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I, Eliza Hamilton Paperback – September 26, 2017
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“While you’re waiting for Hamilton tickets, or if you’re obsessed with American history, this is the book to read this fall. Scott…brings a fascinating woman and tumultuous era to full-fledged life. The lavish details and meticulous research add resonance to Eliza’s voice as she relates the story of her marriage. The sensitive portrayal is a testament to the Hamilton’s abiding love and strong relationship, and proof of one woman’s courage. The even pacing works well, maintaining a calmness within the storm.”– RT Book Reviews, Top Pick
“Scott expertly handles the complex history and complicated romance, moving the personal and political plots briskly….Readers will be captivated by the affecting portrait Scott has painted of Eliza as an American patriot who was witness and counsel to Alexander’s enduring legacy and a heroine tested by his romantic recklessness.” --Publishers Weekly (starred review)
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Susan Holloway Scott is the author of over fifty historical novels and historical romances. Writing under several pen names, she has received numerous awards and honors for her bestselling books. With more than three million copies of her books in print, she has been published in nineteen foreign countries around the world and translated into fourteen different languages.
Susan also writes as half of the Two Nerdy History Girls (twonerdyhistorygirls.com), a popular book & history blog and Twitter account (@2nerdyhistgirls) with a worldwide following. She is a graduate of Brown University, and lives with her family outside of Philadelphia, PA. For more information about Susan and her books, visit her website at www.susanhollowayscott.com.
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--- "Eliza Schyler is a a twenty year old woman who helps entertain guests whenever they visit her father's house. One day, a cocky young man comes over, name Colonel Hamilton. Though not impressed with Hamilton at first, Eliza develops a fondness for him. Two years later, the pair is reunited and eventually fall in love. Throughout the novel, it describes their love, marriage, struggle, family, children, and even deaths. This is an amazing book about Eliza's life, written in a diary-type format with facts from the moment that Eliza first met Hamilton until the time of his death. I am a HUGE fan of the musical Hamilton, and my favorite character is Eliza, so it was really exciting to read more about her. This book gives a lot of information about the whole Schyler and Hamilton family. It made me cry when Eliza's husband died! This book made me love them even more. It also had background on James Madison, Marquis de Layfayette, John Laurens, George Washington -- and made me dislike Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr, more, ha! I wish there was more information about her childhood, and her life after Hamilton died, but that's the only thing I would change. I would really recommend it to Hamilton fans and anyone that likes historical fiction. I do think it is better for ages 12+ because of some of the content and the length of the text. Such a great novel!"
Thanks to Kensington Books for this review copy – all opinions are my own.
Let’s start out with the fact that I am a major Hamilton geek. My kids and I have the complete soundtrack to the musical memorized, and we have spent hours and hours discussing the musical itself, as well as the Revolution book and numerous other titles about Hamilton’s life. When I reviewed a young adult title last winter about Alex and Eliza I actually had Chernow’s biography of Hamilton open next to me to fact-check that title (and it didn’t match up, by the way). All of this means that my review is either incredibly biased, OR it just means that I have a lot of background knowledge to use in my review – you choose.
Scott manages to include incredibly detailed historical narrative along with her telling of Eliza’s story, beginning with the events where Eliza and Alexander meet. The romance and relationship are compelling enough on their own, but this book also serves as a primer on much of the Revolutionary War, sure to satisfy even the most stickler of history buffs. At over 400 pages, this novel is NOT a light romance story despite what the cover may convey – it is a political tome that absolutely fascinated me, especially the medical details (I’m a medical history fan – give me a book about Bellevue Hospital and I’m in heaven). Fans of Hamilton the musical will be compelled to have the soundtrack playing at all times during the reading of this book, and will then be forced to compare the differences between these two accounts of events – for readers like me, that’s a dream job!
Scott wowed me with this book – she chatted with me numerous times on Instagram about Eliza while I was reading it and I can not say enough about her devotion to historical detail and this story – she is amazing! We chatted about how this book is not at all inspired by the musical and is in no way fan fiction, but the musical has definitely helped bring attention to this title. Her website provides such wonderful details about her research and additional historical background on the events and places in the book – it’s a treasure trove for history-lovers and gives such a rich extended reading experience. I highly recommending checking out her blog along with this title.
If you love US history and can’t get enough of Hamilton in your life, I can’t recommend this book highly enough. If you are expecting a frothy romance, however, this will surely surprise you with its academic nature.
One thing I love about reading Susan Holloway Scott's historical fiction is that she's a true history fan — she researches the heck out of her work, and it shows. When you know you're in good hands like hers, you can relax and enjoy, without worrying that some jarring anachronism is coming along to pull you out of the story. So you're on extraordinarily solid footing here, which is such a relief. And such a delight! The historical details are exquisite, really. I love the attention that gets paid to the interiors of houses, and the particulars of dress. Scott really knows how to make it all come so alive.
But that's just the foundation. Build on top of that a great story (we already know it's a great story, and here it's told particularly well), told from an often-forgotten character's point of view, peopled with a whole cast of characters you'll know from other tales. I *loved* how Eliza's POV gave us a totally different lens to watch the astonishing events of her day through, and loved watching how she grew and changed as a person over time, while remaining true to who she was and how her society, class, family, and experiences shaped her.
Look, we all know how this story ends. But it's how we *get* there that's so fascinating. And Eliza takes you deep into her world to give her side of the tale. I thoroughly enjoyed the time I spent in her company. Thoroughly enjoyed the time I spent with her whole extended circle, in fact. I suspect I'll be reading this one again, just to hang out with the gang for a few days again.
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