I love reading historical fiction. It was refreshing to see someone take the founding fathers and focus on a woman behind them. In doing so it also brought out other women behind the men who were instrumental in the birth of our nation. As the authors coined it founding mothers.
Eliza Schuyler Hamilton has her own story that although it intertwines with Alexander Hamilton’s for a time it started and ended apart from him. We see her recognize her own path apart from her sisters and family expectations before she meets him. Then although she becomes engrossed in his goals and supporting him as a wife, she has many years as a widow to again find a path as herself while respecting his memory.
These authors did a remarkable job of bringing characters to life with minimal documents to research. I really appreciate that they used alternative resources such as ‘field trips’ and personal belongings to delve into who these people were and build the historical background for the narrative. It created a very rich and relatable story that kept me wanting to read and continue even when I had to put the book down for other responsibilities.
My Dear Hamilton: A Novel of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton by Stephanie Dray, Laura Kamoie
Published by William Morrow Paperbacks on 2018/04/03
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 the imperfect union he could never have created without her…
I received this book for free from the Publisher, Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Source: Publisher, Edelweiss
Genres: Historical Fiction