My Dear Hamilton
From the New York Times bestselling authors of America’s First Daughter comes the epic story of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton—a revolutionary woman who, like her new nation, struggled to define herself in the wake of war, betrayal, and tragedy. Haunting, moving, and beautifully written, Dray and Kamoie used thousands of letters and original sources to tell Eliza’s story as it’s never been told before—not just as the wronged wife at the center of a political sex scandal—but also as a founding mother who shaped an American legacy in her own right.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 Dear Hamilton Details

TitleMy Dear Hamilton
Author
ReleaseApr 3rd, 2018
PublisherWilliam Morrow Paperbacks
ISBN-139780062466174
Rating
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction

My Dear Hamilton Review

  • Marialyce
    January 1, 1970
    5 star studded stars for you Mrs Eliza Hamilton were truly a star.Alexander and Eliza met at George Washington's headquarters in the year 1780. From all accounts Alexander was quite taken with Elizabeth (Betsy and later Eliza) and she with him. Their backgrounds could not have been more varied, she the second daughter of the wealthy and well known Schuyler family of upstate New York, while he was the illegitimate son of a mother who was jailed for adultery and being a whore. The heritage that Al 5 star studded stars for you Mrs Eliza Hamilton were truly a star.Alexander and Eliza met at George Washington's headquarters in the year 1780. From all accounts Alexander was quite taken with Elizabeth (Betsy and later Eliza) and she with him. Their backgrounds could not have been more varied, she the second daughter of the wealthy and well known Schuyler family of upstate New York, while he was the illegitimate son of a mother who was jailed for adultery and being a whore. The heritage that Alexander carried would never leave him and though he was brilliant, he carried around this blight on his character like a second skin.The couple fell in love, married and went on to have seven children while they also for ten years raised the orphan daughter of a friend. Alexander was brilliant, a revolutionary, a man who believed wholeheartedly with the idea of a central government, a man whose very ideas put him in direct opposition to those often in power. Friend to Washington until they had a falling out, he went up against the names we so know today, Jefferson, Monroe, Madison. He was a man of many appetites including those that involve the first sex scandal in politics (Oh the things they don't tell you in school!) However, Eliza loved him. She loved him with a passion that made her revere him even after learning of his dalliance(s) (perhaps even with her very own sister), but she forgave him and carried on his legacy. She saw in him the man he was, perhaps flawed as we all are, but a man she loved and admired.Eliza had been brought up with the idea of gentility, wealth, and a definite spirit of fighting for what she believed in. What she believed in was her new formed nation and along with her husband they fought not only the war but its aftermath as people jockeyed for position and what they wanted for our young nation. Life was not easy for Eliza, being the mother to eight children, coping with the demands of her husband's position and dedication to what he believed and living with a man who was never known for staying quiet even when his thoughts and his words inflamed others. She never seemed to lose direction, although she faltered at times being devastated by Alexander's infidelity, she eventually forgave him and their marriage seemed to go on stronger than ever. She loved him with a brilliance that though at times dimmed was ever burning inside her heart and mind. She was a woman who embraced a strong belief in her husband, country, and family. Although often beset by tragedy, Eliza found the strength to continue on and become a strong vibrant advocate for Alexander and the country they helped to found. Eliza lost her dear Hamilton to the bullet fired by Aaron Burr in a duel but she in the many years she lived after his death, held that concept that her husband should be remembered. He was, although never President, a rock on which our nation was founded. She never wanted this country to forget that. Reading this wonderful novel made me once again realize what utter strength, courage, and determination, not only the men who founded our nation had, but also the women who stood next to them as each day passed. For Eliza, her dream that her Alexander would be remembered has become a reality. He and she have both lived on right next to those of the others who founded this nation and gave us the start to becoming the world leader we are today. A thank you seems so small a thing for when you realize what they did for the future, for our future, for what they envisioned us to be those simple words become meaningless words for to them we owe our liberty, our strength, and our great nation. We owe them our life.With this wonderful book I have started my brand new fresh out of the box blog. You can find me and it at https://yayareadslotsofbooks.wordpres...
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  • Tammy
    January 1, 1970
    She was the wife of Alexander Hamilton longer than she was Elizabeth Schuyler, daughter of a general, and she was a widow much longer than she was a wife. Eliza Hamilton’s story is dramatized, conflated, compressed and contains well-researched conjecture as little primary source material about her remains. However, Mrs. General Hamilton’s story is peopled with the flawed historic men and women who fought and struggled to create a nation. Prepare yourself for a rollicking read about battles, ball She was the wife of Alexander Hamilton longer than she was Elizabeth Schuyler, daughter of a general, and she was a widow much longer than she was a wife. Eliza Hamilton’s story is dramatized, conflated, compressed and contains well-researched conjecture as little primary source material about her remains. However, Mrs. General Hamilton’s story is peopled with the flawed historic men and women who fought and struggled to create a nation. Prepare yourself for a rollicking read about battles, balls and betrayal; the first sex scandal, duels, political intrigue and the examination of a complicated union between complicated people. Once again, my lack of knowledge is underscored by a work of fiction. I believe, in the not too distant future, I will read Ron Chernow’s much lauded biography, Hamilton.
