My Dear Hamilton: A Novel of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton

My Dear Hamilton: A Novel of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton

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...

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Title:My Dear Hamilton: A Novel of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton
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  • Jen

    I received an advanced reader’s copy of this book from Goodreads Giveaways and I’m so glad I did! After seeing Hamilton on Broadway a couple of years ago I, like the authors, wanted to know more about Eliza Schuyler Hamilton. Much to my chagrin, there really weren’t any books (historical or otherwise) about her.

    Eliza wanted to make sure that Alexander’s story was told and I was eagerly awaiting someone to tell hers. Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie did an excellent job doing just that.

    There hav

    I received an advanced reader’s copy of this book from Goodreads Giveaways and I’m so glad I did! After seeing Hamilton on Broadway a couple of years ago I, like the authors, wanted to know more about Eliza Schuyler Hamilton. Much to my chagrin, there really weren’t any books (historical or otherwise) about her.

    Eliza wanted to make sure that Alexander’s story was told and I was eagerly awaiting someone to tell hers. Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie did an excellent job doing just that.

    There haven’t been many books lately that have made me lose sleep to finish but this one certainly did. My Dear Hamilton is such a well-written book and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I’m looking forward to reading their other work because I’m a little sad that this one is over!

  • Erika Robuck

    Another tour de force from the this dynamite writing team! What a story! What a life!

    Highly recommended.

  • Cathy Daniel

    Easily my favorite book of 2018 and I highly doubt anything will knock it out of that #1 spot. I'm left with goosebumps. Such a rich book. Chock full of history and so engrossing. If you love history, you'll love this book. I'm left respecting Hamilton the founding father but truly loving his wife, Eliza.

  • Julie Barnard

    This was a wonderful and fascinating book. It’s called a novel, and I don’t know how much was true and how much was fiction. I imagine though that it is mostly true. Since I am not a history fanatic, I knew very little about the details of the Revolutionary War, and found a lot of new information. Definitely worth reading.

  • The Lit Bitch

    Hamilton is everywhere thanks to Lin-Manuel Miranda! All of a sudden US History is cool again and everyone wants to get their hands on the hottest tickets in town!

    Currently the musical is playing in Portland which is near where I live and tickets are going for $400 a pop. I’ve been trying to enter the giveaway thing that they do for tickets but never seems to win—does anyone???

    So like so many other Americans I too have jumped on the Hamilton train and plan to ride it all the way until I can see

    Hamilton is everywhere thanks to Lin-Manuel Miranda! All of a sudden US History is cool again and everyone wants to get their hands on the hottest tickets in town!

    Currently the musical is playing in Portland which is near where I live and tickets are going for $400 a pop. I’ve been trying to enter the giveaway thing that they do for tickets but never seems to win—does anyone???

    So like so many other Americans I too have jumped on the Hamilton train and plan to ride it all the way until I can see the musical which will likely never happen at this rate but a girl can dream!

    That’s where this book comes in. Since I am not able to see the musical, why not just try a new hot trendy book about Hamilton? Full disclosure….I have my masters in US History so I should be able to tell you more about Hamilton beyond the fact that he was a founding father and was shot by Aaron Burr (thank you 1993 Got Milk commercial!!)…..but beyond that all I have are crickets.

    When this book came up for review, I jumped on it! While it’s a fictionalized account, it still has deep roots in early American history.

    This story focuses on Eliza Schuyler Hamilton rather than on Hamilton himself and I loved that. They always say that behind every good man is a good woman so I am always interested to see what the backstory is with wives of powerful men. Just think about what they endured and how they handled difficult situations is fascinating and Eliza’s story was no different. I loved reading about her, I fell in love with her almost from the beginning.

    I went into this one completely blind because not only did I have limited knowledge of Hamilton himself, but I had zero knowledge of Eliza nor was it something that I ever really pondered. So I had no real expectations for this book which left me free to enjoy it completely on its own.

    I have see other reviewers comment about how Eliza is such an excellent example of a strong women who balanced her political life and her personal life as a wife seamlessly and I would say that I completely agree with those opinions. The authors portrayed her in such a favorable light, she was truly a unique woman and I loved how strong but yet vulnerable she could be when the time was appropriate. She was clearly meant to be the star of the book, but for me she was the shooting star! I loved reading about her and her life.

    Sometimes I hesitate on books by two authors, especially fiction. Two authors can sometimes work ok in non fiction, but in fiction it always seems to be a struggle. So I did have my reservations about this book but I know that these two writers have teamed up before on America’s First Daughter (the story of Thomas Jefferson’s daughter), while I haven’t read that book, I have seen great reviews on it so I was eager to read this one. The book read like a single author book and for that I was thankful! Both authors wrote beautifully and I never felt like I was reading an entirely different style.

    I love that these two seem to be making their way through the untold stories of the women behind the founding fathers. I love to see US History coming alive in such a new and exciting way! If you have caught Hamilton fever to maybe you just like US History, or strong women, or untold stories….whatever your interests are this book has something for you to enjoy. Even if you aren’t into history at all, Eliza is such a strong character with an interesting life that you won’t even feel like you’re reading history!

