I, Eliza Hamilton
In this beautifully written novel of historical fiction, bestselling author Susan Holloway Scott tells the story of Alexander Hamilton’s wife, Eliza—a fascinating, strong-willed heroine in her own right and a key figure in one of the most gripping periods in American history.“Love is not easy with a man chosen by Fate for greatness . . .”As the daughter of a respected general, Elizabeth Schuyler is accustomed to socializing with dignitaries and soldiers. But no visitor to her parents’ home has affected her so strongly as Alexander Hamilton, a charismatic, ambitious aide to George Washington. They marry quickly, and despite the tumult of the American Revolution, Eliza is confident in her brilliant husband and in her role as his helpmate. But it is in the aftermath of war, as Hamilton becomes one of the country’s most important figures, that she truly comes into her own.In the new capital, Eliza becomes an adored member of society, respected for her fierce devotion to Hamilton as well as her grace. Behind closed doors, she astutely manages their expanding household, and assists her husband with his political writings. Yet some challenges are impossible to prepare for. Through public scandal, betrayal, personal heartbreak, and tragedy, she is tested again and again. In the end, it will be Eliza’s indomitable strength that makes her not only Hamilton’s most crucial ally in life, but his most loyal advocate after his death, determined to preserve his legacy while pursuing her own extraordinary path through the nation they helped shape together.

I, Eliza Hamilton Details

TitleI, Eliza Hamilton
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseSep 26th, 2017
PublisherKensington Publishing Corporation
ISBN-139781496712523
Rating
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Adult Fiction

I, Eliza Hamilton Review

  • Deanne Patterson
    January 1, 1970
    An absolutely brilliantly written historical fiction novel! This was very hard to put down! I was unaware of the life's story of Eliza Hamilton before I read this. She has to have been one of the strongest women in history mentally. She was so ahead of her time. Author, Susan Holloway obviously meticulously researched every detail from the time period,to clothing styles,military and political moves to housing and child care.This book leaves me feeling as if I spent years getting to know this fam An absolutely brilliantly written historical fiction novel! This was very hard to put down! I was unaware of the life's story of Eliza Hamilton before I read this. She has to have been one of the strongest women in history mentally. She was so ahead of her time. Author, Susan Holloway obviously meticulously researched every detail from the time period,to clothing styles,military and political moves to housing and child care.This book leaves me feeling as if I spent years getting to know this family as it started out with Elizabeth as a 17 year old and gives details of their life together and the separations they had to endure over the years. This book was highly anticipated by me and it did not disappoint at all. Word heavy, I delighted in all the detail this book provided me about a historical family I didn't know to much about. Amazingly, after Alexander's death Eliza went on to live til she was 97 years old which was another half century. She had a long life that spanned from the colonial era to the eve of the Civil War,dying in 1854. She died as the last remaining widow of a Founding Father.I can't give this book enough stars, absolutely magnificent!!!!! Historical fans this in one you can not miss!Pub Date 26 Sep 2017 Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Books for a review copy in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Alexander Hamilton
    January 1, 1970
    I was fortunate enough to receive an advanced copy of this book and feel compelled to share my thoughts on it. Susan Holloway Scott has written an excellent, well-researched book about best of wives and best of women, Eliza Hamilton. In typical biographies (or musicals), Eliza is seen as a peripheral character, but she deserves much more recognition than is normally given to her and Scott has done just that. Normally, I am not one to read historical fiction, but this one pulled me in from the ve I was fortunate enough to receive an advanced copy of this book and feel compelled to share my thoughts on it. Susan Holloway Scott has written an excellent, well-researched book about best of wives and best of women, Eliza Hamilton. In typical biographies (or musicals), Eliza is seen as a peripheral character, but she deserves much more recognition than is normally given to her and Scott has done just that. Normally, I am not one to read historical fiction, but this one pulled me in from the very first page. It is obvious that Scott admires the real life Alexander and Elizabeth, but through her research and understanding, she gives a new perspective on two now well-known people.Susan Holloway Scott set out on an ambitious project to give the reader an insight into the mind and motives behind two beloved people, but in particular, Eliza. Written in first person from Eliza’s perspective, it allows the reader to experience the joy, longing, and sorrow that Eliza felt throughout her life. This is not always an easy task as there are few letters written by Eliza; however, Scott certainly accomplishes this. Somehow through Scott’s writing, she manages to include snippets from Alexander’s letters seamlessly into dialogue and still retains an 18th century feel through the entire book which makes it a true joy to read.As Scott is an author of other popular works of historical fiction, I can think of no one better to write this book. Though it should not be taken as historical fact, I still found it helpful for understanding Alexander and Eliza as real people instead of characters on a path of historical inevitability. My normal stoic heart felt joy and sorrow with Eliza even though I knew what would come to pass and that truly takes skill. I can’t remember the last time I’ve cried from reading or watching something, but I admit that a few tears were shed for Eliza.For anyone interested in Alexander and Eliza, this is an excellent book to provide a new perspective and breathe life into this fated couple who celebrated together, suffered together, and loved each other deeply.
