American Princess
A sweeping novel from renowned author Stephanie Marie Thornton...Alice may be the president's daughter, but she's nobody's darling. As bold as her signature color Alice Blue, the gum-chewing, cigarette-smoking, poker-playing First Daughter discovers that the only way for a woman to stand out in Washington is to make waves--oceans of them. With the canny sophistication of the savviest politician on the Hill, Alice uses her celebrity to her advantage, testing the limits of her power and the seductive thrill of political entanglements.But Washington, DC is rife with heartaches and betrayals, and when Alice falls hard for a smooth-talking congressman it will take everything this rebel has to emerge triumphant and claim her place as an American icon. As Alice soldiers through the devastation of two world wars and brazens out a cutting feud with her famous Roosevelt cousins, it's no wonder everyone in the capital refers to her as the Other Washington Monument--and Alice intends to outlast them all.

American Princess Details

TitleAmerican Princess
Author
ReleaseMar 12th, 2019
PublisherBerkley Books
ISBN-139780451490902
Rating
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction

American Princess Review

  • Miranda Reads
    January 1, 1970
    3.75 stars "You are a rare woman, Alice Roosevelt." Nick leaned forward as if to tell me a secret. "In fact, I think I might be falling in love with you." Alice Roosevelt, eldest daughter of Theodore Roosevelt is about to experience the surprise of a lifetime. "Father's going to be president," I said slowly, staring out the window as my mind raced ahead to what this meant for us. She is thrust into the spotlight like no other girl of her time. The tabloids were obsessed - from what she wore (h 3.75 stars "You are a rare woman, Alice Roosevelt." Nick leaned forward as if to tell me a secret. "In fact, I think I might be falling in love with you." Alice Roosevelt, eldest daughter of Theodore Roosevelt is about to experience the surprise of a lifetime. "Father's going to be president," I said slowly, staring out the window as my mind raced ahead to what this meant for us. She is thrust into the spotlight like no other girl of her time. The tabloids were obsessed - from what she wore (her signature Alice blue) to what she did (scandalously modern shenanigans) - everywhere she went, the press followed.But it was not all glitz and glam for the daughter of the president. A girl was given only two opportunities in life to really shine: her debut and her wedding. With the way things were looking, my funeral was going to be livelier... Alice Roosevelt was never the type of woman to sit at home and play the docile daughter - which caused no end to the tensions at home. "Why is it so difficult to please you? Every time I do something I think you'll approve of, it only serves to aggravate you further!" But just when she thinks things cannot get any crazier, a certain Nick Longworth saunters into her life. If I'd been a fainter, which I wasn't and never would be, I'd have swooned dead away right there. And from there on, Alice's adventure truly begins. Nick was her rock, her soulmate but he has a dark side, one of which she could never have seen coming. Alice never backed down from a challenge, but even steel can reach its limits...Overall, I liked this one but I did not love it - but that's not to say there weren't areas to love.Alice was delightfully modern. I loved her sass and wit. The way she fired off zingers was truly spectacular. I'm not fragile, you sour-faced nitwit. I've never been fragile a day in my life and I'm not about to start now. However, the pacing of the story felt a bit off to me. This book covers her entire life - which led to some events being condensed while others were given many chapters to develop. There were quite a few events that I found fascinating but they passed in a blink of an eye...while others seemed to go on for far longer than necessary (especially towards the middle).I think it's due to this being historical fiction, and some events of Alice's life were more publicized than others thus the author had more material to go on. That being said, I loved discovering all the cute tidbits about Alice that the author researched (my favorite being Emily Spinach - Alice's pet garden snake, who was carried around in Alice's purse at parties!). All in all, if you are looking for a fresh and funny historical look into the daughter of Theodore Roosevelt - look no farther! This book is perfect for you! This is the moment I've waited for my entire life. This is when my life begins. With thanks to Berkley Publishing for a free ARC copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Brandice
    January 1, 1970
