Love, Theodosia

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Title: Love, Theodosia: A Novel of Theodosia Burr and Philip Hamilton

Author: Lori Anne Goldstein

Publisher: Arcade

Copyright: November 2, 2021

ISBN: 978-1950994090


Format: E-Book, 416 Pages

Genres: Historical Fiction, Historical Romance, Historical Fiction Inspired by Real Historical Figures


In post-American Revolution New York City, Theodosia Burr, a scholar with the skills of a socialite, is all about charming the right people on behalf of her father—Senator Aaron Burr, who is determined to win the office of president in the pivotal election of 1800. Meanwhile, Philip Hamilton, the rakish son of Alexander Hamilton, is all about being charming on behalf of his libido. 
When the two first meet, it seems the ongoing feud between their politically opposed fathers may be hereditary. But soon, Theodosia and Philip must choose between love and family, desire and loyalty, and preserving the legacy their flawed fathers fought for or creating their own.    Love, Theodosia is a smart, funny, swoony take on a fiercely intelligent woman with feminist ideas ahead of her time who has long-deserved center stage. A refreshing spin on the Hamiltonian era and the characters we have grown to know and love. It’s also a heartbreaking romance of two star-crossed lovers, an achingly bittersweet “what if.” Despite their fathers’ bitter rivalry, Theodosia and Philip are drawn to each other and, in what unrolls like a Jane Austen novel of manners, we find ourselves entangled in the world of Hamilton and Burr once again as these heirs of famous enemies are driven together despite every reason not to be.


Theodosia Burr, daughter of Senator Aaron Burr, is a young socialite who comes of age in 1800. In a time where female education and independence of spirit are not encouraged, she is something of a rarity. The other ladies around her prefer to talk of mindless topics—such as courtship and gossip—while she likes intelligent discourse. The product of a well-rounded education overseen by a caring father, she is entirely unconventional. Enter Philip Hamilton, the sassy and flirtatious young son of her father’s archnemesis, Alexander Hamilton of the Federalist party. In this unique historical take on the classical Romeo and Juliet tale, Theodosia and Philip eventually fall in love much to the detriment of everyone around them.

Lori Anne Goldstein’s Love, Theodosia is one of those books that grabs you and doesn’t let go. I immediately fell in love with the character Theodosia, becoming invested in her story. The characters were interesting and they certainly kept me engaged. Another thing that stood out was the prose that was excessively well written. It was evocative of the time in which this book is set. I felt wholly immersed in the Republican/Federalist world of the Early Republic era. All in all, this was a quick and engrossing read. I often found myself cheering Theodosia on.

I graciously received this complimentary copy of Love, Theodosia by Skyhorse Publishing and Netgalley. All ideas and thoughts expressed herein are my own.


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