Blog Tour, Book Review and #Rafflecopter #Giveaway: The Traitor’s Wife by Kathleen Kent

About the Book:

This novel was originally published under the title The Wolves of Andover.

In the harsh wilderness of colonial Massachusetts, Martha Allen works as a servant in her cousin’s household, taking charge and locking wills with everyone. Thomas Carrier labors for the family and is known both for his immense strength and size and his mysterious past. The two begin a courtship that suits their independent natures, with Thomas slowly revealing the story of the role he played in the English Civil War. But in the rugged new world they inhabit, danger is ever present, whether it be from the assassins sent from London to kill the executioner of Charles I or the wolves-in many forms-who hunt for blood. At once a love story and a tale of courage, The Traitor’s Wife confirms Kathleen Kent’s ability to craft powerful stories from the dramatic background of America’s earliest days. 

About the Author:

Kathleen Kent lives in Dallas with her husband and son. The Heretic’s Daughter is her first novel.
Most of the books that have influenced and touched me the most are historical fiction.  When I was a child I read a lot of Dickens, Poe and H.H. Monroe.   Some of my favorites from the past are The Quincunx, by Charles Palliser, Instance of the Fingerpost by Iain Pears, The Weight of Water by Anita Shreve, and The Source by James Mitchener.  I also read everything by Annie Dillard, Cormac McCarthy and Larry McMurtry.  Currently I’m re-reading a book called The Long Home by William Gay who is, to me, one of the best writers in American fiction today.

My Opinion:

I have only recently become a fan of American historical fiction and it is books like this that keep me wanting to know more. The early Puritan colonists in this country lived a harsh life in difficult conditions and while I have read many books looking at the history of England during the period of time from Charles I through Cromwell through the Restoration of Charles II I had never once considered the history of the colonists during that time period.

This enthralling novel takes me into the life of one of Cromwell’s soldiers who now lives is Massachusetts colony. He and others like him are protected by a spy ring that rivals that of King Charles II. Thomas Carrier is living in the house of one of these men where he meets Martha, a cousin to the man’s wife. Their love story is the heart of the book.

And it’s a love story to savor; love does not come easy to these two as neither one has had an easy life. But their love builds slowly through looks and conversations and you just know that they will have an abiding love.

Ms. Kent spares nothing in her tale of colonial life; it was a harsh time and this is at times a harsh tale but it is so worth reading. The characters are fascinating and this story of her ancestors kept my interest from the first page to the last. I have her first book, The Heretic’s Daughter on my shelf and I look forward to reading it to continue the tale of Martha and Thomas.

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Disclosure:  I received a copy of The Traitor’s Wife from Hachette Books gratis. Any opinions expressed are my honest opinions and were not impacted by my receipt of the free book. I received no monetary compensation for this post.

28 thoughts on “Blog Tour, Book Review and #Rafflecopter #Giveaway: The Traitor’s Wife by Kathleen Kent

  1. Carol L.

    I didn’t read The Heretic’s Daughter but I do have both books on my TRL. I definitely want to read about Thomas and Martha. Thanks for the opportunity.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  2. fredamans

    I have not read The Heretic’s Daughter yet, but I do have a copy of it. It will be read soon, but I would love to continue the story, hence my entries for this book.

  3. lsl_scrapper

    Ive seen a lot about this book lately and I can’t wait to read it! I haven’t read The Heretic’s Daugter yet, but now I want to!

  4. Laura H.

    Thanks for the giveaway! No, I have not read “The Heretic’s Daughter” but it’s on my TBR list. I’m anxious to read it as well as “The Traitor’s Wife.



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