    American Princess: A Novel of First Daughter Alice Roosevelt is a historical fiction, first person account of Alice Roosevelt, President Theodore Roosevelt’s eldest daughter. Admittedly, my knowledge about this time period and both Roosevelt administrations was limited. I always claim to enjoy American history (because I do) but am often surprised by how much I don’t know as I continue to read on. Thornton did a great job with American Princess, drawing out the details. Alice had 4 younger broth American Princess: A Novel of First Daughter Alice Roosevelt is a historical fiction, first person account of Alice Roosevelt, President Theodore Roosevelt’s eldest daughter. Admittedly, my knowledge about this time period and both Roosevelt administrations was limited. I always claim to enjoy American history (because I do) but am often surprised by how much I don’t know as I continue to read on. Thornton did a great job with American Princess, drawing out the details. Alice had 4 younger brothers and one younger sister. When not at the White House, the Roosevelt family often spent time at their home, Sagamore Hill, in New York. Alice had an up-and-down relationship with her father but her devotion and adoration of him was unquestionable. I thought American Princess was an interesting story, spanning several years of Alice’s life: from the time her father enters the White House through her final days, well into her nineties. The book chronicles Alice’s family, her friendships and relationships, and current events happening in the country, and the world, at the time. She was determined, outspoken, and could hold her own most situations. I admired these characteristics of hers, which were displayed numerous times throughout the story. I wouldn’t say I started out disliking Alice, but she definitely grew on me as the book progressed. It’s hard to believe one person could endure so much heartache in a lifetime too. Thank you to Berkley Publishing for providing an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    January 1, 1970
    Oh my goodness, Alice Roosevelt! ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ What a character! She is the gum chewing, rough-around-the-edges daughter of a president. She’s no wallflower. Alice wants to stand out in Washington. She tests the boundaries of every interaction she has. Alice ends up entangled with a congressman, and she gets her heart broken. That doesn’t stop her, though, and she’s determined to rise above the fray of the scandal. Alice also experiences a fascinating, big riff with her Roosevelt cousins. Once again, Oh my goodness, Alice Roosevelt! ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ What a character! She is the gum chewing, rough-around-the-edges daughter of a president. She’s no wallflower. Alice wants to stand out in Washington. She tests the boundaries of every interaction she has. Alice ends up entangled with a congressman, and she gets her heart broken. That doesn’t stop her, though, and she’s determined to rise above the fray of the scandal. Alice also experiences a fascinating, big riff with her Roosevelt cousins. Once again, she is determined not to lose her cool. I LOVED Alice Roosevelt. She was ahead of her time and made a name for herself in her own way with her actions, good and bad. I found her willingness to stand out to be innovative for the time. Alice had a life filled with ups and downs, huge highs and sweeping lows, but what makes her different is how she chooses to handle each situation. Her spirit was indomitable, and it truly gives me chills to think about. Alice lived her life exactly how she wanted to, living fast and living large, while also living with the repercussions that come along with that. This book offered me so much and also ignited my interest in learning more about Alice Roosevelt! I can’t wait! And that’s the best kind of historical fiction right there! Isn’t that why we read it? I received a complimentary copy. All opinions are my own. My reviews can also be found on my blog: www.jenniferheelreader.com
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  • Katie B
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 starsThis historical fiction novel about Alice Roosevelt was a real treat! I didn't know much about her prior to reading so quite a few things about her life surprised me. Definitely a fascinating woman.Alice Roosevelt is the oldest child of President Teddy Roosevelt and even in a town like Washington D.C. she manages to stand out. She marches to the beat of her own drummer and America can't help but want to follow her every move. She ends up falling for a playboy congressman, goes to battle 4.5 starsThis historical fiction novel about Alice Roosevelt was a real treat! I didn't know much about her prior to reading so quite a few things about her life surprised me. Definitely a fascinating woman.Alice Roosevelt is the oldest child of President Teddy Roosevelt and even in a town like Washington D.C. she manages to stand out. She marches to the beat of her own drummer and America can't help but want to follow her every move. She ends up falling for a playboy congressman, goes to battle with her political cousins, and deals with more than one family tragedy. Through the good times and the bad, she does things her way. The book covers Alice's life although not quite as much focus is given to her early childhood and the pre- White House years. The author inserted many historical facts throughout the book although she admits in the Author's Note a few minor things were made up or altered for storyline purposes. I have to say I was really surprised at the scandalous life Alice led. Even by today's standards there were some definite soap opera like things going on. She could come across as shallow at times but the fact she didn't always conform to society's standards was really an endearing quality. Loved reading this one and can't wait to seek out some nonfiction books about her life.Definitely check this one out if you are a fan of biographical historical fiction. Thank you to First to Read for the opportunity to read an advance digital copy! I was under no obligation to post a review and all views expressed are my honest opinion.
