Hamilton and Peggy!
The colonies are in the throes of the Revolutionary War and caught in the midst of spies, traitors, Loyalists and Patriots, is the charming, quick-witted Peggy Schuyler—youngest of the famed Schuyler sisters and daughter of General Philip Schuyler. Her eldest sister Angelica, the “thief of hearts,” is known for her passion and intelligence, while kind, sweet Eliza has a beauty so great, it only outshone by her enormous heart. Though often in the shadows of her beloved sisters, Peggy is talented in her own right—fluent in French, artistically talented, and brave beyond compare. When a flirtatious aide-de-camp to General Washington named Alexander Hamilton writes an eloquent letter to Peggy asking for her help in wooing the earnest Eliza, Peggy is skeptical but finds herself unable to deny such an impassioned plea. Thus begins her own journey into the Revolution! Inspired by the cultural phenomenon of the Broadway musical, “Hamilton.”

Hamilton and Peggy! Details

TitleHamilton and Peggy!
Author
ReleaseJan 2nd, 2018
PublisherKatherine Tegen Books
ISBN-139780062671325
Rating
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Young Adult, Fiction

Hamilton and Peggy! Review

  • Hailey (HaileyinBookland)
    January 1, 1970
    2.5* This wasn’t what I expected so I’m really torn on my rating. It was very well researched and very descriptive in terms of the historical aspect, but I was let down by the Peggy and Hamilton storyline, or lack there of. It was very slow and dull, quite frankly. If you want to learn about the revolution this will be helpful, but it just didn’t deliver in terms of plot beyond that. I guess I just had higher hopes, unfortunately. *I received an ARC from Fierce Reads but that in no way influence 2.5* This wasn’t what I expected so I’m really torn on my rating. It was very well researched and very descriptive in terms of the historical aspect, but I was let down by the Peggy and Hamilton storyline, or lack there of. It was very slow and dull, quite frankly. If you want to learn about the revolution this will be helpful, but it just didn’t deliver in terms of plot beyond that. I guess I just had higher hopes, unfortunately. *I received an ARC from Fierce Reads but that in no way influences my opinion. All thoughts are my own.*
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  • Megan
    January 1, 1970
    A fun read for historical buffs, fans of Hamilton, and anyone who loves a collection of terrific characters. Peggy is smart and brave--a kick-butt heroine in the style of Jo March or Lizzie Bennett. The cast of characters is rounded out by the people you would expect--Eliza and Angelica Schuyler, Hamilton, George Washington, Lafayette. But there are also hilarious cameos from characters largely forgotten by history. The splashes of romance will tug at your heartstrings, but the main focus of the A fun read for historical buffs, fans of Hamilton, and anyone who loves a collection of terrific characters. Peggy is smart and brave--a kick-butt heroine in the style of Jo March or Lizzie Bennett. The cast of characters is rounded out by the people you would expect--Eliza and Angelica Schuyler, Hamilton, George Washington, Lafayette. But there are also hilarious cameos from characters largely forgotten by history. The splashes of romance will tug at your heartstrings, but the main focus of the story is on the incredible bond and sisterhood between Angelica, Eliza, and Peggy. A smart, fun, well-researched must-read!
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  • Shortcake
    January 1, 1970
    Finally finished! Peggy is adorable.***AAAANNNDDDDDDPEEEGGGGGGGGYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY
  • Michaela Kahan
    January 1, 1970
    I don't even know where to start - this book was everything I wanted! As a Musical Theatre nut and a Hamilton fan, I couldn't wait to get my hands on this book and I'M SO GLAD I DID. L.M. Elliott's novel is filled with beautiful scenic description that was so crystal clear, I could basically see my breath as if I were there in the cold winter opening with Peggy and the entire Schuyler crew! The story of this intelligent, spunky, strong-willed young woman was handled stunningly, as we get to grow I don't even know where to start - this book was everything I wanted! As a Musical Theatre nut and a Hamilton fan, I couldn't wait to get my hands on this book and I'M SO GLAD I DID. L.M. Elliott's novel is filled with beautiful scenic description that was so crystal clear, I could basically see my breath as if I were there in the cold winter opening with Peggy and the entire Schuyler crew! The story of this intelligent, spunky, strong-willed young woman was handled stunningly, as we get to grow with Peggy and watch her work through her own family drama, inner frustration, triumph and adventure! I especially loved reading the more detailed back story of the Schuyler sisters and was so pleased to read about characters I felt I already knew. The relationships felt so familiar and real, I often found myself wanting to give Peggy advice - feeling like I've been in her shoes in a small way.I was also impressed by Elliott's historical accuracy and the detailed elements of the war, politics and conditions that served as the hefty backdrop to our protagonist's story. She wove all of these elements so naturally into this fast paced and elaborate novel. It was so effortless, and the insider look I felt I was given was enough to keep me furiously flipping pages. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves history, fantastic detailed storytelling, tales of adventure, love, betrayal and a little bit of luck! Please write a sequel!!
