The Traitor’s Wife
Everyone knows Benedict Arnold—the infamous 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 and cunning 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 lover 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.
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Pataki smoothly weaves intrigue and personality with critical historical facts…Historical fiction lovers will look forward to more from this promising new novelist. - Publisher’s Weekly
A well-balanced narrative… events offers fresh perspective, plenty of intrigue and a host of interesting, multidimensional characters. - Kirkus (starred review)
A most impressive debut novel for lovers of American history. – Philippa Gregory, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Other Boleyn Girl and The White Queen
One of the best, best, best historical novels, I was riveted…I couldn’t put it down. – Kathie Lee Gifford, The TODAY Show
If you read one book this year, make it Allison Pataki’s THE TRAITOR’S WIFE. Few authors have taken on America’s Revolutionary War so convincingly…Highly, highly recommended! – Michelle Moran, international bestselling author of Madame Tussaud
Allison Pataki’s captivating debut novel examines history’s most famous tale of treachery through a woman’s eyes. Meticulously written and well-researched, this story will transport you back to the American Revolution and keep you turning pages with both its intrigue and love story. 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
This is a gem. We have certainly heard of Benedict Arnold but it was fun meeting his cunning wife. – Feathered Quill Book Reviews