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  • Berit☀️✨
    January 1, 1970
    Alice Roosevelt, daughter of the president, wife of the Speaker of the House, mistress of a Senator... america’s princess!This was a compelling book about a remarkable woman! Alice Roosevelt was bold and brash and blunt. She realized in order for A woman to be noticed in Washington she needed to shake things up, so shake things up she did! From smoking on the White House roof to publicly opposing her cousin FDR when he was running for president. Alice was always marching to the beat of her own Alice Roosevelt, daughter of the president, wife of the Speaker of the House, mistress of a Senator... america’s princess!This was a compelling book about a remarkable woman! Alice Roosevelt was bold and brash and blunt. She realized in order for A woman to be noticed in Washington she needed to shake things up, so shake things up she did! From smoking on the White House roof to publicly opposing her cousin FDR when he was running for president. Alice was always marching to the beat of her own darn drum!Alice’s 96 years were filled with triumph, heartbreak, politics, tragedy, scandal, and love. She was a strong and smart woman, well ahead of her time. At one point in this book Helen Taft the wife of William Taft, told Alice that it was a woman’s only job to make sure her husband was happy. This was something that Alice absolutely did not prescribed to. She had tenuous marriage to a congressman Nick Longworth, who later became the speaker of the house. But she never lost sight of who she was or what she stood for. She was never afraid to voice her opinion, in fact she strongly opposed FDR when he was running for president. Despite the fact that Eleanor and her were raised together, there was no love lost between these two ladies. Alice was a amazing and memorable person. I enjoyed every minute I spent reading this book Learning about Alice and what part she played in America’s history. I also now admire, respect, and adore her. Could not help but wonder how all of this would have played out today with all the social media the instant information? So much scandal that they seem to be able to keep from the public, I wonder if that could possibly happen today?This was a fabulous book about a fascinating woman that I am so grateful to have learned more about! There really is nothing better than a book that teaches you something you didn’t already know. Absolutely recommend!*** many thanks to Berkley for my copy of this book ***
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  • Kate Quinn
    January 1, 1970
    Received an ARC for the possibility of a cover quote, which I was delighted to give. Teddy Roosevelt's swashbuckling daughter Alice springs to life in AMERICAN PRINCESS: Presidential darling, America's sweetheart, and national rebel. Whether smoking cigarettes on the White House roof or cutting political enemies and jealous rivals off at the knees with her witty one-liners, Alice is a force of nature and a delight on the page. Stephanie Thornton pens a raucous, rollicking anthem to a remarkable Received an ARC for the possibility of a cover quote, which I was delighted to give. Teddy Roosevelt's swashbuckling daughter Alice springs to life in AMERICAN PRINCESS: Presidential darling, America's sweetheart, and national rebel. Whether smoking cigarettes on the White House roof or cutting political enemies and jealous rivals off at the knees with her witty one-liners, Alice is a force of nature and a delight on the page. Stephanie Thornton pens a raucous, rollicking anthem to a remarkable woman determined to live life to the fullest.
