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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 ArnoldTold 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 freedo. I remember reading about Benedict Arnold in high school and all I can remember even now was that he was a traitor to this country I had forgotten the circumstances surrounding the details of his betrayal to this country during the American Revolution as we were fighting the British to declare our freedom from King George What's even remarkable is the novel from author Allison Pataki that takes all her research into the events surrounding Benedict Arnold and George Washington and filling in the rest with some amazing insight as told from the lady's maid perspective to Margaret Stippen Arnold Benedict's wifeIn this novel we meet Clara Bell who is arriving at the Shippen household to serve as a lady's maid for the two daughters of Judge Stippen Margaret the youngest and Betsy who is engaged to be married Only Margaret also known as Peggy believes that since Betsy is already engaged she doesn't need the help to prepare for social outings as much as she does and commands that Clara work exclusively for her needs Betsy doesn't seem to mind much and soon Peggy is the belle of the ball Only her rival Meg Chew is vying for the attention of the same man she is interested in John Andrè who likes playing them both against each other But Peggy believes she has the advantage on her side as long as she is willing to comprise some of her lady like standards to keep Johnny interested in her much to the dismay of Clara and her parents But when the war begins to move closer to home and reuires that John Andrè leave for the North Peggy is heartbroken until she gains the attention of Major General Benedict Arnold who is completely captivated by this eighteen year old beauty Peggy believes that in order to escape the confines of her restrictive household she will stop at nothing including attracting the attention of a man who is twice her age to get what she wants money power and a place above everyone else With Benedict Arnold having closed all the stores in Philadelphia to prevent the goods that were shipped from London from being sold and the money going back to aid the King he begins to smuggle the merchandise up North to make a tidy profit for himself Soon Clara finds herself in the middle of what could be considered treason but has no one to tell She is just a servant in the household and who would believe her story over that of a decorated General and his soon to be wife What's worse is the Peggy tries to manipulate the situation with Arnold to gain what she believes she is due in the world when things don't go her way she takes her frustration out on Clara But with no where to go if she leaves the household as a maid she knows she must bide her time until she can find a way to help her country before she is found guilty of aiding in their treason attempts with what she knowsI received The Traitor's Wife by Allison Pataki compliments of Howard Books a division of Simon and Schuster Publishers for my honest review I did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review and the opinions expressed in this review are strictly my own Being a fan of Downton Abbey I love how Allison chose to use the maid's perspective of the historical facts to bring this story to life in her debut novel Interwoven beautifully into this story are the real facts about the betrayal of Arnold's service to this country as well as the role Margaret Shippen Arnold truly played in this event I applaud her diligence to the research it took to bring this into a masterful novel that keeps the reader both entertained and captivated by the events There is even a discussion guide included in the back that is perfect for book clubs as well as the details and research it took in creating this novel I easily give this novel at 5 out of 5 stars and will definitely be looking for of Allison Pataki's novels in the future

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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 Andre 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. So much wasted potential the actual history behind Peggy Shippen is intriguing General Benedict Arnold from the continental army is known for the biggest betrayal during the Revolutionary War in 1780 when he attempted to sell the plans of the American occupied West Point to the British army and then fled to their side His contact was Major John André head of the British intelligence service who was captured with the documents and then executed as spy But between them stood a woman Peggy Shippen who majorly contributed to the betrayal and became the highest paid spy during the American revolutionary war Until today her exact role and the related love story is controversial which in theory could make a great foundation for historical fiction However even though a NYT bestseller this book is not doing history justiceThe actual interesting history behind it Peggy Shippen beautiful vivacious and intelligent Margaret Shippen called Peggy was born in 1760 to a wealthy family in Philadelphia Her father was the prominent judge Edmund Shippen She was educated in all of the womanly arts but also looked up to her father from whom he learned about politics finance and the forces which led to the American Revolution When the American rebellion began in 1775 Edward Shippen chose to remain neutral but was thought to have Loyalist sympathies In 1777 the British captured the city and the 17 years old Peggy attend the many balls and parties thrown by the British Army officers She earned a reputation for being beautiful vivacious and intelligent Peggy met and had at least a flirtation with Major John André if not John Andréwas courting Peggy Sippen in Philadelphia but her father didn‘t aprooveAndré was a charismatic and charming man whose manners and advanced education set him apart from his contemporaries in England He was fluent in English French German and Italian drew and painted wrote lyric and played the flute In June 1778 the British withdrew from the city because the continental army took over but Peggy stayed in contact with Andre He kept several portraits he drew of her while she remained with a lock of his hair that was found with her belongings after her