Narrator: Cassandra Campbell
Published by Listening Library on April 11, 2017
Genres: Young Adult Historical
Length: 9 hours and 49 minutes
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Reading Challenges: 2017 Audiobook Challenge, 2017 New Release Challenge
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.
Alex & Eliza is a charming romance of Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth “Eliza” Schuyler. I have not seen the Hamilton musical but I do know enough so when I began reading this book it was difficult for me to separate the musical from this book. Each deserves to shine in their own light, so I found Alex & Eliza an enjoyable historical romance. The story of a soldier with no money and prestigious name falling in love with a headstrong high society General’s daughter will make you swoon and cheer them on for a happily ever after ending.
This is my first book from author Melissa de la Cruz and it won’t be my last. I enjoyed her writing and the independent voice she gave to these characters. As a historical romance, I thought this book was well-written with the details and characters mannerisms true to that time. But I did think the historical facts in the first half of the book made the story drag. The romance of Alex and Eliza was sweet even though most of us know of their heart-breaking future. Despite that I did enjoy this book and would recommend this to historical romance fans.
4 Stars Audiobook Review
Cassandra Campbell does another entertaining performance. Even though the story dragged with historical facts Ms. Campbell added the emotion and excitement of the story. I love the voices for the female characters she portrayed with passion and fierceness, which for the time an unlikely characteristic. Her art of creating distinct voices for each character made it easy to follow. Cassandra Campbell is becoming one of my favorite narrators and I can’t wait to listen to more audiobooks from her.