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  • Patti
    January 1, 1970
    There are a few rather strict prerequisites I have in place with respect to reading historical fiction, especially historical romance. First (and it goes without saying), I must have a genuine affinity for the period in which it is set. Second, I have to be deeply interested in the characters at the center of the story. Third, I have to feel as if the facts have been meticulously researched. And of course, it must be compellingly written. There’s also the fact that I am, admittedly, a bit of a v There are a few rather strict prerequisites I have in place with respect to reading historical fiction, especially historical romance. First (and it goes without saying), I must have a genuine affinity for the period in which it is set. Second, I have to be deeply interested in the characters at the center of the story. Third, I have to feel as if the facts have been meticulously researched. And of course, it must be compellingly written. There’s also the fact that I am, admittedly, a bit of a voyeur when it comes to reading about the lives of people who once actually existed and whom I greatly admire, so I want details – real ones, and plenty of them – and they must have much more than just a ring of truth.The era of our nation’s founding is my favorite historical period, and there is no historical figure whose life story fascinates me more than Alexander Hamilton. And since discovering the stunning musical "Hamilton" (and the Ron Chernow biography which inspired it) I have been most curious about his wife Eliza – or his “Betsey,” as he called her. I have enjoyed getting to know her by reading the letters Alexander wrote to her (and to their children) throughout their life together – they give such intimate insight into their remarkable relationship. When I first heard, then, about Susan Holloway Scott’s "I, Eliza Hamilton," I was understandably more than a little intrigued.I was very fortunate to have received an advance copy of the book, and I was not in the least disappointed. Told in the first person by Eliza herself, the story has been deeply researched and is richly detailed, without sounding like an academic biographical study. There is a cinematic quality to the writing, especially the dialogue, which makes it easy to visualize the unfolding events of that dynamic time during which a new nation was being fashioned, with no guarantees it would survive its earliest years. Eliza’s narrative speaks directly to us readers, as if we were sitting with her, listening to her tell us the story of her life with her most brilliant of geniuses, whose best qualities – his directness, his honesty, his generosity – could also be some of his most problematic and troubling. The dialogue is never stilted, yet manages to somehow convey the voice of some of Alexander’s original letters to her. Their deep love for each other is depicted with great sensitivity, from their breathless young courtship through the times of their later trials. There is an authentic eighteenth-century tone throughout the telling which makes it a pleasure to read (even out loud, as I sometimes found myself doing)."I, Eliza Hamilton" is the story of a marriage, of a remarkably strong relationship between two very different people who seem to have been fated for one another. Alexander’s brilliance and genius are never downplayed, yet his flaws are unflinchingly depicted as well. Eliza is a strong woman, very supportive of her husband, but with a mind of her own, never fawning. Their marriage survives extreme challenges, only to end in a tragedy which is the stuff of American legend.The author obviously cares very much for her characters, and has presented their story in a most sympathetic, readable manner. There were many joyous moments during which I found myself smiling or laughing out loud, and there were also a number of absolutely heartbreaking moments, during which (I’m not ashamed to say) I shed copious tears, even though I knew what was coming. In short, Susan Holloway Scott’s "I, Eliza Hamilton" met and exceeded all my rather rigid requirements for good historical fiction. I strongly recommend it to anyone interested in the beginnings of our American identity, and in the story of the man who did so much to forge that identity, and, more importantly, of the woman who supported him in so many ways.
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  • Adeline
    January 1, 1970
    Oh hell yes. I am BEYOND ready.
  • Bethany Swafford
    January 1, 1970
    Eliza first encounters the charismatic Alexander Hamilton in the home of her parents, who are fighting for the liberty of the country. In the midst of the American Revolution, she chooses to marry her love and from then on, her love is tested again and again.From the start, Eliza leaps off the page as a woman of her times. She is proud to support her husband and raise her children, because that was what she was raised to do. She was an excellent hostess, and knew what it was to be a soldier's da Eliza first encounters the charismatic Alexander Hamilton in the home of her parents, who are fighting for the liberty of the country. In the midst of the American Revolution, she chooses to marry her love and from then on, her love is tested again and again.From the start, Eliza leaps off the page as a woman of her times. She is proud to support her husband and raise her children, because that was what she was raised to do. She was an excellent hostess, and knew what it was to be a soldier's daughter and a soldier's wife. The author does a phenomenal job in showing what her life was like, with her being concerned about making ends meet and keeping her family well and together. Eliza is not portrayed as perfect, she makes mistakes just as anyone else does.The pace of the book is just as it should be, not too fast nor slow enough to bore a reader. The attention to detail, without dumping the reader with too much information at one time, is perfect. I learned a great deal about the time period that I didn't know before, which I always appreciate when I pick up a book based on a historical figure.For readers of historical fiction, this a must read.I received an ARC from Net Galley for reviewing purposes.
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  • nikkia neil
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks Edelweiss for this ARC.Eliza's love, faith, and genuineness shines thru this novel. She's unforgettable as a narrator, and you'll think of the birth of the country differentially forever.
