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From the New York Times bestselling authors of America’s First Daughter comes the epic story of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton—a revolutionary woman who, like her new nation, struggled to define herself in the wake of war, betrayal, and tragedy. Haunting, moving, and beautifully written, Dray and Kamoie used thousands of letters and original sources to tell Eliza’s story as it’s never been told before—not just as the wronged wife at the center of a political sex scandal—but also as a founding mother who shaped an American legacy in her own right.
A general’s daughter…
Coming of age on the perilous frontier of revolutionary New York, Elizabeth Schuyler champions the fight for independence. And when she meets Alexander Hamilton, Washington’s penniless but passionate aide-de-camp, she’s captivated by the young officer’s charisma and brilliance. They fall in love, despite Hamilton’s bastard birth and the uncertainties of war.
A founding father’s wife...
But the union they create—in their marriage and the new nation—is far from perfect. From glittering inaugural balls to bloody street riots, the Hamiltons are at the center of it all—including the political treachery of America’s first sex scandal, which forces Eliza to struggle through heartbreak and betrayal to find forgiveness.
The last surviving light of the Revolution…
When a duel destroys Eliza’s hard-won peace, the grieving widow fights her husband’s enemies to preserve Alexander’s legacy. But long-buried secrets threaten everything Eliza believes about her marriage and her own legacy. Questioning her tireless devotion to the man and country that have broken her heart, she’s left with one last battle—to understand the flawed man she married and imperfect union he could never have created without her…
"A complete and very human portrait of Eliza will resonate with today's readers. This is the perfect example of an epic fictionalized biography." ~RT Book Reviews TOP PICK
"Following their stunning success in America's First Daughter, Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie have penned an unforgettable story of the woman behind Hamilton [...] My Dear Hamilton is a masterpiece that is both intimate in detail and epic in scope--a triumph!" ~ Pam Jenoff, New York Times Bestselling Author
"No study of Alexander Hamilton would be complete without reading this book [...] Full of history, engaging characters who shimmer on each page, and a tremendous love story, this is a book for everyone." ~ Karen White, New York Times Bestselling Author
"My Dear Hamilton is a superbly written, meticulously researched homage to the birth of America [...] At once a wartime drama, a woman's coming of age, and a lesson on politics that resonates in today's world, My Dear Hamilton is the book of the year." ~ Kate Quinn, New York Times Bestselling Author
"My Dear Hamilton is a fascinating work of historical fiction, beautifully crafted and richly detailed. If you think you already know Eliza Schuyler Hamilton, her role in the founding of our country, her marriage, and her heartbreak, you'll marvel at the woman you meet in this compelling novel." ~ Jennifer Chiaverini, New York Times Bestselling Author
"If you've ever wanted to banter with Hamilton or share a dish of tea with the Marquis de Lafayette, open the covers of My Dear Hamilton and step right in to Eliza Hamilton's parlor [...] The gang's all there!" ~ Lauren Willig, New York Times Bestselling Author"My Dear Hamilton is both an intimate portrayal of the strength, courage, and grace of one of our nation's founding mothers and the engrossing saga of the birth of a country. Richly detailed, beautifully written, and impressive in its scope and heart, this is historical fiction at its best!" ~ Chanel Cleeton, author of Next Year in Havana
"Eliza Hamilton assumes her rightful place as one of America's founding mothers as she guides first her husband and then her fledgling nation into the annals of history. My Dear Hamilton is historical fiction at its most addictive!" ~ Author Stephanie Thornton
"Beautifully written and meticulously researched, this stunning novel captures the courage, strength, and kindness of the remarkable woman behind Alexander Hamilton. A fascinating read!" ~ Author Ellen Marie Wiseman
"An incredible, surprising, and altogether lovely tribute to the woman who stood beside one of the most unknowable, irascible, energetic, and passionate men wo contributed to the foundation of this nation." ~ Author Lars Hedbor
"Everything a historical novel ought to be. As a novel, it's compelling. As a portrait of Betsy Schuyler Hamilton, it's a triumph!" ~ NJ.com
"Dray and Kamoie have written a book that stands as a real tribute to Eliza, one of America's founding women. Their research has rewarded the reader with a truly immersive read." ~ Historical Novels Review
"Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie weave such an enchanting spell with their take on the life of Eliza Hamilton [...] An excellent experience, a festival for the mind and heart, this is a true gem that's worth every cent and every second spent upon it." ~ All About Romance
From the Author
- ASIN : B072F14H1Z
- Publisher : William Morrow Paperbacks (April 3, 2018)
- Publication date : April 3, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 3863 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 652 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #36,859 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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What a great read. Our book club selection for October 2022. I am looking forward to discussing with my friends.
I’ve had the good fortune to have had excellent history teachers who took pride in what they taught, and gave me insight into the creation of our country and the rocky, volatile, battles we taught to become The United States if America. I’ve been blessed to visit Yorktown and walk the grounds where Alexander Hamilton and Lafayette helped defeat Cornwallis.
This book brings Hamilton to life. And, also shares with us insight into those he knew and befriended, fighting side by side with in order to establish our nation.
Kudos to our authors and to the insight and information they shared with us in this well thought out and written novel.
I admit I saw Hamilton and after the show I really wanted to learn more about Eliza. The work, effort, loves and loss she suffered and she came out on top. She deserves to be remembered. The men made all the history books, got all the credit but the ladies, Eliza, Martha, Dolly (to name a few) played an important roll in our Nation's history, birth and growth.
How she lived to 97 in a time when many were taken by illness (most frightening was the yellow fever) with limited medicine is also amazing. I am a fan of hers now and have learned much about her husband and his passion for our country. Well done and well written.
The novel covers the period of 1777 through 1837. Elizabeth Schuyler, the daughter of a general, grows up in colonial North America during the American Revolution. When she meets a young officer, Alexander Hamilton, she’s captivated by his charisma and brilliance and falls in love despite his perceived shameful bastard birth and the uncertainties of war.
Elizabeth, or Eliza, as she prefers to be called, finds herself in the thick of war, ugly politics, even scandal. Hamilton is revered by many, but also has powerful political enemies. The Hamiltons joyfully celebrate the inauguration of George Washington, the nation’s first president. The two main political parties of the day are the Federalists, President Washington’s party, created largely by Alexander Hamilton, and the rival Republican party, formed by Thomas Jefferson and James Madison.
The Hamiltons have several children and Eliza works hard as a wife and mother. Although many in high office have slaves, the Hamiltons firmly believe in the concept of the Constitution, that all men are created equal, applies to all, including slaves and women. They believe slavery is cruel, a sin against God, and a betrayal to the principles of the revolution. Eliza not only makes due with their meager finances, she helps her husband with his speeches and social obligations. They have a loving and supportive marriage.
When a sex scandal encroaches her own home, Eliza struggles through heartbreak and betrayal to find forgiveness. She is a strong woman, a woman of passion and principles. Eliza finds the strength to face the humiliation, the gossip mongers, the cruel newspaper accusations. Eliza is an inspiration, an American legacy in her own right.
My Dear Hamilton is a large volume—672 pages—that held my fascinated attention throughout. I learned so much about the attitudes and conditions of our nation’s early years. Alexander Hamilton was a remarkable man. He fought and helped win a war, raising to the rank of general. He was instrumental in building a federal government. He created a coast guard, a national bank, and devised a scheme of taxation that held the states together. He was brilliant, but flawed, as Eliza was to learn. I loved reading about our country’s early days and I appreciate even more what it took to establish our great nation.