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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  • 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!

  • 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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  • Marialyce

    5 star studded stars for you Mrs Eliza Hamilton were truly a star.

    Alexander and Eliza met at George Washington's headquarters in the year 1780. From all accounts Alexander was quite taken with Elizabeth (Betsy and later Eliza) and she with him. Their backgrounds could not have been more varied, she the second daughter of the wealthy and well known Schuyler family of upstate New York, while he was the illegitimate son of a mother who was jailed for adultery and being a whore. The heritage that Al

    5 star studded stars for you Mrs Eliza Hamilton were truly a star.

    Alexander and Eliza met at George Washington's headquarters in the year 1780. From all accounts Alexander was quite taken with Elizabeth (Betsy and later Eliza) and she with him. Their backgrounds could not have been more varied, she the second daughter of the wealthy and well known Schuyler family of upstate New York, while he was the illegitimate son of a mother who was jailed for adultery and being a whore. The heritage that Alexander carried would never leave him and though he was brilliant, he carried around this blight on his character like a second skin.

    The couple fell in love, married and went on to have seven children while they also for ten years raised the orphan daughter of a friend.

    Alexander was brilliant, a revolutionary, a man who believed wholeheartedly with the idea of a central government, a man whose very ideas put him in direct opposition to those often in power. Friend to Washington until they had a falling out, he went up against the names we so know today, Jefferson, Monroe, Madison. He was a man of many appetites including those that involve the first sex scandal in politics (Oh the things they don't tell you in school!) However, Eliza loved him. She loved him with a passion that made her revere him even after learning of his dalliance(s) (perhaps even with her very own sister), but she forgave him and carried on his legacy. She saw in him the man he was, perhaps flawed as we all are, but a man she loved and admired.

    Eliza had been brought up with the idea of gentility, wealth, and a definite spirit of fighting for what she believed in. What she believed in was her new formed nation and along with her husband they fought not only the war but its aftermath as people jockeyed for position and what they wanted for our young nation. Life was not easy for Eliza, being the mother to eight children, coping with the demands of her husband's position and dedication to what he believed and living with a man who was never known for staying quiet even when his thoughts and his words inflamed others. She never seemed to lose direction, although she faltered at times being devastated by Alexander's infidelity, she eventually forgave him and their marriage seemed to go on stronger than ever. She loved him with a brilliance that though at times dimmed was ever burning inside her heart and mind. She was a woman who embraced a strong belief in her husband, country, and family. Although often beset by tragedy, Eliza found the strength to continue on and become a strong vibrant advocate for Alexander and the country they helped to found.

    Eliza lost her dear Hamilton to the bullet fired by Aaron Burr in a duel but she in the many years she lived after his death, held that concept that her husband should be remembered. He was, although never President, a rock on which our nation was founded. She never wanted this country to forget that.

    Reading this wonderful novel made me once again realize what utter strength, courage, and determination, not only the men who founded our nation had, but also the women who stood next to them as each day passed. For Eliza, her dream that her Alexander would be remembered has become a reality. He and she have both lived on right next to those of the others who founded this nation and gave us the start to becoming the world leader we are today. A thank you seems so small a thing for when you realize what they did for the future, for our future, for what they envisioned us to be those simple words become meaningless words for to them we owe our liberty, our strength, and our great nation. We owe them our life.

    With this wonderful book I have started my brand new fresh out of the box blog. You can find me and it at

  • Connie

    Eliza Schuyler Hamilton, a daughter in the New York Schuyler family, was a fascinating woman. She met Alexander Hamilton when he was an aide-de-camp to General Washington during the Revolutionary War. Although Eliza had other suitors, she fell in love with the charming, handsome Hamilton and they were wed in 1780.

    Alexander Hamilton is portrayed as a brilliant, hard-working man who had important roles in the war and in the new United States government. He was a Federalist who believed in a strong

    Eliza Schuyler Hamilton, a daughter in the New York Schuyler family, was a fascinating woman. She met Alexander Hamilton when he was an aide-de-camp to General Washington during the Revolutionary War. Although Eliza had other suitors, she fell in love with the charming, handsome Hamilton and they were wed in 1780.

    Alexander Hamilton is portrayed as a brilliant, hard-working man who had important roles in the war and in the new United States government. He was a Federalist who believed in a strong central government. His opposition was Thomas Jefferson and his friends who favored strong state governments. Hamilton was very knowledgeable about finance, authored most of "The Federalist", was the first Secretary of the Treasury, and created a national bank. However, he was haunted by his difficult childhood and illegitimate birth. Eliza was the mother of their large family. She also entertained political friends, offered help and advice to her husband in a time of political unrest, and was very involved in charitable work.

    The Hamilton's marriage was on shaky ground when a sex scandal was revealed, and Eliza wondered if she could find forgiveness in her heart. Eliza and Alexander were also challenged by the deaths of close family members. After Alexander Hamilton was felled by a bullet in a duel with Aaron Burr in 1804, Eliza went through his papers and arranged for a biography to be written about her famous husband. She also found some upsetting personal information among Hamilton's letters. In her later life, Eliza did important work with charities helping widows and orphans, and with a school for children of former slaves.

    I enjoyed this fictionalized biography of Eliza Hamilton. It brought the Founding Fathers, the Hamiltons, and the Schuylers to life as people. The book also showed the precarious position of the fledgling country with its rival factions, lack of a standing military, and shortage of funds. Even though the novel is over 600 pages long, "My Dear Hamilton" felt shorter because it always held my interest. 4.5 stars.

