The Traitor's Wife: The Woman Behind Benedict Arnold and the Plan to Betray America

The Traitor's Wife: The Woman Behind Benedict Arnold and the Plan to Betray America

Allison Pataki / Sep 17, 2019

The Traitor s Wife The Woman Behind Benedict Arnold and the Plan to Betray America A riveting historical novel about Peggy Shippen Arnold the cunning wife of Benedict Arnold and mastermind behind America s most infamous act of treason Everyone knows Benedict Arnold the Revolutionar

  • Title: The Traitor's Wife: The Woman Behind Benedict Arnold and the Plan to Betray America
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  • A riveting historical novel about Peggy Shippen Arnold, the cunning wife of Benedict Arnold and mastermind behind America s most infamous act of treason Everyone knows Benedict Arnold the Revolutionary War general who betrayed America and fled to the British as history s most notorious turncoat Many know Arnold s co conspirator, Major John Andre, who was apprehendA riveting historical novel about Peggy Shippen Arnold, the cunning wife of Benedict Arnold and mastermind behind America s most infamous act of treason Everyone knows Benedict Arnold the Revolutionary War general who betrayed America and fled to the British as history s most notorious turncoat Many know Arnold s co conspirator, Major John Andre, who was apprehended with Arnold s documents in his boots and hanged at the orders of General George Washington But few know of the integral third character in the plot a charming young woman who not only contributed to the betrayal but orchestrated it.Socialite Peggy Shippen is half Benedict Arnold s age when she seduces the war hero during his stint as military commander of Philadelphia Blinded by his young bride s beauty and wit, Arnold does not realize that she harbors a secret loyalty to the British Nor does he know that she hides a past romance with the handsome British spy John Andre Peggy watches as her husband, crippled from battle wounds and in debt from years of service to the colonies, grows ever disillusioned with his hero, Washington, and the American cause Together with her former love and her disaffected husband, Peggy hatches the plot to deliver West Point to the British and, in exchange, win fame and fortune for herself and Arnold.Told from the perspective of Peggy s maid, whose faith in the new nation inspires her to intervene in her mistress s affairs even when it could cost her everything, The Traitor s Wife brings these infamous figures to life, illuminating the sordid details and the love triangle that nearly destroyed the American fight for freedom.

    The Traitor s Wife A Novel The Traitor s Wife is a well told tale Lee Woodruff, author, blogger and television personality I consider this to be the debut of a major writer of historical fiction Mary Higgins Clark The Traitor s Wife is a gripping novel steeped in compelling historical detail. The Traitor s Wife a Novel by Allison Pataki The Traitor s Wife is a gripping novel steeped in compelling historical detail Pataki writes lyrically and succeeds in bringing to life, and humanizing, notorious characters from our nation s past. The Traitor s Wife by Allison Pataki Jan , The Traitor s Wife The Woman Behind Benedict Arnold and the Plan to Betray America . Rating details , Ratings , Reviews A riveting historical novel about Peggy Shippen Arnold, the cunning wife of Benedict Arnold and mastermind behind America s most The Traitor s Wife by Allison Pataki, Paperback Barnes In The Traitor s Wife, Allison Pataki brings to life an intriguing slice of American history, told from the perspective of Peggy s maid, Clara Bell, who must decide where her own loyalties lie Topics Questions for Discussion Before moving to Philadelphia, Clara THE TRAITOR S WIFE kathleenkent THE TRAITOR S WIFE This novel was originally published under the title THE WOLVES OF ANDOVER In the harsh wilderness of colonial Massachusetts, Martha Allen works as a servant in her cousin s household, taking charge and locking wills with everyone. THE TRAITOR S WIFE by Allison Pataki Kirkus Reviews kirkus review A young lady s maid is witness to Benedict Arnold and his wife s treachery in this fictional account set during the American War for Independence This is the first novel from Pataki, daughter of former New York State Governor George E Pataki. Summary and reviews of The Traitor s Wife by Allison Pataki Author Information Allison Pataki is the author of the bestselling novels Sisi, The Traitor s Wife, and The Accidental Empress, as well as the co author of Where the Light Falls, with her brother Owen Pataki, and two children s books Her novels have been translated into than a dozen languages. The Traitor s Wife Summary Guide Book Club Discussion Traitor s Wife Pataki But few know of the integral third character in the plot a charming young woman who not only contributed to the betrayal but orchestrated it Socialite Peggy Shippen is half Benedict Arnold s age when she seduces the war hero during his stint as military commander of Philadelphia. Reading the Past Book review The Traitor s Wife, by Feb , The Traitor s Wife was published on February th by Howard Simon Schuster . . in Canada, trade pb, pp notes Thanks to the publisher for sending me an ARC Thanks to the publisher for sending me an ARC. The Traitor s Wife Historical Novel Society The Traitor s Wife is a refreshing departure from the typical royal themed historicals pervading the market today The upheaval caused by the American Revolution makes for fascinating reading, and yet Peggy Shippen has been little written about. the traitors wife eBay The Traitors Wife, Kent Kathleen, Good Book See like this SPONSORED The Traitor s Wife A Novel Brand New Paperback . out of stars product ratings The Traitor s Wife A Novel . Was Previous Price . or Best Offer Free Shipping % off. The Traitor s Wife A Novel by Allison Pataki Books on The Traitor s Wife A Novel Ebook written by Allison Pataki Read this book using Google Play Books app on your PC, android, iOS devices Download for offline reading, highlight, bookmark or take notes while you read The Traitor s Wife A Novel. The Traitor s Wife A Novel of the Reign book by Susan Reviewed by Sondra Fowler for Reader Views The Traitor s wife is the story of Eleanor de Clare, the Granddaughter of King Edward I The story starts with Eleanor as a young teen married to Hugh le Despenser. The Traitors Wife, Kathleen Kent Paperback The Traitor s Wife is the prequel to The Heretic s Daughter, and I believe, the better written of the two This is wonderful historical fiction of one of the worst periods