  • Beth Dunn
    January 1, 1970
    Some books are like spending time with old friends. You feel an immediate connection, the time flies by, you feel better for the time you got to spend together, and you're a bit bereft when it's over. I, ELIZA HAMILTON qualifies on all counts.One thing I love about reading Susan Holloway Scott's historical fiction is that she's a true history fan — she researches the heck out of her work, and it shows. When you know you're in good hands like hers, you can relax and enjoy, without worrying that s Some books are like spending time with old friends. You feel an immediate connection, the time flies by, you feel better for the time you got to spend together, and you're a bit bereft when it's over. I, ELIZA HAMILTON qualifies on all counts.One thing I love about reading Susan Holloway Scott's historical fiction is that she's a true history fan — she researches the heck out of her work, and it shows. When you know you're in good hands like hers, you can relax and enjoy, without worrying that some jarring anachronism is coming along to pull you out of the story. So you're on extraordinarily solid footing here, which is such a relief. And such a delight! The historical details are exquisite, really. I love the attention that gets paid to the interiors of houses, and the particulars of dress. Scott really knows how to make it all come so alive.But that's just the foundation. Build on top of that a great story (we already know it's a great story, and here it's told particularly well), told from an often-forgotten character's point of view, peopled with a whole cast of characters you'll know from other tales. I *loved* how Eliza's POV gave us a totally different lens to watch the astonishing events of her day through, and loved watching how she grew and changed as a person over time, while remaining true to who she was and how her society, class, family, and experiences shaped her.Look, we all know how this story ends. But it's how we *get* there that's so fascinating. And Eliza takes you deep into her world to give her side of the tale. I thoroughly enjoyed the time I spent in her company. Thoroughly enjoyed the time I spent with her whole extended circle, in fact. I suspect I'll be reading this one again, just to hang out with the gang for a few days again.
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  • Gwinny
    January 1, 1970
    I absolutely loved this book! It felt so real that it was like I was sitting with Eliza (or Betsey, as Alexander called her) herself and listening to her tell me the story of her life and of her love for Alexander Hamilton and their children. There was so much detail about the times and history but it was all woven together into the story and never boring. Even though I thought I already knew what would happen, there was still things that surprised me and made me keep reading to find out how Eli I absolutely loved this book! It felt so real that it was like I was sitting with Eliza (or Betsey, as Alexander called her) herself and listening to her tell me the story of her life and of her love for Alexander Hamilton and their children. There was so much detail about the times and history but it was all woven together into the story and never boring. Even though I thought I already knew what would happen, there was still things that surprised me and made me keep reading to find out how Eliza would react or handle things. She was a great character! I was sorry to see this book end, and I know I'll go back and read my favorite parts again.
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  • Deborah
    January 1, 1970
    Because I work for a bookseller, I don't like to leave public reviews like this (every book we sell is supposed to be great), but of all the galleys I picked up at BookExpo last month, this one has been my absolute favorite. Sure, I wanted to like it because it's HAMILTON, duh, but it's so much better than a bandwagon-book. It's insanely, insanely good. Elizabeth Hamilton here is a real-life woman. She's definitely a woman of her times in her beliefs and actions. She's proud and happy being a su Because I work for a bookseller, I don't like to leave public reviews like this (every book we sell is supposed to be great), but of all the galleys I picked up at BookExpo last month, this one has been my absolute favorite. Sure, I wanted to like it because it's HAMILTON, duh, but it's so much better than a bandwagon-book. It's insanely, insanely good. Elizabeth Hamilton here is a real-life woman. She's definitely a woman of her times in her beliefs and actions. She's proud and happy being a supportive wife and devoted mother, because that's what she was raised to do, and she's good at it. She loves her brilliant, handsome husband dearly, sometimes even desperately, but the author makes Elizabeth's devotion understandable. It isn't sappy. These two really were soul-mates.You see every one of Alexander Hamilton's flaws (and he has plenty, including the biggie that I won't mention here in case it's still a spoiler to some people) and yet it's easy to see why Elizabeth cares so much for him even. Unlike some of the other Hamilton-inspired novels out there, Elizabeth's life here during the revolution and afterwards seems sweat-and-dirt real, with kids spitting up on fancy clothes and her having to scrimp to make ends meet when her husband spends beyond their means. The author doesn't info-dump, but I did learn things I never knew about the past, like colonial birth control (there wasn't any) and George Washington's major temper-tantrums. You know how it's going to end, but it still made me cry. Seriously recommended!***Thanks to Kensington Books for the early galley***
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  • Susan Peterson
    January 1, 1970
    I, Eliza Hamilton is an in-depth look into the romance and marriage of Eliza and Alexander Hamilton. Historical fiction at its finest, personalizing the people, the events, at the birth of our nation. The details and the language are representative of colonial America, told with passion and revealing the layers of the Hamilton's relationship. This book should appeal to all readers of historical fiction, especially those with an interest in American history. The time frame of the book serves as a I, Eliza Hamilton is an in-depth look into the romance and marriage of Eliza and Alexander Hamilton. Historical fiction at its finest, personalizing the people, the events, at the birth of our nation. The details and the language are representative of colonial America, told with passion and revealing the layers of the Hamilton's relationship. This book should appeal to all readers of historical fiction, especially those with an interest in American history. The time frame of the book serves as an interesting background in this beautifully written story. I received a copy of this book from the author, and I'm reviewing this novel on behalf of "A Novel Bee." All opinions are my own.
