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Love & War

(Alex & Eliza #2)

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  4,020 ratings  ·  482 reviews
1780. Albany, New York.

As the war for American Independence carries on, two newlyweds are settling into their new adventure: marriage. But the honeymoon's over, and Alexander Hamilton and Eliza Schuyler are learning firsthand just how tricky wedded life can be. Alex is still General George Washington's right-hand man and his attention these days is nothing if not divided-
Hardcover, 369 pages
Published April 17th 2018 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
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May 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: library-3
In this sequel to “Alex and Eliza” Alexander Hamilton and Eliza Schulyer are newly married, but war continues to separate them. Alex is on the battlefront and Eliza is at home.

I didn't enjoy this sequel as much as the first book, which I gave five stars to. I have read quite a few Alexander Hamilton and Eliza Schulyer romances and this one struggled to find its footing and was nearly a DNF. The characters are rarely on page together and when they are, they are concerned with war (Alex) and home
May 03, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was nice to read the sequel but I was not into this one as much as the first book. I think it was because fans are now moving away from the new love courting Alex and Eliza found in book one on to the more serious grownup stuff. I wonder if there will be a next book in which Maria Reynolds (yeah I’m a nerd 🤓) enters the picture. I mean we know Alexander Hamilton had what many view as the first sex scandal of a politician but will that be approached in this series? Because I don’t know how tha ...more
Marialyce (absltmom, yaya)
3.5 historical stars

I have read a few book about the Elizabeth and Alexander Hamilton. Ron Chernov's Alexander Hamilton gave one a wonderful perspective into the life and the times of this great American forefather. I, Eliza Hamilton introduced us to Eliza and provided her point of view on her marriage, life, and courtship to Alexander. In this book we take a look at the early marriage and the stresses and strains that a young America put onto this couple and how they were truly deeply in love w
Look, I'm not sure why I read this book when I hated Alex & Eliza so profoundly; I think I was just wildly, morbidly curious as to how the fuck this story can even CONTINUE TO BE WRITTEN AS A YOUNG ADULT BOOK, SERIOUSLY, THE PREMISE IS SO GODDAMN BONKERS!! I can't believe Melissa de la Cruz deliberately changed how soon Alex and Eliza had kids just because she's writing a young adult book, like, this was your choice?? What are you doing?? SO MUCH of the decisions are just ridiculous-- like, the ...more
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Oct 21, 2018 marked it as d-n-f
DNF 30%. I absolutely loved the first book. I gave it five stars it was so good. But I just couldn't continue on with this. I got so bored. idk maybe one day I'll decide to pick it back up, who knows :-/ ...more
Mar 13, 2021 rated it liked it
3.5 stars // not much of a plot lol though highly entertaining
May 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: favorites
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Jun 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
I’ve really enjoyed this series so far and can’t wait for the third book.

I love history and YA so this was super appealing to me. I liked the focus of this novel on the early stages of the Hamiltons’ young marriage (even though the author took liberties with the timeline for their children). There were possibly a few slower moving chapters in this novel versus the first, but it didn’t take away from my overall enjoyment of the book.

I hope all you Hamilton fans have checked this series out! 🇺🇸
Ruby Rose
May 23, 2020 rated it it was ok
This book would have been good if the story would have been more adventure. I know it is based on a true story but I had way higher expectations. I had to forcefully sit myself down this morning to finish it because I want to read something else so badly. In the beginning I was giving it a 5 star because life at the Pastures was definitely fun. But as a married woman she of course had to go live with Alex once the war was over. This became the boring part of the story with the exception of a few ...more
Josie  J
Feb 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
This was a lot better than the first book. The timeline was still wrong, just less noticeable than it was in the first book. In some parts the author dropped a lot of information and that resulted in making the story drag. But what I liked about this book was that whenever I picked it up I found myself lost in the world when the story finely picked up. It was easy to feel sympathy for both of the characters' perspectives because on one hand you have Alex trying to make a name for himself and to ...more
Jan 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: january-2020-tbr
I loved this book so much I am really loving the story of Alex and Eliza. I really love the characters so much they all add so much character to the story though of course my favorite characters are Alex and Eliza and their relationship although it had its ups and downs I still loved everything about how well they go together a match made in heaven they are for sure. I like how the time is so well written about so you feel it is in revolutionary era and after America. I really love the story it ...more
Jun 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars**

I have to admit I definitely was not as intrigued/entertained by this one as I was the first one. I found myself a bit bored and waiting for it to end at times. I still love the dynamic between Alex & Eliza though!
If I had been taught American History through the telling of a love story, I feel I would have remembered a lot more. History lesson (with some noted fictional elements) that was actually quite captivating.
Steph L
Jul 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: series, ya-lit
I think that I want to do a full review of this book at some point. I did enjoy this book, and I would recommend it to any fan of Hamilton or Historical Fiction.
Apr 28, 2018 rated it liked it
It was interesting to see Alex and Eliza as newlyweds navigating their new life together. This is less about the romance and more about their day to day lives as a married couple.

