NEW The Traitor's Wife author Allison Pataki
T same morning General George Washington was planning to meet Arnold at his home for breakfast Arnold understanding that his treason would be reviled soon dashed upstairs to his wife Peggy and then fled to the British side Peggy put on the performance of a lifetime She went into hysterics screaming crying and swearing she had no knowledge of her husband s plot She begged Washington and his officers for mercy Her performance was crucial it not only convinced Washington of her innocence it also caused enough of a delay that her husband was able to escape Washington gave Peggy permission to take her baby and move back to her family in Philadelphia John Andre s remains in London s Westminster AbbeyJohn Andr was convicted for spying and hanged at age 31 while Arnold walked free Washington unsuccessfully tried to trade Andr for Arnold and then later to kidnap Arnold to publicly execute him but failed Arnold made history as the biggest traitor in the American military history and was hated on both sides until his death while the execution of Andr was hold with highest regrets on both sides The British celebrated him as hero and buried him in London s Westminster Abbey while Peggy received 350 for handling secret dispatches which made her the highest paid spy during the revolution Arnold never achieved the lifestyle he expected and they dealt with big financial issues until the rest of their lives What this book makes of it Narrated by the made Clara the antagonist to Peggy but also mirroring her Besides having uite some historical inaccuracies the characterizations were ust horrible and completely unbelievable The story is told through the eyes of the fictional Clara Belle who was the maid to Miss Peggy Clara became such a part of Peggy and Benedict s lives that she had no difficulties to spy
On Them Just As them Just as first has the romance with Andr Clara has one to a british officer as well However she is actually a rebel at heart and then reports her information to her later lover who oins the continental army On one hand she is uneducated but on the other hand she is the smartest person in the room and able to understand Andr s coded messages who the Arnolds can t decode All plots are openly discusses with her in the room or easy for her to overhear completely ignoring that they are discussing plots that they would be executed for In the end she actually dresses up as Peggy s sister and all three of them meet Andr at the shore to commit treason Benedict Arnold in the grip of his wifeThe way the characters of Peggy Andr and Arnold are portrait is downright offensive It is completely ignored that Peggy was well educated and political Instead she is presented as being a spoiled and extreme superficial socialite who only sided with the British because she fancied their red uniforms Arnold on the other hand is displayed as being downright stupid not being able to understand the coded messages for himself or form
HIS OWN OPINIONS HE IS DOMINATEDown opinions He is dominated his wife completely ignoring the hierarchy between men and woman in the 18th or considering that she was 18 years old and he 38 Peggy even was part of the military discussions with his officers all of them sitting at one table determining the negotiation conditions Andr s description is ust as bad and not doing Where the Forest Meets the Stars justice to what is known about himThis book isust completely offensive of the actual history and turned it into a bad love story rather than a political plot The social conventions of that time are completely ignored as well which makes the actual historical context get lost This is very sad since the entire triangle between Andr Arnold and Peggy is very suspicious Is was publicly known that Arnold was known to the family from a visit with Washington years before when she first met Andr The relationship between Arnold and Peggy then immediately began after Andr left to New York City and it was only one month after their marriage that their trading began I really hate historical fiction that is inaccurate and fictionalizing not Spike, the Black Wolf just a time but the biography of people making insulting assumptions about them For meust one uestion remains Why was this a NYT bestseller. 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 ArnoldTold 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 freed. Ct was Major John Andr head of the British intelligence service who was captured with the documents and then executed as spy But between them stood a
WOMAN PEGGY SHIPPEN WHO MAJORLY CONTRIBUTEDPeggy Shippen who majorly contributed the betrayal and became the highest paid spy during the American revolutionary war Until today her exact role and the related love story is controversial which in theory could make a great foundation for historical fiction However even though a NYT bestseller this book is not doing history usticeThe actual interesting history behind it Peggy Shippen beautiful vivacious and intelligent Margaret Shippen called Peggy was born in 1760 to a wealthy family in Philadelphia Her father was the prominent udge Edmund Shippen She was educated in all of the womanly arts but also looked up to her father from whom he learned about politics finance and the forces which led to the American Revolution When the American rebellion began in 1775 Edward Shippen chose to remain neutral but was thought to have Loyalist sympathies In 1777 the British captured the city and the 17 years old Peggy attend the many balls and parties thrown by the British Army officers She earned a reputation for being beautiful vivacious and intelligent Peggy met and had at least a flirtation with Major John Andr if not John Andr was courting Peggy Sippen in Philadelphia but her father didn t aprooveAndr was a charismatic and charming man whose manners and advanced education set him apart from his contemporaries in England He was fluent in English French German and Italian drew and painted wrote lyric and played the flute In June 1778 the British withdrew from the city because the continental army took over but Peggy stayed in contact with Andre He kept several portraits he drew of her while she remained with a lock of his hair that was found with her belongings after her death Lock of Major John Andr s Hair on display at The Keep Military Museum in Dorchester EnglandAlmost immediately after the British were gone Peggy became acuainted with General Benedict Arnold from the continental army the new military governor of Philadelphia It wasn t long until Arnold asked for Peggy s hand but her father turned him down due to his legal problems until Arnold asked for Peggy s hand but her father turned him down due to his legal problems was accused of corruption and malfeasance with the money of the federal and state governments and convicted on two relatively minor counts Despite this Edward Shippen eventually granted permission for Arnold to marry the 18 year old Peggy Peggy still had contact with her dear friend Major Andr though who had become General Clinton s spy chief She and Arnold also had close friends who were either actively Loyalist or sympathetic to that cause Some historians believe that Peggy Shippen instigated the correspondence between Arnold and Andr and sent military secrets to the British even before their wedding In any case only one month after