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  • Ellen
    January 1, 1970
    This just isn't my type of book. When reading about a real person, I want to read an actual biography or memoir. The author does seem to have done her homework though, and uses actual excerpts from letters throughout the book. Peggy does seem like an interesting person and I did enjoy moments, including the afterword, where the author explains her research. Obviously, the title is playing up the Hamilton name, but he's not in the book a lot. This is just about Peggy and Hamilton shows up once in This just isn't my type of book. When reading about a real person, I want to read an actual biography or memoir. The author does seem to have done her homework though, and uses actual excerpts from letters throughout the book. Peggy does seem like an interesting person and I did enjoy moments, including the afterword, where the author explains her research. Obviously, the title is playing up the Hamilton name, but he's not in the book a lot. This is just about Peggy and Hamilton shows up once in a while.2018 challenge: a novel based on a real person
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  • Vicky (What Vicky Read)
    January 1, 1970
    This took me just over a month to read. If that doesn’t say something, I don’t know what will.I was expecting so much more from this one. I was under the impression that it would be mostly about Peggy Schulyer and her relationship with Alexander Hamilton. For the last 200 pages, it was. For the first 200, it was not. I was disappointed by this, and felt that the title was ever so slightly misleading.I found this book to be fairly slow moving with little action. Yes, it is a fiction based on real This took me just over a month to read. If that doesn’t say something, I don’t know what will.I was expecting so much more from this one. I was under the impression that it would be mostly about Peggy Schulyer and her relationship with Alexander Hamilton. For the last 200 pages, it was. For the first 200, it was not. I was disappointed by this, and felt that the title was ever so slightly misleading.I found this book to be fairly slow moving with little action. Yes, it is a fiction based on real life events so I understand that it must move at a reasonably realistic pace, but my god things could have been fast forwarded at times.Peggy was a likeable character. You could see her struggles of seeing her older sisters marrying whilst Peggy was overlooked, but eventually she began to come out of her shell. The book was all about Peggy and the relationships she had with the older Schulyer sisters, her intellectual above others and her search for love.I found this book to be way too slow paced and because of this, it really just didn’t keep my interest at all which explains why it’s taken me so long to read but I was determined to finish it!
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  • Ella Zegarra
    January 1, 1970
    and Peggy!Me da vergüenza lo mucho que me he reído
  • Ms. Yingling
    January 1, 1970
    E ARC from Edelweiss PlusYoung Peggy Schulyer must watch her older sister Angelica elope with a dashing young man, and is instrumental in helping her sister Eliza's suitor, Alexander Hamilton, connect with his sweetheart. In the meantime, the Revolutionary War is grinding on, and her father, General Phillip Schuyler, is very involved with aspects of the planning and fighting, although he is not always successful in his military endeavors. Peggy meets many of the luminaries of the time, tries to E ARC from Edelweiss PlusYoung Peggy Schulyer must watch her older sister Angelica elope with a dashing young man, and is instrumental in helping her sister Eliza's suitor, Alexander Hamilton, connect with his sweetheart. In the meantime, the Revolutionary War is grinding on, and her father, General Phillip Schuyler, is very involved with aspects of the planning and fighting, although he is not always successful in his military endeavors. Peggy meets many of the luminaries of the time, tries to help around the house (her mother is constantly having babies, which becomes more difficult as she gets older and the war continues), and chafes against the restrictions put upon women. She even travels in the bitter winter weather to prove that she is not to be held down! Set against many details of every day life as well as the political machinations of war, Hamilton and Peggy! is a solid historical novel from the wonderful L.M. Elliot. Strengths: Elliot does a great job at weaving in very descriptive military occurrences with every day life in a way that is both instructive but fast paced. This is a very difficult thing to accomplish in historical fiction. This was reminiscent of works of Ann Rinaldi, which always have such great details about life and historical events. Elliot has clearly done her research, and I appreciated the notes at the back. Weaknesses: There is not really very much about Alexander Hamilton in the book, and Peggy is described (in a VERY common historical novel fashion) as being perhaps a bit spunkier and daring than women at that time would have been in real life. It's not unrealistically done, but I always believe deep down that such behavior is probably anachronistic. Makes for a much better story, so it makes sense to portray Peggy this way.What I really think: If Hamilton fever continues, I may purchase a copy. Actually, I will probably purchase it anyway, since there are surprisingly few newer historical novels set during the Revolutionary War. Forbes' Johnny Tremain (1943) has seen better days.
