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Alex and Eliza: A Love Story Hardcover – April 11, 2017
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Praise for Alex & Eliza: A Love Story:
A New York Times Bestseller!
“This charming historical romance is a must-read for any fan of Hamilton who felt drawn in, first and foremost, by the sweeping love story.”—Booklist
“de la Cruz has struck while the iron is hot and shone a light on the extraordinary wife of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, Eliza Schuyler. . . . Fans of the musical will be excited to see this novel.”—School Library Journal
“Broadway fans and lovers of Melissa de la Cruz’s romance and page-turning intrigue will unite over her new book.”—Justine
“De la Cruz expertly expounds on the articulate, impressive Alex and intelligent, passionate Eliza, bringing them to life in a skillful, genuine way.”—RT Book Reviews
“Part fact and part fiction, Alex and Eliza: A Love Story will definitely get you (or your teen) excited about history.”—PopSugar
“Do you listen to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical soundtrack on repeat? Then, the next logical step is to read this YA love tale.”—PopCrush
“Hamilton fans will love this fictionalized, and delightfully charming, novel.”—BuzzFeed
“The picture perfect historical romance combined with Melissa de la Cruz's sharp, heartfelt writing makes this the perfect spring read.”—TeenReads.com
“Hamilton fans obsessed with Alexander Hamilton and Eliza Schuyler's Revolution-era romance need this deep dive into the romance that changed American history.”—Seventeen.com
About the Author
Melissa de la Cruz is the #1 New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times and Publishers Weekly internationally bestselling author of many critically acclaimed novels, including The Isle of the Lost: A Descendants Novel and the Summer on East End series. Her Blue Bloods series has sold over three million copies, and the Witches of East End series became an hour-long television drama on the Lifetime network.
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While I agree with other reviewers that the musical is an amazing work of art, it's just as historically inaccurate as this book, as many historians starting from the inspirator Ron Chernow have pointed out, even worse in some aspects. From the historical point of view this novel lost me at the prologue when it described a bookish Eliza. Eliza and bookish did not exactly fit in the same sentence in real life since Hamilton chided her on this very point in his letter dated 2-4 July 1780 during their engagement, urging her to read more (check out Founders Archive online for all their surviving correspondence). Nor had Angelica any influence whatsoever since she never met Hamilton before his wedding with Eliza, had already eloped with John Church 3 years earlier and was already mother of two children by the time Eliza got married. Why this specific author chose to invent Hamilton's rivalry with Henry Livingston over Eliza when Hamilton's colleague Colonel Tilghman did profess a clear interest in Eliza in his diary and was clearly upset when Hamilton had the upper hand in the quest for her heart is beyond me.
However, if you forget complete historical accuracy as you did with the musical, as far as YA novels go this novel is worth a shot if one does not expect more than a few hours enjoyable reading. It is nicely written and paced and has a few angsty elements that make for some interesting suspense before the deserved and historically accurate wedding and HFN. HEAs are not generally marred by public laundry over one-year affairs with dubious characters, even though our not entirely unblemished hero did repent and redeem himself and earned his wife's lifelong devotion even over 50 years of widowhood, but luckily this book only concentrates on the initial courtship and leaves the more dramatic episodes of the Hamiltons' marriage aside. In this respect I felt quite safe passing this book down to my eldest daughter while warning her of the historical inaccuracies and urging her to read the real amazing love letters that Hamilton wrote to Eliza during their engagement.
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Young women should know that men like Alex do exists AND you are worthy.