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Posted September 24, 2011
Originally titled, The Wolves of Andover, The Traitor's Wife is a prequel to The Heretic's Daughter. The new title is more befitting since the wolves are a minor detail throughout the story. This is the story of Martha Allen and her romance with Thomas Carrier during colonial times in the newly colonized America. If you have read the Crucible and know anything about the Salem witch trials, you are already familiar with bits of this tale. The author is a decedent of the Carrier family. Martha is sharped tongued and strong willed, characteristics undesirable as wife. Thomas is actually strong enough to deal with her and finds himself intrigued with this strong woman. Their daughter Sarah, is the main focus of The Heretic's Wife.
While this could be considered a romance, it is much more than that. The historical background is astounding and brought to life through the love of this subject by Kent. It is written in period language which at first bothered me and then I really got into the story and it really took off. I couldn't stop reading until I was finished. If you enjoy Philippa Gregory or Alison Weir, you are sure to love this one!
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Posted April 26, 2013
Absolutly fabulous!!!! Just as great & engaging as The Heret
Absolutly fabulous!!!! Just as great & engaging as The Heretic's Daughter. While a "pre-quel" this volume should not be read first. I loved HD and was not disappointed in the least by The Traitor's Wife. Kent's writting is layered with complex characters, a real feel for the harshness of the then frontier, her characters grow and respond just as know they should. The influences that shapped the young Martha to the woman who went to her death with courage and her head high are clear to see unfolding but, no less interesting. When Martha's father tells her she was not raised to bend and go-along but, to be a person"to be rekoned with" you can fairly feel her spine straighten. Thomas' love and admiration are palpable with barely a word from this stoic welshman. There were times I wanted to slap her cousin, and wondered again at Martha's restraint. I will be passing this one along and highly recommending it to everyone I have already recommended HD to. Oh, & the "secrets' of the red book? No worries, it's all very satisfyingly here!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.