death Lock of Major John André's Hair on display at The Keep Military Museum in Dorchester EnglandAlmost immediately after the British were gone Peggy became acuainted with General Benedict Arnold from the continental army the new military governor of Philadelphia It wasn‘t long until Arnold asked for Peggy’s hand but her father turned him down due to his legal problems Arnold was accused of corruption and malfeasance with the money of the federal and state governments and convicted on two relatively minor counts Despite this Edward Shippen eventually granted permission for Arnold to marry the 18 year old Peggy Peggy still had contact with her dear friend Major André though who had become General Clinton's spy chief She and Arnold also had close friends who were either actively Loyalist or sympathetic to that cause Some historians believe that Peggy Shippen instigated the correspondence between Arnold and André and sent military secrets to the British even before their wedding In any case only one month after their wedding Arnold offered his services to André Peggy with her husband Benedict ArnoldLetters were passed through Peggy to Andre containing instructions written in both code and invisible ink Arnold was providing the British with information about troop locations and strengths as well as the locations of supply depots all the while negotiating over compensation Arnold then became the commandor of West Point – the most critical American defense post in the Hudson River highlands Arnold systematically began to weaken the defenses and military strength at West Point making it easier for the British to capture He also drained West Point’s supplies; selling some of the supplies on the black market for personal gain A coded communication Handwriting by Peggy Shippen Arnold is interspersed with coded communication in Arnold's handIn 1780 General Arnold met with André on the shores of the Hudson River and treated the maps of West Point for £20000 in anticipation of the British capture Arnold provided André with civilian clothes and a passport which allowed him to travel under the name John Anderson As Andre tried to get back on British territory he was captured and arrested so that the plot was exposed Arnold received a note announcing André's capture and his possession of treasonous papers and maps That same morning General George Washington was planning to meet Arnold at his home for breakfast Arnold understanding that his treason would be reviled soon dashed upstairs to his wife Peggy and then fled to the British side Peggy put on the performance of a lifetime She went into hysterics screaming crying and swearing she had no knowledge of her husband’s plot She begged Washington and his officers for mercy Her performance was crucial it not only convinced Washington of her innocence it also caused enough of a delay that her husband was able to escape Washington gave Peggy permission to take her baby and move back to her family in Philadelphia John Andre‘s remains in London's Westminster AbbeyJohn André was convicted for spying and hanged at age 31 while Arnold walked free Washington unsuccessfully tried to trade André for Arnold and then later to kidnap Arnold to publicly execute him but failed Arnold made history as the biggest traitor in the American military history and was hated on both sides until his death while the execution of André was hold with highest regrets on both sides The British celebrated him as hero and buried him in London's Westminster Abbey while Peggy received £350 for handling secret dispatches which made her the highest paid spy during the revolution Arnold never achieved the lifestyle he expected and they dealt with big financial issues until the rest of their lives What this book makes of it Narrated by the made Clara the antagonist to Peggy but also mirroring her Besides having uite some historical inaccuracies the characterizations were just horrible and completely unbelievable The story is told through the eyes of the fictional Clara Belle who was the maid to Miss Peggy Clara became such a part of Peggy and Benedict’s lives that she had no difficulties to spy on them Just as Peggy first has the romance with André Clara has one to a british officer as well However she is actually a rebel at heart and then reports her information to her later lover who joins the continental army On one hand she is uneducated but on the other hand she is the smartest person in the room and able to understand André‘s coded messages who the Arnolds can't decode All plots are openly discusses with her in the room or easy for her to overhear completely ignoring that they are discussing plots that they would be executed for In the end she actually dresses up as Peggy‘s sister and all three of them meet André at the shore to commit treason Benedict Arnold in the grip of his wifeThe way the characters of Peggy André and Arnold are portrait is downright offensive It is completely ignored that Peggy was well educated and political Instead she is presented as being a spoiled and extreme superficial socialite who only sided with the British because she fancied their red uniforms Arnold on the other hand is displayed as being downright stupid not being able to understand the coded messages for himself or form his own opinions He is dominated by his wife completely ignoring the hierarchy between men and woman in the 18th or considering that she was 18 years old and he 38 Peggy even was part of the military discussions with his officers all of them sitting at one table determining the negotiation conditions André‘s description is just as bad and not doing justice to what is known about himThis book is just completely offensive of the actual history and turned it into a bad love story rather than a political plot The social conventions of that time are completely ignored as well which makes the actual historical context get lost This is very sad since the entire triangle between André Arnold and Peggy is very suspicious Is was publicly known that Arnold was known to the family from a visit with Washington years before when she first met André The relationship between Arnold and Peggy then immediately began after André left to New York City and it was only one month after their marriage that their trading began I really hate historical fiction that is inaccurate