The Traitor's Wife

The Traitor's Wife

A Novel : the Woman Behind Benedict Arnold and the Plan to Betray America

Book - 2014
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"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."--from cover, page [4].
Publisher: New York :, Howard Books,, 2014.
Edition: First Howard Books trade paperback edition.
ISBN: 9781476738604
1476738602
Characteristics: xiv, 467 pages ; 22 cm
Summary: "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."--from cover, page [4].

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BostonPL_LauraB Aug 01, 2016

This historical novel was really engaging and despite it's length I enjoyed every minute of it! Very happy the author decided to write it from Clara's perspective and not Peggy's, because I would have had to put it down. She is an incredibly unlikable and annoying character and I was very tired of her by the end. Highly recommend for a good piece of historical fiction, and I will definitely be trying out another novel by Pataki.

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CrochetCat374
Jun 26, 2016

This was lighter historical fiction than I was expecting. The historical context is definitely there, but it takes a backseat to the romance and drama. The atmosphere, including descriptions of fashion and mannerisms, didn't feel truly authentic to 18th-century America. The secondary characters were also one-dimensional. Nevertheless, I enjoyed learning more about Peggy Shippen and her role in her husband's infamous treachery.

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BlueHippo
Nov 12, 2015

Really enjoyed this book. It's hard to know if Peggy Shippen Arnold was anything like the character portrayed, but considering some of the historical records, she was certainly a party to the treason. I liked this book better than her other one, "The Accidental Empress". I thought the characters had more depth and the whole tone of the book was less s"syrupy", for lack of a better word. Benedict Arnold is a somewhat sympathetic character, but when I read the author's notes at the end, I thought the portrayal was probably a little too sympathetic, considering what the historical records say about his character. I thought the maid and other servants were very believable and liked the fact that it was told from the point of view of Peggy's maid.

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abookandacuppa
Aug 09, 2014

This is an interesting fictional account of the wife of Benedict Arnold, Margaret "Peggy" Shippen Arnold, and her deceptive role in the American Revolution. There are many factual incidents included which the author specifies after the end of the book.

steven7 Feb 14, 2014

This was a very well written book.The author really gets into the head of sly and scheming Peggy and her efforts to undermind the American revolution. Since this book is told from the perspective of the haplesss maid, her strong narrative voice provides an insider's view of what was happening in the household. However, Arnold was so disaffected that he probably would have gone over to the other side with someone not as dazzling as Miss Peggy.

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steven7 Feb 14, 2014

steven7 thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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