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, Teen, Fiction, Young Adult Historical Fiction, Romance, War

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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  • Capitan Thorne
    January 1, 1970
    F*** YEAH!NOW IT'S PEGGY'S TIME TO SHINE!This Schuyler Sister deserves her own novel.
  • 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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  • Jen Naughton
    January 1, 1970
    I was pretty psyched about starting this book. I'm still in the "all things" Hamilton mindset and reading this in ARC form was just so fun. Peggy Schuyler needs a story of her own, and this one sucked me in at page one. This story is some well researched historical fiction centering in and around the Revolutionary War. I enjoyed reading about both the details of everyday life in America at that time but also the details of war and how living at that time was very different from almost any other I was pretty psyched about starting this book. I'm still in the "all things" Hamilton mindset and reading this in ARC form was just so fun. Peggy Schuyler needs a story of her own, and this one sucked me in at page one. This story is some well researched historical fiction centering in and around the Revolutionary War. I enjoyed reading about both the details of everyday life in America at that time but also the details of war and how living at that time was very different from almost any other wartime in America.Peggy spent a lot of time helping her Mother with an influx of new babies but also had time to correspond with Alexander Hamilton who was attempting to woo her sister with Peggy's approval. The descriptions of all the locations, houses, woods, forts were so vivid I felt like I could see them. I loved the research notes in the back and would include this as a "living book" in my American History High School course. Adults who love historical fiction and Hamilton will enjoy this also.Verdict- Buy
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  • 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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  • Ella Zegarra
    January 1, 1970
    and Peggy!Me da vergüenza lo mucho que me he reído
  • 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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  • Sara (novelsreader)
    January 1, 1970
    [2.0]
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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.
  • Eden Church
    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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  • 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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  • Jana
    January 1, 1970
    I wanted to say I loved this book. It's well researched and gives an in-depth look at a lot of things from a woman's perspective from the revolutionary war. There are different reviews saying that Peggy isn't even at the forefront of her own novel, that's not true. It's a coming of age story more than a romance one. While there is the romance between Hamilton and Eliza, it's not the main aspect of the novel.The back can be a little misleading, as the title as well, but it's still a fantastic rea I wanted to say I loved this book. It's well researched and gives an in-depth look at a lot of things from a woman's perspective from the revolutionary war. There are different reviews saying that Peggy isn't even at the forefront of her own novel, that's not true. It's a coming of age story more than a romance one. While there is the romance between Hamilton and Eliza, it's not the main aspect of the novel.The back can be a little misleading, as the title as well, but it's still a fantastic read. Also, I'm...totally going to need another book about Peggy's own relationship and finding love with her husband. Lovers of the musical Hamilton will enjoy this as well as those who love history.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    I received this through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This novel discusses Peggy Schuyler's role during the American Revolution and the events surrounding the Hamilton play. It attempts to show her saucy side and ability to be a strong character in her own right. It presents her feelings about Alexander Hamilton and the romantic relationships she had during the time. I found this novel to be dry. I felt that there was less plot and more factoids about the revolution. Hamilton was n I received this through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This novel discusses Peggy Schuyler's role during the American Revolution and the events surrounding the Hamilton play. It attempts to show her saucy side and ability to be a strong character in her own right. It presents her feelings about Alexander Hamilton and the romantic relationships she had during the time. I found this novel to be dry. I felt that there was less plot and more factoids about the revolution. Hamilton was not a strong part of the story and did not appear for much of the book. I never truly connected to the characters.
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  • Alex Fream
    January 1, 1970
    As a Hamilton fan and a lover of strong women, this book was right up my alley! I had been hoping for someone to write more in depth about the Schuyler Sisters and this book had what I wanted. Their relationships, both romantic and platonic, were so well written. I especially enjoyed reading the development of Eliza and Alexander- for real. And Peggy! Her story is so inspiring and in a lot of ways relatable. A must read for fans of strong female characters, charming, complex men and historical a As a Hamilton fan and a lover of strong women, this book was right up my alley! I had been hoping for someone to write more in depth about the Schuyler Sisters and this book had what I wanted. Their relationships, both romantic and platonic, were so well written. I especially enjoyed reading the development of Eliza and Alexander- for real. And Peggy! Her story is so inspiring and in a lot of ways relatable. A must read for fans of strong female characters, charming, complex men and historical accuracy all wrapped in one!
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  • Bickering Book Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    For a more in-depth review watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q7K1P...1.5 Rating: This book promised to be an interesting historical fiction about the friendship between Peggy Schuyler and Alexander Hamilton instead it was a very dry historical fiction book that felt generic and slow. We received an eARC of this book through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Christal Karnaze
    January 1, 1970
    My kids are crazy for "Hamilton" the musical so of course I had to give them this book -- well what a surprise! The musical is just the tip of Peggy's unbelievable life. I've enjoyed this author's books in the past....always amazingly well researched and full of interesting historical facts. Love, love, love!
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  • Becky
    January 1, 1970
    For a more in-depth review watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q7K1P...During the Revolutionary War, Peggy Schuyler tries to break free from her older sister's shadows and find her own way. I will admit I read this book because I am a huge "Hamilton" fan which may have been one of the reasons I found this so very disappointing. The story moves very slowly with the narrative promised on the book jacket does not beginning for over 100 pages. The characters are never truly developed relying on w For a more in-depth review watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q7K1P...During the Revolutionary War, Peggy Schuyler tries to break free from her older sister's shadows and find her own way. I will admit I read this book because I am a huge "Hamilton" fan which may have been one of the reasons I found this so very disappointing. The story moves very slowly with the narrative promised on the book jacket does not beginning for over 100 pages. The characters are never truly developed relying on what the reader knows from history class or the musical to form any connection with their stories. The story has limited dialog which made me question what is this books intended audience. The narrative is written in a way appropriate for teens/tween but the story is about finding a husband and pregnancies which would imply a more adult audience.I received an eARC of this book through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Jessica
    January 1, 1970
    *Actually 2.5 stars*This was okay. It was entertaining in parts, but overall felt like it was trying to cash in on the phenomenon that is Hamilton, but with a "different" take.
  • Shawn
    January 1, 1970
    I guess I had super high expectations for this book. I thought this would focus more on Hamilton and Peggy’s friendship, but it focused almost solely on Peggy. While Peggy is a great character, this story was lacking depth. We get to see a bit of what makes Peggy a great character, but the writing was a bit dry and I felt like we were just going through the motions. I would have been interested to read about Peggy after she was married and what her relationship with Hamilton was like after that. I guess I had super high expectations for this book. I thought this would focus more on Hamilton and Peggy’s friendship, but it focused almost solely on Peggy. While Peggy is a great character, this story was lacking depth. We get to see a bit of what makes Peggy a great character, but the writing was a bit dry and I felt like we were just going through the motions. I would have been interested to read about Peggy after she was married and what her relationship with Hamilton was like after that. Instead we get to see her during the revolution – which honestly is a bit overdone by this point. If you’re expecting a lot of Hamilton in this book, you’ll be disappointed. This book should have just been named And Peggy.Thanks to Edelweiss and Katherine Tegen books for giving me a free eARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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