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    1. Find this and other reviews at: flashlightcommentary.I was more than a little excited when I first stumbled across Allison Pataki's The Traitor's Wife. Though familiar with the story of Benedict Arnold's betrayal, I'd never read a fictional account of it and couldn't believe my luck when Howard Books approved my request for an ARC four months before its Feb. 2014 release date.Looking back on that enthusiasm makes it hard admit, but I'm a reviewer and can't deny this debut wasn't as satisfying as [...]


    2. I was particularly interested in reading this book as I live in the Hudson Valley region of NY, where part of the story takes place. And I've read some brilliant historical fiction; unfortunately, this book did not measure up.I found the cast of characters to be two dimensional and quite dull (Peggy, on the other hand, was so colorful she strayed into the stereotypical). Clara's colorless persona set the tone (as first and third person narrator) and nearly all of the plot unfolded through her ey [...]


    3. ”’If you can’t break the rules, you might as well seduce the man who makes them.’”Synopsis: Never underestimate the power of a spoiled brat who doesn’t get what she wants.Biblio-BabblePeggy, Please Throw Away Your Shot… and the Wine Bottle: Nothing like a glass of wine at breakfast to keep Peggy Shippen Arnold powered through the day. The aforementioned spoiled brat in the synopsis, she’s the daughter of a highly respected judge and future wife of Benedict Arnold (though she woul [...]


    4. I was really disappointed in this book. I usually love historical fiction that is based off of real life events. I like getting a new perspective on the characters situation. But this book was one of those that I just couldn't wait to finish so that I could be done with it. I was expecting something a little less . . . vulgar. Though I didn't expect Peggy to be portrayed as a nice person, (she is the wife of a traitor, after all), I most certainly didn't expect to find such a tramp in the lead r [...]


    5. I have to admit that I really didn't know much about Benedict Arnold except that he betrayed America in the Revolution and whether this was entirely historically accurate it still peaked my interest in finding out more about Arnold and his wife!!! Loved Clara and was so glad the story was told from her point if view no one sees and hears more than an 'invisible' person!!! I also really liked Peggy she was a master manipulator and a really fun character to root against!!! I wonder how Old Benny w [...]


