Tuesday, October 10, 2023

Review: The Hamilton Affair by Elizabeth Cobbs

The Hamilton Affair
by Elizabeth Cobbs

Publisher: Arcade Publishing
Pages: 408
Format: ARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  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.

Kritters Thoughts:  Due to the little thing called the broadway show, Hamilton, I knew this story before opening the book, but I was excited to dive into a book based on this founding father's life because the book is always better!  I may have timed my reading to finish right before a trip to New York where I was hoping to see the show!  and I did!

What surprised me about this book was the set up.  I loved that we saw both Alexandria and Eliza as children and see their lives parallel until they meet.  Even though I knew the affair was coming, reading it and really seeing the ins and outs of it and the coverage being more detailed made me really think about Alexander Hamilton.  AND to read his reaction and how he didn't think about his family and instead was more concerned about the perception of himself - wow.  

I think this book is a great read for those who may have seen the show and know every word or maybe haven't seen it yet and just enjoy a historical fiction read.  This book complimented my new york trip and I loved that I timed my read with seeing the show and seeing the story in another art form was just great.   

Rating: absolutely loved it and want a sequel

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Arcade Publshing.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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