I, Eliza Hamilton
Beside the most timeless of heroes stands an exceptional heroine . . .
In this beautifully written novel of historical fiction, bestselling author Susan Holloway Scott tells the story of Alexander Hamilton’s wife, Eliza—a fascinating, strong-willed heroine in her own right and a key figure in one of the most gripping periods in American history.
“Love is not easy with a man chosen by Fate for greatness . . .”
As the daughter of a respected general, Elizabeth Schuyler is accustomed to socializing with dignitaries and soldiers. But no visitor to her parents’ home has affected her so strongly as Alexander Hamilton, a charismatic, ambitious aide to George Washington. They marry quickly, and despite the tumult of the American Revolution, Eliza is confident in her brilliant husband and in her role as his helpmate. But it is in the aftermath of war, as Hamilton becomes one of the country’s most important figures, that she truly comes into her own.
In New York and Philadelphia, Eliza becomes a popular member of society, respected for her fierce devotion to Hamilton as well as her grace. Behind closed doors, she astutely manages their expanding household, and assists her husband with his political writings. Yet some challenges are impossible to prepare for. Through public scandal, betrayal, personal heartbreak, and tragedy, she is tested again and again. In the end, it will be Eliza’s indomitable strength that make her not only Hamilton’s most crucial ally in life, but his most loyal advocate after his death, determined to preserve his legacy while pursuing her own extraordinary path through the nation they helped shape together.
Praise and Reviews
"Scott (The Countess and the King) stands to capitalize on the popularity of the Broadway hit Hamilton with this story of the founding father’s wife, Elizabeth Schuyler, who proves not only a passionate guardian of her husband’s home and children, but a protector of his legacy. “Love is not easy with a man chosen by Fate for greatness,” Eliza writes at the opening of this novel, and Scott expertly handles the complex history and complicated romance, moving the personal and political plots briskly. The story follows Eliza’s head-over-heels love of the ambitious, gifted Alexander, through a marriage tested by his boundless energy and attraction to beautiful women, including Eliza’s talented and vivacious sister, Angelica; the grueling fight between the well-equipped British and ragtag Continental armies; the foundering Federalist union; and, finally, the emergence of a new nation after the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia. “I will see that he receives all the honor that is his due, and that he will always be remembered by the country he loved and served so well,” Eliza writes five years after Alexander was killed in a duel with political rival Aaron Burr. Readers will be captivated by the affecting portrait Scott has painted of Eliza as an American patriot who was witness and counsel to Alexander’s enduring legacy and a heroine tested by his romantic recklessness. “What you dismiss as gallantry might be perceived as more by others.... Think of how openly he flirts even with me,” Angelica warns Eliza. Yet Eliza acknowledges only the “true and lasting brilliance” of a husband who saw his own valor mirrored in her. “You crave liberty and have no more patience with injustice or tyranny than I,” he tells her, even as she realizes “that these dreams and glories exact a terrible price.” – Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
"When she first meets Alexander Hamilton, a young aide-de-camp to Gen. George Washington, Elizabeth “Eliza” Schuyler knows he’s destined for great things. A passionate courtship against the backdrop of the American Revolution leads to a loving marriage, but Alexander’s ruthless ambition and lapses in judgment repeatedly threaten the pair’s domestic happiness. Prolific historical fiction novelist Scott (The King’s Favorite; Royal Harlot) tells the story of the famous couple’s relationship as well as of their involvement in shaping the fledgling Republic. The Hamiltons are undeniably a hot topic right now thanks to the Broadway smash Hamilton, and Scott’s detailed picture of Eliza will likely be of great interest to fans curious about the history that inspired the show.... VERDICT Scott’s devotion to research is evident, and those who enjoy learning about history through fiction should find this to be a rewarding take on a fascinating historical couple." —Library Journal