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  • Suzanne Leopold (Suzy Approved Book Reviews)
    January 1, 1970
    Theodore Roosevelt’s election launched his eldest daughter into the national spotlight. Alice became America's sweetheart and her dress styles were copied and sold using her name. During her father’s presidency, she was constantly followed by the press and she often rebelled with her headstrong and non- conforming personality. Alice's life started with a tragedy when her mother died two days after childbirth. When her father was unable to cope, she was looked after by his sister. Teddy soon rema Theodore Roosevelt’s election launched his eldest daughter into the national spotlight. Alice became America's sweetheart and her dress styles were copied and sold using her name. During her father’s presidency, she was constantly followed by the press and she often rebelled with her headstrong and non- conforming personality. Alice's life started with a tragedy when her mother died two days after childbirth. When her father was unable to cope, she was looked after by his sister. Teddy soon remarried which introduced a stepmother and new siblings into her life. This story is a realistic view of Alice's life as she progresses through failed relationships, politics and her frustrations over having to share her father with the world. This well-researched novel examines the life of a progressive woman who walked to her own beat and lived life to the fullest. I really enjoyed ”American Princess” by Stephanie Marie Thornton.
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  • Lori
    January 1, 1970
    ‘They say that it’s the mistakes that make life more interesting. If that’s the case, then I’ve led the world’s most interesting life …’ AMAZING! I loved this novel. Like always Thornton has brought history to life. What I love most about her novels is that each of her characters has their own unique voice. Alice was a woman before her time. She challenged the rules of the day and paved her own path sometimes at great cost to herself and those close to her. Alice was someone I would’ve loved to ‘They say that it’s the mistakes that make life more interesting. If that’s the case, then I’ve led the world’s most interesting life …’ AMAZING! I loved this novel. Like always Thornton has brought history to life. What I love most about her novels is that each of her characters has their own unique voice. Alice was a woman before her time. She challenged the rules of the day and paved her own path sometimes at great cost to herself and those close to her. Alice was someone I would’ve loved to have sat down and had dinner with. She seems like a woman you would never forget meeting. Again, this was an amazing novel that will not disappoint. 5 shiny stars.
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  • Juli
    January 1, 1970
    Alice Roosevelt. Daughter of a president. Wife of a Congressman. Mistress to another. Media sensation. Outspoken. Strong-willed. An icon. She lived to the age of 96 and passed away having always lived life on her own terms, no matter what the cost. Sledding down the white house stairs on a lunch tray with her brothers. Smoking cigarettes on the roof of the white house. Her favorite color becoming a fashion sensation called Alice Blue. So many world leaders and dignitaries met. So many headlines. Alice Roosevelt. Daughter of a president. Wife of a Congressman. Mistress to another. Media sensation. Outspoken. Strong-willed. An icon. She lived to the age of 96 and passed away having always lived life on her own terms, no matter what the cost. Sledding down the white house stairs on a lunch tray with her brothers. Smoking cigarettes on the roof of the white house. Her favorite color becoming a fashion sensation called Alice Blue. So many world leaders and dignitaries met. So many headlines. So many photographs. America's Princess. For 96 years. Now that is a life lived fully and well! I didn't know much about Alice Roosevelt when I started reading this book. The more I read, the more I liked her. She refused to conform to the limited life that most women lived at the time. It created scandal and she had some embarrassing moments when her mouth got a bit ahead of her brain....but she was always 100% ALIVE and living all her moments to the fullest. Intelligent and Feisty with a capital F. I'm glad I read this book and got to know about her life, her experiences, the triumphs and the sorrows. What a wonderful life she lived! I'm definitely going to read more by this author. She's written several books about women in history, including the women of Ghengis Khan, and the daughter of an Egyptian pharaoh. **I voluntarily read an advanced readers copy of this book from Berkley via NetGalley. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.**
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  • Mackenzie - PhDiva Books
    January 1, 1970
