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My Dear Hamilton: A Novel of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton

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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 ...more
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Published April 3rd 2018 by William Morrow Paperbacks
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Stephanie Dray Thanks for your kind words about America's First Daughter. I'm so glad you enjoyed it. I think Eliza Hamilton's life was even more exciting and we wor…moreThanks for your kind words about America's First Daughter. I'm so glad you enjoyed it. I think Eliza Hamilton's life was even more exciting and we worked hard to make it as good if not better!(less)

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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
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Ann Marie (Lit·Wit·Wine·Dine)
You can read this and all of my reviews at Lit·Wit·Wine·Dine.

Prior to reading this book, I was not wrapped up in all of the Hamiltonmania. I have not seen Hamilton 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
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Tammy
May 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Minni Mouse
HELPLESS. 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
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Erin
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Audiobook narrated by Cassandra Campbell 23h 07 minutes 22secs


I am about as articulate as an Oscar winner at the moment, but I am going to try and put a few words together.

Damn...Eliza Schuyler (pronounced Skylar) Hamilton, you have proved to be one of the most fascinating women I have ever read about in the pursuit of historical fiction. Daughter of a decorated officer, wife of a founding father, friend or foe to many American presidents, and a formidable supporter of the new United States.
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Candace
Jun 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-5-star
Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton was an independent thinking, courageously strong woman. Her father thought of her as the practical daughter. She says of herself ". . . if there is anything that marks my character, it's that I have never rested easily in the face of injustice." The Schuyler coat of arms motto is Semper Fidelis -- 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 ...more
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Mar 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2018
First I want to say that this is a book that I was really thrilled to get the chance to read. I fell in love with the cover the first time I saw it and I was intrigued by the blurb. And, I'm glad to say that the book was just as good as I had hoped it to be.

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 a
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Connie G
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
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Kat
Jul 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-2
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 ...more
Stephanie Anze
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
".... there is not a breath in any American's life that is not shaped in some way by Alexander Hamilton.
My husband. My hero. My betrayer."

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Five stars for a formidable woman!

Elizabeth Schuyler knows how to handle herself around statesmen and dignitaries. Her father, General Philip Schuyler, is often in the company of them so its quite a surprise when she becomes smitten by Alexander Hamilton. George Washington's personal aide de camp, Alexander charms Eliza amd the two embark on a legendary love s
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Jen
Dec 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways
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
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Jessica
Aug 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: could-not-finish
I really enjoyed this book, but as a personal manner, I absolutely cannot handle reading about cheating situations. I did not make it as far as the cheating scandal because I can already feel it looming ahead and I'm already getting upset... unfortunately I have to put this away and call it a day. What I did read, though, I LOVED (up to page 210) and I cannot wait to read more by Stephanie Dray.
Erika Robuck
Apr 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another tour de force from the this dynamite writing team! What a story! What a life!

Highly recommended.
Cinda
Nov 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been bingeing on history lately. I enjoyed this historical novel focusing on Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton.
Cathy Daniel
Apr 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Easily my favorite book of 2018 and I highly doubt anything will knock it out of that #1 spot. I'm left with goosebumps. Such a rich book. Chock full of history and so engrossing. If you love history, you'll love this book. I'm left respecting Hamilton the founding father but truly loving his wife, Eliza.
Sharon Huether
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful book that takes the reader on the journey of Alexander Hamilton's life.
He seems very unlikely to get married, but once he met Eliza Schulyer he was smitten. She was always he most ardent encourager.
After the dueling tragedy struck, Eliza fought to get control of all of Hamilton's papers. She had no idea of what she might find.
After her sister Angelia died she also had letters and other things which Eliza was able to keep.
Hamilton had not been the husband she adored. There was a dark
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Mandy
Jun 01, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a disappointment. It is a fictional story masquerading as historical fiction. It would have been a fun read if it did not say it was based on Eliza Hamilton. I read this book after reading Chernow's Hamilton, thinking it would be a cool supplemental read. I read about 90% of My dear Hamilton, and then had to put it down. I could not handle how far the author strayed from the few things we do know about Eliza Hamilton and what happened. It disturbs me that people are reading this bo ...more
Annette
A collaboration of two very talented writers brings an insightful image of a remarkable woman Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton: “…the boyish sort of girl who preferred climbing trees and hiking through the woods, or the veritable spinster, more concerned with nursing sick soldiers than landing one for a husband.” But Alexander Hamilton’s love had changed everything.

