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Hamilton and Peggy: A Revolutionary Friendship

By Lucinda Dyer, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Engaging mix of history, romance set in Revolutionary War.

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A seamless blending of history with romance and family drama makes this a lively addition to the wealth of books inspired by the success of the musical Hamilton. The title Hamilton and Peggy leads readers to expect their relationship is at the heart of the novel. But, other than a brief appearance on page 137, Hamilton doesn't become an active part of the storyline until 30 pages later, and even then, his interactions with Peggy never justify the wording of the title. What does make the novel a compelling read is the effortless way Elliott lets the Schuyler family introduce readers to people who've previously been only names in a textbook. A lengthy afterword updates readers on the future lives (both happy and tragic) of the novel's major characters.

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