I, Eliza Hamilton by Susan Holloway Scott
Published September 26th 2017 by Kensington Publishing Corporation
Genre: Historical Fiction
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 own.
In 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.
Thank you, Kensington Publishing Corp. and Edelweiss, for sending me an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
The book is basically the story of Hamilton in Eliza’s POV, with her as the main character rather than Hammy. It’s also more close to truth than the musical. This book was good enough, but it seemed so passive? There was just a whole lot more of internal monologue and thoughts and just her telling the story instead of it happening in the present and unfolding before me as a reader.
I also think I should stay away from Hamilton retellings for good. The musical just blew me away that it has become the standard with which I judge these retellings and I don’t think I could judge these unbiased, without referring to the musical.
I still have to give the book credit though. If you want more Hamilton retellings in your life, then hey go for this book. II mean, it was really sweet, and it was beautifully written. It was also very insightful, and offers a whole lot more to the story that we popularly know.