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Hamilton's battalion : a trio of romances
2017
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  Library Journal Review

A connection to Alexander Hamilton unites three sets of diverse lovers before and after the Revolutionary War. Rachel has disguised herself as a man to fight in Washington's army, but her identity is threatened with exposure when she captures an old love in Lerner's "Promised Land." In Courtney Milan's "The Pursuit of.," a handsome black soldier fighting on the American side is befuddled by his feelings for a talkative ex-British officer as they make a 500-mile journey together. Alyssa Cole's "That Could Be Enough" features a relationship between two women of color: Eliza Hamilton's straitlaced maid Mercy Alston and the vivacious, alluring dressmaker Andromeda Stiel. Verdict Taking a page from the musical Hamilton's diverse cast of characters, these stories tackle issues of race, sexual orientation, religion, and class while still managing to be heartwarming and humorous. Lerner (A Taste of Honey) and Milan (Unveiled) are established authors who continue to deliver satisfying romances, while rising star Cole (An Extraordinary Union) adds a unique new voice to the genre. Highly recommended.-Kathryn Howe, Saint John Free P.L., NB © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Publishers Weekly Review

Eliza Hamilton's decades-long project of collecting stories about her husband, Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton, frames these three delightful novellas of marginalized characters falling in love during and after the American Revolution. In Rose Lerner's "Promised Land," set in 1781 Yorktown, Rachel Mendelson, serving in Hamilton's battalion in the guise of Cpl. Ezra Jacobs, arrests Nathan, the husband she abandoned, believing him a Loyalist spy. Lerner creates a charmingly idiosyncratic hero in Nathan, who courts his independent, risk-taking wife from his prison cell, breaking down seemingly intractable differences in their practice of Judaism and political allegiances. Courtney Milan's "The Pursuit Of..." also begins in Yorktown, where Cpl. John Hunter, a black soldier fighting for the colonies, helps British army officer Henry Latham go AWOL. In return, Henry joins John's search for his family. Henry's indefatigable good-natured idealism (he recites "the Declaration of Independence as if it were a prayer") softens John's aloofness, awakening hope, and their unexpected friendship and love grow over decades of living that idealism together. In Alyssa Cole's "That Could Be Enough," set in 1820 Harlem, Mercy Alston, maid and writing assistant to Eliza Hamilton, falls for indomitable seamstress and businesswoman Andromeda Stiel. Their love blooms through correspondence: "Mercy's letters... were like a flower unfolding." Spurred by widowed Eliza's urging that "if you have a chance to forgive, or be forgiven, do not wait," Mercy finds the courage to take risks for love. Strong, appealing protagonists, witty dialogue, and well-researched history make these three stories shine. (BookLife) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Summary
Love in the time of Hamilton...On October 14, 1781, Alexander Hamilton led a daring assault on Yorktown's defenses and won a decisive victory in America's fight for independence. Decades later, when Eliza Hamilton collected his soldiers' stories, she discovered that while the war was won at Yorktown, the battle for love took place on many fronts...PROMISED LAND by Rose LernerDonning men's clothing, Rachel left her life behind to fight the British as Corporal Ezra Jacobs-but life catches up with a vengeance when she arrests an old love as a Loyalist spy.At first she thinks Nathan Mendelson hasn't changed one bit: he's annoying, he talks too much, he sticks his handsome nose where it doesn't belong, and he's self-righteously indignant just because Rachel might have faked her own death a little. She'll be lucky if he doesn't spill her secret to the entire Continental Army.Then Nathan shares a secret of his own, one that changes everything...THE PURSUIT OF... by Courtney MilanWhat do a Black American soldier, invalided out at Yorktown, and a British officer who deserted his post have in common? Quite a bit, actually.They attempted to kill each other the first time they met.They're liable to try again at some point in the five-hundred mile journey that they're inexplicably sharing.They are not falling in love with each other.They are not falling in love with each other.They are... Oh, no.THAT COULD BE ENOUGH by Alyssa ColeMercy Stiel knows the best thing to do with pesky feelings like "love" and "hope": avoid them at all cost. Serving as a maid to Eliza Hamilton, and an assistant in the woman's stubborn desire to preserve her late husband's legacy, has driven that point home for Mercy-as have her own previous heartbreaks.When Andromeda Broadnax shows up at Hamilton Grange for an interview in her grandfather's stead, Mercy's resolution to live a quiet, pain-free life is tested by the beautiful, flirtatious, and entirely overwhelming dressmaker.Andromeda has staid Mercy reconsidering her world view, but neither is prepared for love-or for what happens when it's not enough.
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