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  • May
    January 1, 1970
    L.M. Elliott is known for her well-researched historical fiction and for taking fascinating women off the sidelines of history into the heart of it, and this book is no different! Make no mistake, Peggy Schuyler is the star of the show in this story. The novel looks in on her relationship with her eldest sisters, Angelica and Eliza, and with her parents, and how those relationships were changed by the Revolution (and Hamilton's courtship of Eliza). Peggy was regarded in her time as intelligent a L.M. Elliott is known for her well-researched historical fiction and for taking fascinating women off the sidelines of history into the heart of it, and this book is no different! Make no mistake, Peggy Schuyler is the star of the show in this story. The novel looks in on her relationship with her eldest sisters, Angelica and Eliza, and with her parents, and how those relationships were changed by the Revolution (and Hamilton's courtship of Eliza). Peggy was regarded in her time as intelligent and kind, and was perhaps a bit too adventuresome for the era's expectations of women. I found her engaging as a character, and was grateful to see her at the center of the narrative. Those looking for Hamilton will find him here in small doses of appearance and larger doses of influence. But Elliott doesn't set her story with Hamilton once he appears. Instead she offers up an interpretative of how Hamilton, and the Revolution itself, changed the Schuyler sister's and especially Peggy's, lives. I appreciated this bit of script flipping - often historical narrative focuses on the well-known driving actors of an event, ignoring those providing support behind the scenes and those whose lives were changed indirectly. Focusing on Peggy instead of Hamilton offers fresh perspective on the man and the war. If you want to read about a young woman with a bit of spring in her step who saw the Revolution as a chance for something more exciting than colonial domestic life, pick up Peggy and venture off history's beaten path.
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  • Lea (drumsofautumn)
    January 1, 1970
    DNF at 23%. I'm super sad to do this because I was genuinely excited for it but I just really don't think it could deliver. Sadly, while Peggy is the perspective we read from, she barely has her own storyline. It's so disappointing to go into a book, finally expecting a light to shine upon this character, and then still have her be the side character in her own book. Nothing of significance for her life has happened so far. It seems like she is just a bystander.The same goes for her "friendship" DNF at 23%. I'm super sad to do this because I was genuinely excited for it but I just really don't think it could deliver. Sadly, while Peggy is the perspective we read from, she barely has her own storyline. It's so disappointing to go into a book, finally expecting a light to shine upon this character, and then still have her be the side character in her own book. Nothing of significance for her life has happened so far. It seems like she is just a bystander.The same goes for her "friendship" with Hamilton. He doesn't even show up until we're a third in. I skimmed until around 50% to see how they would develop but really we mostly see Peggy's thoughts of him in regards to Eliza. There's no friendship here. Honestly, I gotta say it, this definitely feels like it's trying to exploit the Hamilton phenomenon. If you name your book HAMILTON AND PEGGY!: A REVOLUTIONARY FRIENDSHIP, I expect the book to actually focus on that element.I'm disappointed big time. I wouldn't even have had such a problem with the friendship falling flat if Peggy had actually been a fleshed out character. That would have kept me reading, even thought I also found it incredibly boring. But there's really nothing engaging about this book, sadly.
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  • Adriana P.