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  • Ann Marie (Lit·Wit·Wine·Dine)
    January 1, 1970
    You can read this and all of my reviews at Lit·Wit·Wine·Dine.Prior to reading this book, I was not wrapped up in all of the Hamiltonmania. I have not seen Hamilton on Broadway. I have not listened to a single song on the soundtrack. That has all changed, my friends. I am a believer and it’s all because of this book! I’m stalking Stub Hub and entering the Hamilton lottery on a daily basis. I’m on the verge of spending a ridiculous amount of money on tickets. If the play is as good as this book, i You can read this and all of my reviews at Lit·Wit·Wine·Dine.Prior to reading this book, I was not wrapped up in all of the Hamiltonmania. I have not seen Hamilton on Broadway. I have not listened to a single song on the soundtrack. That has all changed, my friends. I am a believer and it’s all because of this book! I’m stalking Stub Hub and entering the Hamilton lottery on a daily basis. I’m on the verge of spending a ridiculous amount of money on tickets. If the play is as good as this book, it’ll be money well spent. I realize they may be very different stories but My Dear Hamilton has truly kindled in me a desire to learn more about this part of American history. (Or relearn since I’m sure the good people who issued my H.S. diploma did touch upon this period back in the day.)Before I go on to list everything I loved about this book, I’m just going to put this out there: There was not a single thing I had an issue with. Nothing I can criticize in 637 pages.This is the third book I’ve read recently that is co-authored. (Is this a new trend or is it a coincidence?) The writing is so beautiful and seamless it’s unbelievable. The authors obviously did a tremendous amount of research in terms of the historical content. But seriously, I was blown away by the gorgeous prose. The voice they gave to Eliza Huntington was one any woman would be proud to have. Like many of the most loved and respected women in history, Eliza was a force. She was intelligent – both emotionally and intellectually. She knew how to finesse situations private and political to further the agenda of the side she felt was in the right. She maintained public composure while under unimaginable duress. She loved her family with a loyalty and ferocity that made her a formidable opponent when threatened or challenged. In short, I loved her.Sadly, hers was not an easy life in any sense. Women, it seems, were not meant to have lives of their own in the late 1700s and early 1800s. Despite the fact that she influenced the man who influenced so much of Americas past and present, Eliza was, on a day-to-day basis, expected to be the quiet and supportive wife. Though she was proud of her husband’s career and accomplishments, this understandably frustrated her.Eliza’s relationship with Hamilton was as complicated as Hamilton himself. Though this is Eliza’s story, I really enjoyed getting to know Hamilton through the eyes of the authors.If you love historical fiction and books with strong female characters, My Dear Hamilton is a must read!
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  • Minni Mouse
    January 1, 1970
    Written by a historical fiction author I can respect?HELPLESS.
  • Candace
    January 1, 1970
    Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton was an independent thinking, courageously strong woman. Her father thought of her as the practical daughter. She says of herself ". . . if there is anything that marks my character, it's that I have never rested easily in the face of injustice." The Schuyler coat of arms motto is Semper Fidelis -- Always Faithful, Always Loyal. Elizabeth "Betsy" was faithful and loyal to her family, friends, and nation. Her father, Philip Schuyler, held to the personal philosophy "for Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton was an independent thinking, courageously strong woman. Her father thought of her as the practical daughter. She says of herself ". . . if there is anything that marks my character, it's that I have never rested easily in the face of injustice." The Schuyler coat of arms motto is Semper Fidelis -- Always Faithful, Always Loyal. Elizabeth "Betsy" was faithful and loyal to her family, friends, and nation. Her father, Philip Schuyler, held to the personal philosophy "forgiven and forgotton." These words will resignate throughout her almost century long life. Betsy married Alexander Hamilton and was his partner in both their marriage and Hamilton's political career. In 1789, he was appointed Secretary of the Treasury of said United States. During Alexander's life Elizabeth "Eliza" would support her husband and forgive his infidelity. She would say of Hamilton, "He'd fought and won a war and built a federal government. He'd created the coast guard, a national bank and invested in a scheme of taxation that held the states together. He'd founded a political party, smashed a rebellion and put in motion a financial system that was providing prosperity for nearly everyone. In short, Alexander Hamilton was a greater man than the country deserved, and I wasn't enough of a patriot to willingly give him back." Hamilton died from participating in a duel with Aaron Burr. Eliza's first born son, Philip, died in a duel three years before his father's death. These are just two deaths of several she will suffer through her lifetime. She will claim she "is no saint, but I was Alexander's angel. And I want to avenge him." Yet, it is the letters left by her husband to John Lauren and her sister's, Angelica, letters from Alexander that will make Eliza question his integrity. "Who was Alexander Hamilton? A traitor or a patriot? A visionary or a fool? A gentleman or a fraud?" But in the years following the duel and far into Eliza's widowhood, she will come to terms over the love and betrayal and infidelity. "Because the people we know are not entirely knowable, even to themselves. But we love them anyway." I highly recommend this well written, historical fiction novel centered around Eliza Schuyler Hamilton.
