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Love & War: 06/16/18
Love & War by Melissa de la Cruz is the second book in the Alex & Eliza YA historical fiction series. This book covers the first three years of their marriage including Alexander's first client as a lawyer, moving into the brownstone on Wall Street, and Eliza sitting for a portrait by an artist who was in debtor's prison at the time.
There's an afterword that explains de la Cruz's thought process on what to include and what to gloss over. For narrative reasons and because she's writing YA, she opted to leave out Eliza's earliest pregnancies. She wanted to give more time establish Eliza and Alex's relationship.
I liked the volume more in that it seemed to rely less on tossing Hamilton lyrics in the text. They're still there but they aren't as obvious. De la Cruz seems to have found her voice for making Alex and Eliza hers.
I do like how the emphasis in this book was on rebuilding after a war and the importance of family and routine during and after the revolution. So many books set during these decades are so focused on the battles at the expense of everything else. It was refreshing to see so much thought put into what life on the home-front was like.
There's a third one planned but no title or release date has been announced yet.