    January 1, 1970
    It is now 4:25 am and I just finished this amazing novel. This is my first historical fiction ever, and honestly, I'll be catching up on L.M. Elliot books because I loved every single part of Peggy's journey. She is witty, she is fierce and courageous and everything I love for in a main character. Although I can't really say whether it's accurate in its depiction of all of the characters and historical events, I am led to believe the author did her fair share of investigation on the matter, and It is now 4:25 am and I just finished this amazing novel. This is my first historical fiction ever, and honestly, I'll be catching up on L.M. Elliot books because I loved every single part of Peggy's journey. She is witty, she is fierce and courageous and everything I love for in a main character. Although I can't really say whether it's accurate in its depiction of all of the characters and historical events, I am led to believe the author did her fair share of investigation on the matter, and trust her good judgement. Over all Hamilton & Peggy is an amazing book I'm so glad I picked it up.
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  • Brian
    January 1, 1970
    A cute story about the third Schuyler sister. Thoroughly researched, the author does a great job of bringing to life a person forgotten by history. Be warned, the title is kind of misleading, Hamilton is barely in this book. It's all about Peggy (and Eliza and Angelica). A good read for Hamilton fans and students of history.
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  • Elizabeth Roberts-Zibbel
    January 1, 1970
    For the most part, I was surprised by my enjoyment of this book. I bought it with the intention of reading it to my 9 year old, who, as the Peggy to an Eliza (I could arguably be Angelica in this scenario), became obsessed with the youngest afterthought Schuyler sister. However, a lot of it would bore her to tears, I think, because of adult nuances in the narrative and long passages about the war. I am skeptical about the many books on the scene seemingly along for the Lin-Manuel Hamilton ride, For the most part, I was surprised by my enjoyment of this book. I bought it with the intention of reading it to my 9 year old, who, as the Peggy to an Eliza (I could arguably be Angelica in this scenario), became obsessed with the youngest afterthought Schuyler sister. However, a lot of it would bore her to tears, I think, because of adult nuances in the narrative and long passages about the war. I am skeptical about the many books on the scene seemingly along for the Lin-Manuel Hamilton ride, taking advantage of his genius and the unbelievable success of the musical. “Alex & Eliza” was fairly horrible. This story though plunged me completely into the Schuylers’ lives and the war, and into Peggy’s mind. I found the characterization detailed and realistic, and the research was clearly careful and thorough. Use of genuine letter excerpts added to the realism.Negatives: the use of “about” to mean “nearly” three unfortunate times was so jarring that the first time, my jaw dropped. The rest of the writing style was so formal and tuned in to the revolutionary era that part of me wondered if that phrasing might have actually been used then. I questioned the age of the author (but she has grown children) and why the proofreaders / editors wouldn’t have asked for it to be changed. Maybe I am too picky. The phrases were “Eliza about swooned,” “Peggy about choked,” and “her heart about broke.” Am I crazy for finding this inexcusable? The other negative was an abrupt ending with a long epilogue and afterword. I had been looking forward to Peggy’s take on the events to come, but the novel ends just prior to Yorktown with the emergency birth of Angelica’s third baby. I could have read a Chernow-length novel from this spunky, intelligent woman’s point of view. Because of my desire for more, I am with some trepidation picking up “My Dear Hamilton,” which was given to my older daughter for Christmas by my parents. My expectations are low.
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  • Janna
    January 1, 1970
    When I first checked this book out from the library, I was doubtful of my interest in the novel, and I was preparing myself for a book I would evidently give up on. With the very popular musical Hamilton, my first thoughts of the book were that it was going to be a sort of fan fiction. Plus, I had never had the interest to fully listen to or see the musical. But on the contrary of my beliefs, this novel was one of my favorites this summer. The main character, Peggy Schuyler, should be an inspira When I first checked this book out from the library, I was doubtful of my interest in the novel, and I was preparing myself for a book I would evidently give up on. With the very popular musical Hamilton, my first thoughts of the book were that it was going to be a sort of fan fiction. Plus, I had never had the interest to fully listen to or see the musical. But on the contrary of my beliefs, this novel was one of my favorites this summer. The main character, Peggy Schuyler, should be an inspiration to the young women of our modern day society. She is the perfect example of a woman who is proud of the country she lives in, and she yet pushes the boundaries of tradition and normalities of women's place in society. She exemplifies that women can be very vital in the complicated game of war and society. With the novel constantly going in detail of the revolution, the reader can put herself into the shoes of Peggy, and feel how she might of felt in her situation.In regards of being a great example for women, the bond of the Schuyler sisters was one that should be a constant reminder to us all that sisterhood and friendship can truly help us live our daily lives. Whether it be in sad, happy, hard, or easy, we need people who can guide, listen and help us in life.The only real let down of this books is the misleading nature of the title and summery. The Summery suggests that Peggy and Hamilton would have an unbreakable friendship, and that it would be a vital prospect to the war. Although they did from a very close friendship as siblings would, it was not as prominent as the summery preludes. Peggy is in constant doubt of Hamilton's intentions with Eliza, even after they were married. Plus it never spent a lot of time on the two bonding, much rather them bantering and flirting. No personal connection. In regards to the title, the focus point of the story was the three Graces or the Schuyler sisters, not Hamilton and Peggy. Other then then the misleading title and summery this novel was fun read and I definitely recommend to every girl and boy who want to learn of history and a culture that should be striven for; one of equality and respect.
