Love & War: Review
History is happening in Manhattan and we just happen to be
In the greatest city in the world!
Alexander Hamilton and Eliza Schuyler's story continues in Melissa de la Cruz's sequel to Alex & Eliza. Ominously titled Love & War, this sequel retells the couple's resettlement in Manhattan and the struggles that come with being a young power couple in the midst of an emerging country trying to pull itself together. For history fans and Hamilton nerds, this sequel is a must-read! Note: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for review. All opinions are my own.
1780. Albany, New York.
As the war for American Independence carries on, two newlyweds are settling into their new adventure: marriage. But the honeymoon's over, and Alexander Hamilton and Eliza Schuyler are learning firsthand just how tricky wedded life can be. Alex is still General George Washington's right-hand man and his attention these days is nothing if not divided--much like the colonies' interests as the end of the Revolution draws near. Alex & Eliza's relationship is tested further by lingering jealousies and family drama.
Need a refresher on the events of Alex & Eliza? Have no fear, check out my review of the first book here. Love & War picks up a few years later as Alexander Hamilton and Eliza Schuyler are ready to settle down and start their married lives together. Most of the events represented in the book are historically accurate, with a few creative liberties and embellishments. It addresses the social complexities facing the new nation where Americans must band together to preserve their union, despite their statehood prejudices, and colonialists face off against Loyalists and their families. What I appreciate most about this Young Adult historical fiction novel is that de la Cruz makes this period in history accessible for young adult readers. The tumultuous creation of our young nation expressed through the eyes of this young couple is poetic and relatable.
As a sequel, Love & War could very well stand on its own. It alludes to events that occurred previously, but a reader wouldn't necessarily get lost if they hadn't read the first book. There are also some time minor time jumps throughout the book, just to get the plot moving along based on documented historical timelines. This did not bother me at all since I was eager to get to the end of the book and the Hamiltons' legacy. But I respect that for some historical fiction readers, they prefer for these moments to be given life and breath, instead of being skipped over for convenience.
I rate Love & War 4/5 stars!
Love & War releases on April 17th, 2018 and you can pre-order it now!