In the 1770s, the American Revolution builds, as does a
relationship between Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth
Schuyler. Eliza is from a wealthy family, the middle
sister of Angelica and Peggy, all of whom dazzle in a
room. Alex is penniless and determined to better himself
through service in the army, and he's gotten a reputation
as Washington's go-to man. Society wouldn't have them
together, nor would the war, but Alex and Eliza find
their paths crossing again and again, each time with a
Melissa De La Cruz spins an interesting take on the
famous Hamilton love story in ALEX AND ELIZA. While many
will likely gravitate towards the book because of the
popular musical, readers of that kind should be aware the
historical interpretations are very different. I love
that this novel chose to go in its own direction.
Historically, there is little known about the courtship
between Elizabeth and Alexander, so the room for
creativity and exploration is vast. Unfortunately, ALEX
AND ELIZA uses exhaustive and often problematic plot
devices to fill in gaps that add little to the story.
While Alex and Eliza's characters both have strong
voices, and the switch in POV is fantastic, their actions
often contradict their descriptions in the novel.
Hamilton is described as ambitious and clever, yet his
scenes lend him more to awkward and meek. This causes a
distinct separation from the narrative flow and sometimes
made the read more frustrating than enjoyable. However,
this issue is not present with some of the secondary
characters, particularly Eliza's sister, Peggy. Her side
plot is sweet, romantic, and has its fair share of
conflict, and I often found myself wishing she had her
own story told.
While I'm generally a huge fan of Melissa De La Cruz's
books, ALEX AND ELIZA didn't hit the mark with me. Some
aspects were wonderful, such as Peggy's story and the
alternating POV, but ultimately, I didn't enjoy it enough
to read the sequel.
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 Elizabeth 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 societyâ€™s biggest events: the Schuylersâ€™ 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 countryâ€™s founding families, and even
prouder still of their three daughtersâ€”Angelica, with her
razor-sharp wit; Peggy, with her dazzling looks; and Eliza,
whose beauty and charm rival those of both her sisters,
though sheâ€™d rather be aiding the colonistsâ€™ 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
Washingtonâ€™s right-hand man. Though Alex has arrived as the
bearer of bad news for the Schuylers, he canâ€™t believe his
luckâ€”as an orphan, and a bastard one at thatâ€”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.