3 Jul 2018

Review: Alex & Eliza (Alex & Eliza #1)


'' But that was the thing about Alex, a nameless orphan from the Caribbean, who had written his way up to General Washington's side, he was nothing if not determined. ''

★★★★☆

From Goodreads:
Their romance shaped a nation. The rest was history.
1777. Albany, New York.
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 that of both her sisters, though she’d rather be aiding the colonists’ cause than dressing up for some silly ball.
Still, she 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.


The love story most of us weren't aware of before it popped on the surface a couple years back.
If you describe a character with words '' heart-stoppingly handsome and dashing to boot '' I am sold. There's no way the book could be ruined after that.


I don't know much of the fight for the Independence back in the day since I am not an American. After the muscial Hamilton came out I was first really introduced into the revolution and battles leading upto the independence of the United States. And besides, I am a sucker for love stories.

Melissa de la Cruz's version of the love story '' that shaped the nation '' is gripping. I read it in one sitting, being glued to the book, reading like my life depended on it. There was no way I would've put the book down. Three pots of tea and a packet of biscuits later I was finished. And I relaised this was only the beginning. Should've bought the second book as well...

The book, alongside with the love story, brings out the desperation to reach the end of the war, to finally begin building the nation they fought for. How the women in the families have surprisingly a lot of power although they are underestimated constantly. And how the decision are left for the men and if something abd happens, women just have to endure through it and keep quiet about the affair.

Even if you're not interested in the American reolution or in history this book tells you a lovestory between two people, people who at first don't realise they have something monumental at their fingertips. And if I ahve understood correctly, Alex and Eliza truly had their fingers in the game when they lived.

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