Book Review: “Paper Woman”

Well, this week was a lovely one spent visiting family, reading by the pool in the Florida sunshine while my parents chased my kids around, and feeling generally well rested and refreshed on some much needed vitamin-D (it’s been a long, gray, dreary winter). Speaking of reading by the pool…

In keeping with March’s “Month of Women” theme for March, this week I read Suzanne Adair’s historical fiction novel, Paper Woman.

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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 (for example: I had no idea the Spanish were involved in the American Revolution – shame on me)! The best part, however, is that this book is the first in a series. You can count on seeing another of Adair’s Mysteries of the American Revolution Trilogy.

If I’ve piqued your interest, you can find this book in a really well formatted eBook version at the following sites (just click the links). You might also find a hard copy on one of these sites if you prefer a book in your hands (I usually do).

Amazon  |  Smashwords  |  Barnes and Noble  |  iTunes  |  Kobo

If you’re interested in learning more about the author, visit her website: http://www.suzanneadair.net – her blog is updated frequently, and her posts are always interesting, informative posts about the American Revolution (generally), and give an insight into her research process!

So what about you? Have you read any of Adair’s books? What are your thoughts? Do you appreciate a well-written female lead? Do you like American Revolution novels? Mysteries?

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7 responses to “Book Review: “Paper Woman”

  1. Regina, I’m delighted that you enjoyed PAPER WOMAN. Thank you for the excellent review. And having just read a weather forecast for freezing rain, Florida sunshine sounds wonderful right now!

    • Cold and rainy back here in Eastern NC – Florida was fantastic, and a wonderful way to get my reading done! Driving home past St. Augustine allowed me to reminisce about the wonderful book I had just finished. Thank you so much for the opportunity! I really enjoyed your novel, and can’t wait to read the rest of the trilogy!

      • Regina, have you ever been to St. Augustine and seen the castillo and the old city? It makes for a fun, educational day. Kids love it.

        And I hope you enjoy the rest of the trilogy as much as PAPER WOMAN. Don’t forget that there’s a spin-off series after that with several strong women in it.

  2. Kathleen

    This book sounds great. I love reading mysteries and I really do appreciate a strong female lead character. I look forward to reading the entire trilogy!

    • suzanneadair

      Hi Kathleen, I hope you enjoy the trilogy. There are strong women lead characters in all three books — and strong women characters in the books of the spinoff series that follows. Please post reviews of the books your read. It would help their visibility online!

      • Kathleen

        Thanks, I am sure if Regina enjoyed you books I will. I will post my reviews. I can’t wait to read your books.

    • You would LOVE “Paper Woman” – it really is a treat! And being a history fan, you’d really appreciate all the research put into it!

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