From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Witches of East End and The Descendants comes the love story of young Alexander Hamilton and Eliza Schuyler.
1777. Albany, New York.
As battle cries of the American Revolution echo in the distance, servants flutter about preparing for one of New York society’s biggest events: the Schuylers’ grand ball. Descended from two of the oldest and most distinguished bloodlines in New York, the Schuylers are proud to be one of their fledgling country’s founding families, and even prouder still of their three daughters—Angelica, with her razor-sharp wit; Peggy, with her dazzling looks; and Eliza, whose beauty and charm rival that of both her sisters, though she’d rather be aiding the colonists’ cause than dressing up for some silly ball.
Still, she can barely contain her excitement when she hears of the arrival of one Alexander Hamilton, a mysterious, rakish young colonel and General George Washington’s right-hand man. Though Alex has arrived as the bearer of bad news for the Schuylers, he can’t believe his luck—as an orphan, and a bastard one at that—to be in such esteemed company. And when Alex and Eliza meet that fateful night, so begins an epic love story that would forever change the course of American history.
In the pages of Alex and Eliza, #1 New York Times bestselling author Melissa de la Cruz brings to life the romance of young Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Schuyler.
I received this sneak peek from the publishers on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Alex and Eliza: A Love Story tells the story of Alexander Hamilton and Eliza Schuyler and how even with The Revolution going on around them, they still manage to find love…in each other.
Okay, I’ll admit that sounded cheesy but this is supposed to be a romance novel detailing the great love between Alex and Eliza so I think some cheese is a given. I foresee that no matter how hard I try, I’m not going to be able to separate the musical from this novel. Not sure if that’s a good or bad thing at the moment.
The ‘prologue’ of sorts basically lets us in on the Schuyler financial secret. It also tells us- unlike the Hamilton Musical- that there were a total of seven children in the Schuyler household, six having not survived either life or pregnancy. The first part of this novel just gives us an outline on who and what the family was even though we’re not given full introductions as yet.
With the description that Alex had a reputation with the ladies, I couldn’t help but to think ‘we’re reliable with the ladies’. It’s kind of funny to see Eliza trying to act all innocent in front of her sisters when it’s pretty obvious that she’s fooling no one. Girl, they know you’re at least a little bit intrigued.
“Pretty clothes are like the colors of a flower’s petals. They tell the bee where to land. After that, it’s what’s inside that holds his interest.”
I liked that Eliza was determined to hold her own and stand by her morals and ideals. The fact that she did things for herself and not because someone else told her to is a great quality. She was an extremely strong character and I wholly enjoyed reading about her. What hasn’t changed between then and now is the fact that people live with and entertain the idea that clothes define the type of person you are.
I’ll admit that I seemed to enjoy Eliza’s POV a lot more than Alex’s. I think it’s the fact that he talks a lot about the military and that’s not really an interest of mine. I did notice how blunt he could be even if it was only via his thoughts. I found that he seemed to have met his match in Eliza and the two of them would certainly keep each other on their toes.
I understand that this is a retelling of a musical that’s based on a true story but I’m going to go through this as though it were a normal novel. I can honestly say that I have yet to read any works by Melissa de la Cruz but if these four chapters were anything to go by, her writing is amazing. I can’t wait to read the full novels once it comes out. Although, I might have to read Alexander Hamilton’s biography by Ron Chernow before I start this book.
As mentioned, only a few chapters were included in this sneak peek but I can already tell that this will probably end up being a beautifully written piece.
Both Alex and Eliza are forces to be reckoned with and I for one am ready to go on this journey.
Read: 3 March 2017
Publication Date: 11 April 2017
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Link to Author’s Goodreads Page: Melissa de la Cruz