Their Wedding Arnold Offeredwedding Arnold offered services to Andr Peggy with her husband Benedict ArnoldLetters were passed through Peggy to Andre containing instructions written in both code and invisible ink Arnold was providing the British with information about troop locations and strengths as well as the locations of supply depots all the while negotiating over compensation Arnold then became the commandor of West Point the most critical American defense post in the Hudson River highlands Arnold systematically began to weaken the defenses and military strength at West Point making it easier for the British to capture He also drained West Point s supplies selling some of the supplies on the black market for personal gain A coded communication Handwriting by Peggy Shippen Arnold is interspersed with coded communication in Arnold s handIn 1780 General Arnold met with Andr on the shores of the Hudson River and treated the maps of West Point for 20000 in anticipation of the British capture Arnold provided Andr with civilian clothes and a passport which allowed him to travel under the name John Anderson As Andre tried to get back on British territory he was captured and arrested so that the plot was exposed Arnold received a note announcing Andr s capture and his possession of treasonous papers and maps Tha. O not only contributed to the betrayal but orchestrated itSocialite 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 disillusioned with his. The Traitor s Wife by Allison Pataki published by Howard BooksCategory Historical FictionRomance Publication Date February 11
2014 THE TRAITOR S WIFE ISThe Traitor s Wife is low on historical accuracy but very high on romance The story is based on Peggy Shippen who
Married Benedict Arnold And WasBenedict Arnold and was to convince him that his country had betrayed him and that he therefore should have no ualms about betraying his countryPeggy Shippen was the daughter of Judge Shippen of Philadelphia one would be better to say that she was the very spoiled daughter of Judge Shippen Philadelphia at the time was under British control and Peggy was a top socialite who championed the British cause and was a favorite of Major John AndreThe story is told through the eyes of Clara Belle sorry could not help thinking of the clown on Howdy Doody who was the maid to Miss Peggy sorry but could not help thinking of Miss Piggy Clara became such a part of Peggy and Benedict s lives that she was privy to their plot to overthrow the fledging colonist movement When the British abandoned Philadelphia the high society life enjoyed by Peggy came to an abrupt end that is until she sought the favor of General Benedict Arnold Arnold who came completely under the spell of Peggy is convinced by her that his country had betrayed him and that he should betray his country This of course was her scheme to improve her social status and get back in favor of the BritishClara who knows of the plot confines in Caleb Little a stable boy for the Shippens who has now become a colonial soldier and possible beau to ClaraA very good story for those looking for a romantic novel loosely based on historical fact I was really disappointed in this book I usually love historical fiction that is based off of real life events I like getting a new perspective on the characters situation But this book was one of those that I ust couldn t wait to finish so that I could be done with it I was expecting something a little less vulgar Though I didn t expect Peggy to be portrayed as a nice person she is the wife of a traitor after all I most certainly didn t expect to find such a tramp in the lead role of this novel She had no shame I m not ashamed to admit that I flipped over a few pages to avoid some rather crude scenes I will never read anything by this author in the future Now that being said there were a few good things about this book For one I loved the historical aspect of it I m a sucker for historical fiction as I mentioned earlier and the second thing is that Peggy although ruthless selfish and bratty amongst other things had a soft spot for her maid Clara It seemed that the few scenes that I saw Peggy s good side were the ones that she shared with her maidconfident It made her seem like there was a heart deep down in the abyss of her soul after all Peggy really was a despicable character If you want to draw in a reader allow them to see things from a good guys perspective I was miserable the entire time I spent reading this book because there was practically NO good in it Except towards the end where Clara gave Peggy what for and held her accountable for her actions I really can t think of anything else to say about this book I m sorry if this review offends anyone sort of but hey it s my honest opinion Bottom line don t read this book EverThe Literary MaidensNote I was provided with a free copy of this book by Howard Publishers in exchange for my honest opinion and I was not further reimbursed All thoughts expressed above are completely my own and unbiased If you can t break the rules you might as well seduce the man who makes them Synopsis Never underestimate the power of a spoiled brat who doesn t get what she wants Biblio Babble Peggy Please Throw Away Your Shot and the Wine Bottle Nothing like a glass of wine at breakfast to keep Peggy Shippen Arnold po So much wasted potential the actual history behind Peggy Shippen is intriguing General Benedict Arnold from the continental army is known for the biggest betrayal during the Revolutionary War in 1780 when he attempted to sell the plans of the American occupied West Point to the British army and then fled to their side His conta. A riveting historical novel about Peggy Shippen Arnold the cunning wife of Benedict Arnold and mastermind behind America’s most infamous act of treasonEveryone 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 wh.