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In the harsh wilderness of colonial Massachusetts, Martha Allen works as a servant in her cousin's home, taking charge of the neglected household and locking wills with everyone around her, including a mysterious Welshman who works for the family, a man whose forceful nature matches her own.
Published 2011 by Oakhill (first published January 1st 2010)
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Hannah Greendale
It is 1673 in colonial Massachusetts. Martha Allen is twenty-three and unwed. She accepts work as a servant for her cousin who will soon bear her third child. While tending to the house, Martha is drawn to a hired man working her cousin's land. Thomas Carrier is tall and strong, and Martha cannot resist the allure of his rugged nature. But Thomas has many secrets in his past - secrets that put him, and any who dare to love him, at great risk.

Though the prose is not as rich as Kathleen Kent's fi
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CoffeeBook Chick
Note: In order to effectively review The Wolves of Andover, I have to discuss Kathleen Kent's incredible debut, The Heretic's Daughter.

There wasn't any doubt I wanted to read Kathleen Kent's The Wolves of Andover since I loved her first book, The Heretic's Daughter, so much. I read and reviewed it and a few other books about Salem in this post here.

Part of my desire to read her first book, other than my own interest in the Salem Witch Trials, was because Kathleen Kent is a direct descendant on
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Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
Boy meets girl, 17th-Century style. This is the story of how Thomas and Martha Carrier met, fell in love, and married. If you've read The Heretic's Daughter, you know they didn't quite live happily ever after, but that's twenty years down the road from The Wolves of Andover.

A little brush-up on English history is nice here, tied in to Thomas's life before he came to America. It's the stuff you learned in public school and then promptly dumped from your memory. When you read it you'll say oh, ye
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Hannah
The Wolves of Andover is somewhat of a companion book to Kathleen Kent's: The Heretic's Daughter, although it can be read as a stand alone novel. It traces the relationship of Martha Allen and Thomas Carrier (the parents of Sarah Carrier from The Heretic's Daughter).

Martha, a hard-headed and free-thinking woman of colonial Mass. Bay Colony, is a spinster at the ripe age of 19, and fears the loss of her independent thought through marriage just as much as spinsterhood (if not more). It takes the
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Mary
“Oh fer Christ's bloody sake Martha I didna' raise ye to be well regarded. To be liked. Any puny weak-waisted slut can be liked. I raised ye to be reckoned with.”

Colonial Massachusetts. Martha Allen is sent to her cousin's home to earn her keep. Hers is a life of drudgery, hardwork and disappointments, but she is strong-willed and sharp-tongued, and she catches the eye of Thomas Carrier, the family's hired labourer. Thomas is a handsome Welshman, known for his silent strength and rumoured to hav
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Lisa
Apr 11, 2012 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I found out there was a prequel to The Heretic's Daughter, I was so excited. Kathleen Kent had swept me back to the 1600s, in the midst of the horrific witch trials and the Carrier family. I found myself absorbed and surprisingly attached to these complex people. After a glimpse of the strong love between Martha and Thomas Carrier, I wanted to know about their early lives, how they met, etc. And then, I learned about this prequel telling just that - yay!

In The Heretic's Daughter, I learned
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Mary (BookHounds)
Originally titled, The Wolves of Andover, The Traitor's Wife is a prequel to The Heretic's Daughter. The new title is more befitting since the wolves are a minor detail throughout the story. This is the story of Martha Allen and her romance with Thomas Carrier during colonial times in the newly colonized America. If you have read the Crucible and know anything about the Salem witch trials, you are already familiar with bits of this tale. The author is a decedent of the Carrier family. Martha is ...more
Booknblues
Aug 30, 2012 Booknblues rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Wolves of Andover is the prequel to Katherine Kent's The Heretic's Daughter. In the Wolves we get to know Martha Allen as a young woman. She is sent to help her cousin Patience during a difficult pregnancy.

We soon get a picture of Martha Allen, a young woman who is sure of herself and who has the ways and means to let it be know. Martha is prickly by nature and won't be cowed or submit. In her early twenties she is old to be unmarried, but has no desire to enter into a marriage except on her
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Zarah
Jul 18, 2013 Zarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't sure if I wanted to leave a review on this, so I decided to just do pros and cons.
Good news first?
-Martha's personality: her boldness to talk to who she wanted and say what she wanted.
-Will and Joanna
-surprisingly, I appreciated Johns character (he worked with Thomas) in the beginning I thought I wasn't going to like him.
-the protraying of everyday life seemed realistic for the time period, which doesn't always happen in other books!
-the story was intriguing (lets just say I finished
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Jacqie
Oct 31, 2010 Jacqie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After reading Kathleen Kent's first book, I had to read this one, a prequel to her first book that explains how Martha Carrier met her husband. I enjoyed the story of Martha gradually becoming aware of the big manservant working for her cousin's family, where she has been sent to widen the pool of marriage possibilities. Martha is very self-aware. She knows her shortcomings of tart tongue and impatience, and is doubtful that she will ever make a good match.
However, this book is NOT a romance. T
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Ashley
Oct 20, 2011 Ashley rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I saw this as a prequel to The Heritics Daughter I wanted to read it. I enjoyed Kathleens previous novel and was excited to read more from her.

