Book Review: The Traitor’s Wife by Kathleen Kent & Giveaway!

Posted June 25, 2012 by Melissa in Book Review | 16 Comments

Title: The Traitor’s Wife
Author:  Kathleen Kent
Reading level: Adult
Genre:  Historical Fiction
Size: 296 pages
Release Date:  September 26th 2011
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Stand Alone or Series: Stand Alone (but is the prequel to The Heretic’s Daughter)
Source: My Personal Library

First Line:  “The young woman stepped from the wagon and turned to face the driver still holding the slackened reins.”

Summary (from GoodReads):

I’ll not ask you to be mine … I will never seek to blunt the fury in you, never, and will honour your will as my own. What say you? Can you be a soldier’s wife?
New England, 1673. Martha Allen, a young woman reviled by her family because of her refusal to marry, is packed off to be a servant in her cousin’s home. She takes charge of the neglected household and annoys everyone around her – including a mysterious Welshman who works for the family, a man whose forceful nature matches her own. As they both gradually let their guard down, a fragile, uneasy friendship grows between the pair. Meanwhile, on the other side of the Atlantic, a band of assassins, driven by the will of Charles II, charter a ship to the New World. They have a single aim: to capture Thomas Morgan, the killer of Charles I, and bring him back to London where he will face an excruciating death. The Royalists want to see his head on a spike outside the Tower of London.
As Martha begins to fall for the tall Welshman, he reveals a little of his past. It soon becomes clear that his life is in grave danger. As the threat of the assassins grows closer, can Martha find it in herself to be a traitor’s wife?


My Thoughts:

I read this book because it is the prequel to The Heretic’s Daughter which I read and reviewed last year.  (Read my Review of The Heretic’s Daughter.)  I was initially intrigued with the story because I love the Colonial American period and anything to do with the Salem Witch Trials.  This book tells the tale  of Martha and how she met, fell in love and married Thomas Carrier.

I absolutely loved the character development in this story even more than in Kent’s previous work.  I really felt like I came to know Martha and Thomas and I adored their independent natures and the way that they lived completely on their own terms  It also helped me to better understand the decisions that they made later in like in The Heretic’s Daughter.

The historical pieces of the tale were also well researched and imbued with enough mystery to keep me reading and wondering. And the constant sense of danger as Thomas’s previous life begins to catch up with him had me unable to put this one down.

With beautiful prose and a great story of love and independence set on the turbulent backdrop of America in it’s early days…this book is one I would definitely recommend to those who love historical fiction and strong characters.

Was it worth my Time?


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16 responses to “Book Review: The Traitor’s Wife by Kathleen Kent & Giveaway!

  1. I had not heard of THE TRAITOR’S WIFE before. I do love Historical reads & this is a period in history I know little of. I’ve added it to my reading list.

  2. You’ve got me intrigued, I had not read the other one yet, but aim to. Would love to read this one first though!
    marieburton2004 at yahoo dot com

  3. Thanks for reviewing this one. The Heretic’s Daughter is on my wishlist/TBR, but now I’m thinking I should start with The Traitor’s Wife and read that first.

  4. Anonymous

    I read the Wolves of Andover by this author and it sounds like the exact same plot. What is the difference between the 2 books?

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