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  • Sara
    January 1, 1970
    [2.0]
  • Tigergirl_17
    January 1, 1970
    More of a 3.5 to be honest.I read this book right after I finished listening through all of Hamilton; An American Musical. In the musical the roll of Peggy was the little sister and she didn’t do much. In this book it expanded on the her roll on the revolutionary war and explained how she was responsible for Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Schuyler’s marriage. Over all it was a nice read, but it could be boring in some parts.
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  • Jodi Bramucci
    January 1, 1970
    Another great read by LM Elliott. I have enjoyed & recommended every book that she has written, and I've taught (or supported other teachers to do so) many of her books. As usual, research is impeccable, characters become your friends, and you just feel smarter about history after finishing!!
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  • Kim Bakos
    January 1, 1970
    What a great story! I haven't been on the Hamilton bandwagon, so my recall of him is limited to what I just read in my daughter's AP History text, which was all about politics and nothing about his personal life. It was fun to see him come to life through this story. I used to live in NJ, and with a history buff mother, I have been to Jockey Hollow and Ford's Mansion in Morristown, so I loved reading about the history took place there.The bond between the three sisters was so much fun to see pla What a great story! I haven't been on the Hamilton bandwagon, so my recall of him is limited to what I just read in my daughter's AP History text, which was all about politics and nothing about his personal life. It was fun to see him come to life through this story. I used to live in NJ, and with a history buff mother, I have been to Jockey Hollow and Ford's Mansion in Morristown, so I loved reading about the history took place there.The bond between the three sisters was so much fun to see play out in the story. It was great to see them back one another up even if they didn't always agree with each other.I think this is a book that a YA would enjoy as well as an adult, as long as you have a interest in history. Very enjoyable!
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  • Suze Lavender
    January 1, 1970
    Peggy Schuyler and her sisters are close. They're the daughters of General Schuyler, an important military man, who's given them an upbringing filled with books and information. Angelica is the beautiful bold one and Eliza is the angelic sweet one with the good heart. Peggy keeps wondering where that leaves her. She's looking for her place in life and finds it in a time of war. Peggy is intelligent and she's a brilliant strategist. She constantly finds herself in the middle of conspiracies and w Peggy Schuyler and her sisters are close. They're the daughters of General Schuyler, an important military man, who's given them an upbringing filled with books and information. Angelica is the beautiful bold one and Eliza is the angelic sweet one with the good heart. Peggy keeps wondering where that leaves her. She's looking for her place in life and finds it in a time of war. Peggy is intelligent and she's a brilliant strategist. She constantly finds herself in the middle of conspiracies and witnesses several battles. Peggy can stand her ground and her terrific brain and quick wit are her specialty, but also the reason some men are finding her difficult to handle.Love is the reason the Schuyler sisters have eventually separated. Angelica elopes and Eliza falls in love with the charismatic Alexander Hamilton. Because Eliza is popular and has many suitors, Hamilton asks Peggy to help him win her sister's heart. He's a clever man and Peggy finds him an interesting companion. Talking to him is never boring and even though his advice can be hurtful, he doesn't give it with that intention. Alexander Hamilton manages to find a place in each Schuyler sister's heart. In a time of war long absences are normal and everyone's life is in danger. Will Peggy be able to contribute to the defeat of the enemy and is there a chance her wishes for the future will come true?Hamilton and Peggy! is a fantastic gripping story. I was fascinated by the strong, proud and incredibly smart Peggy. She can stand up for herself, she's loyal to her family and even though she wants to be loved more than anything else in the world, she knows her duty to her country comes first. I absolutely loved her fierce personality. Peggy might think she's existing in the shadows of her popular sisters, but she isn't. She's a force to be reckoned with and she's special just like her sisters. I loved their connection, it isn't always easy having to compete with two older sisters who can't do anything wrong, but love and family always wins. I enjoyed reading about their bond, their personal growth and their political visions. I love strong heroines and Hamilton and Peggy! definitely delivers in that area.L.M. Elliott