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  • Iris Mattioli
    January 1, 1970
    After the unparalleled success of the smash hit musical “Hamilton”, the renewed interest in this founding father has inspired several other works of fiction, this novel being one of them. With the now better studied Founding Father having been particularly vocal in his lifetime, even on very intimate details of his private life when circumstances forced him, the most interesting feature of this book is to try to give voice to the woman who shared more than half his life and was responsible for t After the unparalleled success of the smash hit musical “Hamilton”, the renewed interest in this founding father has inspired several other works of fiction, this novel being one of them. With the now better studied Founding Father having been particularly vocal in his lifetime, even on very intimate details of his private life when circumstances forced him, the most interesting feature of this book is to try to give voice to the woman who shared more than half his life and was responsible for the preservation of his writings and legacy, but left very little of herself known.Let me first praise Susan Holloway Scott for the extended research that she has put into this book, the general historical accuracy she has consistantly pursued throughout the novel and the respect she has shown to the historical figures portrayed in her novel: Eliza Hamilton’s and her husband’s lives were remarkable and documented enough without adding unnecessary flights of fantasy. The author’s poetic licences, like the suggestion that the Reynolds’ affair had been orchestrated by Hamilton’s political enemies from the start rather than being the all too lucky endeavour of a couple of swindlers with unexpectedly far-reaching repercussions, can be forgiven.The prologue shows Eliza shortly after her husband’s funeral thinking back of her Alexander and the story unfolds as a long flashback narrated in first person, with some exchanges of their youth seen with hindsight as an omen of Hamilton’s flaws and future tragedies looming in the distance. The novel is extensive in terms of length and strives to depict the whole quarter of a century that Eliza and Alexander shared together, with a good share of love and happiness to balance out the most grievous moments in their life. Eliza’s presence and voice is a constant balm of steady affection and sense in the life of her more restless and ambitious husband, who nonetheless at some point did step back from a public office he cared about out of love for her after the loss of their unborn child in late November 1794. This gesture, among others, more than words proves Eliza’s love and devotion for her Alexander was requited and deserved despite the undoubtedly despicable blemish of Hamilton’s one-year affair to briefly marr their almost 25 years marriage.I enjoyed this novel enormously and literally could not put it down, but I can understand it may not be everybody’s cup of tea. First person narration is not to everybody’s taste even if this is less felt in the first half of the novel where a more detailed account of the first one and a half year of the Hamiltons’ courtship and marriage is delivered through several fictional episodes and a lot of dialogues. However, it makes for an almost one sided diary-like report in the second half where the author’s attempt to encompass almost 23 years of hectic political life, growing family and personal turmoil and tragedies is squeezed in the same amount of pages as their first encounter and first months of marriage. The non Hamilton or historical fiction fan might not feel at complete ease with this uneven approach even if the writing style is always pleasant and smooth, but even I felt somewaht frustrated at how e.g. the Reynolds Pamphlet aftermath was dismissed in a few pages with a very speedy forgiveness on Eliza’s part – these are the moments when the historical fiction writers should express themselves in filling the gaps between the known parts and depict in more detail the psychological devastation and following very probably slow reconciliation process that such episode must have brought for Eliza but also for Hamilton.All in all, this novel is a very good work deserving a 4.2 stars that I rounded up to 5/5 because of Ms Scott’s sense, delicacy and respect in tackling the life of two real, albeit deceased, human beings and delivering a generally accurate historical fiction, a feature that seems to be rare considering other works, even on the same subject, that I have read, both fiction and alas so called non-fiction… How can I conclude if not with Congratulations!
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  • Dave Wheeler
    January 1, 1970
    The story of Elizas life with Alexandra Hamilton from her side of the events, as it only covers her life whilst she shared it with him. SO this leaves a lot of Elizas story untold and hopefully a future part 2 to follow. This is a fascinating take of her life and the unseen life of one of the Founding Fathers of America and the relationship of the Washingtons with the Hamiltons and other relationships that played out in the birth of America. The personal things from Elizas view shows the heartac The story of Elizas life with Alexandra Hamilton from her side of the events, as it only covers her life whilst she shared it with him. SO this leaves a lot of Elizas story untold and hopefully a future part 2 to follow. This is a fascinating take of her life and the unseen life of one of the Founding Fathers of America and the relationship of the Washingtons with the Hamiltons and other relationships that played out in the birth of America. The personal things from Elizas view shows the heartache and dedication that effected her husband's decisions and the compassion for his wife and children and the hard fought battles and passion he had for his nation. This is a great read and we'll worth while for anyone that wants to know more about the war and follow on from the war of independence, plus the incredible love story of the Hamiltons, the war fought by those holding the fort can be as compelling as that on the battlefield but without the glory. There is no less passion wether you are Alexandra Hamilton, Eliza the bride to be or even the newly wedded bride there will be a story to tell and here is a novel to that fills in so many gaps not reached by many other history books.I have been given a free copy of this book from NetGalley in return for a honest review.
