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Paper Woman

(A Mystery of the American Revolution #1)

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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 bud
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Paperback, 246 pages
Published March 31st 2012 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform (first published September 18th 2006)
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Grace Krispy
Apr 20, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Jaidis Shaw
Apr 20, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another 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 leav ...more
Ginny
Apr 23, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
So silly I gave myself permission not to finish this!
Eileen Lynx
Feb 19, 2019 rated it did not like it
Actually I didn’t finish it. Just too dull. The huge list of everything that was brought with them for the trip was too much information.
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"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 w
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Jul 17, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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
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Tracy Smith
Paper Woman is a well-researched and well-paced historical mystery with sufficient twists and turns that will make you want to read it all in one sitting.

Taking place during the American Revolution, Paper Woman stands out partially because the setting is one mostly neglected by history books and novels alike: Georgia, Florida, and the Caribbean. The perspective is also a refreshing change in that it's not the typical Patriot vs Loyalist fare, but, rather, is told from the point of vi
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Lisa Marie
Jan 01, 2016 rated it liked it
This book wasn't my favorite. It was an interesting concept - a mystery of a missing father and some hidden emeralds. I guess if you're a huge fan of any type of mystery, you might like it. I did not. I love historical fiction, but this story felt like it was trying to beat me over the head with information. The historical information wasn't very embedded into the story either. I pick up a fiction book on purpose. I wanted a good story. The main character was lack-luster where I found myself bor ...more
Janet
May 31, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to like this book, I really did. After all, I love historical mysteries. But, this may have been one of the most convoluted plots I have ever encountered, with a large cast that seemed larger because they were called by rank OR name OR nickname OR nationality. We had "Spaniards" and "pigs" and "frogs." The author spent too much time in bodily function-related descriptions-yes we know there are outhouses, yes we know that bathing and teeth washing were not daily functions, but to describ ...more
Eric  Overkamp
Jun 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Paper Woman by Suzanne Adair tells the story of a widowed woman who runs a printing press during the American Revolution. She is driven to solve the murder of a family member by an unknown assailant. Her quest begins in earnest, as she leaves her home for the dangers of the open road. Hunted by Redcoats, Spanish assassins, and possible rebels as well, her quest takes her to such exotic places as St. Augustine in Florida and Havana, Cuba.
Although the author does a good job portraying a woman's c
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Dan Rogers
Nov 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quite an enjoyable read with plenty to keep one going well into the night. Several times, when I wasn’t reading, I found my mind drifting from what I was doing to think ahead and wonder what may be coming next. I originally got this book thinking that it would be a good one for middle grade readers. Most definitely not as there was one place where I might be uncomfortable having my mother read it for it was quite racy, a bit more than may have been necessary. Overall an enjoyable selection. Enou ...more
Lexie Conyngham
Sep 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a splendid book which I enjoyed very much. There is a real sense of time and place in the well-researched setting and the attention to detail is tremendous. The plot is complex and the writing rich, and the characters of Sophie and her fellow adventurers are well drawn. I have another by the same author which I am looking forward to reading, too.
Rebecca Mulligan
Sophie's Choice?

This is a most interesting and exciting mystery set during the American Revolution. Romance, espionage, traitorous behavior and natural justice are interwoven to produce a series worth reading. I strongly recommend it.
Helena
Apr 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Paper Woman by Suzanne Adair is a gripping story and refreshing portrait of the American Revolution in a genre woefully depleted of anything connected to the founding of our country.
The first in a trilogy, Paper Woman is a historical suspense novel that captures the essence of the American Revolution in the southern theater from a woman’s perspective. This well-paced novel is filled with intrigue, adventure, treachery, deception and enough twists and turns wrapped into the drama of the War for
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Regina O.
Mar 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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 h
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Gabi
Sep 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What an interesting novel.

Set against the backdrop of the crazy and hectic American Revolution, "Paper Woman" tells the story of Sophie Barton and her comrades go on a quest across the Southern Colonies of Colonial America. There are so many elements in this book that made it a good read.