    6. I remember reading about Benedict Arnold in high school and all I can remember even now was that he was a traitor to this country. I had forgotten the circumstances surrounding the details of his betrayal to this country during the American Revolution as we were fighting the British to declare our freedom from King George. What's even more remarkable is the novel from author Allison Pataki that takes all her research into the events surrounding Benedict Arnold and George Washington and filling i [...]


    7. “The Traitor’s Wife” by Allison Pataki, published by Howard Books.Category – Historical Fiction/Romance Publication Date – February 11, 2014.“The Traitor’s Wife” is very low on historical accuracy but very high on romance. The story is based on Peggy Shippen who married Benedict Arnold and was able to convince him that his country had betrayed him and that he therefore should have no qualms about betraying his country.Peggy Shippen was the daughter of Judge Shippen of Philadelphi [...]


    8. **Appears in the February 2014 edition of the Historical Novel Review**Beautiful. Tempestuous. Cunning. Peggy Shippen is all these things. As the reigning belle of Philadelphia society during the British occupation of 1778, she is admired by men and envied by women. First the lover of the notorious British spy John Andre, and then the wife of celebrated American general-turned-traitor Benedict Arnold, Peggy and her story are brought to life through the eyes of her loyal maid, Clara Bell.The Trai [...]


    9. Everyone knows the story of Benedict Arnold and I was thrilled to get to read this book and get a more detailed look at the events that turned this man into a traitor. Pataki did not disappoint with a great story that kept me reading well into the night.The story is told through the eyes of Clara, the maid to Arnold's wife Peggy. Clara is strong, intelligent, and has the unenviable job of looking after one of the most selfish women I have ever read in a book. Pataki does a great job of bringing [...]


    10. I was really looking forward to reading The Traitor's Wife. I absolutely love historical fiction. This one seems to miss the mark. It's not that it isn't an entertaining read. I suppose it all depends on your expectations as you enter into the story. If you enjoy romance novels, then this one fits the bill for you. The depiction of Peggy Shippen as solely a spoiled, self-indulged, demanding woman makes for good copy, but it really doesn't hold enough interest. Peggy had to be far more than that [...]


    11. I WANTED to like this book, because it was recommended by a person I like and admire -- but it was hard to get past the depiction of Benedict Arnold's wife as a patently cardboard villainess. Peggy Shippen Arnold was imagined to out-Scarlet Scarlet O'Hara -- has any character ever been more mean, petty, and self-centered than this? {Plus she likes sex and is immodest -- gasp. Author Pataki paints her with a VERY broad brush.) The actual facts of the tale of Benedict Arnold's duplicity seem to me [...]


    12. Originally published at Reading RealityThe Traitor’s Wife is the best kind of historical fiction; the story feels true even though the reader knows that there isn’t any way to verify how people felt, or what they said in every conversation.You end up wanting this to be the real story. And maybe it is.History is so often written from the perspective of the men who seem to be the prime movers and shakers, but, history is written by the victors. For much of history, women were put on a pedestal [...]


    13. 2.5 rounded up. The good--great true-to-life characters, a beautiful cover and a relatively unknown bit of history. This was an extremely easy to read book and very little adult content, so it could have easily been classified as YA. (I put this in the good because it really boosted my yearly pages read stat.) In historical fiction, the writer knows point A and point B, and the idea is to fill in the gap with what could have happened. Pataki (the daughter of NY governor George) writes a plot tha [...]


    14. A dialogue-heavy recounting of a 200 year old historical event, laden with silly romantic activities is too much to bear. It might appeal to a younger reader. DNF at 18%.


    15. Title: The Traitor’s WifeAuthor: Allison PatakiPages: 496Year: 2014Publisher: Howard BooksWhat a riveting, suspenseful and thoroughly entertaining novel! When I approach a historical novel of this magnitude, I usually read the author’s notes on the research that sometimes details which characters are from reality and those which are purely fiction. One reason I do that is so as I am reading, I can savor the richness of both the history shared along with the imagination of the writer. While I [...]


    16. The flow of time and the way of memory and the records of history are strange and beautiful things. The past birthed the present; the thoughts and actions of people long dead shape us now. It is crazy to think about it, that the door to the past is locked so firmly and yet we are still influenced by it. We can still dream and write and think about it. We can never get back the to days of the Revolutionary War, we can never share the experiences of the men and women involved except through a good [...]


