seem the least developed to me because the others are so tangible in my mind. Of all the characters, Mathias is my favorite. There's something about his own past and his conflicted feelings about love and happiness that pulls me right in. I rooted for him, but I wanted to smack sense into him at the same time. Although a very well-written and engaging story, I did find myself lost a time or two along the way. There was so much going on, sometimes I had to backtrack to see what I'd missed on my first read. Some of the plot events almost seemed too much. I think I craved a touch more simplicity in the plot, since the characterization and setting were so rich and complex. Overall, however, a fantastic story that allowed me to fully immerse and enjoy! 4.5 /5 stars @ MotherLode blog
Jaidis More than 1 year ago
Paper Woman by Suzanne Adair isn't your average, every day novel about the Revolutionary War. Instead, Ms. Adair has created a captivating world and characters that readers can easily visualize and relate too. The novel's title is derived from the heroine in the story, Sophie Barton, whose nickname is Paper Woman. She has gained this title after helping her father run his printing press. To make matters more intriguing, Sophie is being courted by a British Major who offers her the chance to leave the little town of Alton and live in luxury as his mistress. Although financial security is an amazing offer for women in 1780, Sophie is torn between what she wants and the duty she feels towards her family. When Sophie is called upon to identify her father's corpse, she makes the decision to leave Alton and try to solve her father's murder. Since traveling is dangerous for women of that time, she enlists the help of her brother David, an ex-lover Mathias, and Mathias's Uncle and Creek cousins. There is adventure and action around every corner with the British, southern Rebels, Spanish assassins and Creek people thrown into the mix. Ms. Adair does a wonderful job of giving straight facts as to the conditions of that time instead of glamorizing it for readers. I would highly recommend Paper Woman to anyone who loves historical fiction with romance, mystery, suspense and action all wrapped into one.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Paper Woman follows Sophie – a 33 year old widow living in Georgia during the American Revolution – as she faces redcoats, rebels, Native Americans, and dangerous Spaniards on an exciting journey from Georgia to St. Augustine, where she hopes to find the man who murdered her father. Sophie comes face-to-face with fear, love, and her true self, all while keeping herself, and her companions, alive. What a great novel! Not only is it exceptionally well-written and a real page turner (I had a hard time putting it down), but Sophie is, quite possibly, my new favorite female heroine in a newer book. Contemporary authors have this desire to make their female characters either wilting flowers, or infallible, rough, tough women, and I always have a hard time relating to one or the other. Sophie is a wonderfully balanced combination of both. She is strong, determined, stubborn, and smart, but also sensitive and full of faults – characteristics I feel that any real woman can relate to. The supporting cast of mostly male characters are richly described and just as realistic, contributing to Paper Woman being one of those historical fiction novels that you can picture being based on real people and real events. They seem to come out of a journal entry, rather than a work of fiction. Adair surely does her research. The historical backdrop is so acutely tuned and deeply developed – you feel like you have been there – seen the sights, smelled the smells, experienced the action first hand. The characterization of Sophie and her comrades, coupled with Adair’s well-defined setting makes this novel a joy to read. I may be a little partial to this novel – it has a great female lead, is about one of the most fascinating (in my opinion) periods in American history, and is historical fiction (my favorite genre) – but I think this one is a must read for sure. There’s enough romance for the romance readers, loads of history for the historian, and a female character that will make you either fall in love or feel empowered. The book is exciting to no end, and a wonderful way to learn facts about American history you didn’t know before.
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brat1935 More than 1 year ago
It was too much going on. Back and forth. It didn't seem to be going anyplace at time. I had a hard time finishing it.