I loved the story, I loved the way it helped me understand the story of Martha from "The Heritics Daughter" and what made Martha the way she was. Kathleen is a descriptive writer, using sight and smell to help you feel what was going on. I really enjoy her writing and the way she plots her story. With that said...

We all have different standards. Be i
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Amanda
Nov 08, 2010 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The second novel by Kathleen Kent, this is actually the prequel to her first novel "The Heretic's Daughter". This is the story of Martha and the development of her relationship with Thomas Carrier, leading to their marriage. The novel is told in two parallel storylines that eventually come to intersect: Martha's life of service in her cousin's home and the development of her relationship with Thomas, who also works on the property; and the secondary plot is about a group of mercenaries sent from ...more
Julie
Well-researched and beautifully written, The Wolves of Andover is a real treat for lovers of historical fiction. The disparate threads of the novel take some time to resolve themselves; some readers may find the first 40 pages or so a little difficult to follow. After that, the narrative really picks up, and the story of Martha Allen and Thomas Carrier takes center stage (although that of his English pursuers continues throughout as well). I really appreciated how Kent wove the history involving ...more
Lucy Crowe
Apr 30, 2014 Lucy Crowe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think what I liked most about this book was the unexpected romance embedded in the historical fiction. It was subtle, but oh-so-wonderful, and I found myself rooting for these two - outspoken Martha and taciturn Thomas - as they came up against some pretty fierce odds. Wonderful characters - they turned out to be more complex than I had anticipated. This was told mostly through Martha's point of view, although occasionally we were allowed into Thomas's head, and in fact a fairly large segment ...more
Karen Hogan
When I started reading this book, I didn't realize that it was a prequel to the author's debut novel: The Heretic's Daughter. However, this novel can stand alone on its Own merit. I love when a book teaches me a time in history that is unfamiliar to me. This novel takes you between England and the colonies, where men were still hunted down for their part in a king's murder. I plan to read author's first novel now.
Cora Lee
Dec 17, 2013 Cora Lee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a great book! The beginning was a little tough for me, because there were so many pieces to the puzzle being introduced, and I didn't know why each one was important. But the writing was fantastic, so I kept going, and the more I read the harder it was to put the book down! This is also a period of history I'm not as familiar with, so it was fun to learn new things as the story unfolded :-)
Sarah
Nov 22, 2016 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I fell in love with Heretic’s Daughter so much that I immediately started reading the prequel, even though the emotional heaviness of book one still weighed on my mind. The emotional tone of this second novel is lighter, even though the reader knows the ultimate tragic fate for Martha. The themes and storylines explored in this book are about building a relationship and new life, even if it's in a harsh world, rather than the sad end of a love and family.

Exploring Puritan life and how that socie
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Jill
Nov 27, 2010 Jill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There is a brutish energy in Kathleen Kent’s prequel to her well-received Heretic’s Daughter, a comingling of harsh animalistic dangers with politics, power and passion. The howling wolves that come for their prey are both the two-legged and the four-legged kind, and each will stop at nothing to prevail.

