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In this beautifully written novel of historical fiction, bestselling author Susan Holloway Scott tells the story of Alexander Hamilton s wife, Eliza a fascinating, strong willed heroine in her own right and a key figure in one of the most gripping periods in American history Love is not easy with a man chosen by Fate for greatness As the daughter of a respected general, Elizabeth Schuyler is accustomed to socializing with dignitaries and soldiers But no visitor to her parents home has affected her so strongly as Alexander Hamilton, a charismatic, ambitious aide to George Washington They marry quickly, and despite the tumult of the American Revolution, Eliza is confident in her brilliant husband and in her role as his helpmate But it is in the aftermath of war, as Hamilton becomes one of the country s most important figures, that she truly comes into her ownIn the new capital, Eliza becomes an adored member of society, respected for her fierce devotion to Hamilton as well as her grace Behind closed doors, she astutely manages their expanding household, and assists her husband with his political writings Yet some challenges are impossible to prepare for Through public scandal, betrayal, personal heartbreak, and tragedy, she is tested again and again In the end, it will be Eliza s indomitable strength that makes her not only Hamilton s most crucial ally in life, but his most loyal advocate after his death, determined to preserve his legacy while pursuing her own extraordinary path through the nation they helped shape together


10 thoughts on “I, Eliza Hamilton

  1. Amy Leigh Amy Leigh says:

    I love historical fiction, especially in the early days of the USA I enjoyed this novel very much and highly recommend it This is the story of Alexander Hamilton s wife Eliza A fictional but believable story told from her point of view The author wrote with much charm how Eliza meets and is captivated by a young Alexander Hamilton They have a hurried wedding due to the time period, on the cusp of the American Revolution Eliza is Alexander s best friend and due to her infectious personali I love historical fiction, especially in the early days of the USA I enjoyed this novel very much and highly recommend it This is the story of Alexander Hamilton s wife Eliza A fictional but believable story told from her point of view The author wrote with much charm how Eliza meets and is captivated by a young Alexander Hamilton They have a hurried wedding due to the time period, on the cusp of the American Revolution Eliza is Alexander s best friend and due to her infectious personality she quickly rises in stature and social standing Something that will benefit her greatly She outwardly gracefully handles the duties of being The Lady of the House but inside she is fighting to stay strong She has many hats to wear though as the wife of Alexander Hamilton and not all are easy or will give her the credit she is due This book shows just how vital women were for the birth of America and hers is just one story of many Free copy given by publisher and NetGalley for a fair honest review


  2. Alexander Hamilton Alexander Hamilton says:

    I was fortunate enough to receive an advanced copy of this book and feel compelled to share my thoughts on it Susan Holloway Scott has written an excellent, well researched book about best of wives and best of women, Eliza Hamilton In typical biographies or musicals , Eliza is seen as a peripheral character, but she deserves muchrecognition than is normally given to her and Scott has done just that Normally, I am not one to read historical fiction, but this one pulled me in from the ve I was fortunate enough to receive an advanced copy of this book and feel compelled to share my thoughts on it Susan Holloway Scott has written an excellent, well researched book about best of wives and best of women, Eliza Hamilton In typical biographies or musicals , Eliza is seen as a peripheral character, but she deserves muchrecognition than is normally given to her and Scott has done just that Normally, I am not one to read historical fiction, but this one pulled me in from the very first page It is obvious that Scott admires the real life Alexander and Elizabeth, but through her research and understanding, she gives a new perspective on two now well known people.Susan Holloway Scott set out on an ambitious project to give the reader an insight into the mind and motives behind two beloved people, but in particular, Eliza Written in first person from Eliza s perspective, it allows the reader to experience the joy, longing, and sorrow that Eliza felt throughout her life This is not always an easy task as there are few letters written by Eliza however, Scott certainly accomplishes this Somehow through Scott s writing, she manages to include snippets from Alexander s letters seamlessly into dialogue and still retains an 18th century feel through the entire book which makes it a true joy to read.As Scott is an author of other popular works of historical fiction, I can think of no one better to write this book Though it should not be taken as historical fact, I still found it helpful for understanding Alexander and Eliza as real people instead of characters on a path of historical inevitability My normal stoic heart felt joy and sorrow with Eliza even though I knew what would come to pass and that truly takes skill I can t remember the last time I ve cried from reading or watching something, but I admit that a few tears were shed for Eliza.For anyone interested in Alexander and Eliza, this is an excellent book to provide a new perspective and breathe life into this fated couple who celebrated together, suffered together, and loved each other deeply


