Historical Fiction

Book Review – My Dear Hamilton by Stephanie Dray & Laura Kamoie

Goodreads Synopsis:

A general’s daughter…

Coming of age on the perilous frontier of revolutionary New York, Elizabeth Schuyler champions the fight for independence. And when she meets Alexander Hamilton, Washington’s penniless but passionate aide-de-camp, she’s captivated by the young officer’s charisma and brilliance. They fall in love, despite Hamilton’s bastard birth and the uncertainties of war.

A founding father’s wife…

But the union they create—in their marriage and the new nation—is far from perfect. From glittering inaugural balls to bloody street riots, the Hamiltons are at the center of it all—including the political treachery of America’s first sex scandal, which forces Eliza to struggle through heartbreak and betrayal to find forgiveness.

The last surviving light of the Revolution…

When a duel destroys Eliza’s hard-won peace, the grieving widow fights her husband’s enemies to preserve Alexander’s legacy. But long-buried secrets threaten everything Eliza believes about her marriage and her own legacy. Questioning her tireless devotion to the man and country that have broken her heart, she’s left with one last battle—to understand the flawed man she married and imperfect union he could never have created without her.

My Opinion:

I fell in love with Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie’s first novel America’s First Daughter. I had my doubts if they could successfully write another book that would captivate me as their first one had. My heart beams with joy to announce that they did it, My Dear Hamilton is every bit as good and had my undivided attention throughout!

This is the story of Elizabeth “Eliza” Schuyler Hamilton. It is a beautifully written story of love, family, heartache, perseverance, and more.

It is written from the perspective of Eliza, first focusing on her early years just prior to meeting Alexander Hamilton, then their courtship, marriage, and so on. There were also numerous other appearances by countless other famous faces in history – George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Aaron Burr, James Madison, Benedict Arnold, and more.

It’s strange now, after all these years, to think how easily I was won over by James Monroe’s soft southern accent and courteous manner. Stranger still to realize that if I’d been told in that moment that one of the men in that tent would betray us, another would become my enemy, and a third would win my heart forever-I not only wouldn’t have believed it but would have guessed wrong as to which man on every score.

Stephanie Dray and Laurie Kamoie have a way of humanizing these characters in history that I have only read about in classroom history books. They have taken these very two-dimensional characters in my mind and have given them life. Although this is a work of fiction, many of the places, people, and events are based on actual facts.

I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the woman behind the man, Alexander Hamilton. As one of the founding fathers of the United States this book covers many of his accomplishments as well as failures, all from Eliza’s perspective. I love Eliza’s spunk, drive, and eagerness to help. She is not one to not be underestimated and her drive is infectious. I enjoyed Eliza and Hamilton’s banter and flirting early on in their relationship. There was a clear spark between them that could only be resisted for so long. As happy as she was with Hamilton, like most couples, they also had their share of problems.

I particularly enjoy the conversations Eliza had with Mrs. Washington. I know very little about Martha Washington, but in my mind she was very quiet and the woman behind the man. I found her quite endearing and a very wise woman.

“Even great men require advisors, and we have our husbands’ ears. Sometimes we encourage, sometimes we challenge, and sometimes we manage…”

I absolutely love how Stephanie and Laurie give history a female voice through their stories. More often than not we only hear the male perspective. I think that is one of the things I love most about their books and I will be anxiously awaiting their next one!

Book Details:

My Rating: 5/5
Genre: Historical Fiction
Series: None
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Publication Date: 2/13/2018 (US)
Pages: 672 (Paperback)

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