The book opens with the introduction of Martha Allen, a resourceful and sharp-tongued young woman who is forced to take the position of glorified servant to her weak-willed cousin Patience, who i
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Ricki Treleaven
Mar 09, 2013 Ricki Treleaven rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This week I read The Wolves of Andover by Kathleen Kent. Last year, my Dixie Diva Book Club read Kent's first book, The Heretic's Daughter. I was not real happy about the selection because I had just finished The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe. Both Howe and Kent are descendants of women hanged during the Salem Witch Trials, and both books are about the authors' ancestors. I enjoyed both books, and I am truly glad I read both because they are nothing alike. When I heard that ...more
Wisteria Leigh
Mar 13, 2011 Wisteria Leigh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you read Heretic s Daughter and liked it as much as I did, then The Wolves of Andover will be a gratifying encore! Taking place in Massachusetts, during the Colonial time period beginning in 1649, the setting is a personal favorite of mine. As the author states in her author s notes at the beginning of the novel, the characters are based on actual people. In 1692, Martha Allen Cartier was accused and hanged as a witch in Salem. She was married to Thomas Cartier and had children with him. Kent ...more
Anna Louise
Feb 04, 2014 Anna Louise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's 1692 and the United States as we know it does not exist. We were still a group of colonies and young Martha Allen had just arrived at her cousin's home in Billerica, Massachusetts. Martha is not a guest. She's expected to help her cousin Patience through her pregnancy and also do the work of a servant around the house and the farm. Nineteen-year-old Martha is strong willed and has a sharp tongue, and will soon be an "old maid." She knows only too well the fate awaits a single woman with no ...more
Holly Weiss
Contentious Martha is sharp-tongued spinster who falls in love with mysterious hired-hand Thomas Carrier after he saves her from a wolf attack. Safety is not, however, prevalent in the 17th century rugged wilderness of colonial Massachusetts. Human wolves cloaked as people living in plain sight in the surrounding area arrive in the New World to hunt the assassins of King Charles I during the Cromwell years in England. The author deftly crafted this intrigue into this historical fiction novel whi ...more
☕Laura
I thought this book was very well-written and liked it even better than The Heretic's Daughter, to which it is a prequel. It tells the story of Martha Allen and Thomas Carrier from the time of their meeting in Billerica, Massachusetts in 1673, until the time they marry. Thomas's secret past, which is alluded to in The Heretic's Daughter is fully fleshed out in this book. Chapters alternate between the story of Martha and Thomas and the story of a band of assassins formed in England and journeyin ...more
Melodie
Oct 12, 2011 Melodie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my introduction to Kathleen Kent. And what an intro it has been! Life in Colonial America is displayed in the grittiest, starkest light possible. And London life in the late 1600's gets the same treatment. I applaud this because we do have a tendency to romanticize life in our country's beginnings.
Martha Allen is pretty much a woman way before her time. Short of temper and sharp of tongue, she manages to alienate everyone she comes into contact with. Her father sends her to stay with
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Amy
Feb 18, 2015 Amy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love historical fiction that involves any part of British royal history or that honors and holds true the facts of history while making it breath in the present with an overlapping story or mingled fictional character. This book tells the story of men and women who stick to their principles even when their convictions seem to banish any chance at happiness for themselves. A king's executioner for Cromwell flees to the colonies and tries to live a normal life contrasts with Cromwell himself who ...more
Vianh
Jul 28, 2011 Vianh rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed "Heretic's Daughter" and looked forward to this prequel coming out so when I received it for Christmas I was excited to get started. I was disappointed however to find that the book had many parts in it that were vulgar and at times even lewd. I do understand that the purpose was to explain what life was like in 17th century London and the kind of people living there, however, I think much of it, including the bad language, could have been omitted without the story suffering at ...more
Lisa Wilson
Aug 23, 2011 Lisa Wilson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall, I really enjoyed this book a lot more than I thought I would. At about the halfway point in my reading, I was of the opinion that the story was too disjointed. I could not figure out where the author was going with some of the storylines. However, it all made sense by the close of the book with almost all of the loose ends having been tied up for the reader. I really enjoyed seeing the other side of Martha Carrier that we did not get to see in The Heretic's Daughter. Seeing the way that ...more
Dorsi
Dec 17, 2013 Dorsi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one is 3.75 stars for me. I didn't like it as well as The Heretic's Daughter or The Outcasts. Although the author's talent is blatently obvious, I don't feel I can bump it up to a 4. I've said it before, the 5 star rating system is not a broad enough system. It got a bit slow in parts and my interest waned. It would have been a 3 for me if not for the letter in the red journal at the end. It was written by Martha Carrier to her daughter Sarah, close to the end of her life. This story was re ...more
Deb Moehrke
Set in colonial Massachusetts in the 1670's this is the story of Martha Allen who is sent to live with her cousin to help run the household and to find a husband. She isn't interested in the god-fearing men her cousin sends her way but she is attracted to the string silent Thomas Carrier with the mysterious past. The story of Martha's life, Thomas's past, and their growing attraction is skillful woven into an interesting tale. The story revolves around the lives of some of Cromwell's supporters ...more
Karen
This book didn't enthrall me as much as the Heretic's Daughter. It felt too disjointed, and I didn't care about the characters as much. It was the kind of book that once I put it down, I wasn't counting down the minutes to when I could pick it back up again. But finish it I did and Kathleen Kent has an amazing ability to pluck you out of your own timeline and drop you straight into her stories. And even though they were written in reverse order, I would actually read this one before the Heretic' ...more
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Kathleen Kent's latest book is titled THE DIME (Feb. 2017), a contemporary crime novel set in Dallas. She is the author of three best-selling novels, The Heretic’s Daughter---recipient of the David J. Langum Sr. award for American historical fiction---The Traitor’s Wife, and The Outcasts (set in 1870 Texas) which was the recipient of the American Library Association’s 2014 top choice for Historica ...more
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“Oh fer Christ's bloody sake Martha I didna' raise ye to be well regarded. To be liked. Any puny weak-waisted slut can be liked. I raised ye to be reckoned with.” 15 likes
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