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4.0 out of 5 starsThe plot spans the years from when they first met in 1777 to their marriage in 1780.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 November 2018
Alex and Eliza has taken the world by storm. Whether the play by Lin-Manuel Miranda or the novel by Melissa De La Cruz people are craving for more information about the Founding Father Alexander Hamilton and his wife Eliza Schuyler.
With Alex and Eliza, Melissa De La Cruz brings to life the love story of these two Revolutionary figures in a fictional tale, which weaves together a few facts too, since there is not much information about Eliza, the author had to take liberties to construct a story that was somewhat, but not fully, accurate. This story is less of a historical novel and more of a romance, and spans from the year they first met in 1777 to their marriage in 1780.
Hamilton is seen as a smitten dashing knight who sweeps the princess, Eliza, off her feet. But it is also a Prince and the Pauper story since Hamilton was an orphan who did not have a name or financial means. The bright, ambitious, but penniless Hamilton is drawn to practical Eliza, falling deeply in love. His prestige comes from being the aide-de-camp to General George Washington.
This book is charming and interesting. These two characters have a voice and a personality that are engaging. Hopefully, it will draw people to find out more about the early history of America.
4.0 out of 5 starsThe story based on "Hamilton" the musical
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 13 July 2019
This book was written after the author saw the musical "Hamilton and was so inspired by the romantic story of Eliza and Alex that she did her research and wrote the version of their story.
I have not seen the musical and prior to reading this book, the only thing I knew about Alexander Hamilton was that he was the only signatory to the American constitution from the state of New York. I knew nothing of his upbringing nor his romance and marriage to Elizabeth.
I enjoyed the book as it was well written and an easy read. It was easy to picture the characters and the way they lived at the time.
I understand that this was the author's interpretation of their story but some have pointed out that there are historical inaccuracies which I didn't notice as I was unaware of those. I think if you do not know the story and enjoy a historical romance then this will be one you will enjoy. If you are knowledgable about American history and the Hamilton story you may find things are not truly factual.
4.0 out of 5 starsProbably more for pre-teen market or those not too bothered about historical facts
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 8 July 2019
My daughter is a very big Hamilton fan. Begged us to go and see the musical for months and we did take her after she began singing the full musical to us 24/7. She still loves it and enjoyed this book. She is almost 12 and is a huge bookwork so reads a lot. She isn't into some books (but loves Harry Potter, Murder most unladylike and the Morpurgo books) so is a touch decerning... however, she also only knows the history from the musical and from snippets she's picked up. Even she could see that it probably wasn't historically accurate. However, she doesn't care! She enjoyed it and said it was a good book - possible a bit slow and she wanted more, not just up to their marriage but after too.
I think it's probably more in the category of holiday reading rather than historical fiction! However, if you have a fan of Hamilton but not a huge history buff, then this could be for you. As I said, my daughter loved it and I'm happy when she's reading something rather than on electronics!
4.0 out of 5 starsAMIABLY DESCRIBED HERE, THE PATH OF TRUE LOVE
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 16 September 2017
Determined on independence, America wars with the British. Victim of British atrocities, the illustrious Schuyler family faces ruin - it imperative that daughters Angelica, Elizabeth and Peggy quickly marry into wealth.
Welcome here the genteel telling of how Eliza became increasingly attracted to Colonel Alexander Hamilton (he infatuated with her from the start). Although he is Washington's most trusted aide, senior Schuylers regard him as a nobody. Pedigree and money he has not, nor will he have Eliza.
Of course readers know otherwise - the cover unambiguous. Here are two likeable people striving to overcome formidable obstacles in the path of true romance.
Those craving excitement will not find it here, except for a little towards the end. Instead here is an interesting glimpse of the times - the straitjacketing conventions and power influenced by American aristocracy (class distinction in all but name). Also fascinating are background details of the war - America's treatment of British prisoners apparently far more humane than Britain's towards those captured.
The hit Broadway musical inspired Melissa de la Cruz to research, then to write. She has done so with affection and humour, this a work to give gentle pleasure to the romantically inclined.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 1 September 2017
Apparently this novel is based upon real characters (but largely embellished), Alexander Hamilton and Eliza Schuyler, whose love story in the 1770s and 80s has inspired a successful American musical called 'Hamilton' (which I must admit I'd never heard of). While generally I'm not keen on historical fiction, this young adult offering proved quite engaging. The female protagonist, Eliza, is the middle sibling of the three Schuyler girls, whose family fortunes are about to take a dramatic downturn in 1777, when their mother decides that the way to deal with this is to throw a ball and to get them married off as soon as possible. Here enters Alexander Hamilton, an aide to General Washington, who has gained this role upon his own merits, being the illegitimate son of a Scottish baron. Thus begins a whirlwind romance spanning an important period of American history, and overcoming obstacles of family resistance and war.
Much more gripping than I expected it to be, I found myself enjoying this story despite my complete lack of familiarity with the backstory and the historical period mentioned. The characters were well-formed and I particularly enjoyed the spirited natures of the three girls. A surprising pleasure.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 20 September 2017
Although I am sure it is a very romanticised version of events between Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Schuyler it does make an enjoyable read and I liked it more than I expected it to. Although I love history, I am not so familiar with American history so I have no idea how accurate any of it is. However, the story and the setting and historical context all feel authentic even if there is a lot of artistic license taken with their romance.
The name Alexander Hamilton only really came to my notice through friends across the pond talking about the recent hit musical. I was very interested to read about what seemed a lifelong romance back in the early days of the founding fathers and although they were different times it was a bit disappointing to find out how a man so clever was so easily reeled in by the wiles of Maria Reynolds and her blackmailing husband. But then again we are all human...
I think I would at some time like to read a book about Eliza Hamilton as she seems a remarkable woman with a great capacity for forgiveness. Anyway, the story was likeable and the romance was sweet and told from both sides of the story. It was a nice read.
4.0 out of 5 starsEntertaining, interesting and enjoyable
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 July 2017
My wife, daughter and I have been lucky enough to get tickets for the forthcoming Hamilton shows in London; not being that au fait with the story, my wife and I have been finding out more about Alexander Hamilton, so this book has been both very enjoyable, and very useful. The book tells the story of Hamilton and his wife Elizabeth Schuyler - which is at times passionate, at times enthralling, and never dull. It really brings their story to life, and conveys so much of what Hamilton achieved, and the fact that without him, America today would be a very different America indeed.
If you're off to see the musical, then The Hamilton Affair is definitely recommended; if you're not, then this book is still a great read, and one that you won't be able to put down whilst you see how Alexander and Elizabeth's lives unfold. An excellent read.
4.0 out of 5 starsSweet, endearing and based on a true story.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 11 November 2017
This is a sweet romance based on a real story from the time of the American revolution. There is currently a musical about this love story - 'Hamilton' - which has won many awards, and I suspect this book has been brought out to cash in on a relatively ready-made audience. And why not? I can remember loving this kind of thing back in the olden days when I was young and impressionable - it has a touch of the old-fashioned variety of Mills and Boon stories (before sex intruded), with a sprinkling of the interactions and sensibilities of English novels, of middle class life and love, written during that time period. And, I have to say, my teenaged granddaughter loved it. It is sweet and endearing and has a happy ending. What more could you want from a YF romance?
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 15 September 2017
This book covers the same story as the hit musical Hamilton, but changes the perspective to that of Eliza. It's a really entertaining and well written historical novel set in the late eighteenth century, covering the spirited lives of Eliza and her two sisters. The central love story is engaging, and it really kept me entertained.