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.
Alex and Eliza have the cutest of love stories and all the minor/side characters are dynamic and interesting! I love that the author did a bunch of research on the Schuyler sisters and stayed more true to their personalities than even the broadway play did!
The pacing and writing style were perfect for this type of story and Melissa did an amazing job working around historical events and making creative decisions to make the story more interesting and captivating novel.
The few problems I had with the book mostly dealt with historical inaccuracies like the matter of slavery. The Schuylers had slaves but the family is written as if they wouldn't be caught owning a slave which is entirely false. There was also an attempted rape scene and while there is no way to tell if this is historically accurate it is important to mention for anyone that may be triggered by this part of the book.