The Traitor’s Wife:

A Novel

  • Read by: Ellen Archer
  • Runtime: 8.6 Hours
  • Recording: Unabridged
  • Release date: 11.8.2010
  • Publisher: Reagan Arthur Books
  • Genre: Fiction/Historical
  • 8.63 hrs11/8/2010Unabridged
  • ISBN-13: 9781607886686

Selected for the November 2010 Indie Next List

This novel was originally published under the title The Wolves of Andover.

In the harsh wilderness of colonial Massachusetts, Martha Allen works as a servant in her cousin’s household, taking charge and locking wills with everyone. Thomas Carrier labors for the family and is known both for his immense strength and size and his mysterious past. The two begin a courtship that suits their independent natures, with Thomas slowly revealing the story of the role he played in the English Civil War. But in the rugged new world they inhabit, danger is ever present, whether it be from the assassins sent from London to kill the executioner of Charles I or the wolves—in many forms—who hunt for blood.

At once a love story and a tale of courage, The Traitor’s Wife confirms Kathleen Kent’s ability to craft powerful stories from the dramatic background of America’s earliest days.

Editorial Reviews

“Kent is a master at conveying the details of life in seventeenth-century New England…Martha is a genuinely engaging heroine, and Thomas emerges as a worthy counterpart. Their slow, reluctant, but passionate courtship comes to life under Kent’s hand.”

Barnes & Noble, editorial review

“Kent doesn’t disappoint in this prequel to The Heretic’s Daughter…Kent weaves in references to her first novel while creating an immersive stand-alone where Old World corruption clashes with New World opportunity; London bustles as civilization is carved out of the Massachusetts wilderness; and colonial self-reliance contrasts with dealing for favors in Restoration England. Kent brings colonial America to life by poking into its dark corners and finding its emotional and personal underpinnings.”

Publishers Weekly

“An example of the currently popular genre-blender, the book is part historical fiction, part romance, and part suspense. Skillfully meshing these various elements, the author’s latest effort is bound to please fans of each.”


“[Kent] combines harsh images of early Colonial life with a well-paced story and careful details. The result is a taut narrative that will satisfy historical fiction lovers.”

Library Journal

“Kent… lovingly captures their daily grind and brings looming dangers, whether man or beast, to harrowing life.”

Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Author Biography

Kathleen Kent is the author of The Heretic’s Daughter and The Traitor’s Wife. She has received the David J. Langum Sr. Prize in American Historical Fiction. She lives in Dallas.

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Ellen Archer is an award-winning narrator, actress, and singer with a degree in Opera Performance from the Boston Conservatory. She has performed extensively on the New York stage and in regional theaters. She has narrated numerous audiobooks and has won several AudioFile Earphones Awards, as well as the prestigious Audie Award for best narration.

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