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  • Linda
    January 1, 1970
    What a wonderful read. You don't have to be a "Hamilton " fan to enjoy this book. This telling of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton's marriage to the charismatic Alexander Hamilton grabbed me from the first sentence to the last. But this is so much more than a love story. The story of the early years of the American republic is also here with both its triumphs and flaws, and I enjoyed seeing a different and more human side to people like George Washington. But it is Eliza herself who steals the spotlight What a wonderful read. You don't have to be a "Hamilton " fan to enjoy this book. This telling of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton's marriage to the charismatic Alexander Hamilton grabbed me from the first sentence to the last. But this is so much more than a love story. The story of the early years of the American republic is also here with both its triumphs and flaws, and I enjoyed seeing a different and more human side to people like George Washington. But it is Eliza herself who steals the spotlight from her famous husband and comes to life here as a strong and admirable real woman. A special book I won't soon forget. Thank you to the publisher for letting me read this early in exchange for a fair review.
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  • Deborah
    January 1, 1970
    What a great read! Many are familiar with Alexander Hamilton, but less well known is his wife, Elizabeth. Scott tells the story of one of American's founding fathers through the eyes of someone who knew him intimately as they lived through the Revolution to the struggle to shape America into the country we know today. Far too many of us have a quaint picture of the founding fathers shaking hands and like magic the colonies are transformed into the United States. Scott shows the reality as well a What a great read! Many are familiar with Alexander Hamilton, but less well known is his wife, Elizabeth. Scott tells the story of one of American's founding fathers through the eyes of someone who knew him intimately as they lived through the Revolution to the struggle to shape America into the country we know today. Far too many of us have a quaint picture of the founding fathers shaking hands and like magic the colonies are transformed into the United States. Scott shows the reality as well as what life was like. Elizabeth came alive in the pages of this book, and I felt that I knew her. I enjoyed this book.
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  • Melissa Flanagin
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you edelweiss.com for letting me read a netgalley. Very well done. Historical Fiction at its finest. Loved Eliza, she was strong and independent, but also head over heels for Alexander. I think Susan did a great job at staying true to history while writing a beautiful love story of her own. Definitely a must read for romance and history lovers.
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  • Doreen Prentiss Gabriellini
    January 1, 1970
    I am a huge fan of historical fiction and absolutely loved 'I.Eliza Hamilton'. From the beginning pages Susan Holloway Scott has you interested in the wife of Revolutionary War Hero Alexander Hamilton. This book is written from a wife's perspective. It allows you to walk with Mrs Hamilton and see through her eyes. The book describes in detail the beginning of their life together as a couple and continues through their 25 year marriage. It gives an interesting point of view regarding Alexander Ha I am a huge fan of historical fiction and absolutely loved 'I.Eliza Hamilton'. From the beginning pages Susan Holloway Scott has you interested in the wife of Revolutionary War Hero Alexander Hamilton. This book is written from a wife's perspective. It allows you to walk with Mrs Hamilton and see through her eyes. The book describes in detail the beginning of their life together as a couple and continues through their 25 year marriage. It gives an interesting point of view regarding Alexander Hamilton. While this book is set during the Revolutionary War and after, the book doesn't focus on the war. It's main focus is the Hamilton Family. 'I, Eliza Hamilton' was well written and an absolutely absorbing read.
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  • Kate Olson
    January 1, 1970
    Required reading for Hamilton fans, and highly recommended for all historical fiction fans and history buffs in general! Thanks to Kensington Books for this review copy - all opinions are my own. Let's start out with the fact that I am a major Hamilton geek. My kids and I have the complete soundtrack to the musical memorized, and we have spent hours and hours discussing the musical itself, as well as the Revolution book and numerous other titles about Hamilton's life. When I reviewed a young a Required reading for Hamilton fans, and highly recommended for all historical fiction fans and history buffs in general! Thanks to Kensington Books for this review copy - all opinions are my own. Let's start out with the fact that I am a major Hamilton geek. My kids and I have the complete soundtrack to the musical memorized, and we have spent hours and hours discussing the musical itself, as well as the Revolution book and numerous other titles about Hamilton's life. When I reviewed a young adult title last winter about Alex and Eliza I actually had Chernow's biography of Hamilton open next to me to fact-check that title (and it didn't match up, by the way). All of this means that my review is either incredibly biased, OR it just means that I have a lot of background knowledge to use in my review - you choose. Scott manages to include incredibly detailed historical narrative along with her telling of Eliza's story, beginning with the events where Eliza and Alexander meet. The romance and relationship are compelling enough on their own, but this book also serves as a primer on much of the Revolutionary War, sure to satisfy even the most stickler of history buffs. At over 400 pages, this novel is NOT a light romance story despite what the cover may convey - it is a political tome that absolutely fascinated me, especially the medical details (I'm a medical history fan - give me a book about Bellevue Hospital and I'm in heaven). Fans of Hamilton the musical will be compelled to have the soundtrack playing at all times during the reading of this book, and will then be forced to compare the differences between these two accounts of events - for readers like me, that's a dream job!Scott wowed me with this book - she chatted with me numerous times on Instagram about Eliza while I was reading it and I can not say enough about her devotion to historical detail and this story - she is amazing! We chatted about how this book is not at all inspired by the musical and is in no way fan fiction, but the musical has definitely helped bring attention to this title. Her website provides such wonderful details about her research and additional historical background on the events and places in the book - it's a treasure trove for history-lovers and gives such a rich extended reading experience. I highly recommending checking out her blog along with this title. If you love US history and can't get enough of Hamilton in your life, I can't recommend this book highly enough. If you are expecting a frothy romance, however, this will surely surprise you with its academic nature.