has written an interesting story. I loved how well she's done her research. It's visible in every sentence of Hamilton and Peggy! Peggy helps General Schuyler with his work, which gives a lot of insight in the war. The book is set in the last quarter of the eighteenth century and America is in turmoil. L.M. Elliott describes the chaos and losses, the difficulties of war and finding funds to fight, the strategies needed to defeat the enemy and much much more in a terrific detailed and vivid way. I learned a lot while reading this book, while I was enthralled by the compelling story at the same time. I love it when a book teaches me something and spellbinds me completely as well. Hamilton and Peggy! has incredible main characters, they're multilayered with intriguing minds and fabulous conversational skills. I highly recommend this amazing book that captivated me from beginning to end.
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  • Alana White
    January 1, 1970
    Set in late-1700s New York during the American Revolution, this is an entertaining homage to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical, Hamilton. Peggy Schuyler, eighteen, is the youngest of Patriot General Philip Schuyler’s three eldest—and in 1777, as yet unmarried—daughters. With the commander of the Northern Army as her father, Peggy is privy to the tribulations, and, eventually, to the hard-won victories that turn the tide toward American independence.There are two struggles for independence here—the on Set in late-1700s New York during the American Revolution, this is an entertaining homage to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical, Hamilton. Peggy Schuyler, eighteen, is the youngest of Patriot General Philip Schuyler’s three eldest—and in 1777, as yet unmarried—daughters. With the commander of the Northern Army as her father, Peggy is privy to the tribulations, and, eventually, to the hard-won victories that turn the tide toward American independence.There are two struggles for independence here—the one the Patriots are fighting, and the one in Peggy’s heart. Through her relationship with the “quicksilver” Alexander Hamilton, who hopes to marry Peggy’s sister, Eliza, readers experience Peggy’s yearning to make a genuine contribution to the Revolution, no matter how small; in short, to claim her own identity and not live in the long shadow of sweet Eliza and beautiful, flirty Angelica. Peggy’s sharply observed interaction with her future brother-in-law, “Hammie,” begins when he writes to enlist her as an ally in wooing Eliza. Against this backdrop, Peggy faces personal and political turmoil head-on until, finally, she must summon all her courage to keep her family safe. "Historical Novels Review," May 2018I particularly appreciated the author’s sidelong glances at contemporary issues. Three out of four men in the Continental Army were born somewhere other than America. Hamilton, the immigrant son of a single mother, sailed from the Caribbean Island of St. Croix to America to make his name and fortune. Many famous men and women (Benedict Arnold, Martha Washington) inhabit these pages, including the affable young French aristocrat, the Marquis de Lafayette, who volunteered with the Continental Army, was named a Major General at age nineteen, and very nearly steals the show. The author’s engaging afterword and a thorough bibliography nicely round out the book. Highly recommended.
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  • Amber
    January 1, 1970
    Ever since I became obsessed with Hamilton the musical, I’ve craved more and more stories about him and the time period; my first favorite historical period beginning in elementary school. I was delighted when I learned of this book.Set against the backdrop of the American Revolution, the story is full of excitement, romance, and intrigue. Told from Margarita (Peggy) Schuyler’s perspective, it’s also a coming-of-age novel. Despite the subtitle, it takes awhile for Hamilton to join the story in e Ever since I became obsessed with Hamilton the musical, I’ve craved more and more stories about him and the time period; my first favorite historical period beginning in elementary school. I was delighted when I learned of this book.Set against the backdrop of the American Revolution, the story is full of excitement, romance, and intrigue. Told from Margarita (Peggy) Schuyler’s perspective, it’s also a coming-of-age novel. Despite the subtitle, it takes awhile for Hamilton to join the story in earnest and even then Peggy sometimes doubts Hamilton as a suitor for her older sister, Eliza. The friendship was there but it just wasn’t as obvious as the title and subtitle would suggest. It was more so an ode to sisterhood and the close-knit bond between the eldest three Schuyler daughters.The snippets of letters and the dialogue throughout felt very realistic, so I was impressed to learn when I reached the end that Elliott researched and borrowed from primary resources. Suggested for fans of well-researched historical fiction and of the musical, of course.