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  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    January 1, 1970
    First I want to say that this is a book that I was really thrilled to get the chance to read. I fell in love with the cover the first time I saw it and I was intrigued by the blurb. And, I'm glad to say that the book was just as good as I had hoped it to be. My Deat Hamilton is a massive novel, almost 700 pages and it took me around 2,5 days to read it. I was lucky enough to have a weekend off and let me tell you that it's the kind of book that that, despite the size of it, never get boring alt First I want to say that this is a book that I was really thrilled to get the chance to read. I fell in love with the cover the first time I saw it and I was intrigued by the blurb. And, I'm glad to say that the book was just as good as I had hoped it to be. My Deat Hamilton is a massive novel, almost 700 pages and it took me around 2,5 days to read it. I was lucky enough to have a weekend off and let me tell you that it's the kind of book that that, despite the size of it, never get boring although I have to admit it the political side of the story was not my favorite part to read about, still I found it interesting to learn more about this period of time. My knowledge of Alexander Hamilton and his wife Eliza Schuyler Hamilton was not great before I started to read this book, which for me was a plus. I love not knowing too much sometimes when I read a historical fiction. Also, this book may have been about Alexander and Eliza, but I simply came to adore Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette from the very first time he appeared in the story. He's such a charismatic person that it felt like everyone around him faded a bit when he appeared. I might have a bit of a crush on him, to be honest.As for the story, one can really feel that Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie have done their research and also managed to write a story that doesn't feel too long, which is a great thing because writing a book with almost 700 pages and managed to keep the readers attention all the way through is a great achievement. I will end this review by saying that My Dear Hamilton is a fabulous novel which gives an insight into the marriage between Alexander and Eliza but also shows the foundation of the United States that we know today. And, the book also shows how good friends fell out and turned on each other... I want to thank William Morrow for providing me with a free copy through Edelweiss for an honest review!
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  • katwiththehat
    January 1, 1970
    This book was AMAZING! I have read several historical romances detailing the relationship of Alexander Hamilton and Eliza Schulyer, and this is by far my favorite. Stephanie Dray captures the perfect blend of history, romance and character development, using Alex’s past as an illegitimate child throughout the novel and his insecurities to inform the choices he makes throughout his adult life. It’s so well-developed through Eliza’s perspective, and focuses not only on Hamilton’s mistakes, but his This book was AMAZING! I have read several historical romances detailing the relationship of Alexander Hamilton and Eliza Schulyer, and this is by far my favorite. Stephanie Dray captures the perfect blend of history, romance and character development, using Alex’s past as an illegitimate child throughout the novel and his insecurities to inform the choices he makes throughout his adult life. It’s so well-developed through Eliza’s perspective, and focuses not only on Hamilton’s mistakes, but his emotional state, his insecurities, and their growth in their marriage, as well as a deep and abiding love, which makes it very, very enjoyable from the perspective of a romance read, despite the historical facts which cannot be refuted. 5/5 stars.Please excuse typos/name misspellings. Entered on screen reader.
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  • Connie
    January 1, 1970
    Eliza Schuyler Hamilton, a daughter in the New York Schuyler family, was a fascinating woman. She met Alexander Hamilton when he was an aide-de-camp to General Washington during the Revolutionary War. Although Eliza had other suitors, she fell in love with the charming, handsome Hamilton and they were wed in 1780.Alexander Hamilton is portrayed as a brilliant, hard-working man who had important roles in the war and in the new United States government. He was a Federalist who believed in a strong Eliza Schuyler Hamilton, a daughter in the New York Schuyler family, was a fascinating woman. She met Alexander Hamilton when he was an aide-de-camp to General Washington during the Revolutionary War. Although Eliza had other suitors, she fell in love with the charming, handsome Hamilton and they were wed in 1780.Alexander Hamilton is portrayed as a brilliant, hard-working man who had important roles in the war and in the new United States government. He was a Federalist who believed in a strong central government. His opposition was Thomas Jefferson and his friends who favored strong state governments. Hamilton was very knowledgeable about finance, authored most of "The Federalist", was the first Secretary of the Treasury, and created a national bank. However, he was haunted by his difficult childhood and illegitimate birth. Eliza was the mother of their large family. She also entertained political friends, offered help and advice to her husband in a time of political unrest, and was very involved in charitable work.The Hamilton's marriage was on shaky ground when a sex scandal was revealed, and Eliza wondered if she could find forgiveness in her heart. Eliza and Alexander were also challenged by the deaths of close family members. After Alexander Hamilton was felled by a bullet in a duel with Aaron Burr in 1804, Eliza went through his papers and arranged for a biography to be written about her famous husband. She also found some upsetting personal information among Hamilton's letters. In her later life, Eliza did important work with charities helping widows and orphans, and with a school for children of former slaves.I enjoyed this fictionalized biography of Eliza Hamilton. It brought the Founding Fathers, the Hamiltons, and the Schuylers to life as people. The book also showed the precarious position of the fledgling country with its rival factions, lack of a standing military, and shortage of funds. Even though the novel is over 600 pages long, "My Dear Hamilton" felt shorter because it always held my interest. 4.5 stars.
