Alex and Eliza
By Melissa de la Cruz
G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers, April 2017
About the Book
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 those of both her sisters, though she’d rather be aiding the colonists’ cause than dressing up for some silly ball.
Still, Eliza 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.
This historical romance is light on the history and heavy on the romance. But most readers—this reader included—won’t mind a bit since it draws inspiration from the Broadway musical Hamilton. Alex and Eliza is a fictionalized love story of Alexander Hamilton and Eliza Schuyler. The author writes that since there isn’t much known about their actual-actual love story—other than they were madly in love with each other—she has made one up. Expect drama and tension!
Is there a love triangle? No. Yes. No. Not really. Cruz introduces the character of Henry Livingston into the plot. Eliza’s parents arrange a marriage for her to this Mr. Livingston. He’s an obvious jerk, a big mistake; the engagement goes forward, however, since her parents supposedly don’t approve of Alexander Hamilton’s no-name status. There is lots of drama in “stopping the wedding” and saving Eliza from a dreadful future.
Peggy and Angelica are characters in the plot, but, it’s Eliza who is front and center. (Angelica is not in love with Alexander Hamilton by any stretch of the imagination.)
I really found this to be a quick, satisfying read. Usually I like a lot more history in my historical romance—that is, if it’s based on real people and real events. But it’s easy to make an exception for this one. Of the Hamilton-inspired books I’ve read so far, this one is definitely my favorite.
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