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Love & War
The Alex & Eliza Trilogy Series, Book 2
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A New York Times Bestseller!The thrilling romance of young Alexander Hamilton and Eliza Schuyler continues in the sizzling sequel to the New York Times bestselling Alex & Eliza: A Love Story1781....
A New York Times Bestseller!The thrilling romance of young Alexander Hamilton and Eliza Schuyler continues in the sizzling sequel to the New York Times bestselling Alex & Eliza: A Love Story1781....
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  • A New York Times Bestseller!
    The thrilling romance of young Alexander Hamilton and Eliza Schuyler continues in the sizzling sequel to the New York Times bestselling Alex & Eliza: A Love Story

    1781. Albany, New York.
    As the war for American independence rages on, Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Schuyler begin their new life as a married couple. Still, Alex is as determined as ever to prove his mettle and secure his legacy . . . even if that means leaving his beloved Eliza behind to join the front lines at the Battle of Yorktown. But when the war unexpectedly arrives on Eliza's doorstep, she must fight for a better future—for their fledgling country and for her marriage.
    Yet even after the Revolution comes to its historic close, Alex and Eliza's happily-ever-after is threatened. Eliza struggles to build a home in the hustle and bustle of New York City just as Alex's burgeoning law practice brings him up against his greatest rival—the ambitious young lawyer Aaron Burr. And with Alex's star on the rise, Eliza can't help but feel neglected by a husband who seems to have time for everyone but her. Torn apart by new trials and temptations, can Alex and Eliza's epic love survive life in the big city?
    The battles are just beginning in the sumptuous sequel to Melissa de la Cruz's New York Times bestselling Alex & Eliza: A Love Story.

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    Spring Harvest!

    The Schuyler Mansion Albany, New York
    April 1781

    Forget Paris. The French could keep their croissants and the Champs-Élysées. Who cares about London? Rome? Athens? From what she'd heard, they were just a bunch of ruins. And what of Williamsburg, Virginia? Charleston, South Carolina? New York City? As far as she was concerned, they could all fall off the map.
    In all the world, Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton thought there was no place more beautiful than Albany at springtime. Of course, the Pastures was dear to her as her childhood home, and even more so as the site of her wedding to Alexander Hamilton just last winter. Time had done little to dampen their affection, and she was more in love with her husband than ever. Perhaps it was this love that led to Eliza's delight at anything and everything around her.
    But rose-colored glasses or no, it was hard to claim there was anywhere more glorious than late April in her hometown. The air was warm and the sun was mellow. Bare trees had covered themselves in soft green foliage and the sharp, tangy smell of fireplace smoke gave way to the softer aromas of hyacinths and crocuses, lilac and dogwood. Swallows darted through the air, snapping up flies and gnats, and newborn calves, foals, and shoats frolicked about the fields and sties. The mighty Hudson River was wreathed in mist at daybreak and teemed with fishermen's boats in the afternoon. Their nets hauled in plentiful catches of shad, whose roe had a delicate, almost nutty taste that paired perfectly with a salad of tender mustard greens.
    But best of all was the bounty of blueberries and strawberries. All over the estate, hundreds of bushes sagged beneath the weight of thousands upon thousands of red, burgundy, and purple fruit. Every morning for a week, Eliza and her sisters, Angelica, Peggy, and five-year-old Cornelia—joined sometimes by their youngest brother, eight-year-old Rensselaer, known affectionately as Ren—traded in their sumptuous silks and bustles for simple, sturdy muslin skirts that they'd tie up high, showing ankles and calves in a bit of a risqué manner, and joined the housemaids in the fields to pick bucket after bucket of plump, sweet, juicy berries. (Well, not Ren. Ren hadn't worn a skirt since his christening.)
    By noon, their lips were as stained as their fingertips (after all, picking involved a fair bit of "sampling," as Eliza put it), and the three oldest sisters repaired to the kitchen to do their work. Some of the fruit was packed in ice in the cellar, and some more was baked into pies, but most was simmered in rich syrupy jellies whose tart sweetness would liven up many a winter meal, slathered on fresh bread or griddle cakes or dabbed on turkey or mutton. A portion of the fruit was pickled, making for a delicious snack, salty at first, before exploding in your mouth in a burst of sweetness.
    But as tempting as all these rich cooked treats were, Eliza's favorite way to eat them was also the simplest: fresh and chilled. Each plump fruit tasted like a thimble-size dollop of liquid happiness. That early spring afternoon, standing in the dappled light by the stone counter, Eliza alternated between a basket of strawberries and a basket of blueberries, savoring them one at a time.
    "I can't decide which is more perfect!" she exclaimed to her sisters, who were gathered around the long rustic table that ran down the center of the kitchen, sorting fruit.
    "Blech." Peggy Schuyler pouted with lips that were nearly as fruit-stained as Eliza's. "If I ever see another strawberry or blueberry again, it will be too soon!" she said as she reached...

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    March 15, 2018
    As the American Revolution comes to an end, Alexander Hamilton and his bride, Eliza, forge a new life in their fledgling country.This sequel to Alex and Eliza (2017) focuses on the young couple through the early period of their marriage during the latter stages of the Revolutionary War. As Hamilton helps the war reach a successful conclusion, Eliza remains in the bosom of the Schuyler family, tending to her mother, who is enduring her latest pregnancy, counseling her older sister, Angelica, as she expects her first child, and soothing her younger sister Peggy through problems with her desired suitor. The next phase of their lives involves a move to New York City, where Hamilton begins his law practice and frets about the state of the country. We see them cope with Hamilton's burning ambition (Aaron Burr appears in situations that highlight their rivalry) and Eliza's efforts to find her own place. Challenges for women in this period are well-depicted and add to the heart of the story. The characterizations of Eliza as a clever and supportive wife and Alexander as a young husband whose drive often clouds his judgment contribute to the pull of the narrative, as does the blend of historical facts with plausible invented narrative.The popularity of the first in this series means a ready audience for this lively volume. (Historical fiction. 12-adult)

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