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  • Jen
    January 1, 1970
    I received an advanced reader’s copy of this book from Goodreads Giveaways and I’m so glad I did! After seeing Hamilton on Broadway a couple of years ago I, like the authors, wanted to know more about Eliza Schuyler Hamilton. Much to my chagrin, there really weren’t any books (historical or otherwise) about her. Eliza wanted to make sure that Alexander’s story was told and I was eagerly awaiting someone to tell hers. Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie did an excellent job doing just that. There hav I received an advanced reader’s copy of this book from Goodreads Giveaways and I’m so glad I did! After seeing Hamilton on Broadway a couple of years ago I, like the authors, wanted to know more about Eliza Schuyler Hamilton. Much to my chagrin, there really weren’t any books (historical or otherwise) about her. Eliza wanted to make sure that Alexander’s story was told and I was eagerly awaiting someone to tell hers. Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie did an excellent job doing just that. There haven’t been many books lately that have made me lose sleep to finish but this one certainly did. My Dear Hamilton is such a well-written book and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I’m looking forward to reading their other work because I’m a little sad that this one is over!
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  • Erika Robuck
    January 1, 1970
    Another tour de force from the this dynamite writing team! What a story! What a life!Highly recommended.
  • Cathy Daniel
    January 1, 1970
    Easily my favorite book of 2018 and I highly doubt anything will knock it out of that #1 spot. I'm left with goosebumps. Such a rich book. Chock full of history and so engrossing. If you love history, you'll love this book. I'm left respecting Hamilton the founding father but truly loving his wife, Eliza.
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  • Under the Covers Book Blog
    January 1, 1970
    I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.My Dear Hamilton captured my attention and my heart.  And that's coming from a woman who hated American History classes.  I wish history books in school were written this way. I might have enjoyed it a lot more.  My Dear Hamilton tells the story not of Alexander Hamilton but of his wife Eliza Schuyler Hamilton.  It’s a story of her life journey a I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.My Dear Hamilton captured my attention and my heart.  And that's coming from a woman who hated American History classes.  I wish history books in school were written this way. I might have enjoyed it a lot more.  My Dear Hamilton tells the story not of Alexander Hamilton but of his wife Eliza Schuyler Hamilton.  It’s a story of her life journey as a daughter of a patriot, a loyal sister, a wife of one of the US founding fathers, and a dedicated mother of eight.  It also shows her views on life, her patriotism, and her dedication to her cause.“..heartbroken against relentless losses..”;  Eliza encountered one tragedy after the next in her adult life.  It was also heartbreaks and betrayals by not only her husband but the country she served. Despite the tragedies, she handled it all with grace.  This lady was not just a survivor, she was pretty kickass in her days.Authors Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoei did a remarkable job telling Eliza’s story.  Plucking facts from her past and giving readers a better view of her life. I was in a constant awe and I could not put this book down.  Eliza's story both saddened and humbled me. I can't even find the right words to describe her. She is nothing short of amazing, that's for sure.  I love that this author duo decided to write books about the women in our American history.  To not only acknowledge their accomplishments, but also the heartaches and hardships they endured.  I’m hoping they keep writing these books. If Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie write it, I will read it!*ARC provided by publisherReviewed by Angela❤ ♡ Don't want to miss any of our posts? Subscribe to our blog by email! ♡ ❤
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  • Carol (Reading Ladies)
    January 1, 1970
    For fans of “America’s First Daughter” and all fans of histfic, my full 5+⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ review of “My Dear Hamilton” is on my blog. What you need to know is that It’s my fav read of the year so far!. Eliza Hamilton is an inspiring woman, patriot, loving wife, political partner, loyal friend, supportive sister, and devoted mother of eight. Read my full review to find out more about this feisty, adventuresome, supportive, faithful, intelligent, independent, devoted, and compassionate woman. Can you tell I For fans of “America’s First Daughter” and all fans of histfic, my full 5+⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ review of “My Dear Hamilton” is on my blog. What you need to know is that It’s my fav read of the year so far!. Eliza Hamilton is an inspiring woman, patriot, loving wife, political partner, loyal friend, supportive sister, and devoted mother of eight. Read my full review to find out more about this feisty, adventuresome, supportive, faithful, intelligent, independent, devoted, and compassionate woman. Can you tell I loved and admired her? I highly recommend “My Dear Hamilton” as a companion read to Chernow’s “Alexander Hamilton” and Hamilton the Musical....trust me, put this compelling read on your TBR! Full review link: https://readingladies.com/2018/04/27/...
