Genre: Histoical Fiction
Author: Allison Pataki
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Reviewer: Virginia Armstrong
The Traitor’s Wife is a story of war, hope love and betrayal. As America is fighting for its very freedom during the Revolutionary War, Socialite Peggy Shippen, swayed by thoughts of royalty and riches, has placed her loyalty with the Brits.
After being abandoned by Major John Andre, she sets her sights on General Benedict Arnold. A man crippled from war and twice her age, Arnold falls for her cunning and deception. After they are married, Peggy becomes even more calculating as she teams up with Major John Andres once again. Believing a life of royalty awaits her, she convinces her husband to betray America and the freedom it offered.
Clara Bell, Peggy Shippen Arnold’s maid, is privy to the conspiracy. With her belief in the nation at hand, and refusing to lose the freedom it offered, she must risk everything and intervene in the plot before the Red Coats take control of West Point and capture General George Washington.
The Traitor’s Wife is a very good read. It merges fact with fiction, keeping your mind open to various aspects of Benedict Arnold’s life and the events that led up to his act of treason. The question being, was Peggy Shippen Arnold the mastermind behind it? Perhaps we will never know, but Allison Pataki does an excellent job of humanizes and bringing about another perspective into Arnold’s life.
The story is filled with engaging characters and universal emotions that can never be dated. Everyone should read this book.
The Jag Review has received this book from Howard Books, for our honest review. The opinions expressed here are our own.