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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…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
    ...more
    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.
    ...more
    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
    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 alt
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    Connie G
    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
    ...more
    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
    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.
    Stephanie Anze
    ".... 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
    ...more
    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
    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
    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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    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’s a story of her life journey a
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    The Lit Bitch
    Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    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
    ...more
    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
    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 tell I ...more
    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.
    Lisa at Farm Fresh Adventures
    I took a break from my Christian genre to read this book. What a historical rich book! I don’t know how you can read this and not desire to go dive into the history surrounding the founding of our government! Fortunately, I have had studies which already revealed the incredible instrumental role Alexander Hamilton played...and with the rise to fame of the musical Hamilton he’s someone everyone wants to know more about! And it’s well deserved that his story is being told so he can finally claim t ...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
    ...more
    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
    ...more
    Meg - A Bookish Affair
    "My Dear Hamilton" is the story of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton, a woman who came from a storied family who goes on to marry one of America's founding fathers. It would be easy to define Eliza as simply Alexander's wife but she was so much more than that. I have been obsessed with the Hamilton musical for awhile now and Eliza has always struck me as a particularly interesting character. It was this that originally made me interested in reading this book but once I got into the book, I found that Eliz ...more
    Andi (A Literal Hottie)
    2 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.
    ...more
    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
    Samantha
    Dec 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    I received a copy of this book through the Goodreads giveaway program. This was the best book I have read in quite awhile. Some of my favorite books both fiction and nonfiction have to do with the Revolutionary War and its figures so this book already had that going for it. The characters in the book are so vivid and multi-faceted. I thoroughly enjoyed going along with Eliza's struggles to understand her complicated husband and their relationship. This is definitely a book that I'll read again.
    Stephanie Thornton
    Eliza Hamilton assumes her rightful place as one of America’s founding mothers as she guides first her husband and then her fledgling nation into the annals of history. My Dear Hamilton is historical fiction at its most addictive!
    Elise Hooper
    Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Eliza is a force of her own! MY DEAR HAMILTON is the perfect blend of history, adventure, and romance. This novel is not to be missed!
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    STEPHANIE DRAY is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal & USA Today bestselling author of historical women’s fiction. Her award-winning work has been translated into eight languages and tops lists for the most anticipated reads of the year. She lives near the nation’s capital with her husband, cats, and history books.
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