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  • The Lit Bitch
    January 1, 1970
    Hamilton is everywhere thanks to Lin-Manuel Miranda! All of a sudden US History is cool again and everyone wants to get their hands on the hottest tickets in town!Currently the musical is playing in Portland which is near where I live and tickets are going for $400 a pop. I’ve been trying to enter the giveaway thing that they do for tickets but never seems to win—does anyone???So like so many other Americans I too have jumped on the Hamilton train and plan to ride it all the way until I can see Hamilton is everywhere thanks to Lin-Manuel Miranda! All of a sudden US History is cool again and everyone wants to get their hands on the hottest tickets in town!Currently the musical is playing in Portland which is near where I live and tickets are going for $400 a pop. I’ve been trying to enter the giveaway thing that they do for tickets but never seems to win—does anyone???So like so many other Americans I too have jumped on the Hamilton train and plan to ride it all the way until I can see the musical which will likely never happen at this rate but a girl can dream!That’s where this book comes in. Since I am not able to see the musical, why not just try a new hot trendy book about Hamilton? Full disclosure….I have my masters in US History so I should be able to tell you more about Hamilton beyond the fact that he was a founding father and was shot by Aaron Burr (thank you 1993 Got Milk commercial!!)…..but beyond that all I have are crickets.When this book came up for review, I jumped on it! While it’s a fictionalized account, it still has deep roots in early American history.This story focuses on Eliza Schuyler Hamilton rather than on Hamilton himself and I loved that. They always say that behind every good man is a good woman so I am always interested to see what the backstory is with wives of powerful men. Just think about what they endured and how they handled difficult situations is fascinating and Eliza’s story was no different. I loved reading about her, I fell in love with her almost from the beginning.I went into this one completely blind because not only did I have limited knowledge of Hamilton himself, but I had zero knowledge of Eliza nor was it something that I ever really pondered. So I had no real expectations for this book which left me free to enjoy it completely on its own.I have see other reviewers comment about how Eliza is such an excellent example of a strong women who balanced her political life and her personal life as a wife seamlessly and I would say that I completely agree with those opinions. The authors portrayed her in such a favorable light, she was truly a unique woman and I loved how strong but yet vulnerable she could be when the time was appropriate. She was clearly meant to be the star of the book, but for me she was the shooting star! I loved reading about her and her life.Sometimes I hesitate on books by two authors, especially fiction. Two authors can sometimes work ok in non fiction, but in fiction it always seems to be a struggle. So I did have my reservations about this book but I know that these two writers have teamed up before on America’s First Daughter (the story of Thomas Jefferson’s daughter), while I haven’t read that book, I have seen great reviews on it so I was eager to read this one. The book read like a single author book and for that I was thankful! Both authors wrote beautifully and I never felt like I was reading an entirely different style.I love that these two seem to be making their way through the untold stories of the women behind the founding fathers. I love to see US History coming alive in such a new and exciting way! If you have caught Hamilton fever to maybe you just like US History, or strong women, or untold stories….whatever your interests are this book has something for you to enjoy. Even if you aren’t into history at all, Eliza is such a strong character with an interesting life that you won’t even feel like you’re reading history!See my full review here
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  • Julie Barnard
    January 1, 1970
    This was a wonderful and fascinating book. It’s called a novel, and I don’t know how much was true and how much was fiction. I imagine though that it is mostly true. Since I am not a history fanatic, I knew very little about the details of the Revolutionary War, and found a lot of new information. Definitely worth reading.
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  • Lisa at Farm Fresh Adventures
    January 1, 1970
    I took a break from my Christian genre to read this book. What a historical rich book! I don’t know how you can read this and not desire to go dive into the history surrounding the founding of our government! Fortunately, I have had studies which already revealed the incredible instrumental role Alexander Hamilton played...and with the rise to fame of the musical Hamilton he’s someone everyone wants to know more about! And it’s well deserved that his story is being told so he can finally claim t I took a break from my Christian genre to read this book. What a historical rich book! I don’t know how you can read this and not desire to go dive into the history surrounding the founding of our government! Fortunately, I have had studies which already revealed the incredible instrumental role Alexander Hamilton played...and with the rise to fame of the musical Hamilton he’s someone everyone wants to know more about! And it’s well deserved that his story is being told so he can finally claim the honor he deserves for his role side by side with Madison and Washington. Sure this book reveals some rather sordid affairs—but he WAS the nation’s first sex scandal. There was never any bedroom scenes—-though some suggestive implications. Be aware that there is implication (speculation) at the end of the novel that Hamilton may have had a relationship also with a male friend. I wouldn’t recommend this book for children or really any teenagers unless you are comfortable with them reading about “marriage relations” (even in a not sordid or raunchy manner. ) I personally wouldn’t give it to my own kids until they were grown up. It’s not young adult lit.It was extremely well researched and written. I am definitely going to read The First Daughter next!