  • Under the Covers Book Blog

    I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

    My Dear Hamilton captured my attention and my heart.  And that's coming from a woman who hated American History classes.  I wish history books in school were written this way. I might have enjoyed it a lot more.  

    My Dear Hamilton tells the story not of Alexander Hamilton but of his wife Eliza Schuyler Hamilton.  It’s a story of her life journey a

    I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

    My Dear Hamilton captured my attention and my heart.  And that's coming from a woman who hated American History classes.  I wish history books in school were written this way. I might have enjoyed it a lot more.  

    My Dear Hamilton tells the story not of Alexander Hamilton but of his wife Eliza Schuyler Hamilton.  It’s a story of her life journey as a daughter of a patriot, a loyal sister, a wife of one of the US founding fathers, and a dedicated mother of eight.  It also shows her views on life, her patriotism, and her dedication to her cause.

    “..heartbroken against relentless losses..”;  Eliza encountered one tragedy after the next in her adult life.  It was also heartbreaks and betrayals by not only her husband but the country she served. Despite the tragedies, she handled it all with grace.  This lady was not just a survivor, she was pretty kickass in her days.

    Authors Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoei did a remarkable job telling Eliza’s story.  Plucking facts from her past and giving readers a better view of her life. I was in a constant awe and I could not put this book down.  Eliza's story both saddened and humbled me. I can't even find the right words to describe her. She is nothing short of amazing, that's for sure.  

    I love that this author duo decided to write books about the women in our American history.  To not only acknowledge their accomplishments, but also the heartaches and hardships they endured.  I’m hoping they keep writing these books. If Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie write it, I will read it!

    *ARC provided by publisher

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  • Ann Marie (Lit·Wit·Wine·Dine)

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    Prior to reading this book, I was not wrapped up in all of the Hamiltonmania. I have not seen

    on Broadway. I have not listened to a single song on the soundtrack. That has all changed, my friends. I am a believer and it’s all because of this book! I’m stalking Stub Hub and entering the Hamilton lottery on a daily basis. I’m on the verge of spending a ridiculous amount of money on tickets. If the play is as good as this book, i

    You can read this and all of my reviews at

    .

    Prior to reading this book, I was not wrapped up in all of the Hamiltonmania. I have not seen

    on Broadway. I have not listened to a single song on the soundtrack. That has all changed, my friends. I am a believer and it’s all because of this book! I’m stalking Stub Hub and entering the Hamilton lottery on a daily basis. I’m on the verge of spending a ridiculous amount of money on tickets. If the play is as good as this book, it’ll be money well spent. I realize they may be very different stories but

    has truly kindled in me a desire to learn more about this part of American history. (Or relearn since I’m sure the good people who issued my H.S. diploma did touch upon this period back in the day.)

    Before I go on to list everything I loved about this book, I’m just going to put this out there: There was not a single thing I had an issue with. Nothing I can criticize in 637 pages.

    This is the third book I’ve read recently that is co-authored. (Is this a new trend or is it a coincidence?) The writing is so beautiful and seamless it’s unbelievable. The authors obviously did a tremendous amount of research in terms of the historical content. But seriously, I was blown away by the gorgeous prose. The voice they gave to Eliza Huntington was one any woman would be proud to have. Like many of the most loved and respected women in history, Eliza was a force. She was intelligent – both emotionally and intellectually. She knew how to finesse situations private and political to further the agenda of the side she felt was in the right. She maintained public composure while under unimaginable duress. She loved her family with a loyalty and ferocity that made her a formidable opponent when threatened or challenged. In short, I loved her.

    Sadly, hers was not an easy life in any sense. Women, it seems, were not meant to have lives of their own in the late 1700s and early 1800s. Despite the fact that she influenced the man who influenced so much of Americas past and present, Eliza was, on a day-to-day basis, expected to be the quiet and supportive wife. Though she was proud of her husband’s career and accomplishments, this understandably frustrated her.

    Eliza’s relationship with Hamilton was as complicated as Hamilton himself. Though this is Eliza’s story, I really enjoyed getting to know Hamilton through the eyes of the authors.

    If you love historical fiction and books with strong female characters,

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  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede

    My Deat Hamilton is a massive novel, almost 700 pages and it took me around 2,5 days to read it. I was lucky enough to have a weekend off and let me tell you that it's the kind of book that that, despite the size of it, never get boring alt

    My Deat Hamilton is a massive novel, almost 700 pages and it took me around 2,5 days to read it. I was lucky enough to have a weekend off and let me tell you that it's the kind of book that that, despite the size of it, never get boring although I have to admit it the political side of the story was not my favorite part to read about, still I found it interesting to learn more about this period of time. My knowledge of Alexander Hamilton and his wife Eliza Schuyler Hamilton was not great before I started to read this book, which for me was a plus. I love not knowing too much sometimes when I read a historical fiction. Also, this book may have been about Alexander and Eliza, but I simply came to adore Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette from the very first time he appeared in the story. He's such a charismatic person that it felt like everyone around him faded a bit when he appeared. I might have a bit of a crush on him, to be honest.

    As for the story, one can really feel that Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie have done their research and also managed to write a story that doesn't feel too long, which is a great thing because writing a book with almost 700 pages and managed to keep the readers attention all the way through is a great achievement.

  • Minni Mouse

    Written by a historical fiction author I can respect?

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