  3. Deanne Patterson Deanne Patterson says:

    An absolutely brilliantly written historical fiction novel This was very hard to put down I was unaware of the life s story of Eliza Hamilton before I read this She has to have been one of the strongest women in history mentally She was so ahead of her time Author, Susan Holloway obviously meticulously researched every detail from the time period,to clothing styles,military and political moves to housing and child care.This book leaves me feeling as if I spent years getting to know this fam An absolutely brilliantly written historical fiction novel This was very hard to put down I was unaware of the life s story of Eliza Hamilton before I read this She has to have been one of the strongest women in history mentally She was so ahead of her time Author, Susan Holloway obviously meticulously researched every detail from the time period,to clothing styles,military and political moves to housing and child care.This book leaves me feeling as if I spent years getting to know this family as it started out with Elizabeth as a 17 year old and gives details of their life together and the separations they had to endure over the years This book was highly anticipated by me and it did not disappoint at all Word heavy, I delighted in all the detail this book provided me about a historical family I didn t know to much about Amazingly, after Alexander s death Eliza went on to live til she was 97 years old which was another half century She had a long life that spanned from the colonial era to the eve of the Civil War,dying in 1854 She died as the last remaining widow of a Founding Father.I can t give this book enough stars, absolutely magnificent Historical fans this in one you can not miss Pub Date 26 Sep 2017 Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Books for a review copy in exchange for my honest review


  4. Kat Kat says:

    Oh, how I do love a good Alex Eliza historical romance Buddy read this one with my mom Yay, we both loved it Two thumbs up The execution was quite well done, with a good mix of history, romance between the two lovers, bits of individual character, details on the war, the economic crisis that followed, and the founding of the United States, and just really good pacing I have such admiration for authors like Scott who can present long passages of historical fact, provide just enough wonderful Oh, how I do love a good Alex Eliza historical romance Buddy read this one with my mom Yay, we both loved it Two thumbs up The execution was quite well done, with a good mix of history, romance between the two lovers, bits of individual character, details on the war, the economic crisis that followed, and the founding of the United States, and just really good pacing I have such admiration for authors like Scott who can present long passages of historical fact, provide just enough wonderful bits of detail about hair powder, dress descriptions, passages about the terrible winter weather in New Jersey and the woes of the Continental Army not getting paid, and keep it fresh and entertaining chapter after chapter This was masterfully done and managed to balance everything just right.But the very best thing about this was the intense connection presented between Alex and Eliza As we all know from history, Alexander Hamilton was a brilliant, passionate, but flawed man, and the book stayed true to that while still keeping the love story a love story All in all, one of my favorite historical romances Please excuse typos name misspellings Entered on screen reader


  5. Patti Patti says:

    There are a few rather strict prerequisites I have in place with respect to reading historical fiction, especially historical romance First and it goes without saying , I must have a genuine affinity for the period in which it is set Second, I have to be deeply interested in the characters at the center of the story Third, I have to feel as if the facts have been meticulously researched And of course, it must be compellingly written There s also the fact that I am, admittedly, a bit of a v There are a few rather strict prerequisites I have in place with respect to reading historical fiction, especially historical romance First and it goes without saying , I must have a genuine affinity for the period in which it is set Second, I have to be deeply interested in the characters at the center of the story Third, I have to feel as if the facts have been meticulously researched And of course, it must be compellingly written There s also the fact that I am, admittedly, a bit of a voyeur when it comes to reading about the lives of people who once actually existed and whom I greatly admire, so I want details real ones, and plenty of them and they must have muchthan just a ring of truth.The era of our nation s founding is my favorite historical period, and there is no historical figure whose life story fascinates methan Alexander Hamilton And since discovering the stunning musical Hamilton and the Ron Chernow biography which inspired it I have been most curious about his wife Eliza or his Betsey, as he called her I have enjoyed getting to know her by reading the letters Alexander wrote to her and to their children throughout their life together they give such intimate insight into their remarkable relationship When I first heard, then, about Susan Holloway Scott s I, Eliza Hamilton, I was understandablythan a little intrigued.I was very fortunate to have received an advance copy of the book, and I was not in the least disappointed Told in the first person by Eliza herself, the story has been deeply researched and is richly detailed, without sounding like an academic biographical study There is a cinematic quality to the writing, especially the dialogue, which makes it easy to visualize the unfolding events of that dynamic time during which a new nation was being fashioned, with no guarantees it would survive its earliest years Eliza s narrative speaks directly to us readers, as if we were sitting with her, listening to her tell us the story of her life with her most brilliant of geniuses, whose best qualities his directness, his honesty, his generosity could also be some of his most problematic and troubling The dialogue is never stilted, yet manages to somehow convey the voice of some of Alexander s original letters to her Their deep love for each other is depicted with great sensitivity, from their breathless young courtship through the times of their later trials There is an authentic eighteenth century tone throughout the telling which makes it a pleasure to read even out loud, as I sometimes found myself doing I, Eliza Hamilton is the story of a marriage, of a remarkably strong relationship between two very different people who seem to have been fated for one another Alexander s brilliance and genius are never downplayed, yet his flaws are unflinchingly depicted as well Eliza is a strong woman, very supportive of her husband, but with a mind of her own, never fawning Their marriage survives extreme challenges, only to end in a tragedy which is the stuff of American legend.The author obviously cares very much for her characters, and has presented their story in a most sympathetic, readable manner There were many joyous moments during which I found myself smiling or laughing out loud, and there were also a number of absolutely heartbreaking moments, during which I m not ashamed to say I shed copious tears, even though I knew what was coming In short, Susan Holloway Scott s I, Eliza Hamilton met and exceeded all my rather rigid requirements for good historical fiction I strongly recommend it to anyone interested in the beginnings of our American identity, and in the story of the man who did so much to forge that identity, and,importantly, of the woman who supported him in so many ways


