Thursday, April 21, 2011
Blog Tour Event: Paper Woman by Suzanne Adair
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.
The American Revolution is my favorite time period to read about, and Ms. Adair brings 1780 Georgia to life in this adventurous novel about treason and espionage.
When the widowed Sophie Barton's father is murdered in a gruesome crime along with two friends also known to harbor rebel sympathies, the local garrison of the royal army investigates, and reveals to Sophie that her father was involved in a rebel plot. Accused herself of printing seditious material, Sophie finds herself in the hot seat, under arrest and threatened with imprisonment and trial for treason if she doesn't help the redcoats crack an encoded rebel message. That message ends up alluding to a plot between the rebels and the Spanish, and the mystery of her father's death grows deeper. What kind of trouble had he gotten himself into? Who was he allied with? And who could have wanted him dead so badly? That's what the redcoats want to know, too, and they think Sophie's got the answers.
But if His Majesty's Men think they're going to keep Sophie contained, they've got another thing coming. Next thing you know she's out the window and fleeing with hunky friend Matthias Hale to a nearby Creek village. There she meets up with a few loyal friends, including her brother David, and sets out on a dangerous mission to track down the mysterious Spanish agent El Serpiente and learn the truth about her father's death. But tricky El Serpiente seems to always be one step ahead of them. Their dangerous journey takes them through wilderness and swampland crawling with bandits, runaway slaves, and redcoats. When they finally make it to St. Augustine, more treachery awaits them, the plot between the rebels, Spanish, and French grows thicker, and Sophie finds herself boarding a ship bound for Havana.
Through it all Sophie grows new mettle and comes to some new understandings about the people in her life. She faces harrowing trials with bravery, but is not left unscathed by these encounters. Along the way she also finds love, and as the story reaches its exciting conclusion in Havana, Sophie discovers something she never expected, and that will change everything.
Blog Tour de Force. It's a pretty cool concept! You can help Ms. Adair win and move on to the next round by leaving a comment on this review. Then visit Suzanne Adair's blog, read her post, "Sex. Love. Death.", and follow the instructions to score your own copy of Paper Woman! But you've got to do it today, April 21st, by midnight!