1. The amount of detail was astounding. As the reader, I could truly tell how much the author knew about life during this time period. She seemed extremely knowledgeable, and that came of
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M. Louisa Locke
Sep 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed Paper Woman, the first of Suzanne Adair’s trilogy of historical novels that follow the adventures of brave, independent women involved in the intrigues and conflicting loyalties of the American Revolution. Paper Woman tells the story of Sophie Baron, a widow who helps her father run a local press in Alton, Georgia, in 1780, and who is drawn reluctantly into trying to solve the mystery surrounding her father’s death.

As an historian, I was very impressed by the way
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Christy
Jan 31, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Denise
May 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was reading a different book that frankly was a bit dark and I wanted something different, so I am taking a break. I started Paper Woman, which is a historical taking place during the American Revolution. I have to say, I have read many historicals, which is the genre that first got me reading again as an adult and has since ventured into many other genres for a change of pace, as so many of the historicals seemed to fall into the cookie cutter repetitiousness that often occurs with a popular ...more
Keilani Ludlow
Jul 08, 2013 rated it liked it
Hmmmm... I didn't love love the plot and story, but I did enjoy the historical content. So, while I won't run to read another, I would read another if it crossed my path.

Main character is an older (by the standards of the time and most novels these days) woman, 33, twice widowed. When her father is murdered, she sets out to find out what happened.

Honestly, the plot didn't do a ton for me. But, the relationships between the redcoats, the people they controlled, the native americans,
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Kellie
May 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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Jan
Jan 14, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great historical fiction for Revolutionary War in the south. The book carefully and correctly used the history. Can be confusing with all the competing factions, religions, countries and political groups, however, that's the way war is. . .confusing and frightening for most civilians. The heroine was a bit unlikely; the hero(es) likewise; but worth the read. Gritty descriptions of travel by land and sea for the day.
Suzanne
Apr 23, 2013 rated it liked it
I must confess I had a bit of trouble following who was double-crossing who and who was a triple-agent! The mystery was very good and I liked the main characters. The afterward / author's note was particularly interesting in discussing the Revolutionary War from the setting of the Southern US Colonies. I had no idea the Spanish were "players" in the war.
Nicole
Mar 04, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I agree with another reviewer that the plot was convoluted and difficult to follow. I couldn't keep characters straight & still don't know how they ended up where they did. Seemed long and drawn out as well, though that could have been a function of my inability to follow the plot line. Towards the end I was skipping whole sections.
Patricia O'Sullivan
This was a different kind of Revolutionary War story. I enjoyed how it took place in Florida and how it explored the role of Spain in the war. I also liked how the author chose to make the protagonist a 'middle-aged' woman of 33 rather than a young woman. A very enjoyable read!
marvin shults
Oct 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mystery

very enjoyable reading. It had many angles ando lots of twists and turns but in the end most of the characters survived. It left the way open to write a second book about the characters, but don't know if that has happened.
Deb
Jan 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book started off with me trying to figure out characters relationships. But once into it I really liked it. Sophie is a strong character who also questions herself and the chooses she's made. The adventure to Cuba is hair-raising! I will be ordering Suzanne Adair's next book within the week.
Brenda
Jun 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Very interesting look at the American Revolution as fought in the South....Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas.....the influence of the Spanish and the Native Americans is well developed. Good historical fiction with an emphasis on the realities of the war.
Norma Huss
Jul 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This novel of the Revolution follows Sophie, the paper woman of the title, on a trip through perilous trails and dangerous waters to find her father's killer. With Redcoats and rebels and slave catchers, it's kill or be killed. A thriller for sure, with historic authenticity.
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Award-winning novelist Suzanne Adair is a Florida native who lives in North Carolina. Her mysteries transport readers to the Southern theater of the American Revolution, 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 hiking. In 2018, she w ...more

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