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  • Samantha
    January 1, 1970
    I received a copy of this book through the Goodreads giveaway program. This was the best book I have read in quite awhile. Some of my favorite books both fiction and nonfiction have to do with the Revolutionary War and its figures so this book already had that going for it. The characters in the book are so vivid and multi-faceted. I thoroughly enjoyed going along with Eliza's struggles to understand her complicated husband and their relationship. This is definitely a book that I'll read again.
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  • Elise Hooper
    January 1, 1970
    Eliza is a force of her own! MY DEAR HAMILTON is the perfect blend of history, adventure, and romance. This novel is not to be missed!
  • Louise
    January 1, 1970
    Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie use the voice of Elizabeth Schulyer, to draw a portrait of Alexander Hamilton, her husband. “Betsy” takes the reader through her courtship in Washington’s Barracks, to her engagement and through early married life. Betsy matures into “Eliza” and Hamilton moves into private life after his pivotal role in founding and anchoring the new country. Marriages have ups and downs, and this one is presented in a way that pulls Hamilton out of history into his own living roo Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie use the voice of Elizabeth Schulyer, to draw a portrait of Alexander Hamilton, her husband. “Betsy” takes the reader through her courtship in Washington’s Barracks, to her engagement and through early married life. Betsy matures into “Eliza” and Hamilton moves into private life after his pivotal role in founding and anchoring the new country. Marriages have ups and downs, and this one is presented in a way that pulls Hamilton out of history into his own living room. There are only a few images of his childhood with a (perhaps) prostitute mother in jail and an absent father. His first family experience was in Washington’s Army. In marrying Betsy he married not only social prominence, but also a family. Curt comments and acts of sympathy show that Hamilton’s deprived childhood remains with him. You share the narrator’s joy in his achievements. You mourn for her when her husband’s affair is exposed and he owns up to it in a way that could not be more embarrassing and hurtful to his wife and family. I’ve always felt the Weehawken Duel was Hamilton’s “Suicide by Burr”. Jefferson and the Republicans had come to power all but trashing Hamilton's achievements. Hamilton’s Federalists blamed their demise on him. The oldest Hamilton son died for the family’s “honor” a word that would have pierced Hamilton who never resolved his “bastard” status. Alexander may have had secrets; secrets for which he could not face Eliza were she to know.After his death, Eliza reads letters that bring back all the old hurts and open new ones. While historical fiction shouldn’t have an unpredictable ending, this one does. The reader, like Eliza, wants to draw some conclusions about Hamilton, his character and his feelings about her and their marriage. The authors tie this up in an unexpected, realistic and appropriate way.This is historical fiction at its best.
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  • Stephanie (Bookfever)
    January 1, 1970
    My Dear Hamilton was my #1 highest anticipated book of 2018 and I'm so very glad to say that it was everything I wanted and it even exceeded my expectations, which is something that almost never happens. It's the best book I've read this year! Now it's been almost a week since I finished reading My Dear Hamilton (while I'm writing this review) and I have such a book hangover from the book. I can't keep my attention to any other book I want to pick up because nothing else is and will be as good. My Dear Hamilton was my #1 highest anticipated book of 2018 and I'm so very glad to say that it was everything I wanted and it even exceeded my expectations, which is something that almost never happens. It's the best book I've read this year! Now it's been almost a week since I finished reading My Dear Hamilton (while I'm writing this review) and I have such a book hangover from the book. I can't keep my attention to any other book I want to pick up because nothing else is and will be as good. So far I haven't been able to write a review for it either because no words will describe how amazing this book was and how much I loved it. But I will try.Going into this book I almost knew nothing about Alexander Hamilton except for the most basic facts. I did read a short biography about him before reading this book so I would have some knowledge. But I knew even less about his wife Eliza. Most books about or involving Alexander Hamilton are mainly about Hamilton himself with almost nothing about Eliza, which is why everyone should pick up My Dear Hamilton.My Dear Hamilton is a captivatng book right from the start. I was hooked from the very first page. And I just can't describe how much I loved reading about Eliza and how much I came to admire her. She's one of my favorite figures in history for sure now. She went through so many heartbreak, not just with Alexander but also with life in general, but she kept getting back up ever single time so I can only be in awe of her.I was a little surprised by how much I ended up feeling about Alexander. I went from initionally loving him to hating him to loving him and hating him again. I know hate is a strong word but the book was so compelling that it kept being an emotional rollercoaster until the very end. And I did cry a couple of times, which is really out of character for me when reading books so that should give you a good idea of how powerful this book was.Also, with a novel co-written by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie you can be 100% sure that it'll be extensively researched, with quotes directly from primary sources. I could really tell that both authors poured their heart and soul into this book. Overall, My Dear Hamilton by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie is a captivating, powerful and unputdownable read. It's my favorite book of the year and I doubt any other book will change that. This is historical fiction at its best.
