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 mysterious past. The two begin a courtship that suits their independent natures, with Thomas slowly revealing the story of his part 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. 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.




“Kent has managed a muscular genre exercise; her narrative moves so swiftly that it’s intermittent moments of genuine pity and terror catch with your guard down.” – New York Times Book Review

“Vivid…mixing history, love story, and suspense, Kent seamlessly blends true events with fiction to bring a fraught, endlessly fascinating period of American history to life.” – People

“Kent has a unique talent for early American storytelling…she combines the steadfastness of well-researched historical fiction with the organic mien of oral storytelling.” – BookPage

“Beautifully written.” – Dallas Morning News

“Passionate and intelligent.” – Richmond Times-Dispatch 

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8 Responses

    • Kathleen Kent

      Dear Morgana: Often people will read Heretic’s Daughter first, and then Traitor’s Wife. In that order, some mysteries offered up in the first book, will be answered in the second. Best regards, KK

  1. Pam Masom

    I just finished listening to The Traitor’s Wife. As a descendant of Martha and Thomas via Richard, it was great to have flesh put on the family lore. I had grown up knowing the tale but recently just finished the family tree back to Thomas and finding out more about Martha. I have pictures of the cemetery in Middle Haddam, CT where a lot of the Carriers including my grandmother Helen Carrier Tluck are buried. Will be downloading the Heretic’s daughter tonight to finish the story
    Pam Mason.

    • Kathleen Kent

      Pam: Thank you for your posting! I’m always thrilled to hear from fellow descendants of those two remarkable people, Martha and Thomas Carrier. I hope you’ll be moved by the story of The Heretic’s Daughter. It was truly a labor of love as it was based on stories my grandparents used to tell me about the Carrier family. I so appreciate all your support and enthusiasm for my work. Best regards, KK

  2. margaret jane bracher

    I picked up The Heretic’s Daughter at our local library hoping it would be a good read. I read a book for the writing ability as much as the story and I am very picky about what I consider to be good writing. I wanted to say that you are a writer of remarkable skill and I finished the book in just a few hours. I am so pleased to see that you have written more books and I can’t wait to purchase them for my collection. Thank you!

    • Kathleen Kent

      Margaret, thank you so much for your note. It is deeply appreciated. I hope that you’ll be moved by my other two books as well, The Traitor’s Wife (published as The Wolves of Andover in hardcover) and The Outcasts, set in 1870 Texas. Best regards, Kathleen

  3. Beverly Yacovitch

    Your novel, THE HERETIC’S DAUGHTER, was recommend by based on my reading habits. I was pleasantly surprised that the story was of the Salem Witch Trial which takes place in Olde Salem Village aka Danvers, MA where I have lived for 33 years. I did not realize that the victims named lived as far as Andover. Your research was so accurate that it even named on of my ancestor, Ralph Farnham.

    For my Mother’s 80th birthday, I researched her family tree back to the 1500’s. Another name that I remember seeing in the tree was Toothtaker which my mother’s Maternal Grandmother is a decedent. The Toothtakers in her tree were from Maine but after reading your book, I found that Andrew Toothtaker, Roger Toothtaker’s son moved to Hapswell, ME. I was so excitied to know that a book had been written about one of my ancestor even if they were unsavory.

    • Kathleen Kent

      Beverly: Thank you so much for your posting! I’m always thrilled to hear from descendants of the settlers that lived in 17th century New England. I still hear from a lot of Carriers, and several Toothakers from back East. One of them Don Toothaker, a photographer, still lives in Maine. Who knows, you may be related to him. Thank you as well for your enthusiastic support of The Heretic’s Daughter. I hope you’ll be moved to read The Traitor’s Wife, a prequel to Heretic, and a more in-depth story of Thomas Carrier, an important player in the events leading to the death of King Charles I of England. Best regards, Kathleen

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