1780 Morristown, New Jersey. On a cold winter day “and in the darkest hour of the war,” Eliza carries a letter from her father to Genera
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Lisa
Feb 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An intriguing and richly told tale of a strong women with strong moral character

SUMMARY
Eliza Schuyler Hamilton was a general’s daughter who comes of age in the frontier of upstate New York during the American Revolution. When she meets Alexander Hamilton, Washington’s passionate aide-de-camp, she is captivated by his charisma and brilliance. She soon becomes his wife, but their union is far from perfect. When a duel ultimately destroys Eliza’s marriage, she fights her husband’s enemies to preser
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Andi (A Literal Hottie)
2 ½ stars

It's not a bad book, I mean it's about America's history but I found it so boring. I wanted more juice, like more of the drama between Angelica and Eliza. After finishing the book I understand why that's not the focus but in general Eliza was too forgiving which made me not like her at all. Since the book is about her, that would explain why I didn't enjoy this one. If you love American history or Alexander Hamilton is your thing then I would recommend it, otherwise skip it.
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I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


My Dear Hamilton captured my attention and my heart.  And that's coming from a woman who hated American History classes.  I wish history books in school were written this way. I might have enjoyed it a lot more.  

My Dear Hamilton tells the story not of Alexander Hamilton but of his wife Eliza Schuyler Hamilton.  It’
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Moonkiszt
Eliza Hamilton. . .mostly. . .is the subject of this interesting book. It is built upon a mostly sturdy skeleton of basic facts known of her life. From there this book is writerly fiction of how her life might have gone if a plethora of ifs took place, rather than a historical fiction.

That sounds damning, and that is not intended - what I mean to say is that to me this book is a fictional story - clever, and as calculated as a game of Settlers of Catan where if you have x by z what might happen?
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Jean
Aug 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I knew little of Alexander Hamilton or the other founding Fathers and Mothers of our nation, and My Dear Hamilton was not even on my radar until I spotted it in a “must read” section of an e-mail. I was amazed when it quickly became available through my local library via e-book app. To think that I struggled through the Prologue and almost gave up on this book before I even started! It does take a while to get used to the prose, as the narrator is Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton, the wife of Ale ...more
The Lit Bitch
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Hamilton is everywhere thanks to Lin-Manuel Miranda! All of a sudden US History is cool again and everyone wants to get their hands on the hottest tickets in town!

Currently the musical is playing in Portland which is near where I live and tickets are going for $400 a pop. I’ve been trying to enter the giveaway thing that they do for tickets but never seems to win—does anyone???

So like so many other Americans I too have jumped on the Hamilton train and plan to ride it all the way until I can see
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Stephanie (Bookfever)
My Dear Hamilton was my #1 highest anticipated book of 2018 and I'm so very glad to say that it was everything I wanted and it even exceeded my expectations, which is something that almost never happens. It's the best book I've read this year! Now it's been almost a week since I finished reading My Dear Hamilton (while I'm writing this review) and I have such a book hangover from the book. I can't keep my attention to any other book I want to pick up because nothing else is and will be as good. ...more
Ashley Gallegos
May 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Things you should know:

1. I am not usually a historical fiction fan. Romantic fake historical fiction, yes. Actual historical fiction, no.
2. I never paid attention in American history. Ever.
3. I’ve never seen the play “Hamilton” but it is based on Alexander Hamilton’s story and this book is about his wife, Eliza.

That being said, WOW! This book is an incredibly woven tale about the true life of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton. The authors have obviously dedicated thousands of hours of research into the H
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Carol (Reading Ladies)
For fans of “America’s First Daughter” and all fans of histfic, my full 5+⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ review of “My Dear Hamilton” is on my blog. What you need to know is that It’s my fav read of the year so far!. Eliza Hamilton is an inspiring woman, patriot, loving wife, political partner, loyal friend, supportive sister, and devoted mother of eight. Read my full review to find out more about this feisty, adventuresome, supportive, faithful, intelligent, independent, devoted, and compassionate woman. Can you t ...more
Jocelyn Green
Absolutely stunning. It held my interest the entire time, with enough history and enough emotional drama to satisfy. I learned so much, and appreciated the authors' note at the end, describing what was fact and what they invented, along with their reasons for doing so. I listened to this on Audible but the writing was so good I'm going to help myself to a hardcover copy next time I feel like splurging.
Julie Barnard
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a wonderful and fascinating book. It’s called a novel, and I don’t know how much was true and how much was fiction. I imagine though that it is mostly true. Since I am not a history fanatic, I knew very little about the details of the Revolutionary War, and found a lot of new information. Definitely worth reading.
Jeanne
My Dear Hamilton is told in Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton's voice. Eliza is wife and partner to Alexander Hamilton; she is also his collaborator and visionary in her own right. She describes the early, tumultuous years of the United States, from the earliest days of the revolution to her husband's death and beyond, a period of about 70 years.

Eliza also describes her transformation from young and naive girl to a politician as savvy (or more) than Alexander Hamilton. Hamilton is portrayed as passio
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