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MY DEAR HAMILTON: A Novel of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton by Stephanie Dray & Laura Kamoie, narrated by Cassandra Campbell

This was such an interesting novel about a forgotten founding mother. I had no idea that Eliza Schuyler Hamilton was the daughter of a well-respected general, or that she spent her girlhood living on the frontier dealing with Native Americans (and speaking their languages) or that she had two vivacious sisters.

Enter Hamilton, and of course (and unfortunately) she is swept away by his charm and charisma.

I loved the pitch-perfect voice of Eliza Hamilton, conveyed so adroitly by narrator Cassandra Campbell. It blended the perfect combination of love and exasperation as Eliza narrated the activities of her mercurial and brilliant husband, leading to many funny and enjoyable moments.

What was NOT funny was that Hamilton’s activities led to his wife having to endure the very public humiliation of a sex scandal. How she managed to hang onto her dignity, mother her children and deal with the everydayness that life brings, I do not know. Just as she had picked up the pieces, her husband was killed…by a stupid accident.

I highly recommend this novel. It sheds glorious light on the colonial period of this country’s history, as well as the story of a highly unusual woman. Five stars.