The highs—and difficult lows—of the marriage between Alexander Hamilton and his wife, Eliza.
De la Cruz (29 Dates, 2018, etc.) concludes her series based on the life of the Founding Father. As before, she weaves facts from Hamilton’s life with imagined incidents and dialogue. Here, Alex and Eliza have settled into marriage and the social life of New York City as he continues to build a law practice and struggles to earn enough money. The couple is overjoyed when Eliza discovers she is pregnant, and the happy news propels Eliza to work even harder at helping the city’s orphans. She also indulges in a bit of matchmaking for her brother, John, encouraging his interest in the young parentless woman they have welcomed into their home. At the same time, Alex is caught up in helping the mysterious Mrs. Maria Reynolds, who has been abused by her husband: As much as Alex has tried to put his past behind him, the memories of his own mother’s problems with men have never quite gone away. Eliza, who is away from home during this time, and extremely ill, is barely back on her feet when she learns Alex is about to engage in a duel with Aaron Burr over a secret revealed. Once again, there is lively dialogue and a strong cast of secondary characters; fans will not be disappointed.
A fitting end to a popular series. (author’s note) (Historical fiction. 12-adult)