Author(s): Stephanie DrayDownload
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 never been told before—not just as the wronged wife at the center of a political sex scandal—but also as a founding mother who shaped an American legacy in her own right.A general’s daughter…Coming of age on the perilous frontier of revolutionary New York, Elizabeth Schuyler champions the fight for independence. And when she meets Alexander Hamilton, Washington’s penniless but passionate aide-de-camp, she’s captivated by the young officer’s charisma and brilliance. They fall in love, despite Hamilton’s bastard birth and the uncertainties of war.A founding father’s wife…But the union they create—in their marriage and the new nation—is far from perfect. From glittering inaugural balls to bloody street riots, the Hamiltons are at the center of it all—including the political treachery of America’s first sex scandal, which forces Eliza to struggle through heartbreak and betrayal to find forgiveness.The last surviving light of the Revolution…When a duel destroys Eliza’s hard-won peace, the grieving widow fights her husband’s enemies to preserve Alexander’s legacy. But long-buried secrets threaten everything Eliza believes about her marriage and her own legacy. Questioning her tireless devotion to the man and country that have broken her heart, she’s left with one last battle—to understand the flawed man she married and imperfect union he could never have created without her…
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4.5 stars rounded up to 5. Historians know there is not much written by, or of, women at the birth of the U.S. Because of this the daughters’ and wives’ stories of our founding fathers have been told primarily as supporting characters which was consistent with cultural norms for almost 200 years. In the case of Mrs. Hamilton, she may not have written about, or even destroyed evidence of, her private thoughts and feelings regarding the peaks and valleys of her life story. Nevertheless, she continued to shape her city and nation long after the founding fathers were laid to rest. These authors have taken what is historically agreed upon, woven in custom and culture of the period, and used intuition and imagination to depict who Betsey, Eliza, and Mrs. Hamilton may have been and how she may have processed all to which she was a witness. Her charitable works that still continue today prove she was more than a survivor. . . she knew what it was to thrive. Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie, the authors, balanced it all eloquently. I especially appreciated the notes from the authors, both prior to and following the story, separating many of the facts from the fiction. I felt it started out slow and didn’t enjoy it as much as America’s First Daughter but truly it is an excellent account of a woman to be admired.
Oh, how I love the Hamiltons. I also adore Dray & Kamoie’s books, so I had a strong suspicion I would really like this book and I did. In fact, I savored every historical morsel, the lovely writing, and the way Eliza grew and changed over time, even when confronted with some of the most difficult things life could possibly throw at you. And the great man himself? Well, he was imperfect but grand, and the novel feels like a wonderful tribute to his legacy, as well as his beloved wife’s. It’s a beautiful book, and more than once, it drew tears.
I listened to this as an audiobook and the narrator was perfect. Highly recommended!
Another winner from Kamoie and Dray. If you love historical fiction, this book about Eliza Hamilton cannot be missed. It’s quite long, and there is a LOT going on, but she lived until 97! It’s mind-boggling to think of all she saw (of a very important part of our country’s history), and the various tragedies she faced. I enjoyed the depicted relationship with the Madisons (I love Dolley who was “Jackie” before Jackie was) and, above all others (even the marriage to her suddenly popular husband) the relationship with her sister was riveting and heartfelt. A must-read.
Eliza, known as Betsy as a child, is the daughter of General Philip Schuyler. Out of all of her sisters, she is the one that is a bit of a tomboy and challenges conventions. She has many admirers, but once General George Washington’s aide, Alexander Hamilton, catches her eye she is smitten. After a courtship filled with some ups and downs, they decide to marry. This is big deal, because although Alexander Hamilton is an up and coming person in society, he isn’t financially secure. But Eliza doesn’t care; she is in love. What ensues is a lifetime of adventure in politics, love, war, and romance. Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie bring Eliza Schuyler to life in My Dear Hamilton and it was a thrilling and heartbreaking ride.
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I do not hand out 5 star ratings often, but My Dear Hamilton deserves 5 stars – or more, it was my favorite book of the year! I was at first intimidated by the length – over 600 pages – but they just flew by when reading. I love how Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie makes history very interesting and real. They tell the story of Alexander Hamilton and the founding of the country through the eyes of his wife, Eliza. I LOVED this book – it is beyond fabulous!!