    In a powerful story of the dark and light sides of her life, the unconventional, unapologetic, and uninhibited Alice Roosevelt shines through the pages of Stephanie Marie Thornton’s American Princess: A Novel of First Daughter Alice Roosevelt. This is a story of a truly incredible woman that I admit I knew very little about before reading this book. I’m so glad I had the opportunity to read about her life, because she is truly an early feminist icon if you ask me!Stephanie Marie Thornton is an i In a powerful story of the dark and light sides of her life, the unconventional, unapologetic, and uninhibited Alice Roosevelt shines through the pages of Stephanie Marie Thornton’s American Princess: A Novel of First Daughter Alice Roosevelt. This is a story of a truly incredible woman that I admit I knew very little about before reading this book. I’m so glad I had the opportunity to read about her life, because she is truly an early feminist icon if you ask me!Stephanie Marie Thornton is an incredibly talented writer, and Alice came to life through her words in this book. It would be sad to read about Alice Roosevelt from the present looking back, I think, because her life truly had so much darkness to it, particularly in her later years. But the Alice we see for the majority of the book is vibrant, stubborn, intelligent, sassy, and completely unapologetic for who she is.Alice debuts onto the scene as the first daughter of the incredible Teddy Roosevelt at a debutante ball, where she is determined to be the most eligible debutante while still breaking all of the rules. And she certainly does that! Carrying a pet snake which she nicknames Emily Spinach, smoking cigarettes with her girlfriends, and staying out all night at clubs—Alice is everything that goes against what was proper for a woman at that time. And yet, despite her misbehavior, she is the darling of her father, the media, and the country.Alice wouldn’t change who she was for any person, and some of the scenes we see with her and her friends and enemies were downright delightful to read! Alice does not hold back when someone has wronged her. She throws a mighty hex and an even mightier retort to those who have gone against her. What a woman she was!We also see her struggle, though. Everything was not easy for Alice Roosevelt. The man she marries is a known philanderer, and Alice finds herself in an unconventional marriage that has love, support, and anger in equal measure. Indeed, I felt both frustrated with and in awe of Alice’s husband throughout the book. Shocked by his behavior, but then sold by the undying support he showed Alice at a time when a man with a good political career could shut down the jealous musing of the media about Alice’s life.Through all of the laughs and heartbreak, I fell in love with Alice. She’s a woman who stands up for women’s rights at a time when it wasn’t common to do so. She is both bound by societal pressure on women, but also flagrantly disregards them. And when anyone dares to judge her for it, Alice finds a way to shut them down. She’s truly an icon, and I’m so happy I read this book!Thank you to Berkley for my copy. Opinions are my own.
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  • Brenda - Traveling Sister
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 StarsThe President’s Daughter, America’s Princess, An adventurous, Attention SeekerStephanie Marie Thornton research shows through here as she brings Alice Roosevelt Longworth’s colourful, witty, and unconventional personality alive for us as she weaves the events of Alice’s life with a slightly fictional take.I enjoyed seeing the many sides to Alice throughout the story as she dealt with secrets, betrayal, scandal, tragedy and heart-ached. It was a bit longer than it needed to be for me wit 3.5 StarsThe President’s Daughter, America’s Princess, An adventurous, Attention SeekerStephanie Marie Thornton research shows through here as she brings Alice Roosevelt Longworth’s colourful, witty, and unconventional personality alive for us as she weaves the events of Alice’s life with a slightly fictional take.I enjoyed seeing the many sides to Alice throughout the story as she dealt with secrets, betrayal, scandal, tragedy and heart-ached. It was a bit longer than it needed to be for me with a little too much drama that weighted down the story at times for me. I loved that Alice’s strength shines through and I wondered at times how someone could get through so much heart-ache. In the end, Thornton showed me how someone does.Thank you so much to Elisha at Berkley Publishing for sending me a copy to read and review.
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  • Renee Rosen
    January 1, 1970
    Stephanie Marie Thornton brings the irrepressible Alice Roosevelt Longworth to life in American Princess. As vulnerable as she was bold, Alice’s life story captivated me from beginning to end. Witty and poignant, chock full of secrets and scandals and richly researched, American Princess has everything you could want in historical fiction. Thornton skillfully takes us behind the scenes of one of our country’s most powerful political families and reveals tales of great loves and heart-wrenching l Stephanie Marie Thornton brings the irrepressible Alice Roosevelt Longworth to life in American Princess. As vulnerable as she was bold, Alice’s life story captivated me from beginning to end. Witty and poignant, chock full of secrets and scandals and richly researched, American Princess has everything you could want in historical fiction. Thornton skillfully takes us behind the scenes of one of our country’s most powerful political families and reveals tales of great loves and heart-wrenching losses.