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  • Amy Leigh
    January 1, 1970
    I love historical fiction, especially in the early days of the USA. I enjoyed this novel very much and highly recommend it! This is the story of Alexander Hamilton's wife Eliza. A fictional (but believable) story told from her point of view. The author wrote with much charm how Eliza meets and is captivated by a young Alexander Hamilton. They have a hurried wedding due to the time period, on the cusp of the American Revolution. Eliza is Alexander's best friend and due to her infectious personali I love historical fiction, especially in the early days of the USA. I enjoyed this novel very much and highly recommend it! This is the story of Alexander Hamilton's wife Eliza. A fictional (but believable) story told from her point of view. The author wrote with much charm how Eliza meets and is captivated by a young Alexander Hamilton. They have a hurried wedding due to the time period, on the cusp of the American Revolution. Eliza is Alexander's best friend and due to her infectious personality- she quickly rises in stature and social standing. Something that will benefit her greatly. She outwardly gracefully handles the duties of being "The Lady of the House" but inside she is fighting to stay strong. She has many hats to wear though as the wife of Alexander Hamilton and not all are easy or will give her the credit she is due. This book shows just how vital women were for the birth of America and hers is just one story of many. Free copy given by publisher and NetGalley for a fair & honest review.
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  • Allison Beemis
    January 1, 1970
    What a wonderful book - perfectly brings this quietly remarkable woman to life. Filled with fly-on-the wall historical details that never overwhelm the characters or the story, all the way to the inevitable tragic conclusion. Many historical novels can be dry, but this one is filled with emotion. Eliza Hamilton survived and thrived another fifty years after Hamilton's death (my only wish was that the author had written about Eliza's numerous achievements later in life, but maybe she's planning a What a wonderful book - perfectly brings this quietly remarkable woman to life. Filled with fly-on-the wall historical details that never overwhelm the characters or the story, all the way to the inevitable tragic conclusion. Many historical novels can be dry, but this one is filled with emotion. Eliza Hamilton survived and thrived another fifty years after Hamilton's death (my only wish was that the author had written about Eliza's numerous achievements later in life, but maybe she's planning a sequel), but I'm not sure he could have gone on without her. My only wish was that the author had written about Eliza's numerous achievements later in life, but maybe that means there's a sequel in the works. Easily the best book I've read this summer.
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  • Bryleigh
    January 1, 1970
    This was one galley I'd planned to get, and I'm lucky I did since the publisher ran out. Like half the world I'm a huge fan of the Hamilton Musical, and I was curious to see if the author (who is new to me) could pull off a whole hist-fic novel that wasn't one more retread of the show. Did she ever! I saw the show in Chicago and so I knew the story, but somehow this book made it all new and fresh, and although it's a long read, I couldn't read it fast enough. Alexander and his Betsey (what he ca This was one galley I'd planned to get, and I'm lucky I did since the publisher ran out. Like half the world I'm a huge fan of the Hamilton Musical, and I was curious to see if the author (who is new to me) could pull off a whole hist-fic novel that wasn't one more retread of the show. Did she ever! I saw the show in Chicago and so I knew the story, but somehow this book made it all new and fresh, and although it's a long read, I couldn't read it fast enough. Alexander and his Betsey (what he calls Eliza) are even more real here than in the show, remarkable people with great strength but also great flaws and love and heartache. There are so many details and history that the show glossed over that I loved being able to learn more. I respected that the author didn't try to make Eliza into a modern woman out to change the world (sorry, Angelica!) but made her a traditional colonial woman whose life is centered around her husband and children. But Eliza is the glue that holds everything together, and seeing her juggle her huge family, their rocky finances, and Alexander himself, who probably took a whole lot of juggling to keep happy, makes for a great story. Highly recommended.I received this book as a giveaway from the publisher at BEA 2017 in NYC.
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  • Maja Lisa
    January 1, 1970
    "Love is not easy with a man chosen by Fate for greatness. My Alexander was such a one, a man so bold and brilliant that all others dulled in his company, just as the brightest comet that shoots across the night sky will make the other stars fade meekly in its trail." Not going to lie, I squealed a little bit when I received an advanced copy from Kensington Press.Why you should read this book:-It is diligently researched-It is 400 pages packed with story-Eliza Hamilton kicks butt-The writing is "Love is not easy with a man chosen by Fate for greatness. My Alexander was such a one, a man so bold and brilliant that all others dulled in his company, just as the brightest comet that shoots across the night sky will make the other stars fade meekly in its trail." Not going to lie, I squealed a little bit when I received an advanced copy from Kensington Press.Why you should read this book:-It is diligently researched-It is 400 pages packed with story-Eliza Hamilton kicks butt-The writing is beautiful without being purple-My list tells you that you shouldI'm excited to pick up more of Scott's historical fiction in the future.