  • Tammy

    She was the wife of Alexander Hamilton longer than she was Elizabeth Schuyler, daughter of a general, and she was a widow much longer than she was a wife. Eliza Hamilton’s story is dramatized, conflated, compressed and contains well-researched conjecture as little primary source material about her remains. However, Mrs. General Hamilton’s story is peopled with the flawed historic men and women who fought and struggled to create a nation. Prepare yourself for a rollicking read about battles, ball

    She was the wife of Alexander Hamilton longer than she was Elizabeth Schuyler, daughter of a general, and she was a widow much longer than she was a wife. Eliza Hamilton’s story is dramatized, conflated, compressed and contains well-researched conjecture as little primary source material about her remains. However, Mrs. General Hamilton’s story is peopled with the flawed historic men and women who fought and struggled to create a nation. Prepare yourself for a rollicking read about battles, balls and betrayal; the first sex scandal, duels, political intrigue and the examination of a complicated union between complicated people. Once again, my lack of knowledge is underscored by a work of fiction. I believe, in the not too distant future, I will read Ron Chernow’s much lauded biography, Hamilton.

  • Candace

    Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton was an independent thinking, courageously strong woman. Her father thought of her as the practical daughter. She says of herself

    The Schuyler coat of arms motto is

    -- Always Faithful, Always Loyal. Elizabeth "Betsy" was faithful and loyal to her family, friends, and nation. Her father, Philip Schuyler, held to the personal philosophy "for

    Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton was an independent thinking, courageously strong woman. Her father thought of her as the practical daughter. She says of herself

    The Schuyler coat of arms motto is

    -- Always Faithful, Always Loyal. Elizabeth "Betsy" was faithful and loyal to her family, friends, and nation. Her father, Philip Schuyler, held to the personal philosophy "forgiven and forgotton." These words will resignate throughout her almost century long life.

    Betsy married Alexander Hamilton and was his partner in both their marriage and Hamilton's political career. In 1789, he was appointed Secretary of the Treasury of said United States. During Alexander's life Elizabeth "Eliza" would support her husband and forgive his infidelity. She would say of Hamilton,

    Hamilton died from participating in a duel with Aaron Burr. Eliza's first born son, Philip, died in a duel three years before his father's death. These are just two deaths of several she will suffer through her lifetime. She will claim she

    Yet, it is the letters left by her husband to John Lauren and her sister's, Angelica, letters from Alexander that will make Eliza question his integrity.

    But in the years following the duel and far into Eliza's widowhood, she will come to terms over the love and betrayal and infidelity.

    I highly recommend this well written, historical fiction novel centered around Eliza Schuyler Hamilton.

  • katwiththehat

    This book was AMAZING! I have read several historical romances detailing the relationship of Alexander Hamilton and Eliza Schulyer, and this is by far my favorite. Stephanie Dray captures the perfect blend of history, romance and character development, using Alex’s past as an illegitimate child throughout the novel and his insecurities to inform the choices he makes throughout his adult life. It’s so well-developed through Eliza’s perspective, and focuses not only on Hamilton’s mistakes, but his

    This book was AMAZING! I have read several historical romances detailing the relationship of Alexander Hamilton and Eliza Schulyer, and this is by far my favorite. Stephanie Dray captures the perfect blend of history, romance and character development, using Alex’s past as an illegitimate child throughout the novel and his insecurities to inform the choices he makes throughout his adult life. It’s so well-developed through Eliza’s perspective, and focuses not only on Hamilton’s mistakes, but his emotional state, his insecurities, and their growth in their marriage, as well as a deep and abiding love, which makes it very, very enjoyable from the perspective of a romance read, despite the historical facts which cannot be refuted. 5/5 stars.

    Please excuse typos/name misspellings. Entered on screen reader.

  • 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

    Best of wives and best of women.

    All right, here's the thing: American history is terribly boring and this book is ridiculously long. It took me four months to finish it -- which never happens -- and that's taking into account that I DNFed it at the 78% mark. I also think that while the author has skill in writing, her writing style here and account of Eliza Hamilton came across too matter-of-fact for me.

    When we think about how Lin-Manuel took some of the most boring political machina

    Best of wives and best of women.

    All right, here's the thing: American history is terribly boring and this book is ridiculously long. It took me four months to finish it -- which never happens -- and that's taking into account that I DNFed it at the 78% mark. I also think that while the author has skill in writing, her writing style here and account of Eliza Hamilton came across too matter-of-fact for me.

    When we think about how Lin-Manuel took some of the most boring political machinations and made it an utterly compelling story, we realize there has to be a strong driving force behind the characters that drives us alongside them every step of the way. While this book did a good job taking took us along with Eliza's thought process throughout the years, it also would have been nice to share her emotional state as well. Even Peggy's, her mother's, Philip's, Alexander's, and her father's deaths were so factual. We read her thoughts as she processes these losses but we don't feel them apart from with our minds.

    Qué lástima.

    The reason this is a four-star review despite me DNFing it is it reads like smart, true piece of history. We never trivialize or overly romanticize it past the point or recognition, as some historical fiction does, and it portrays Eliza "Betsy" Hamilton as wicked clever, intuitive, and steady as a rock.

    Werk. ✌🏻

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