Alex & Eliza: a Love Story – Melissa De La Cruz

   Alex & Eliza: a Love Story – Melissa De La Cruz, G.P. Putnam’s Sons, (9781524739621), 2017

Format: Advance Uncorrected Galley

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review)  4

Genre:  Historical Fiction

What did you like about the book?  With the popularity of the musical Hamilton, this novel is sure to be a hit with readers.  This fictionalized account of the romance of Alexander Hamilton and Elisabeth Schuyler will entertain readers and perhaps inspire them to delve into the factual history.  The story begins in 1777 with the first meeting of Alex and Eliza and ends with their marriage in December 1780.  The romance begins as disinterest and dislike on the side of Eliza before growing gradually as she learns more about Alexander and his character.  Obstacles to their love include his poverty and a fictional suitor named Col. Henry Livingston.  The romance is set admits historical events of the time period, including the discovery of Benedict Arnold’s treason.  The author takes some liberties with the facts, but readers will be enthralled with the romance and the setting.  Sure to be quite popular.

Anything you didn’t like about it?   The galley does not contain any information regarding the fictional characters versus historical personages.  It would also be helpful to include some historical background and suggested reading.

To whom would you recommend this book?  This novel will be quite popular among fans of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton.   Recommended for  readers who enjoy historical fiction with an emphasis on romance

Who should buy this book?  Public libraries and high school libraries

Where would you shelve it?  YA fiction

Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles?  Yes

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:  Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

Date of review: 4/17/17             

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