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  • Anya Leonard
    January 1, 1970
    The first sentence hooked my attention and throughout the entirety of the book, I was sneaking away from my other responsibilities to try to fit in a page or two of reading. The plight of Alexander Hamilton is one that has become well known to us throughout the past few years due to the fame of the musical "Hamilton". However, this book pulls at the heartstrings via the medium of Eliza Hamilton's narrative. I felt myself falling in love with Alexander as Eliza did, mourning the loss of members o The first sentence hooked my attention and throughout the entirety of the book, I was sneaking away from my other responsibilities to try to fit in a page or two of reading. The plight of Alexander Hamilton is one that has become well known to us throughout the past few years due to the fame of the musical "Hamilton". However, this book pulls at the heartstrings via the medium of Eliza Hamilton's narrative. I felt myself falling in love with Alexander as Eliza did, mourning the loss of members of her family and gasping at various moments. Lovers of Phillippa Gregory and Diana Gabaldon will love this book as I do.This book is a rare treasure and I admit I will definitely re-read it at some point. A treat.Thank you to netgalley and the publishers for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Sue Cross
    January 1, 1970
    "I, Eliza Hamilton" is written from the perspective of an 18th-century privileged young woman who marries one of the founders of the United States, Alexander Hamilton. Eliza lives in an era when women are defined by their roles as daughters, wives, or mothers, in a society that is rapidly changing through the Revolutionary War and the early days of the nation's birth. She is not a feminist in the way we define feminism today but her strength, intellect, political passion and patriotism are expre "I, Eliza Hamilton" is written from the perspective of an 18th-century privileged young woman who marries one of the founders of the United States, Alexander Hamilton. Eliza lives in an era when women are defined by their roles as daughters, wives, or mothers, in a society that is rapidly changing through the Revolutionary War and the early days of the nation's birth. She is not a feminist in the way we define feminism today but her strength, intellect, political passion and patriotism are expressed strongly. She centers her life around her husband and family, as was proper for a lady of her time.I chanced to meet the author, Susan Holloway Scott, while visiting Hamilton Grange in NYC, and she graciously gave me an advanced copy of the book. I appreciate the special care she took with Eliza's character since so little is known about her. Scott builds the narrative around historical events and characters that Eliza is likely to have known, putting the reader into the exciting events of the late 1700s. Her careful research shows in the accuracy of details. Scott brings to life the characters' humanity in ways that 21st-century readers can understand and relate to while preserving the restrained cultural norms that defined 18th-century lives. The constant desire for "one more chapter " won out over my desire to slowly savor this book. I thoroughly enjoyed every page.
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  • Library Maven
    January 1, 1970
    Amid the Hamiltonia frenzy it's refreshing to visit history from Eliza's point of view. Well researched and engaging.
  • Catherine
    January 1, 1970
    Beautifully written historical fiction. Eliza has a wonderful story to be told and it works well that it's being done in a way that appeals to mass audiences. I look forward to more from this author!
  • Olivia Revere
    January 1, 1970
    I love reading historical fiction from the Revolutionary War time period, especially if there's a love story included, and this book didn't disappoint. This was a delight to read and I was unable to put it down. Knowing that all the characters were real people only made the story that much better. I liked that Eliza Hamilton was such a strong woman who knew her husband's faults, but still loved him in spite of them. Wonderful book. Recommended! I borrowed this book from a friend who received an I love reading historical fiction from the Revolutionary War time period, especially if there's a love story included, and this book didn't disappoint. This was a delight to read and I was unable to put it down. Knowing that all the characters were real people only made the story that much better. I liked that Eliza Hamilton was such a strong woman who knew her husband's faults, but still loved him in spite of them. Wonderful book. Recommended! I borrowed this book from a friend who received an early copy from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Janelle
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you so much to Kensington for providing me with an advance copy - all opinions are my own. You can certainly tell that this is a passion project for Scott. Every last detail and amount care put into this historical fiction novel is IMPRESSIVE. I enjoyed reading about Eliza and Alexander's courtship and the deep love they had for one another. I especially loved learning about a tremendous historical figure through the eyes of the woman he loved.The first half of the book reads more like a h Thank you so much to Kensington for providing me with an advance copy - all opinions are my own. You can certainly tell that this is a passion project for Scott. Every last detail and amount care put into this historical fiction novel is IMPRESSIVE. I enjoyed reading about Eliza and Alexander's courtship and the deep love they had for one another. I especially loved learning about a tremendous historical figure through the eyes of the woman he loved.The first half of the book reads more like a historical romance and the second focuses more on Alexander Hamilton's career and accomplishments. The novel shows the amazing loyalty and devotion Eliza had for her husband. My only criticism is that I would have liked to see the book continue past Alexander's death, not just in the epilogue and afterword. I feel like it focused on only their relationship and not Eliza as an independent figure. But that being said, I thought it was a well written, BEAUTIFUL novel that is a love letter to this AMAZING historical couple!For my full review, check out my blog: shereadswithcats.comAlso, check out the author interview with Kate at theloudlibrarylady.com
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  • Laura Chandler
    January 1, 1970
    I'm cringing so hard at the cover (has the person in charge of it even SEEN 18th century clothes?!), but I look forward to reading the actual story. Hopefully it'll do Eliza justice!!
