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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 ever...more
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Published January 7th 2011 by Macmillan Publishers Ltd. (first published January 1st 2010)
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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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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
Lisa
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...more
Lucy Crowe
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
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
Ashley
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...more
Cora Lee
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 :-)
Anna Louise
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
Ricki Jill Treleaven
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
Amanda
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
Zarah
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...more
Wisteria Leigh
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. Ke...more
Booknblues
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...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
Jacqie
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...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
Lisa Wilson
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
Vianh
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
Dorsi
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
Virginia
I listened to this book on audio. The narrator was excellent, but I missed some of Kathleen Kent's lyrical wordsmithing that so drew me into The Heretic's Daughter. I'd recommend reading instead of listening if you want the full experience of Kent's skill as a writer.

This book puts to shame other authors who try to write historical novels but haven't done their homework. I can feel the hardscrabble life, the never-ending chores, the back-breaking effort to tame a new world. I chafe in a society...more
Judy
I got this to read, thinking I was reading a different story of a 'traitor's wife' (Benedict Arnold. This one is set in Colonial America, but it is the time of the Puritans. The author, Kent, is telling the Story of her (9) greats back, great grandparents. Her great (9)great grandfather might have been the man who chopped off the head of Charles I of England during the time of the English Civil War. He has taken refuge in the Puritan colonies and meets Martha, a young woman with a mouth and a mi...more
Ellie
A tale of war, travel, spies, family, loss and love set largely in the 17th Century New World.
I found this tale a little slow to start with and couldn't keep track of all the characters introduced, but eventually as the story was told, the characters became themselves and with it my understanding!
It's an interesting novel because the characters that barely feature in the beginning find their strength as the books goes on (I can't say more without giving away the story). My favourite characters w...more
Marilyn
This book (later titled The Traitor's Wife) is a prequel to Kent's The Heretic's Daughter. It deals with the search in colonial Massachusetts for the men directly responsible for the execution of King Charles I of England. This is a subject I know little about, and I found the historical aspects of the novel very interesting. There were many characters, and the chapters jumped back and forth from England to Massachusetts, so it took some effort to keep everything sorted out. However, I didn't re...more
Renae
Took a few chapters to fully get engrossed in the story but once I did I couldn't put it down. Sometimes a little hard to follow and maybe not as rich as The Heretics Daughter but very enjoyable nonetheless. Probably more 3 1/2 stars than 4 but I will give it 4 instead of 3.
marcus miller
A prequel to The Heretic's Daughter, The Wolves of Andover seems a bit clunky at the beginning but by the end the story moves quickly. Growing up hearing stories of an ancestor hung as a witch and another who fought with Cromwell must make for interesting family reunions. Kent supplements the stories she heard with research into the time along with the necessary dashes of imagination to present a good, entertaining story. Kent creates an atmosphere of what the times may have been like including...more
Alissa Mccarthy
I think I found this book in the bargin bin at the local independent book shop. As a fan of historical fiction the dust jacket made it sound promising and it did not disapoint. Taking place in colonial Massachusetts, Martha Allen works as a servant in her cousin's household as her headstrong nature has kept her a spinster. Thomas Carrier is a laborer on the family farm with a very mysterious past. He eventually shares the story of his part in the English Civil War - as the executioner of Charles...more
Stephanie
Very good. I had picked it up a few times but it never caught my interest, so I put it to the side. I picked it up again, randomly, and the first chapter just caught me. Very good.
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Kathleen Kent is a tenth-generation descendant of Martha Carrier, one of the 19 men and women hanged in Salem in 1692. She is also a masterful storyteller, and in her first two novels, The Heretic's Daughter and The Traitor's Wife, she paints a haunting portrait, not just of Puritan New England but also of one family's deep and abiding love in the face of fear and persecution. New York Times bests...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.” 9 likes
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