Paper Widow

Rated 5.00/5 based on 3 reviews
When a pampered socialite in post civil war Boston seeks adventure and romance, she finds peril, heartache, and tragedy along with it. Answering an ad in The Matrimonial News, she secretly marries by proxy, but is widowed before she gets to meet her husband. Naive and unskilled in the ways of love when she finally encounters the man of her dreams. More

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About Ailene Frances

Ailene Frances lives in upstate New York. An avid reader of most genres, when she writes, she prefers to unleash the incurable romantic in her and create both historical and contemporary romance. She invariably has a love affair with at least one of her characters in every story she writes.

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Nixxi reviewed on on May 21, 2018

4.5- This is a story that made me happy for the life I live now. What would I do if I found myself in such a situation that I uproot my life and run? This was a story of chances, discoveries, and risks. This made me find strength in the character that was Elise and hope she made the choices that would lead her to happiness. Great historical romance and worth the read. Thank you for allowing me to read this and write about it.
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)
mandarich1983 reviewed on on July 26, 2017

Since I'd read this author's book by her other pen name of Eileen Sheehan, I was eager to read Paper Widow to see how her writing style worked in a historical romance with no paranormal involved. It was fantastic. The story got me thinking about the hardships out west before progression reached it. I found the character's personalities very true to life. I got annoyed with some, felt bad for others, got excited at time and fell in love several times. I'd like to see a sequel to this story since I think it could go on beyond her ending. Whether she's writing as Ailene Frances or Eileen Sheehan, I highly recommend this author's work.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Genice Cassidy reviewed on on July 24, 2017

This was such a great book! It is a Historical romance that starts out Western and moves to the northeast as the characters do. Elises family is one of the wealthiest families around, disgustingly wealthy is her term. Her father wants her to marry a man 15 years her senior who is disgusting and shes repulsed by. Not wanting to be in a love less marriage she marries a cattle rancher by proxy and without her family knowing. She leaves to be with him immediately but upon arriving she finds he died that morning. Elise now has nothing and the neighbor helps her out for a few months before Elise finally decides to call her family and beg to come home. Shes making her way home by train when she meets Nate, Oliver and Joseph. They are Pinkertins which is like a private detective. They were sent to find a gang robbing the trains. After they leave the train Elise is kidnapped by this gang to get a ransom from her wealthy family. Nate and Oliver are tasked to finding her while her family stalls the kidnappers. After almost 2 months of being held she is rescued and begins to heal. Her father sends her to her uncles where there is less chance of her scandal being known. There she meets Nate and Oliver again. She loves Nate, he rescued her among other things but she feels after what happened to her while being kidnapped he wants nothing to do with her. So they go their seperate ways not knowing how they truly feel about each other.
This was a really wonderful book. There were so many miscommunications and misunderstandings it hurt to see how much they loved each other but could do nothing about it. This story does have a happily ever after. Also if youre a fan of historical romances like Jane Austen or some like her youll love this book. Its perfect, clean, happy love though it takes work to get there.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
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