    17. It seems as though 2015 has been the year of “Let’s read and watch everything about the Revolutionary War.” From TURN on AMC (they changed the night it’s on, so sadly it doesn’t work to recap it on the blog) to books, to documentaries, seriously Internet, I feel like George and I are b/f/fs. This was a perfect read to feed my current obsession. Peggy Shippen is awful in her treatment of other human beings. Spoiled, manipulative and caring only for herself, she’s one of those characte [...]


    18. FIRST THOUGHTS: I love reading historical fiction that teaches me something I didn't know too much about - and that's exactly what this book did. It started off a bit slow for me, but ultimately picked up by the end.-----Personally, the reason it is enjoyable to indulge in historical fiction is because it always offers a fresh, unique perspective on historical figures and events. The Traitor's Wife is certainly a welcome addition to this genre, especially for someone who hasn't read much literat [...]


    19. I'm not trying to be a jerk, but the fact that this book has such a high rating doesn't say anything good about the educational levels of its readers. I enjoyed myself well enough for the first half, despite how the characters use each other's names practically EVERY time they address someone how small historical and character details were out of place (e.g. on one page, the love interest's hair color is described as "dark blond," while on the very next page, his hair is described as "light brow [...]


    20. I am completely amazed that this is a first novel for Allison Pataki. She has taken a well known story and fleshed it out into an even more intriguing tale than we have all read about in our history textbooks.When I think of Benedict Arnold it is often hard to fathom how he could be such a decorated war hero but in the end wind up being such a traitor to the country he fought so hard to defend. In The Traitor's Wife some of that mystery is revealed. Through the eyes of Clara, the trusted maid to [...]


    21. Five stars does not even begin to tell you how wonderful this book is! Honestly, I never gave Benedict Arnold's wife any thought before the publication of this book by Allison Pataki. I found Margaret "Peggy" Shippen Arnold to be a very fascinating woman. One minute I felt she was just a spoiled little "Daddy's girl". The next minute, a selfish conniving woman who will stop at nothing short of treason to get all she wants! And, now I have a bit of a different view of Benedict Arnold. I recommend [...]


    22. Who knew a book about Benedict Arnold and the Revolutionary War could be so fun to read? Loved this book and all the characters. As a work of historical fiction, the blending of historical facts and storytelling were truly engaging and I couldn’t wait to see how it ended (even though I knew the historical part).


    23. I've read some of the other reviews that people have written, and I can agree that this probably takes some liberties with historical fact (aside from blending characters, giving credit for events to fictional characters, etc.), but I knew this was a novel going in, so I looked past them.The story is about Peggy Shippen, a young belle living in Philadelphia during the American Revolution. She seemed to have quite a bit more freedom than I had thought was the case in 18th century Colonial America [...]


    24. Honestly, I was expecting more. Not a terrible read, but by no means was it an earth-shattering debut, as so many reviewers proclaimed.


    25. Since it has been while since Junior High on American History, it was fun (yes I love history and history is fun) to go back and have some insight during that time in our American history. As I was reading about our characters, I also googled to get some more background on Benedict Arnold and his wife Peggy. The pride of Bendedict was his down fall and could have been the down fall of the United States if his plan would have come to fruit. The story revealed very well Bendedict's bitterness and [...]


    26. I love historical fiction, especially when the author can make you imagine what life was like in the era they chose to write about. Allison Pataki did just that for me with this novel.I gained an even higher regard for those who put their lives at risk to free America from England's harsh rule. The characters in this book, many of them who were real heroes, were willing to give everything to win freedom for our new country.Benedict Arnold betrayed his country, as we all know, but was there a wom [...]


    27. Great story and very well written. Loved her use of the fictional characters and story to guide and show the history and events of the revolutionary period. Loved the development of Clara over the course of the book.


    28. 3.5 stars. Really interesting story and since my dad was a historian and did many talks about the Andre/Benedict Arnold it was of particular interest to me. I would recommend to those who really like their historical fiction.


    29. I found the second half of this better than the first. I especially enjoyed the epilogue that describes how much of this story was based on true events and real characters.



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