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  • Meg - A Bookish Affair
    January 1, 1970
    "My Dear Hamilton" is the story of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton, a woman who came from a storied family who goes on to marry one of America's founding fathers. It would be easy to define Eliza as simply Alexander's wife but she was so much more than that. I have been obsessed with the Hamilton musical for awhile now and Eliza has always struck me as a particularly interesting character. It was this that originally made me interested in reading this book but once I got into the book, I found that Eliz "My Dear Hamilton" is the story of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton, a woman who came from a storied family who goes on to marry one of America's founding fathers. It would be easy to define Eliza as simply Alexander's wife but she was so much more than that. I have been obsessed with the Hamilton musical for awhile now and Eliza has always struck me as a particularly interesting character. It was this that originally made me interested in reading this book but once I got into the book, I found that Eliza's voice that made this book worth reading!I am always excited about new releases but there are some books where I feel like I have been waiting forever for. This is one of those books and I was definitely not disappointed! One of the reasons that I love historical fiction is that the books often tell the stories of people, places, and things that don't often make it into the history books. There are so many things that don't make it into our history books and while I wish it were different, at least there are authors out there that are willing (and capable, oh, so capable of telling) these stories.I loved that this book was told from Eliza's first person point of view. I loved seeing how she thought about the different things that were going on throughout the book. We see how she felt about her father's disgraced legacy, how she felt being compared to her sisters, how she felt first meeting Alexander, and so many other things that she goes through in this book. I also loved reading about her opinions on some of the more well known names of the day. It's always interesting to me to read about other people's personal perspectives on all of the names that do get a chance to be seen in the history books. The authors really give Eliza such a true voice that this book feels as if you are talking to a friend who is letting you in on some of her innermost secrets and rich inner life. The pacing of this book was great! At over 600 pages, it would be easy for a book like this to lose steam but it never does. Eliza draws you to keep going and the action throughout the book keeps at a steady pace. Even after getting to the end, I was ready for more!This is a great book for anyone that loves the hidden stories in history and is looking for a great character to fall for!
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  • Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)
    January 1, 1970
    Eliza, known as Betsy as a child, is the daughter of General Philip Schuyler. Out of all of her sisters, she is the one that is a bit of a tomboy and challenges conventions. She has many admirers, but once General George Washington's aide, Alexander Hamilton, catches her eye she is smitten. After a courtship filled with some ups and downs, they decide to marry. This is big deal, because although Alexander Hamilton is an up and coming person in society, he isn't financially secure. But Eliza does Eliza, known as Betsy as a child, is the daughter of General Philip Schuyler. Out of all of her sisters, she is the one that is a bit of a tomboy and challenges conventions. She has many admirers, but once General George Washington's aide, Alexander Hamilton, catches her eye she is smitten. After a courtship filled with some ups and downs, they decide to marry. This is big deal, because although Alexander Hamilton is an up and coming person in society, he isn't financially secure. But Eliza doesn't care; she is in love. What ensues is a lifetime of adventure in politics, love, war, and romance. Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie bring Eliza Schuyler to life in My Dear Hamilton and it was a thrilling and heartbreaking ride.Read the rest of my review here: http://www.confessionsofabookaddict.c...
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  • Barbara
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you goodreads giveaways for an advanced copy of My Dear Hamilton.I do not hand out 5 star ratings often, but My Dear Hamilton deserves 5 stars - or more, it was my favorite book of the year! I was at first intimidated by the length - over 600 pages - but they just flew by when reading. I love how Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie makes history very interesting and real. They tell the story of Alexander Hamilton and the founding of the country through the eyes of his wife, Eliza. I LOVED this Thank you goodreads giveaways for an advanced copy of My Dear Hamilton.I do not hand out 5 star ratings often, but My Dear Hamilton deserves 5 stars - or more, it was my favorite book of the year! I was at first intimidated by the length - over 600 pages - but they just flew by when reading. I love how Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie makes history very interesting and real. They tell the story of Alexander Hamilton and the founding of the country through the eyes of his wife, Eliza. I LOVED this book - it is beyond fabulous!!
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  • Andi (A Literal Hottie)
    January 1, 1970
    2 starsIt's not a bad book, I mean it's about America's history but I found it so boring. I wanted more juice, like more of the drama between Angelica and Eliza. After finishing the book I understand why that's not the focus but in general Eliza was too forgiving which made me not like her at all. Since the book is about her, that would explain why I didn't enjoy this one. If you love American history or Alexander Hamilton is your thing then I would recommend it, otherwise skip it. 2 ½ starsIt's not a bad book, I mean it's about America's history but I found it so boring. I wanted more juice, like more of the drama between Angelica and Eliza. After finishing the book I understand why that's not the focus but in general Eliza was too forgiving which made me not like her at all. Since the book is about her, that would explain why I didn't enjoy this one. If you love American history or Alexander Hamilton is your thing then I would recommend it, otherwise skip it.
