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The Traitor's Wife : A Novel : The Woman Behind Benedict Arnold and the… (original 2014; edição 2014)

por Allison Pataki

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"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 Andre. 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."--from cover, page [4].… (mais)
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Título:The Traitor's Wife : A Novel : The Woman Behind Benedict Arnold and the Plan to Betray America
Autores:Allison Pataki
Informação:New York : Howard Books, 2014.
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Historical Fiction? More like Historical Fluff-disappointing. I have read about these events a number of times and know that, what is told in this tale is a pile of dung!

I am not an expert, by any means, on any history, but I am a self-proclaimed history(I will use the word of the month-) Geek. And this book left me befuddled and bewildered.

The story is told through the eyes of the maid of Miss Peggy Shippen (who eventually marries Arnold), a Philadelphia beauty who is the darling of the English Army and the paramour of John Andre the man who would eventually turn Benedict Arnold into the re known Traitor of the Colonies.

I loved Clara Bell (the maid) and her story- if this had been the only fictional piece in the book I probably would have loved it.

Peggy Shippen was portrayed in so many different lights it was hard to wrap your head around it. In one chapter she is the astute, conniving wench she truly was-in the next breath she was pouty, prone to childish tantrums. Shippen was not the only character that seemed to jump personalities like The Three Faces Of Eve!!!!

This was Allison Pataki's first book, which is why I am giving her a little leeway. I think she was on the right track(with her background, I am again befuddled. What happened? An over-zealous editor/publisher perhaps). I am going to give her another chance and see if lessons were learned from this poor first attempt!

Give me HISTORY-not-FLUFF or call it what is-Fiction ( )
  JBroda | Sep 24, 2021 |
Historical fiction is not something I normally read and this book does not incline me to read any more. Was very blah and very long. Not sure how this ended up on my to read list! ( )
  littlemuls | Jan 28, 2021 |
The best thing I can say about this book is that I finished it, although there were plenty of times when I did not think I would. If you're a big fan of heady Historical Fiction full of facts and accurate portrayals of historical events, do not pick this book up. This book was short on historical facts, and long on cliches and heavy handed generalizations. Major characters had no depth; they were completely one dimensional (we get it, already, Peggy is the most cunning and the most beautiful and an utterly despicable, irredeemable human being, no gray area there). The narrator is almost without personality and vacillates between fretfulness, simpering subservience, and naivety. The dialogue was uneven and mostly unbelievable. The book does describe an actual, interesting historical event, and for me that was it's one saving grace and its probably the reason I finished it, but I would not recommend it. ( )
  mageestarr | Dec 29, 2020 |
DNF
  MissNova | Oct 27, 2019 |
I thoroughly enjoy this novel. The dialogue and settings were believable and the interplay between a beautiful woman and her weak husband, fascinating. ( )
  csobolak | Oct 7, 2019 |
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"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 Andre. 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."--from cover, page [4].

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