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The Traitor's Wife: A Novel Paperback – Bargain Price, September 26, 2011
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The Traitor's Wife was originally published under the name The Wolves of Andover - and in a way, I wish that title had stuck. I picked up this book thinking that the title would make sense, and.. while it does in a very subtle way, I just think it gives the wrong impression.
This is the prelude to Kent's The Heretic's Daughter. It explores the relationship between Martha Allen and Thomas Carrier and I loved every single sentence of the book. I was completely immersed in history, surrounded by lush descriptions and found the heroine to be strong, stubborn and strong-willed without having any of the cloying, disgusting whimpering that historical heroines in these types of books can often end up having.
The love story between Martha and Thomas was so realistic as well. Not always is love all titters and secretive looks and sneaking out into the barn, it's also harsh, it has to be worked at, and there has to be mutual respect between the two people. Although there was not a whole lot of affection shown, I never once doubted that these two were in love with each other and that the marriage would work. A strong relationship like that speaks well for both the characters and the author who puts them to paper.
Kathleen Kent has a prominent place in my "authors to watch for" list. A good historical fiction writer, especially one writing about the early days of America, is not easy to come by but Kent has knocked it out of the ballpark with The Traitor's Wife. Put this one on your list to read.
Lie is hard in rural Massachusetts during the late 1600s, and Martha is a big help. She finds herself attracted to Thomas, an indentured man who helps to run the farm. There are whisperings that Thomas has a secret to hide, that he was somehow involved in Cromwell's execution of England's king years before. Whatever happened in his past, it now threatens to shatter the peaceful existence that has settled over the household.
The Traitor's Wife by Kathleen Kent tells the beginning of the story of Martha Allen and Thomas Carrier, the parents of Sarah Carrier in The Heretic's Daughter. In this prequel, Kent once again brings this time in the early years of the Massachusetts's colony alive. There were fears of violent natives on the prowl, the plague, and mischief-makers from England. This new frontier was a hard place to live, and despite the separation of colonists they depending on each other to stay alive.
In The Heretic's Daughter, Sarah struggles to understand her mother and the hard exterior she shows to the world. Here, Martha is revealed as someone who has a backbone of steel, but it's a rigidness born of necessity as much as personality. The same goes for Thomas, who is reluctant to involve anyone else in protecting him from his past, but is eager to begin anew in this raw country.
Through Kent's research and masterful storytelling, she has created another fascinating tale that draws on family stories of her very real ancestors. I recommend The Traitor's Wife for anyone who loves historical fiction.
Thomas Hobbes, The Leviathan
English political philosopher (1588-1679)
Life in 1673 Massachusetts lived up to Hobbes' expectations. In THE WOLVES OF ANDOVER, Kathleen Kent offers a realistic depiction of survival through the eyes of colonial woman, Martha Allen. With a sharp eye for detail, Kent does not shy away from historical accuracy in order to create a romance full of beauty and lightness. Instead, she depicts rustic settlers living in primitive conditions in close proximity to livestock. Many are hanging on by a thread against Indian attack, disease and poverty.
Martha's strength is that she rises to meet these challenges. Having reached the age of 20 without a husband, her father can no longer afford to care for her. Martha is sent to live with her cousin, Patience and her family as a servant. Patience is suffering through a difficult pregnancy and requires help around the house. Martha takes on the role of housekeeper caring for Patience's children, Will and Joanna; her husband, Daniel and their indentured servants, John and Thomas.
When a pack of wolves starts terrorizing the countryside, Martha forges a bond with Thomas despite his being 30 years her senior. While attempting to ensnare the lupines, his quiet, steady demeanor captures the interest of the sharp-tongued girl. While strong and physically fit, Thomas' fate lies in the hands of Patience and Daniel. His hope rests on their granting him a parcel of land upon completion of his servitude. Martha's future too is uncertain once Patience is delivered of child.
Yet affairs of the heart come second to survival in this inhospitable environment. The yard is full of mud from freezing rain.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good historical novel. Many possibilities why people were accused of witchcraftPublished 8 months ago by Michele Varner
It must be terribly difficult to write a follow up novel to one as powerful as The Heretic's Daughter. Read morePublished 11 months ago by JenniferB
Really enjoying, great part of history that is not well known. Well researched with an interesting character point of view.Published 14 months ago by Molly
As ever, Kathleen Kent wows with her seamless retelling of her family's real history, myths and legends, as she did in The Heretic's Daughter. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Hayley Shaver author of Gaia's Beings
Martha Alan Carrier was my 10th great-grandmother. Thomas (Morgan) Carrier was my 10th great-grandfather. My grandmother, Frances Carrier Clark Hedrick her direct descendant. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Linda Beer Johnson
This was my first time reading a Kathleen Kent book. I found the book so boring that I skipped chapter after chapter just to finish it. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Joanne F. Halluin