The Traitor's Wife

The Traitor's Wife

by Allison Pataki
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The Traitor's Wife: A Novel 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 54 reviews.
Fitzysmom More than 1 year ago
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 Mrs. Peggy Arnold, we see just how much power a beloved wife can have over her husband. Peggy is a very complex woman. On the outside she is very beautiful and alluring and knows exactly how to turn a head. On the inside she is scheming and deceitful and always plotting how to come out on top. The name Benedict Arnold may be synonymous with traitor, but the name of Peggy Arnold should hold equal weight. For all lovers of historical fiction, this book is going to be a great delight. It is my hope that Ms. Pataki will continue to use her incredible talent to bring to light many more of our history's infamous characters and those that worked right along side them. I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
foxyladyNY More than 1 year ago
If you like a novel with some factual history, this is the book for you. I enjoyed reading it.
Its_Time_Mamaw More than 1 year ago
 Blinded by beauty. Most of you are familiar with Benedict Arnold from you studies in History class. He is known for being ihe world famous traitor.  But I bet you didn't know that his wife was his ultimate instrument in his downfall. She was much younger than Benedict and very beautiful. She saw him as her way of reaching her ultimate goal  for fame and fortune.    Peggy Shippen delivers her husband Benedict the plans to secure West Point into the hands of the British betraying America.  All this for her own vanity of fame and fortune.   Peggy's personal maid has given what she sees as the accounts and events of her mistress's plot to betray America which we know backfired on her and Benedict.   The book is 464 pages of Peggy's deception, greed and vanity. I had no idea this women even exsisted.   I actually felt sorry for Benedict anyone being taken in by such a she devil. Who knows how his life may have unfolded if he had not fallen into her trap.  I keep saying in my reviews how I love historical novels. Thanks to authors like Allison Pataki for helping me continue my education in such an enjoyable way.  The author has also provided a reading group guide with topics and questions for discussions.  Also a conversation with Allison Patiaki  of questions and answers along with a way to enhance your book  club. I highly recommend this book. Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from Howard Books/Simon & Schuster
forestguardian1 More than 1 year ago
A fine read and glimpse at colonial society in Philly during the American Revolution. I found anachronisms in seasonal plant descriptions, and other minor details of 18th century life. Don't let my pedantic nature ruin a good yarn. Alice Desmond, the pioneer of historical fiction for young readers, would be delighted. Not enough depth in the rivalries and frustrations amongst the  military leadership would have been instructive. Where is Thaddeus Kosciuszko, who designed the betrayed Fortress West Point? Another book?
Corvette99 More than 1 year ago
We all know Benedict Arnold was a traitor but how did he come to this. This book is a fast read and interesting as told by a house servant. Allison Pataki's approach to this part of history was fascinating and I hope she writes more.
VicG More than 1 year ago
Allison Pataki in her new book, “The Traitor’s Wife” published by Howard Books brings us the woman behind Benedict Arnold and the plan to betray America. From the back cover:    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 André, 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 André. Peggy watches as her husband, crippled from battle wounds and in debt from years of service to the colonies, grows ever more 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. Behind every traitor is a devilish woman.  Say the name Benedict Arnold and immediately the word traitor comes to mind.  They seem to be synonymous.   Arnold was commander of West Point and, due to his wife’s manipulations, agreed to give over West Point to Major Andre and the British.  That is history.  How it all happened is fascinating and Allison Pataki has done a memorable job in bringing all the players in this true historical drama to life.  Two women, Peggy, the scheming wife, and Clara the loyal maid who gets the information to General Washington.  ”The Traitor’s Wife” is full of details that make you feel you are there and witnessing these events as they happened.  The characters are marvelous and they live and breathe on these pages.  And there is even romance.  If you want to know about a moment that could have spelled the end of America then this is the book for you. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Howard Books.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I cannot wait for more Pataki fiction! I couldn't put this book down.
beckwith_usa More than 1 year ago
This was a wonderful, speedy read...a convergence of "The Patriot", "Downton Abbey", and "House of Cards". I found Pataki's novel both engrossing and enriching, bringing to light the often-ignored history of one of our country's most infamous characters. Any lover of historical fiction, needing a break from WWII novels, will thoroughly enjoy this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you enjoy historical fiction, you'll love this book. The characters were wonderfully fleshed out. You'll find yourself loving hating the villians, and rooting for our heroes. The historical facts at the end, we're so much fun to read, after taking this adventure!
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NB-Suz More than 1 year ago
After reading Allison Pataki's second novel "The Accidental Empress", I was excited to read "The Traitor's Wife" and became thoroughly engaged from the first few pages. Pataki was quite clever to introduce the fictional characters to the story, those being the staff of the Shippen household. The story is told from the viewpoint of Peggy Shippen's maid, Clara. I was not aware of the role which Peggy played in Benedict Arnold's act of treason which made the novel a compelling read for me. It is obvious that Pataki did extensive research in writing this book. I highly recommend it as well as "Accidental Empress". Both would be good book club selections.
MW_Sylvy More than 1 year ago
Well-researched and beautifully penned, "The Traitor's Wife" entertains the reader with a look at the underside of America's best known Revolutionary War traitor. Pataki paints a sympathetic portrait of the war hero, Benedict Arnold, at the hands of his spoiled and manipulative wife against an unappreciative America. A strong supporting cast sheds conflicting lights on the many forces propelling Arnold toward his ultimate demise. "The Traitor's Wife" has made me an Allison Pataki fan.
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"The Traitor's Wife" explores the extent to which Peggy Shippen Arnold was neither ignorant nor innocent with respect to Benedict Arnold's decision to commit treason. Written from the perspective of Peggy's fictitious personal maid, the novel focuses on how Peggy's pursuit of her self-interest in wealth and status changes the lives of the people around her and nearly changes the outcome of the American Revolution.
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The overall writing was captivating and alluring, nary a dull moment throughout. It is evident that Allison Pataki spent countless hours researching and crafting this edge of your seat story without losing sight of the most important historical details. I found it to be an easy read and if you aren't typically a historical fiction reader but want to dip your toes into the genre, this would be a great first read for you. Allison Pataki has done an excellent job of bringing you back to the late 1700s. What I find fascinating about historical fiction is the fictional part of it. Yes, "The Traitor's Wife" contains an element of this and it's meant to take certain liberties and use the author's creative license. For me, it is fun discerning fact from fiction. This is how you learn and what has brought me time and again to delve deeper into the history behind each novel.
Kaydl More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this wonderful historical novel about Benedict Arnold and his wife.  I enjoy historical fiction.  Ms. Pataki did a great job of bringing the characters to life.  You feel like you know them on a personal level.  I am looking forward to reading her next novel the Accidental Empress due out next February.  Loved this novel!
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Fantastic revolutionary history within a great story. Well worth it.
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Amazing book.