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I, Eliza Hamilton

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  3,140 ratings  ·  521 reviews
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 . . .”

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Paperback, 444 pages
Published September 26th 2017 by Kensington Publishing Corporation
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Susan Scott Hi, Gwinny ~ I'm so glad you're enjoying Eliza's story! The 18th century - particularly 18th century America - has been a favorite era for me for as…moreHi, Gwinny ~ I'm so glad you're enjoying Eliza's story! The 18th century - particularly 18th century America - has been a favorite era for me for as long as I can remember, and I've written many other historical novels in addition to I, ELIZA HAMILTON that have been set in that time. I've read and researched so much about the 1700s that some day I almost feel as if I've lived there myself. :)

I've been fortunate to be able to do "hands-on" research in places like Colonial Williamsburg, and I've volunteered in historic sites, too. I've worn the same kind of stays (corset) that Eliza would have worn, I've cooked on an open hearth, I've felt first-hand the bumpiness of an 18thc carriage, and I've experienced exactly how cold a room can be in the winter even with a large fire blazing in the fireplace.

In addition, I visited all the surviving places that would have been familiar to Eliza and Alexander (the perks of having always lived in the NY-NJ-PA area), as well as the libraries, battlefields, historical societies, and museums that keep their letters and belongings. So not only have I read many of Alexander's letters and writings first-hand (oh, his beautiful penmanship!) but also held Eliza's wedding ring in my hand.

It's all part of the fun - and the magic - of writing a book like this, and I'm delighted that you're enjoying it, too. And please check out my website blog (I can't post the direct link here on Goodreads, but it's susanhollowayscot-dot-com-slash-blog) for behind-the-book photos and stories about my research. ~ Susan(less)
Susan Scott Hi, Olivia ~ Thanks for your question! "I, Eliza Hamilton" isn't fan fiction, and it wasn't inspired by the musical (which I still haven't seen,…moreHi, Olivia ~ Thanks for your question! "I, Eliza Hamilton" isn't fan fiction, and it wasn't inspired by the musical (which I still haven't seen, though I'd really, really like to.) But there's no doubt that Lin-Manuel Miranda's amazing work made my book possible, because thanks to him, readers are once again eager to rediscover the fascinating people who lived in 18thc America.

I grew up in the NYC area, where Alexander Hamilton has always been something of a hero. But it was his wife Eliza who interested me more, and I loved being able to tell her side of the Hamilton story. Yes, my book is fiction, but I relied on primary sources - letters, journals, and contemporary accounts - to bring Eliza, Alexander, and their world to life. (Eliza herself didn't make it easy by destroying - or having one of her sons destroy - nearly all of her own letters.) "I, Eliza Hamilton" is not only her story, but the story of her marriage to Alexander, who must have been a wonderfully easy man to love, but also a challenging man to be married to. I hope you'll enjoy it!(less)

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Amy Leigh
Sep 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
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
Alexander Hamilton
Jul 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 much more recognition 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 ...more
Deanne Patterson
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 ...more
Jul 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Bethany Swafford
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
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
Nov 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Beth Dunn
Aug 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
nikkia neil
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.
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 learning more about her story beyond Alexander.

Historical facts not treated as spoilers.

I heard the soundtrack of the musical playing in
Aug 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
After the unparalleled success of the smash hit musical “Hamilton”, the renewed interest in this founding father has inspired several other works of fiction, this novel being one of them. With the now better studied Founding Father having been particularly vocal in his lifetime, even on very intimate details of his private life when circumstances forced him, the most interesting feature of this book is to try to give voice to the woman who shared more than half his life and was responsible for t ...more
Jun 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Because I work for a bookseller, I don't like to leave public reviews like this (every book we sell is supposed to be great), but of all the galleys I picked up at BookExpo last month, this one has been my absolute favorite. Sure, I wanted to like it because it's HAMILTON, duh, but it's so much better than a bandwagon-book. It's insanely, insanely good. Elizabeth Hamilton here is a real-life woman. She's definitely a woman of her times in her beliefs and actions. She's proud and happy being a su ...more
Susan Peterson
Aug 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I, Eliza Hamilton is an in-depth look into the romance and marriage of Eliza and Alexander Hamilton. Historical fiction at its finest, personalizing the people, the events, at the birth of our nation. The details and the language are representative of colonial America, told with passion and revealing the layers of the Hamilton's relationship. This book should appeal to all readers of historical fiction, especially those with an interest in American history. The time frame of the book serves as a ...more
Dave Wheeler
Aug 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The story of Elizas life with Alexandra Hamilton from her side of the events, as it only covers her life whilst she shared it with him. SO this leaves a lot of Elizas story untold and hopefully a future part 2 to follow. This is a fascinating take of her life and the unseen life of one of the Founding Fathers of America and the relationship of the Washingtons with the Hamiltons and other relationships that played out in the birth of America. The personal things from Elizas view shows the heartac ...more
Aug 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful read. You don't have to be a "Hamilton " fan to enjoy this book. This telling of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton's marriage to the charismatic Alexander Hamilton grabbed me from the first sentence to the last. But this is so much more than a love story. The story of the early years of the American republic is also here with both its triumphs and flaws, and I enjoyed seeing a different and more human side to people like George Washington. But it is Eliza herself who steals the spotlight ...more
Aug 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book! It felt so real that it was like I was sitting with Eliza (or Betsey, as Alexander called her) herself and listening to her tell me the story of her life and of her love for Alexander Hamilton and their children. There was so much detail about the times and history but it was all woven together into the story and never boring. Even though I thought I already knew what would happen, there was still things that surprised me and made me keep reading to find out how Eli ...more
Stephanie Anze
Mar 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
"If it weren't for your Hamilton [and my John], we wouldn't have known the pride, the pleasure, the endless satisfaction and frustrations large and small of sharing our lives with extraordinary men."