"While you’re waiting for Hamilton tickets, or if you’re obsessed with American history, this is the book to read this fall. Scott, well known for Colonial-set romances and historical biographies, brings a fascinating woman and tumultuous era to full-fledged life. The lavish details and meticulous research add resonance to Eliza’s voice as she relates the story of her marriage. The sensitive portrayal is a testament to the Hamilton’s abiding love and strong relationship, and proof of one woman’s courage. The even pacing works well, maintaining a calmness within the storm." – RT Book Reviews, ★★★★1/2 Top Pick
"In I, Eliza Hamilton, award-winning and bestselling author of 50-plus novels Susan Holloway Scott takes readers to the founding of America through the story of Elizabeth Shuyler (1757-1854)—who would become Eliza Hamilton, wife to Alexander Hamilton. Theirs is a complicated romance, set against the enthralling, well-researched backdrop of the birth of a new nation. Fans of the Hamilton musical and lovers of quality historical fiction, don’t miss this one!" – BookPage
"One of 11 historical fiction novels by women to look forward to this fall! It was practically love at first sight when Elizabeth Schuyler, the daughter of a respected general from a good family, first met Alexander Hamilton. Despite the unrest in their young nation, the couple marry and quickly become one another's closest allies and confidants. When the revolution is over and Hamilton becomes one of the country's most influential leaders, Eliza is by his side to support him not just as a wife and mother, but as an assistant and advisor. Despite the public scrutiny, scandals, betrayals, and tragedy, one of America's most famous couples stays together until the end and beyond. A fascinating look inside one of the nation's most complicated yet beloved romances, I, Eliza Hamilton is perfect for anyone who still has that Hamilton buzz." – Bustle.com
"Required reading for Hamilton fans, and highly recommended for all historical fiction fans and history buffs in general!....Scott manages to include incredibly detailed historical narrative along with her telling of Eliza’s story, beginning with the events where Eliza and Alexander meet. The romance and relationship are compelling enough on their own, but this book also serves as a primer on much of the Revolutionary War, sure to satisfy even the most stickler of history buffs." – Kate Olson, The Loud Library Lady, 5 of 5 Stars
"Our days of summer sun might be coming to an end but you don’t need to toss out that reading list quiiiiiite yet. Lucky for Theatre Nerds (more specifically “Hamilton” fans), there’s a new book hitting shelves this September based on the life of one Eliza Hamilton....Susan Holloway Scott’s latest read speaks for itself. ‘I, ELIZA HAMILTON’ chronicles the life and impact of Alexander Hamilton’s leading lady. While the ten-dollar Found Father may be the centerpiece of our favorite musical, it’s no doubt that Eliza is a pretty epic heroine. This book sheds light on her complex marriage to George Washington’s right-hand man, as well as her extraordinary work in shaping our country....Whether you tackled all of the books on your summer reading list or not, you won’t want to throw away your shot to read Mrs. Hamilton’s inspiring story....Susan Holloway Scott is QUEEN!" – Kailey Hansen, Theatre Nerds
"With the recent popularity of Alexander Hamilton comes the much deserved interest in his wife, Eliza. We've heard so much about Hamilton's story (thanks to his endless writings), but Susan Holloway Scott has introduced Eliza's voice into the mix in I, Eliza Hamilton. This piece of historical fiction tells the true story of Eliza Hamilton in a narrative that captures both her kindness and strength." — Gillian Pensavalle, The Hamilcast: A Hamilton Podcast
"From the start, Eliza leaps off the page as a woman of her times. She is proud to support her husband and raise her children, because that was what she was raised to do. She was an excellent hostess, and knew what it was to be a soldier's daughter and a soldier's wife. The author does a phenomenal job in showing what her life was like, with her being concerned about making ends meet and keeping her family well and together. Eliza is not portrayed as perfect, she makes mistakes just as anyone else does.... The attention to detail, without dumping the reader with too much information at one time, is perfect. I learned a great deal about the time period that I didn't know before, which I always appreciate when I pick up a book based on a historical figure. For readers of historical fiction, this a must read." – Bethany Swafford, More Than a Review, ★★★★★