I very seldom read historical fiction about real people, but I think the author did a good job with Hamilton. He was quite the visionary. The author’s version of Eliza seemed to be a little too independent for the time period, but I still liked her as a character.

I didn’t know that the Hamiltons only lived a few doors
Oct 03, 2018 rated it liked it
I was hoping this book to reach higher than my low expectations, but it didn't. It was slow moving, and nothing happened. I only enjoyed when Alex was helping Mrs. Childress because there was some jealousy and action. Overall I didn't think it was worth reading. ...more
kayla ♡
May 22, 2018 marked it as dnf

I actually really like this book but I lost all on interest in it so I'm moving it to my DNF shelf until I feel like picking it back up
May 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Now that the couple has entered married life, they run into typical couple problems: miscommunication, work and hostess duties, and finding a way to pay for everything. I found myself wishing throughout the book that Alex and Eliza would just talk to each other (which could have solved so many of their issues). Eliza just wants to spend time with her husband, but between the war and the office Hamilton is kept busy. He starts spending more time with work and a widow and she spends more time with ...more
May 05, 2018 rated it liked it
This was a nice read just a bit boring and uneventful. I thought it would cover the affair as well but I suppose that will be next book. This mostly surrounded Eliza being lonely and Hamilton being away all the time lol. Nice read just not super amazing.
Olivia Bruns
Dec 08, 2020 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed the first book better and after reading this just found it more of a let down.

I am not losing hope on the third book!
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Love & War: An Alex & Eliza Story is the second installment of the epic love story of Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Schuyler by Melissa De La Cruz. The story picks up after the marriage of Eliza and Alex as Eliza’s family is preparing a farewell party for Alex, who is returning to the aide of General Washington. Yet unbeknown to Eliza, Alex has given Washington an ultimatum in order to secure his own battalion, which would result in Alex going to the front lines of the war. The story follows ...more
Mar 18, 2018 marked it as dnf
Yikes I’m putting this on hold because I’m bored out of my freaking mind



Although I didn't love this as much as the first one, I still enjoyed my time reading this. I would recommend this series if you have a passion for the American Revolution and enjoy learning about it, because I could defiantly see how some might find these books info-dumpy and a little stale. I, however, love the Revolution, and I found myself fascinated by what I was reading. But I really didn't think there was enough conflict in this one. The first one had the will-they-won't-they tension
Mrs Mommy Booknerd
FirstLine ~ Forget Paris.

This book is fantastic. It was one of those books that I was not sure what to expect and adored it cover to cover. I loved that there was history mixed into the story in such a way that makes history come alive. The love story is so compelling and the book was nearly impossible to put down. I love that is challenges the reader because you are feeling everything with the characters, you are on the journey with them. A delight and the best type of book for book clubs and s
Shelby Ryan
Aug 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
in this sequel, from the first book “alex and eliza” it was good, unexpected but also expected with different aspects throughout the book. I personally enjoyed the first book “alex and eliza” better because, i prefer the romance part of the book while this novel, was surrounding war, change, separation, new jobs etc
Shreya Ganju
Feb 19, 2019 rated it liked it
It was a very slow read for me. Left the book in the middle but was finally able to finish it. I flew through the last 5 chapters.
Dec 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
3.8 stars
Apr 30, 2021 rated it liked it
I've put this to the side a while ago and needed to restart it but it was a nice read and it'll be nice to finish this trilogy. It's fun reading a more light-hearted Alex and Eliza story! ...more
Charlie Smith
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Melissa de la Cruz is the New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of many critically acclaimed and award-winning novels for teens including The Au Pairs series, the Blue Bloods series, the Ashleys series, the Angels on Sunset Boulevard series and the semi-autobiographical novel Fresh off the Boat.

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