The Traitor's Wife

The Traitor's Wife: The Woman Behind Benedict Arnold and the Plan to Betray America - Allison Pataki

"If you can't break the rules you might as well seduce the man who makes them."

This is a historical fiction about Peggy Shippen Arnold, the wife of Benedict Arnold. Americans all know Benedict Arnold as a traitor but this book covers Peggy's possible roll in what happened. As I haven't read much historical fiction set during the Revolutionary War this was a bit of a new experience for me and after having read this book I am looking forward to reading more historical fiction set in this time period.


Reading this caused me to be the closest I have ever been to smashing my Kindle to pieces, but not because it was boring or badly written but because Peggy Shippen Arnold was such a bitch. Oh man I can usually take bitchiness up to a certain point but Peggy was just so frustratingly bitchy. Every time she was mentioned as or called Miss Peggy I read it as "Miss Piggy." She definitely reminded me of Scarlett O'Hara from Gone With the Wind.


I just loved reading this book from Clara's (Peggy's maid) point-of-view. I really connected with Clara and felt horrible for her that she had to always deal with Peggy. I feared that she would always let Peggy push her around and I really enjoyed seeing how Clara deals with everything at the end.


Allison Pataki includes a historical note at the end explaining more about the facts of the events and showing how she stayed true to those facts and where she sometimes differed from the facts a bit. As a historical fiction book this managed to be based off of history and stay mostly true to the facts while still being an interesting read.