Book Review: Alex & Eliza by Melissa de la Cruz

An American princess. A man who has no name, no fortune. When they first meet it is under unfavorable circumstances, but years later when their paths cross once again, will it be a match made in Heaven, or will the dislike of one party grow even greater?

Of course we know that Alexander Hamilton married Elizabeth Schuyler – she helped to tell his story after his early demise. Yet, Melissa de la Cruz does an excellent job crafting this historical romance to keep readers turning the page.

The love story between Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Schuyler, as told by de la Cruz, opens with a grand ball put on by Catherine, Eliza’s mother. Eliza is adamant that she will not wear a fancy, frivolous dress when American soldiers go without while defending the newborn country, much to her mother’s dismay.

While at the ball, Eliza first meets Alex, but it is not love at first sight – far from it for Eliza. In fact, she overhears Alex issuing a letter announcing that her father will be court-martialed! Eliza, with the aid of her sisters Angelica and Peggy, corner Alex and put him in his place. Both seem to move on after the night, but neither can forget the other party entirely.

Two years later, their paths cross once again. Will Eliza forgive Alex for his part in her father’s court-martial? Can these two, in the midst of a war, find true love with one another? And then, will Eliza’s parents allow it?

Overall, I give this book 3.5/5 stars. The suspense is wonderful. The characters endearing. And the love story sweet. I liked how there was no cliffhanger, though I am curious how de la Cruz continues their story in the series. I do recommend this book to lovers of clean romance.

Now excuse me, please, while I go watch Hamilton for the umpteenth time.

You can read your local library’s copy of Alex & Eliza or order your own copy here!

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Kayla E. Green is a school librarian, speculative fiction author, and poet. When she isn’t writing, reading, or going on adventures with her husband, she loves singing loudly and off-key to KLove Radio, snuggling her dogs, and pretending she’s a unicorn. Her award-winning YA fantasy novella, Aivan: The One Truth, and her inspirational poetry collection, Metamorphosis, are now available through book retailers. Kayla also has stories and poems featured in various anthologies. Follow The Unicorn Writer's blog for book reviews, author interviews, writing advice, and more bookish fun!

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