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The story itself, fiction as it is, shows Rubino’s love of history. She has produced a plausible story of how events may have occurred and entwined them with true history. Her knowledge of the time period shows that she has done a lot of research, whether recently or in the past, this author knows her facts. All the elements of the time period needed to get the reader feeling a part of it all is undeniably there. Costumes and dress, food and drink, mannerisms and speech colloquialisms, and so much more. All of these elements make a seamless plot and held my interest throughout.
Brian L. Porter’s contribution of adding a serial killer into the mix was surprising, yet not so. Porter is famous for the best-selling mysteries. Slipping a serial killer into the threads of this story was also done seamlessly. This added an additional air of excitement, interest and fear or anticipation to the overall plot. I must smile at the way Porter’s contribution ended but will not do a spoiler here. Needless to say, I believe it’s a set-up for more of Porter’s serial mystery books.
For those who love historical fiction, I highly recommend reading this story. It’s doesn’t stray far from reality. Rubino’s thorough documents of the facts in the back pages after the story ends shows the historical fact around which she based her fiction. A superb read!
Hamilton’s eye for the ladies creates the conflict around which the storyline is woven. Though neither Alexander nor his wife Eliza harbor any illusions of compromising their social prominence, their emotions take them along narrow precipices. Alexander finds himself attracted to Maria Reynolds, who hopes to draw Hamilton into a devious web of deceit. Eliza, in turn, finds a kindred spirit in Dr. Severus Black, who becomes her own confidant.
The use of first-person narrative is introduced by Rubino (we suspect), which pulls back the curtain to reveal the ulterior motives of the protagonists. Moreover we find ourselves standing alongside a serial killer on the streets of Philadelphia who eventually begins stalking the shadows of the main characters. It’s a sharp turn from Porter’s usual style which will titillate his readers and keep you turning pages to find out whether Aaron Burr will have anything to do with the climactic finale.
For historical fiction buffs and Porter’s growing reader base of murder mystery fans, Sharing Hamilton by Diana Rubino and Brian L. Porter is a sure-fire hit.
The romance between Alexander Hamilton and Maria Reynolds is skilfully told, and though a fictional account of the true story, it was eminently believable. What made the book stand out for me however, was the way the character of the handsome young English doctor, Severus Black, gradually began to cast a shadow over the proceedings. Behind the gaiety of Philadelphia's upper class lives, a pall of doom seemed to hang over the city as the shadow of a serial killer stalked the night, preying on the innocent servants of the rich and wealthy. One was led to ask, could this debonair and charming men, physician to the wealthy and friend and confidant to Hamilton's own wife, really be a cold blooded killer? As Hamilton and Maria are drawn further into the illicit love affair, so Eliza Hamilton is drawn ever closer to the young doctor. Fate holds much in store for the participants in this strange, dark world of deceit and pretence. The wonder of it all is how the authors talents completely complimented each other. I found it hard to spot the joins where Mr. Porter's superbly chilling back story overlapped with Ms. Rubino's original historical romance to produce a great historical romantic thriller. Excellent, and a very intriguing read.
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