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  • Steph L
    January 1, 1970
    I recommend this book to any fan of historical fiction. The way that some of this history is presented, while I did like it I was in and out of this book in some places. Wow the ending of the book, the last 100 or so pages made this book so worth the read! I loved the end of the book, and I recommend that if you start this book that you stick it out. I loved Peggy as a character, and I loved her journey so much. As told in the afterword, this book is factual, and you can tell how much research w I recommend this book to any fan of historical fiction. The way that some of this history is presented, while I did like it I was in and out of this book in some places. Wow the ending of the book, the last 100 or so pages made this book so worth the read! I loved the end of the book, and I recommend that if you start this book that you stick it out. I loved Peggy as a character, and I loved her journey so much. As told in the afterword, this book is factual, and you can tell how much research went into this book just from the bibliography. Overall, I enjoyed this novel immensely and it was such a joy to read.
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  • Lisa Matherson
    January 1, 1970
    Another great historical read by L.M. Elliott. As usual, she has conducted comprehensive research into the time period and her characters to bring them to life. A good bit of this research finds its way into the book, especially the excerpts at the beginning of each chapter. I loved the fact that this book was about strong women, which is something much of history glosses over. You’ve heard the phrase, behind every successful man is a strong woman. Well, Elliott provides to her readers a lens in Another great historical read by L.M. Elliott. As usual, she has conducted comprehensive research into the time period and her characters to bring them to life. A good bit of this research finds its way into the book, especially the excerpts at the beginning of each chapter. I loved the fact that this book was about strong women, which is something much of history glosses over. You’ve heard the phrase, behind every successful man is a strong woman. Well, Elliott provides to her readers a lens into some of the strong women of history. While she is playing on the popularity of Hamilton, this story is more about Peggy and her sisters. She should have called the book Peggy, which she kind of did by the fact that on the cover Peggy is represented in larger type. As a history teacher I would have enjoyed more of Peggy’s activities in becoming an important operative in the Revolutionary War. Nevertheless, Elliott offers another successful YAL historical fiction that is an enjoyable read.
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  • Rebekah
    January 1, 1970
    Okay, so this book was good, but not what I was expecting. The title of this book has the phrase " A Revolutionary Friendship" but I wouldn't say Peggy and Alexander really ever become friends in this story. She learns to accept and value him around 300 pages in, but they never feel like friends. This story feels well researched and is probably more historically accurate then several of the others I've read, but it just wasn't what I thought it would be. In this novel, Peggy is really the only c Okay, so this book was good, but not what I was expecting. The title of this book has the phrase " A Revolutionary Friendship" but I wouldn't say Peggy and Alexander really ever become friends in this story. She learns to accept and value him around 300 pages in, but they never feel like friends. This story feels well researched and is probably more historically accurate then several of the others I've read, but it just wasn't what I thought it would be. In this novel, Peggy is really the only character who shines...everyone else just plays a supporting role.
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  • Camille Wilson
    January 1, 1970
    This is a good Young Adult book, a well-researched historical fiction novel about the strong and courageous Peggy Schuyler, the sister-in-law of Alexander Hamilton. However, if you're reading it as a more discerning, mature reader, you may disappointed. It's as if opening a bottle of champagne with great anticipation but without a popping cork and effervescent bubbles. A bit flat for this reader's taste!
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  • Kathy Mathey
    January 1, 1970
    Mesmerized by the recent Hamilton craze, I grabbed this book at first glance. Steeped in rich research, this YA HF took me back, back, back in time. Loved the history, loved the language, and I think I fell in love with George Washington...
  • Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
    January 1, 1970
    Ugh I want to see Hamilton on broadway so much! Lol, but that aside I'm really looking forward to this book and it's take on Peggy and Alexander.
