The Traitor's Wife

The Traitor's Wife

The Woman Behind Benedict Arnold and the Plan to Betray America

Book - 2014
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Retells through the perspective of her maid, the story of Peggy Shippen Arnold, the mastermind behind America's most infamous act of treason, as Peggy hatches a plot to deliver West Point to the British.
Publisher: New York : Howard Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, Inc., 2014.
Edition: First Howard Books trade paperback edition.
ISBN: 9781476738604
1476738602
Branch Call Number: F
Characteristics: xiv, 467 pages ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Traitors wife

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Retells through the perspective of her maid, the story of Peggy Shippen Arnold, the mastermind behind America's most infamous act of treason, as Peggy hatches a plot to deliver West Point to the British.

Retells through the perspective of her maid, the story of Peggy Shippen Arnold, the mastermind behind America's most infamous act of treason, as Peggy hatches a plot to deliver West Point to the British.


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lilypad_1
Sep 14, 2018

I did not think this was as engaging as "The Accidental Empress", it was a lot more fluff. I like more historical but it did give you a great picture of everyday life, people being torn between the King and the Colonies and giving up everything to take sides whether they fight or not. Even though we are having a rough time with division in our country now it is nothing like it was then.

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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