On Sale: February 11, 2014
Featuring: Peggy Shippen; Benedict Arnold; John Andre
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A riveting historical novel about Peggy Shippen Arnold,
the cunning wife of Benedict Arnold and mastermind behind
Americaâ€™s most infamous act of treason . . .
Everyone knows Benedict Arnoldâ€”the Revolutionary War
general who betrayed America and fled to the Britishâ€”as
historyâ€™s most notorious turncoat. Many know Arnoldâ€™s
co-conspirator, Major John AndrĂ©, who was apprehended with
Arnoldâ€™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 Arnoldâ€™s age
when she seduces the war hero during his stint as military
commander of Philadelphia. Blinded by his young brideâ€™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
AndrĂ©. 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 Peggyâ€™s maid, whose faith in the new nation inspires her
to intervene in her mistressâ€™s affairs even when it could
cost her everything, The Traitorâ€™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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