  6. Samantha Samantha says:

    With Hamilton An American Musical taking the US by storm, I knew it wouldn t take long for someone to capitalize on the idea of a novel about Eliza I also knew I would be first in line to get it Eliza in the musical is sweet, loyal, devoted and the perfect person to balance the ambitious, fiery Hamilton I loved the idea of focusing on her point of view and learningabout her story beyond Alexander.Historical facts not treated as spoilers.I heard the soundtrack of the musical playing in With Hamilton An American Musical taking the US by storm, I knew it wouldn t take long for someone to capitalize on the idea of a novel about Eliza I also knew I would be first in line to get it Eliza in the musical is sweet, loyal, devoted and the perfect person to balance the ambitious, fiery Hamilton I loved the idea of focusing on her point of view and learningabout her story beyond Alexander.Historical facts not treated as spoilers.I heard the soundtrack of the musical playing in my mind the entire time I was reading this, and was thoroughly disappointed when they ended at the same time After looking forward to reading about Eliza s life after Hamilton she outlived him by 50 years I discovered that this author has decided that only the Alexander years were interesting In fact, the entire story reads that way Eliza is almost obsessed with her husband and has no interests or passions of her own besides bearing his children Some of this is appropriate Eliza was a woman of her time and was devoted to her husband, but that s why it would have been nice to learnabout her life after his death.When Alexander meets the Schuyler sisters, it is a bit different than the vision of Angelica, Peggy, Eliza sneaking into downtown NYC to find an urchin who can give you ideals In fact, anyone who knows their history primarily from the musical will be disappointed to discover that Angelica did not decide to introduce Alexander to Eliza after her epiphany of three fundamental truths She was Angelica Church long before she met Hamilton, though she did famously flirt with him and seemingly most men she came into contact with This and a few other themes are repeated incessantly Angelica flirts Alexander works too hard is so much smarter than anyone else Eliza is soooo in love.and always pregnant This novel adheresstrictly to historical truths than the musical, which is probably its greatest strength Hamilton comes across largely the same I prob ly shouldn t brag, but dag, I amaze and astonish The problem is I got a lot of brains but no polish I gotta holler just to be heard With every word, I drop knowledge Eliza almost manages to remain a supporting character in her own story And maybe there s a reason she is not usually brought to the forefront Her story is bland Her never ending pledges of undying love and telling the reader how handsome and brilliant her husband is just doesn t captivate I found myself waiting for the big moments that I knew were coming so that the novel would get an injection of drama.Except that didn t happen When Eliza reads the Reynolds Pamphlet, she takes less time to get over it than it takes Phillipa Soo to sing Burn, and Philip s death did not create anywhere near the emotional impact that I expected This Eliza can accept anything as long as Alexander still pledges his love to her And then it s over Of course, I had guessed this based on the remaining pages shrinking to a point that there was no way another 50 years was going to be covered, but I held out irrational hope until the bitter end More of Eliza s post Alexander life is revealed in Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story Admittedly, I do not typically read romance novels, and this seems to be getting great ratings from readers who lookspecifically for this genre In my opinion, there was a bit too much gloss and not enough emotion to get a reader truly involved Still, it is a quick read for 400ish pages and has some good historical nuggets included.I received this book through NetGalley Opinions are my own