4.5 stars

Eliza Schuyler is used to being around dignitaries and high ranking officials. Her father, General Philip Schuyler, often hosts them at their home in Albany and there is where she meets the eloquent aide de camp to George Washington, Colonel Alexander Hamilton. Something about the young colo
Kate ☀️ Olson
Sep 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-of-2017
Required reading for Hamilton fans, and highly recommended for all historical fiction fans and history buffs in general!

Thanks to Kensington Books for this review copy - all opinions are my own.

Let's start out with the fact that I am a major Hamilton geek. My kids and I have the complete soundtrack to the musical memorized, and we have spent hours and hours discussing the musical itself, as well as the Revolution book and numerous other titles about Hamilton's life. When I reviewed a young a
Doreen Prentiss Gabriellini
Jul 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am a huge fan of historical fiction and absolutely loved 'I.Eliza Hamilton'. From the beginning pages Susan Holloway Scott has you interested in the wife of Revolutionary War Hero Alexander Hamilton. This book is written from a wife's perspective. It allows you to walk with Mrs Hamilton and see through her eyes. The book describes in detail the beginning of their life together as a couple and continues through their 25 year marriage. It gives an interesting point of view regarding Alexander Ha ...more
Aug 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
What a great read! Many are familiar with Alexander Hamilton, but less well known is his wife, Elizabeth. Scott tells the story of one of American's founding fathers through the eyes of someone who knew him intimately as they lived through the Revolution to the struggle to shape America into the country we know today.

Far too many of us have a quaint picture of the founding fathers shaking hands and like magic the colonies are transformed into the United States. Scott shows the reality as well a
Maja Lisa
Sep 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
"Love is not easy with a man chosen by Fate for greatness. My Alexander was such a one, a man so bold and brilliant that all others dulled in his company, just as the brightest comet that shoots across the night sky will make the other stars fade meekly in its trail."

Not going to lie, I squealed a little bit when I received an advanced copy from Kensington Press.

Why you should read this book:
-It is diligently researched
-It is 400 pages packed with story
-Eliza Hamilton kicks butt
-The writing is
Aug 21, 2017 rated it did not like it
I'm not sure this book is actually about Eliza Hamilton. It's basically a banal romance without any character detail with Wikipedia facts about Alexander Hamilton thrown in. It was so lacking in specificity, that it could have been a boring book about anyone with names swapped in to make it "about" Eliza Hamilton. And apparently her life is only important from the moment she meets Alexander until he dies. What an insult to the real Eliza Hamilton, who actually did a lot of wonderful things in re ...more
H.G. Warrender
Nov 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
Here we go again, where H.G. rants about a Hamilton-related book.

I maybe went into this book a little biased - after "Alex and Eliza", which I truly and sincerely disliked, I was not really open to the idea of another revolution romance book between these two. However, this one went into their later lives as well, so I was a little more open to it - since that was always the period of their relationship I actually wanted to read about. This book is basically broken into three parts: the Revolut
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was one galley I'd planned to get, and I'm lucky I did since the publisher ran out. Like half the world I'm a huge fan of the Hamilton Musical, and I was curious to see if the author (who is new to me) could pull off a whole hist-fic novel that wasn't one more retread of the show. Did she ever! I saw the show in Chicago and so I knew the story, but somehow this book made it all new and fresh, and although it's a long read, I couldn't read it fast enough. Alexander and his Betsey (what he ca ...more
Janelle • She Reads with Cats
Thank you so much to Kensington for providing me with an advance copy - all opinions are my own.

You can certainly tell that this is a passion project for Scott. Every last detail and amount care put into this historical fiction novel is IMPRESSIVE. I enjoyed reading about Eliza and Alexander's courtship and the deep love they had for one another. I especially loved learning about a tremendous historical figure through the eyes of the woman he loved.

The first half of the book reads more like a h
Allison Beemis
Aug 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful book - perfectly brings this quietly remarkable woman to life. Filled with fly-on-the wall historical details that never overwhelm the characters or the story, all the way to the inevitable tragic conclusion. Many historical novels can be dry, but this one is filled with emotion. Eliza Hamilton survived and thrived another fifty years after Hamilton's death (my only wish was that the author had written about Eliza's numerous achievements later in life, but maybe she's planning a ...more
Melissa Flanagin
Aug 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Thank you for letting me read a netgalley. Very well done. Historical Fiction at its finest. Loved Eliza, she was strong and independent, but also head over heels for Alexander. I think Susan did a great job at staying true to history while writing a beautiful love story of her own. Definitely a must read for romance and history lovers.
Sue Cross
Aug 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"I, Eliza Hamilton" is written from the perspective of an 18th-century privileged young woman who marries one of the founders of the United States, Alexander Hamilton. Eliza lives in an era when women are defined by their roles as daughters, wives, or mothers, in a society that is rapidly changing through the Revolutionary War and the early days of the nation's birth. She is not a feminist in the way we define feminism today but her strength, intellect, political passion and patriotism are expre ...more
Anya Leonard
Aug 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Sep 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Beautifully written historical fiction. Eliza has a wonderful story to be told and it works well that it's being done in a way that appeals to mass audiences. I look forward to more from this author!
Library Maven
Amid the Hamiltonia frenzy it's refreshing to visit history from Eliza's point of view. Well researched and engaging.
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