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 defected to the British Army—as
history’s most notorious turncoat. Many also 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 helped orchestrate 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 lover 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. Download and start listening now!