  • Samantha
    January 1, 1970
    With Hamilton: An American Musical taking the US by storm, I knew it wouldn't take long for someone to capitalize on the idea of a novel about Eliza. I also knew I would be first in line to get it. Eliza in the musical is sweet, loyal, devoted and the perfect person to balance the ambitious, fiery Hamilton. I loved the idea of focusing on her point-of-view and learning more about her story beyond Alexander.Historical facts not treated as spoilers.I heard the soundtrack of the musical playing in With Hamilton: An American Musical taking the US by storm, I knew it wouldn't take long for someone to capitalize on the idea of a novel about Eliza. I also knew I would be first in line to get it. Eliza in the musical is sweet, loyal, devoted and the perfect person to balance the ambitious, fiery Hamilton. I loved the idea of focusing on her point-of-view and learning more about her story beyond Alexander.Historical facts not treated as spoilers.I heard the soundtrack of the musical playing in my mind the entire time I was reading this, and was thoroughly disappointed when they ended at the same time. After looking forward to reading about Eliza's life after Hamilton - she outlived him by 50 years - I discovered that this author has decided that only the Alexander years were interesting. In fact, the entire story reads that way. Eliza is almost obsessed with her husband and has no interests or passions of her own besides bearing his children. Some of this is appropriate. Eliza was a woman of her time and was devoted to her husband, but that's why it would have been nice to learn more about her life after his death.When Alexander meets the Schuyler sisters, it is a bit different than the vision of Angelica, Peggy, & Eliza sneaking into downtown NYC to find an 'urchin who can give you ideals.' In fact, anyone who knows their history primarily from the musical will be disappointed to discover that Angelica did not decide to introduce Alexander to Eliza after her epiphany of 'three fundamental truths.' She was Angelica Church long before she met Hamilton, though she did famously flirt with him and seemingly most men she came into contact with. (This and a few other themes are repeated incessantly. Angelica flirts. Alexander works too hard & is so much smarter than anyone else. Eliza is soooo in love....and always pregnant.)This novel adheres more strictly to historical truths than the musical, which is probably its greatest strength. Hamilton comes across largely the same. 'I prob’ly shouldn’t brag, but dag, I amaze and astonish. The problem is I got a lot of brains but no polish. I gotta holler just to be heard. With every word, I drop knowledge!' Eliza almost manages to remain a supporting character in her own story. And maybe there's a reason she is not usually brought to the forefront. Her story is bland. Her never-ending pledges of undying love and telling the reader how handsome and brilliant her husband is just doesn't captivate. I found myself waiting for the big moments that I knew were coming so that the novel would get an injection of drama.Except that didn't happen. When Eliza reads the Reynolds Pamphlet, she takes less time to get over it than it takes Phillipa Soo to sing 'Burn,' and Philip's death did not create anywhere near the emotional impact that I expected. This Eliza can accept anything as long as Alexander still pledges his love to her. And then it's over. Of course, I had guessed this based on the remaining pages shrinking to a point that there was no way another 50 years was going to be covered, but I held out irrational hope until the bitter end. More of Eliza's post-Alexander life is revealed in 'Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story.'Admittedly, I do not typically read romance novels, and this seems to be getting great ratings from readers who look more specifically for this genre. In my opinion, there was a bit too much gloss and not enough emotion to get a reader truly involved. Still, it is a quick read for 400ish pages and has some good historical nuggets included.I received this book through NetGalley. Opinions are my own.
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  • Robin
    January 1, 1970
    This novel about the wife of Alexander Hamilton felt like it was missing something. I think it was the fact that there was no real antagonist or any main trial or obstacle for the protagonists to overcome. There were interesting events and hardships that cropped up but they were quickly resolved. I understand real history doesn't always lend itself to a clear antagonist or the arc of a good story line, but it's still necessary for a captivating novel.I also felt there was too much "telling" and This novel about the wife of Alexander Hamilton felt like it was missing something. I think it was the fact that there was no real antagonist or any main trial or obstacle for the protagonists to overcome. There were interesting events and hardships that cropped up but they were quickly resolved. I understand real history doesn't always lend itself to a clear antagonist or the arc of a good story line, but it's still necessary for a captivating novel.I also felt there was too much "telling" and not enough "showing" which I felt made it more difficult to really connect with the characters.It was well written though, and there were some very good scenes I enjoyed. I also couldn't help but picture Eddie Redmayne as Alexander for some reason, I guess because he had red hair in Pillars of the Earth, which certainly helped increase the enjoyment factor. But ultimately, I felt like portions of the book dragged, and the duel with Burr wound up rather anti-climatic.Advanced review copy from publisher via NetGalley. My opinions are my own.Historical Readings & Reviews
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