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My Dear Hamilton

A Novel of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton
Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
Length: 23 hrs and 7 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
4.5 out of 5 stars (2,820 ratings)

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From the New York Times best-selling 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. In this haunting, moving, and beautifully written book, 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 the imperfect union he could never have created without her.... 

©2018 Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

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Fantastic!

As someone who barely tolerated all forms of "history" when I was in school ("who CARES about all of this stupid stuff that happened hundreds of years ago?!" was my mindset back then), my knowledge of our founding fathers was truthfully (abysmally...) just about non-existent. On a whim, I purchased this book and absolutely fell in LOVE with every single solitary thing about it and while obviously much of it is romanticized and gussied up to make it interesting, it has awaken in me a huge thirst for knowledge about the fascinating history and the incredible folks who shaped our country all those years ago. I am a new FAN of historical fiction and can't WAIT to read similar books such as this one. A treat from beginning to end.

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  • Plattsburgh, N.Y., United States
  • 04-15-18

Eliza and Alexander Hamilton

I really enjoyed this book....I love learning about a era in our history through a good novel and this is a excellent one. Not only do you get such a good feeling about the actual time period and our countries history, but to have think about feelings then and now, to be able to step into Eliza’s shoes was a pretty awesome feeling.....Oh, I did enjoy this book ever so much and highly recommend it!!

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Research Excellent/Fiction Even Better

My second book by Dray and Kamoie, and I remain amazed. I’m very glad I read this book before seeing the musical Hamilton . If I had not seen the story of this Framer’s life through Eliza’s eyes, I would have hated Hamilton. Because the authors paint Eliza with a deep, rich soul, I remained more open in my judgement. Through her eyes of grace I somewhat understood him. Using the lens of history, this book defines heroes and villains as just people, flawed , brilliant people who gave us the greatest Constitutional Republic at a cost of their lives. Seeing the true details, mixed with the reasonable fictionalized emotions makes this a valuable addition to the American story. I hope the authors will write the story of Martha Washington or MRS Robert E Lee.

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Better than the Biography of Alexander Hamilton.

Lovely. Very well-written. I read this immediately after reading the biography by Chernow. Chernow's biography could be half the length and still be too long. I enjoyed this much more and was still informed of the major historical facts.

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Amazing!

I absolutely adored this book. The rich history and viewpoint of Eliza was more than I could have hoped for in a historical novel. The way the author’s filled in the gaps so seamlessly kept me listening and wanting more. I listen in my car on an 2 hr commute to and from work and this novel made my drive far more bearable.



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Very moving

The story of Alexander Hamilton is being told in many ways today, through biographies and a spectacular musical. It was preserved and championed by his wife, and it is profoundly moving to hear her voice reflected here. I am happy to know her role in the founding of our country.

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She went too far

I've never written a review before, but this one bothered me. I know it is a novel but the speculations were sensational and ridiculous. It was bad enough when Hamilton was accused of having an affair with his sister in law, but then making him homosexual was way too far. I was disappointed after listening so long to a fairly interesting story, but it did not seem that historical fiction came close, just wild speculations.

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Sophomore Performance

I had high hopes for My Dear Hamilton because I very much liked the author's and narrator's previous work, America's First Daughter. Early on, I found myself becoming disappointed in the willful naivete of the protagonist, Eliza Hamilton. I think this is in part to the way many of the chapters are ended with various statements of "oh, if I had only known..." The climax of the plot seemed an empty one since the reader will figure it out in the prologue while Eliza takes almost 2/3 of the book to. I enjoyed the performance of this narrator in the previous work as well, but whether because of my distaste for the often 'Woe is me' perspective of the character or inept tone the narrator chose to use to portray the main character, I don't know. I found myself only being able to listen in small doses. Should the authors write another book I'll gladly try it agin, but this one left me wanting.

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great

it was a wonderful book giving you all sorts of insight into history seems a little hard to first get in to just keep listening and by the time it ends you will love it.

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What a great book!

Would you listen to My Dear Hamilton again? Why?

Maybe. There is a lot of American history even though it is a novel. I appreciate the author's epilogue and explanation of history versus fiction.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Elizabeth Skylar Hamilton

What does Cassandra Campbell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Great voice for the character and warmth in her voice.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The moments when Elizabeth reflected on the grandeur of the birth of the United States and the role that she, Alexander and other patriots played in that event.

Any additional comments?

More historic novels on American history.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful