The Traitor's Wife by Allison Pataki audiobook

The Traitor's Wife: A Novel

By Allison Pataki
Read by Madeleine Maby

Simon & Schuster Audio
16.18 Hours 1
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A riveting historical novel about Peggy Shippen Arnold, the cunning wife of Benedict Arnold and mastermind behind America’s most infamous act of treason... Everyone 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 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 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 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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A New York Times bestseller

A Publishers Weekly bestseller

A riveting historical novel about Peggy Shippen Arnold, the cunning wife of Benedict Arnold and mastermind behind America’s most infamous act of treason...

Everyone 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 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 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 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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“I consider this to be the debut of a major writer of historical fiction.” Mary Higgins Clark
“One of the best, best, best historical novels; I was riveted…I couldn’t put it down.” Kathie Lee Gifford, the Today show
“A well-balanced narrative…events offers fresh perspective, plenty of intrigue, and a host of interesting, multidimensional characters.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Pataki smoothly weaves intrigue and personality with critical historical facts…Historical fiction lovers will look forward to more from this promising new novelist.” Publishers Weekly
“A most impressive debut.” Philippa Gregory, author of The Other Boleyn Girl
“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, and this story of Benedict Arnold’s wife will appeal to lovers of historical fiction everywhere. Highly, highly recommended!” Michelle Moran, international bestselling author of Madame Tussaud
“Peggy Shippen Arnold is a well-developed character for whom readers will feel both compassion and contempt. But the story is told from the viewpoint of her favorite maid, Clara Bell, whom readers will love and empathize with. Steeped in fact, this novel leaves the reader feeling that the fictional events could have actually occurred.” RT Book Reviews (4½ stars)

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Author

Author Bio: Allison Pataki

Author Bio: Allison Pataki

Allison Pataki is the author of the New York Times bestselling historical novel, The Traitor’s Wife. She graduated cum laude from Yale University with a major in English and spent several years writing for TV and online news outlets. The daughter of former New York State governor, George E. Pataki, she is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and FoxNews.com.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction/Historical
Runtime: 16.18
Audience: Adult
Language: English