EarthWise Books
Copyright 2015  Ailene Frances

      Historical Romance/Western

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. The fact that she's naive and unskilled in the ways of love when she finally encounters the man of her dreams only adds to her situation.
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4 of 5 stars  AMAZON.COM
Realistic historical romance
ByAmazon Customeron December 13, 2017
Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase

When reading a historical romance novel I look forward to the historical plot line as much as the romance. With that in mind, I love when the author takes the time to make the historical facts as accurate as possible for a fiction piece. Ms. Frances doesn't disappoint with this wonderful novel. Set in the post-civil war west and northeast, the author paints a vivid picture of the hardships and prejudices of the time, while at the same time weaving factual data about the wave of crime during the period that was a direct result of the war and the detective agency, known as the Pinkertons that was formed to fight the crime. As a lover of history as well as romance, I enjoyed the way the author intertwined the love story of Elise and Nate in a realistic way into the backdrop of these perilous times. The only critique I have is I wished for a bit more showing of interaction between the characters rather than so much telling of their stories. For instance, some of the best scenes were when the Pinkerton detectives were interacting with each other as a regular group of guys discussing life and love. Overall I would recommend this book to those who enjoy a realistic, romantic historical novel.

5.0 out of 5 stars  AMAZON.COM
This was such a great book! It is a Historical romance that starts ...
By Genice on July 24, 2017
Format: Kindle Edition

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.

5.0 out of 5 stars   AMAZON.COM
A very interesting read. My first under this pen name.
By Dana Busenbarkon July 23, 2017
Format: Kindle Edition

We meet Elise, apparently carrying water from the creek back to her house. The setting of the beginning of this story really makes me stop and think about how horrible the conditions of her arranged marriage to someone in Boston must have been to her to walk away from a well-off family to nothing. The trials and tribulations that Elise has to endure throughout the book when she goes west, to meet her husband by proxy, is nothing short of things that made me want to weep for her. Watching Elise grow and blossom in front of my eyes was fascinating. What happens with her and Alexander? Who is Alexander for that matter? What happens with her and Nate at a charity ball? When Alexander and Elise hear that Nate is coming home from his Ranch, what happens? What does Alexander realize that Nate does not know? How does Elise handle so many tragic things so stoically? I am in complete awe of this woman. This is definitely a book filled with twists, turns, curves, tunnels, and unsolvable mazes in spots. You need to read it. This is my first book by Ailene Frances and I look forward to more of her works.

5.0 out of 5 stars  AMAZON.COM
A true old fashion love story!
By Momma Hellmouth on July 24, 2017
Format: Kindle Edition

My Review of Paper Widow by Ailene Frances

My Rating 4.5 Heartfelt Stars

I donít read many historical romances much anymore, but I can tell you that Iím really glad I decided to read this one. The blurb grabbed my attention and the story stole my heart.

This was a real heartfelt story that has been written very well and so different from what I had expected. This is a great read of the old west and just how primitive it was back then and how families of wealth wouldnít take a chance on their reputations even when things happen that are out of someoneís control. Elise and Nateís journey is one that must be read to fully understand the depth of their journey to love. This is a true old fashion love story, written to make the reader fall in love and she completely accomplished that.