  7. Marialyce Marialyce says:

    Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton was a woman who was so in love with her husband She fell in love with Alexander Hamilton almost at first sight of him during his visit to the Schuyler home Eliza was no stranger to the dictates of socializing with the many well known people of the day Her father was a General and her parents were much involved in Eliza s life as well as that of her siblings Hamilton was an up and coming aide to George Washington Alexander was brave, charismatic, handsome, and bri Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton was a woman who was so in love with her husband She fell in love with Alexander Hamilton almost at first sight of him during his visit to the Schuyler home Eliza was no stranger to the dictates of socializing with the many well known people of the day Her father was a General and her parents were much involved in Eliza s life as well as that of her siblings Hamilton was an up and coming aide to George Washington Alexander was brave, charismatic, handsome, and brilliant He captures her heart and he is very much in love with her They carry that love and devotion for almost twenty five married years through all the sorrows and joys of our early American nation.Eliza and Hamilton go on to having seven children, losing their eldest son to a duel shortly before Hamilton s ill fated duel with Aaron Burr They move to many places but always maintain strong ties with her family especially her sister, Angelica Eliza was a product of her times She was perfectly content in her marriage, and in her role as a mother, daughter, and wife Her devotion to Alexander did not end with his untimely death She kept his memory and his brilliant works, on behalf of our nation, alive and was active in his stead up until her death in her early nineties Ms Scott has presented a wonderful portrait of Eliza Through her writing we come to know the person Eliza was as well as see what made her continual devotion to Hamilton awe inspiring Alexander was a complex man always striving to do what was right in his mind Because of his outspokenness and his prodigious writing, Alexander was able to infuriate many within the new government Those like Jefferson, Monroe, and Governor Clinton of New York, and of course Aaron Burr, hated Hamilton and did all within their power to bring about his downfall with rumor, innuendo, and scandal However, Eliza with Hamilton beside her was able to rise above all and continue to be wholly in love with Hamilton Theirs seemed to be a true love story and with Hamilton s death, Eliza crumbled She was utterly devastated and for a time let that despair overtake her However, Eliza was a strong woman and her strength came from the love she always had forever with Hamilton and the love she had for their children This was a wonderful look into the life of a woman who survived the early days of our county s founding with determination, courage, and most of all a love for her husband that nothing would change


  8. Bethany Swafford Bethany Swafford says:

    Eliza first encounters the charismatic Alexander Hamilton in the home of her parents, who are fighting for the liberty of the country In the midst of the American Revolution, she chooses to marry her love and from then on, her love is tested again and again.From the start, Eliza leaps off the page as a woman of her times She is proud to support her husband and raise her children, because that was what she was raised to do She was an excellent hostess, and knew what it was to be a soldier s da Eliza first encounters the charismatic Alexander Hamilton in the home of her parents, who are fighting for the liberty of the country In the midst of the American Revolution, she chooses to marry her love and from then on, her love is tested again and again.From the start, Eliza leaps off the page as a woman of her times She is proud to support her husband and raise her children, because that was what she was raised to do She was an excellent hostess, and knew what it was to be a soldier s daughter and a soldier s wife The author does a phenomenal job in showing what her life was like, with her being concerned about making ends meet and keeping her family well and together Eliza is not portrayed as perfect, she makes mistakes just as anyone else does.The pace of the book is just as it should be, not too fast nor slow enough to bore a reader The attention to detail, without dumping the reader with too much information at one time, is perfect I learned a great deal about the time period that I didn t know before, which I always appreciate when I pick up a book based on a historical figure.For readers of historical fiction, this a must read.I received an ARC from Net Galley for reviewing purposes


  9. Beth Dunn Beth Dunn says:

    Some books are like spending time with old friends You feel an immediate connection, the time flies by, you feel better for the time you got to spend together, and you re a bit bereft when it s over I, ELIZA HAMILTON qualifies on all counts.One thing I love about reading Susan Holloway Scott s historical fiction is that she s a true history fan she researches the heck out of her work, and it shows When you know you re in good hands like hers, you can relax and enjoy, without worrying that s Some books are like spending time with old friends You feel an immediate connection, the time flies by, you feel better for the time you got to spend together, and you re a bit bereft when it s over I, ELIZA HAMILTON qualifies on all counts.One thing I love about reading Susan Holloway Scott s historical fiction is that she s a true history fan she researches the heck out of her work, and it shows When you know you re in good hands like hers, you can relax and enjoy, without worrying that some jarring anachronism is coming along to pull you out of the story So you re on extraordinarily solid footing here, which is such a relief And such a delight The historical details are exquisite, really I love the attention that gets paid to the interiors of houses, and the particulars of dress Scott really knows how to make it all come so alive.But that s just the foundation Build on top of that a great story we already know it s a great story, and here it s told particularly well , told from an often forgotten character s point of view, peopled with a whole cast of characters you ll know from other tales I loved how Eliza s POV gave us a totally different lens to watch the astonishing events of her day through, and loved watching how she grew and changed as a person over time, while remaining true to who she was and how her society, class, family, and experiences shaped her.Look, we all know how this story ends But it s how we get there that s so fascinating And Eliza takes you deep into her world to give her side of the tale I thoroughly enjoyed the time I spent in her company Thoroughly enjoyed the time I spent with her whole extended circle, in fact I suspect I ll be reading this one again, just to hang out with the gang for a few days again


  10. nikkia neil nikkia neil says:

    Thanks Edelweiss for this ARC.Eliza s love, faith, and genuineness shines thru this novel She s unforgettable as a narrator, and you ll think of the birth of the country differentially forever.