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Publisher's Note:

Set against the dramatic backdrop of the American Revolution, and featuring a cast of legendary characters, The Hamilton Affair tells the sweeping, tumultuous, true story of Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Schuyler, from passionate and tender beginnings to his fateful duel on the banks of the Hudson River. Hamilton was a bastard and orphan, raised in the Caribbean and desperate for legitimacy, who became one of the American Revolution’s most dashing—and improbable—heroes. Admired by George Washington, scorned by Thomas Jefferson, Hamilton was a lightning rod: the most controversial leader of the new nation. Elizabeth was the wealthy, beautiful, adventurous daughter of the respectable Schuyler clan—and a pioneering advocate for women. Together, the unlikely couple braved the dangers of war, the perils of seduction, the anguish of infidelity, and the scourge of partisanship that menaced their family and the country itself. With brilliantly drawn characters and an epic scope, The H…

The Hamilton Affair: A Novel

by Elizabeth Cobbs

Overall Book Review:

The name ‘Alexander Hamilton’ is increasingly prevalent in pop culture, thanks to the hit Broadway musical “Hamilton”. For those who want to understand the hype about this American Founding Father, Elizabeth Cobb’s The Hamilton Affair is an excellent place to start. This absorbing novel focuses on Alexander and his wife Eliza’s love story. With the help of alternating narrators, the tale begins during the pair’s childhood and continues to their deaths. Cobbs, an award-winning historian, covers a lot of ground, but the story is engaging and easy-to-follow. The book also captures a lot of the emotion, struggle, and heartbreak in Alexander and Eliza’s lives. The Hamilton Affair is highly recommended for readers who want to learn more about this extraordinary man, but prefer historical fiction over a biography. 

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Arcade Publishing


Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  4 religious exclamations, 26 mild obscenities, 2 anatomical terms, 2 scatological terms, 17 derogatory names. 

Violence/Gore:  A few implied occurrences of violence including a character being shot during a duel and bruises from domestic abuse; multiple secondhand accounts of violence involving the slave trade, the French and Indian War, the Revolutionary War and its associated war crimes, the French Revolution, and the Whiskey Rebellion; several brief scenes of violence include battle, young brothers fighting, a character slapping another, shots fired at a duel and a stones thrown at a character; an extended scene of violence (2 pages) occurs, when characters are engaged in a battle; a brief non-detailed scene of violent death; a few extended scenes (1 page) of violence detailing battle.

Sex/Nudity:  Several incidents of kissing; a few incidents of nudity without sexual content; multiple sexual references regarding male genitals, the Book of Socrates, and daydreaming about an affair; multiple reported incidents of sexual intimacy; several mature discussions regarding sex including a bride on her wedding night, family planning and using protection; a few brief, non-detailed scenes of sexual intimacy between adults. 

Mature Subject Matter:

Slavery, war, death of family members and friends, treason, illegitimacy, domestic abuse, adultery, stillbirth, blackmail.

Alcohol / Drug Use:

Characters occasionally drink.

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About the Reviewer

My mother was the one who sparked my love of books. Long before school instruction, she sat me down and taught me to read. My childhood was filled with trips to the library and bookmobile to find great books. My first loves were The Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder and the Pippi Longstocking series by Astrid Lingren. Now as a mom and speech pathologist, I am constantly looking for good, clean books to use at home and in therapy. I enjoy reading many different genres, but my favorites are usually historical fiction. I married my best friend, the “boy next door”, and we have a beautiful little girl who we often find sprawled out on the floor, flipping through picture books. Together our family likes to swim, run and play tennis. Besides reading, I also love to bake, garden and travel.