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Paper Woman: A Mystery of the American Revolution [Paperback]

Suzanne Adair
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31 Mar 2012
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.

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  • Paperback: 246 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (31 Mar 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1475047770
  • ISBN-13: 978-1475047776
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,586,939 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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, and spending time with her family.

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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Action Packed Historical Read 21 April 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
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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5.0 out of 5 stars A Headlong Rush into Danger 22 Oct 2006
By Lesa Holstine - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Suzanne Adair's debut novel is a powerful story of a strong, independent woman caught up in the events of the American Revolution against her will. It's a suspenseful historical novel that takes Sophie Barton, the heroine, into a headlong rush into danger.

Sophie runs her father's printing press, has been widowed twice, raised a daughter. She wants to travel, and have more out of life. But, she didn't plan on identifying her father's corpse. She didn't expect to flee from the British and the rebels, running with her brother; Mathias, a friend; Mathias' Creek cousins and his French uncle. The group did intend to find her father's murderer. As they escaped Georgia, they encountered bandits, Spanish assassins and runaway slaves.

Adair's novel tells of the Revolutionary War in the southern colonies, the Caribbean and Cuba. It's a compelling story of little-known history, and a group of neutral people caught up between opposing forces. After reading this historical pageturner, I'm anxiously waiting for the sequel, The Blacksmith's Daughter.
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of good stuff in it - adventure, suspense, intrigue, and some romance, too! 10 April 2007
By Liz at reviewedbyliz.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I have what may be an unusual yardstick for historical fiction - does the author tell us what the toilet facilities are? Yeah, it is weird, but I find that if the author doesn't give us this information they often haven't done their research and just setting the book in the past so the characters can wear pretty costumes.

So I am pleased to say that Paper Woman tells us about the (sometimes icky) facts of life in 1780. And, since author Suzanne Adair is a Revolutionary War re-enactor, you know that she has first-hand knowledge on this subject. But enough about outhouses, chamber pots, and bushes...

Paper Woman is set in Alton, Georgia in 1780. The main character is Sophie Barton, a thirty-three year old widow who lives with her father and helps him run his printing business. In 1780, battles are being fought in hot spots in the American colonies between local militias and English soldiers, while other areas were largely peaceful. Alton has been quiet so far, but Sophie knows her father and his friends in the Safety Committee are up to something. Sophie isn't sure what is happening, but the local British garrison has become quite interested in her father's activities, two mysterious Spaniards show up, and the local Creek Indians are being seen in large groups. When her father and two other men are murdered under unusual circumstances and she decodes secret messages sent to her father, Sophie decides to keep his rendez-vous with the mysterious message sender to determine what he knows of her father's death.

Sophie and her traveling companions begin a dangerous journey South towards their destination in Havanna, Cuba. Along the way, they realize that the rendez-vous message is not as secret as they thought and their lives depend on unraveling political intrigues and discovering just who their enemies and allies are.

Paper Woman is not your traditional mystery, but it has lots of good stuff in it - adventure, suspense, intrigue, and some romance, too. There are several things I particularly like about this book. First, Adair shows life in 1780 as messy, dangerous, and smelly instead of glamorizing it. Second, she resists "name-dropping" and incorporating famous revolutionary figures into the plot, which often feels fake. She relies instead on good fictional characters to carry the story. Third, she shows the incredible diverse population of the time - colonists from different countries, English soldiers, French and Spanish settlers from Louisiana and Florida, Indian tribes, slaves - all were part of the struggle for control of the colonies and all have a part in this story.

Favorite character? Jacques le Coeuvre and his not-so-tall tales. Did I guess it? No, the political intrigue was beyond me so I just gave up and enjoyed the book. Will I read another? Yes.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reviewed for Midwest Book Review 2 May 2007
By Christy Tillery French - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Widow Sophie Barton helps her father run his printing press and tries to stay out of politics in the small town of Alton, GA, which remains peaceful while redcoats and colonists clash in other parts of the colonies. Sophie's father, however, has been acting mysterious and Sophie suspects he has aligned himself against King George. Although Sophie is being courted by the major of the British garrison, she isn't so sure she wants to become his mistress and move to England with him. When her father's burned body is discovered, Sophie is placed under house arrest with orders to decode a secret message meant for him. She escapes with Mathias, her former lover, and embarks South, accompanied by her brother and Mathias's uncle, in hopes of finding the person who killed her father. Their trip turns into an electrifying journey as they traverse through Floridian swamps, sail along the Caribbean, and end up in Havana, Cuba, pursued by the major and his lieutenant, a demented man who enjoys torturing those who oppose him, as well as two Spanish assassins.

Adair takes her reader on a thrilling adventure with Paper Woman. Packed with action and breath-taking suspense interwoven around a fascinating time in American history, with the perfect blend of romance, this is an exhilarating story that will captivate the reader from beginning to end.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An interesting fiction set against historical background 1 Feb 2011
By Edward Caccavale - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is a well written, nicely paced historical fiction set against the backdrop of the American Revolution in the south 1780. The details are flawless, the author being a re enactor of life in the era. There are twists , betrayals, and excitment mixed in. An enoyable read as are the two subsequent books, The Blacksmith's Daughter and Camp Follower. The tale makes more sense as it unfolds if you read the books in order of their publishing, but it is possible to read them as stand alone works. Highly recommended!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Paper Woman -- History made live and exciting 5 April 2011
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Loved this book! Author Suzanne Adair's writing is fresh and masterful, the characters and settings vivid, and the plot riveting. Her amount of research is impressive and her love for the subject shines through (no surprise to find out she's a Revolutionary War reenactor!)She taught me more about our own Revolutionary War than I learned in school and whetted my appetite for more. Most of all, this is a "Must Read" for anyone who loves a book with compelling characters and a plot that won't let you go -- even months after reading!
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