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  • Stephanie Thornton
    January 1, 1970
    Eliza Hamilton assumes her rightful place as one of America’s founding mothers as she guides first her husband and then her fledgling nation into the annals of history. My Dear Hamilton is historical fiction at its most addictive!
  • Sunny ✨wordslikefury✨
    January 1, 1970
    ELIZA SCHUYLER YOU PRECIOUS BEBE. You deserve to get your story told without your husband’s success overshadowing yours! AND I CAN’T WAIT TO READ IT!
  • Holly
    January 1, 1970
    I was worried picking this book up that it would be a disappointment after reading America’s First Daughter. I wondered if the authors would seem like a one trick pony, will they be cranking out these historical fiction novels? And though I am rating it lower than the previous book, I am happy to say it didn’t feel like it was just being cranked out. It was thoughtful, researched and done with care. I think I may have liked it less because I’m more familiar with Eliza’s history than i was with P I was worried picking this book up that it would be a disappointment after reading America’s First Daughter. I wondered if the authors would seem like a one trick pony, will they be cranking out these historical fiction novels? And though I am rating it lower than the previous book, I am happy to say it didn’t feel like it was just being cranked out. It was thoughtful, researched and done with care. I think I may have liked it less because I’m more familiar with Eliza’s history than i was with Patsy’s, so it dragged for me. By page 500 or so I was ready to be done. But besides comparing, this was a worthwhile read. What really stood out to me was the theme of building something that would outlive the founding fathers and mothers. I hadn’t previously considered how challenging building the government was post-War.
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  • M.K.
    January 1, 1970
    The last line of chapter one in Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie’s latest novel, My Dear Hamilton, sets the stage for this compelling novel about the forging of America: “But how, I wondered, could a daughter make a difference?” And what a difference Eliza Schuyler Hamilton made.Not being a student of American history—the Canadian curriculum is, not surprisingly, more focused on Canadian matters—I found both American’s First Daughter and My Dear Hamilton fascinating portrayals of the men and wome The last line of chapter one in Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie’s latest novel, My Dear Hamilton, sets the stage for this compelling novel about the forging of America: “But how, I wondered, could a daughter make a difference?” And what a difference Eliza Schuyler Hamilton made.Not being a student of American history—the Canadian curriculum is, not surprisingly, more focused on Canadian matters—I found both American’s First Daughter and My Dear Hamilton fascinating portrayals of the men and women who played pivotal roles during the revolution and the founding of this great nation.Beginning in 1777 with a victory against the British at Saratoga, My Dear Hamilton tells the story of Alexander Hamilton through the eyes of his wife Eliza. Dray and Kamoie bring great richness to Alexander and Eliza and the many famous people involved: James Monroe, Benedict Arnold, Lafayette, Aaron Burr, James Madison, General Washington, John Adams and others. Two aspects were of particular interest to me: the complex and exceedingly difficult process of drafting America’s constitution; and, the intense love and strife of Eliza and Alexander’s marriage. It’s an emotional roller coaster with passion, greed, war, betrayal, love, scandal, mutiny, death, corruption, infidelity, and treason playing centre stage at various times.My Dear Hamilton is superb historical fiction.
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  • Nicki
    January 1, 1970
    So excited to read this book! I've read all of Stephanie Dray's novels. I've just begun re-reading Lily of the Nile, in fact; I loved it that much. And now I hear she's written another novel about another one of my favorite historical characters? Color me ecstatic!Edit: And she liked my comment. I've died and gone to heaven!
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  • Meghan Pfister
    January 1, 1970
    I've always been fascinated with Alexander Hamilton (more recently because of Lin-Manuel Miranda) but I didn't realize what an extraordinary woman Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton was throughout her lifetime. This book was brilliantly written and opened my eyes to the hardships that Eliza faced over the years. Eliza was a strong woman confronted by war, deceit, and unimaginable tragedies. However, she handled everything with so much dignity and grace. Also, without her efforts, Alexander Hamilton wou I've always been fascinated with Alexander Hamilton (more recently because of Lin-Manuel Miranda) but I didn't realize what an extraordinary woman Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton was throughout her lifetime. This book was brilliantly written and opened my eyes to the hardships that Eliza faced over the years. Eliza was a strong woman confronted by war, deceit, and unimaginable tragedies. However, she handled everything with so much dignity and grace. Also, without her efforts, Alexander Hamilton would not be remembered as the one of the most influential founding fathers. I absolutely loved this book and anyone interested in learning about the women who helped shape this country will love this book too. We are always taught about the founding fathers who fought for this country and created our American democracy. However, without women like Eliza Schuyler Hamilton, our country might not be what it is today.
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