and fictionalizing not just a time but the biography of people making insulting assumptions about them For me just one uestion remains Why was this a NYT bestseller Polo plot a charming young woman who. So much wasted Les Innocents potential the actual history behind Peggy Shippen is intriguing General Benedict Arnold from the continental army is known for the biggest betrayal during the Revolutionary War in 1780 when he attempted to sell the King Alfred's Version of St. Augustine's Soliloquies plans of the American occupied West Point to the British army and then fled to their side His contact was Major John André head of the British intelligence service who was captured with the documents and then executed as spy But between them stood a woman Peggy Shippen who majorly contributed to the betrayal and became the highest I Was A Stranger paid spy during the American revolutionary war Until today her exact role and the related love story is controversial which in theory could make a great foundation for historical fiction However even though a NYT bestseller this book is not doing history justiceThe actual interesting history behind it Peggy Shippen beautiful vivacious and intelligent Margaret Shippen called Peggy was born in 1760 to a wealthy family in Philadelphia Her father was the Rescuing Gus prominent judge Edmund Shippen She was educated in all of the womanly arts but also looked up to her father from whom he learned about Uit Poirot's praktijk politics finance and the forces which led to the American Revolution When the American rebellion began in 1775 Edward Shippen chose to remain neutral but was thought to have Loyalist sympathies In 1777 the British captured the city and the 17 years old Peggy attend the many balls and Class of 92: Out of Our League parties thrown by the British Army officers She earned a reputation for being beautiful vivacious and intelligent Peggy met and had at least a flirtation with Major John André if not John Andréwas courting Peggy Sippen in Philadelphia but her father didn‘t aprooveAndré was a charismatic and charming man whose manners and advanced education set him apart from his contemporaries in England He was fluent in English French German and Italian drew and The Lives of Stay-at-Home Fathers: Masculinity, Carework and Fatherhood in the United States painted wrote lyric and Portrait of a Starter: An Unhidden Story played the flute In June 1778 the British withdrew from the city because the continental army took over but Peggy stayed in contact with Andre He kept several How We Die, Reflections on Life's Final Chapter by Sherwin B. Nuland Summary & Study Guide portraits he drew of her while she remained with a lock of his hair that was found with her belongings after her death Lock of Major John André's Hair on display at The Keep Military Museum in Dorchester EnglandAlmost immediately after the British were gone Peggy became acuainted with General Benedict Arnold from the continental army the new military governor of Philadelphia It wasn‘t long until Arnold asked for Peggy’s hand but her father turned him down due to his legal How the West Was Lost: Fifty Years of Economic Folly--and the Stark Choices Ahead problems Arnold was accused of corruption and malfeasance with the money of the federal and state governments and convicted on two relatively minor counts Despite this Edward Shippen eventually granted Gone: The Disappearance of Claudia Lawrence and Her Father's Desperate Search for the Truth permission for Arnold to marry the 18 year old Peggy Peggy still had contact with her dear friend Major André though who had become General Clinton's spy chief She and Arnold also had close friends who were either actively Loyalist or sympathetic to that cause Some historians believe that Peggy Shippen instigated the correspondence between Arnold and André and sent military secrets to the British even before their wedding In any case only one month after their wedding Arnold offered his services to André Peggy with her husband Benedict ArnoldLetters were Choosing Lovers for Justine passed through Peggy to Andre containing instructions written in both code and invisible ink Arnold was 1,000 Awesome Writing Prompts providing the British with information about troop locations and strengths as well as the locations of supply depots all the while negotiating over compensation Arnold then became the commandor of West Point – the most critical American defense Ringside: A Treasury of Boxing Reportage post in the Hudson River highlands Arnold systematically began to weaken the defenses and military strength at West Point making it easier for the British to capture He also drained West Point’s supplies; selling some of the supplies on the black market for La sedicesima luna personal gain A coded communication Handwriting by Peggy Shippen Arnold is interspersed with coded communication in Arnold's handIn 1780 General Arnold met with André on the shores of the Hudson River and treated the maps of West Point for £20000 in anticipation of the British capture Arnold Moonrise (Snowfall, provided André with civilian clothes and a Moonrise passport which allowed him to travel under the name John Anderson As Andre tried to get back on British territory he was captured and arrested so that the Restful Sleep: The Complete Mind/Body Program for Overcoming Insomnia plot was exposed Arnold received a note announcing André's capture and his Fallen Angel: The Passion of Fausto Coppi possession of treasonous Hello, Snow! 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Not only contributed to the betrayal but orchestrated itSocialite 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 disillusioned with his. Ok I’ve owned this book since it was released but I just now really paid attention to the synopsis I’m afraid to get my hopes up because Peggy sounds perfectly notorious I need some nonfiction on this gal Breaking into Information Security: Learning the Ropes 101 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 disillusioned with his. Ok I’ve owned this book since it was released but I just now really Men in Kilts paid attention to the synopsis I’m afraid to get my hopes up because Peggy sounds The Killing Of Katie Steelstock perfectly notorious I need some nonfiction on this gal

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