  • Amber at Fall Into Books
    January 1, 1970
    DNFSo slow-moving. I couldn't get through it.
  • Brittany
    January 1, 1970
    Let me start this off by saying I really wanted to love this book. I tried so hard while reading it to make myself love this but unfortunately I really didn't. Now I am going to recognize that L.M. Elliot did a ton of research. She worked very hard researching this book and I seriously appreciate that. Research is the key to historical fiction and I liked that. But that was about where the likes ended. First off, the writing was not for me. It was a case of super info dump. There would be someth Let me start this off by saying I really wanted to love this book. I tried so hard while reading it to make myself love this but unfortunately I really didn't. Now I am going to recognize that L.M. Elliot did a ton of research. She worked very hard researching this book and I seriously appreciate that. Research is the key to historical fiction and I liked that. But that was about where the likes ended. First off, the writing was not for me. It was a case of super info dump. There would be something mentioned then a ton of backstory thrown into it and it was way too much. If the book had been tailored down and that info not dumped as much or shown in a different way it would have been better. As it stands, for me, it was way too much. Second, I really did not like the characterization of the characters. I felt like Peggy was super whiny and tried to be supportive of her sisters but was too childish about it. Angelica I just hated. Eliza drove me nuts because she was basically useless. She cried at the drop of a hat and it was such a contrast to the Eliza Hamilton I have researched and seen in my own personal research. The Eliza Hamilton that I've studied was nothing like the Eliza in this and it drove me nuts. Finally, the story was just meh to me. I thought this was going to be a story about Alexander Hamilton and Peggy Schuyler's friendship. Instead it was more about the battles and what was happening in the Schuyler household which would have been fine if it was advertised that way. There is some interaction between Hamilton and Peggy and I did enjoy that but it was so far and in between that it felt insignificant. If you think that this book will interest you I do encourage you to pick it up. It is researched and I think some people would love it but for me it just wasn't my favorite. I am super disappointed that I didn't love this but that happens sometimes. If this does interest you, I encourage you to pick it up but for me it wasn't my favorite.
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  • Eden Church | The Required Reading List
    January 1, 1970
    In "Hamilton and Peggy!: A Revolutionary Friendship," L.M. Elliott illuminates the spaces that other stories of the Hamilton cohort leave dark. It is a lively, extremely well-researched, impassioned portrayal of a young woman who lovers of all things Hamilton and plucky heroines ahead of their time will find rewarding. I thoroughly enjoyed it! Lovers of the Revolutionary War will gobble it up!While this novel is perfect for existing Hamilton fans, I'm not sure I would recommend it to those not a In "Hamilton and Peggy!: A Revolutionary Friendship," L.M. Elliott illuminates the spaces that other stories of the Hamilton cohort leave dark. It is a lively, extremely well-researched, impassioned portrayal of a young woman who lovers of all things Hamilton and plucky heroines ahead of their time will find rewarding. I thoroughly enjoyed it! Lovers of the Revolutionary War will gobble it up!While this novel is perfect for existing Hamilton fans, I'm not sure I would recommend it to those not already familiar with the Revolutionary War or the stories depicted in Hamilton or other American Revolution-related texts. I found the beginning of the story to be a bit slow, and because of how detail-oriented it is (Elliott did a ton of research before writing-- you can even check out her pages long bibliography!), it might lose those not already interested in the topic. I also worry that the novel has been misrepresented by its title. The focus, I feel, is not on Hamilton and Peggy's friendship, but instead on Peggy's experiences of the war that Miranda's "Hamilton" depicts, as well as her journey to selfhood. And it does this incredibly well. While Hamilton does make several appearances, and banter between the two characters is definitely highlighted later on in the novel, I was a bit confused when one of the titular characters did not even appear until a third of the way into the novel. While I understand that putting the word "Hamilton" into a title is a guaranteed way to attract fans of the phenomenon, this particular novel might've been better served if it fully embraced from the beginning what it does so well-- breathe life into the youngest of the Schuyler trio-- Peggy Schuyler-- a force to be reckoned with in her own right, while bringing her out of the shadow of her older sisters Angelica and Eliza.Overall, I really enjoyed this original take on the Hamilton phenomenon, especially later on in the novel, and would definitely recommend it to those already fans of the Revolutionary War or "Hamilton." Let's face it, they are many.
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