My Rating: 3.5 stars
Title: The Hamilton Affair
Author: Elizabeth Cobbs
Pub Date: August 2, 2016
Length: 408 pages
For People Who Like: Historical Fiction, Romance, Hamilton the broadway musical
Well, I now finally know a little about who in the world Hamilton is, so that’s good. I’m not kidding you when I say that I had no idea about anything Hamilton before reading this book. I realize that the broadway musical is such a big hit that this doesn’t sound possible, but it was.
Nonetheless, I can definitely see where all the craze is coming from– Hamilton had a crazy interesting life. He is the ultimate witty and noble protagonist that readers look for and he was a real life person.
This book alternates perspectives between Hamilton and Eliza, which is what makes this book special. We are able to see both points of view on the relationship and get the full story.
The reason this book got 3.5 stars from me (still a pretty good rating) largely had to do with the middle portion of the book. It seemed to drag on for me and I just kept waiting to get to the actual affair. The beginning and ending were the strong parts of this book as the beginning pulls you into the incredible lives of these characters and the ending leaves you shook (maybe more so for me because I genuinely didn’t know how things ended).
I really enjoyed reading The Hamilton Affair and would recommend it to anyone caught in the Hamilton craze. It felt like the author, Elizabeth Cobbs, tried to stay very true to historical facts while still making the story a fun historical fiction read. I can’t lie, this book was oozing with wit from the two humorous protagonists and it was impossible not to love Alex and Eliza. After reading this, I just wanted to go see the musical in person, but for now the soundtrack will have to do.
Set against the dramatic backdrop of the American Revolution, and featuring a cast of iconic characters such as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and the Marquis de Lafayette, The Hamilton Affair tells the sweeping, tumultuous, true love story of Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Schuyler, from tremulous beginning to bittersweet ending—his at a dueling ground on the shores of the Hudson River, hers more than half a century later after a brave, successful life.
Hamilton was a bastard son, raised on the Caribbean island of St. Croix. He went to America to pursue his education. Along the way he became one of the American Revolution’s most dashing—and unlikely—heroes. Adored by Washington, hated by Jefferson, Hamilton was a lightning rod: the most controversial leader of the American Revolution.
She was the well-to-do daughter of one of New York’s most exalted families—feisty, adventurous, and loyal to a fault. When she met Alexander, she fell head over heels. She pursued him despite his illegitimacy, and loved him despite his infidelity. In 1816 (two centuries ago), she shamed Congress into supporting his seven orphaned children. Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton started New York’s first orphanage. The only “founding mother” to truly embrace public service, she raised 160 children in addition to her own.