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  • Holly B
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 STARSA historical fiction novel about Teddy Roosevelt's daughter, Alice, known as "America's Princess."  She was quite a memorable character and I was fascinated with her strong personality and opinions.The novel focuses on her marriage, world travels, political interactions and even some scandal. The descriptive writing and dialogue added a layer that made her character compelling and unforgettable. She went through phases of being wild, compassionate, and stubborn  as she faced many obstac 3.5 STARSA historical fiction novel about Teddy Roosevelt's daughter, Alice, known as "America's Princess."  She was quite a memorable character and I was fascinated with her strong personality and opinions.The novel focuses on her marriage, world travels, political interactions and even some scandal. The descriptive writing and dialogue added a layer that made her character compelling and unforgettable. She went through phases of being wild, compassionate, and stubborn  as she faced many obstacles throughout her life.The novel was a bit long with some slower chapters that could have been less detailed. However, I was invested in Alice's character and wanted to see how her life played out. I thought the conclusion was emotional and I'm glad to have learned about her life.I did a bit of research after finishing the novel and enjoyed seeing her photographs. She lived to age 96 and certainly had a full life.Thanks to Berkley Pub for my review copy!
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  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    January 1, 1970
    Alice Roosevelt, the oldest daughter of Theodore Roosevelt, was only two days old when her mother died. Her father was unable to cope with the situation of his wife's death and handed over Alice to his sister Anna. He would later remarry and father several more children. Alice meanwhile becomes a reminder all through his life of the love he lost. Alice would fight for his love and for his attention. She became a woman that took her life in her own hands. She married the man she wanted, she fough Alice Roosevelt, the oldest daughter of Theodore Roosevelt, was only two days old when her mother died. Her father was unable to cope with the situation of his wife's death and handed over Alice to his sister Anna. He would later remarry and father several more children. Alice meanwhile becomes a reminder all through his life of the love he lost. Alice would fight for his love and for his attention. She became a woman that took her life in her own hands. She married the man she wanted, she fought her Roosevelt cousins when they thwarted her family's political plans. And she finally found some happiness. Alas, not everything lasts forever.READ THE REST OF THE REVIEW OVER AT FRESH FICTION!
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  • Renee Rosen
    January 1, 1970
    I have the privilege of reading an advance copy and was blown away. Stephanie Thornton has a real winner here. Alice Roosevelt is fascinating historical figure and Stephanie Thornton captures her beautifully, in all her irrepressible glory. Witty, poignant, and chock full of secrets and scandals, this richly researched novel has everything you could want in historical fiction. Highly, highly recommend!!!
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  • Jenna Bookish
    January 1, 1970
    My thanks to Berkley Books for sending me a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and are not influenced by the publisher. What better time to read this novel than now, during Women's History Month? I'm a big historical fiction enthusiast, and I was so excited when I saw there was a novel about Alice Roosevelt, daughter of Theodore Roosevelt coming out. Teddy Roosevelt once infamously said "I can do one of two things. I can be President of the United St My thanks to Berkley Books for sending me a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and are not influenced by the publisher. What better time to read this novel than now, during Women's History Month? I'm a big historical fiction enthusiast, and I was so excited when I saw there was a novel about Alice Roosevelt, daughter of Theodore Roosevelt coming out. Teddy Roosevelt once infamously said "I can do one of two things. I can be President of the United States or I can control Alice Roosevelt. I cannot possibly do both."Alice was Theodore's eldest child and his only child from his first wife, who died shortly after Alice's birth. Grief-stricken, he sent Alice, whose face reminded him too much of her mother's, away to live with an aunt for a few years. American Princess follows Alice from this tough beginning to the end of her long life. Thornton explains in the author's note that she has tried to draw from sources such as Alice's journal entries as much as possible, and I think she has done remarkable job of bringing Alice to life on the page. Alice was a magnet for scandal but an absolute delight to read about. She bristled at the constraints placed on her due to her status in society as well as her gender, and felt no qualms about scandalizing high society ladies by whipping out a cigarette or cutting her wedding cake with a sword from a nearby military aide. (True story.) But beneath all the swagger there is a vulnerable interior, which Thornton teases out in this novel. While they were close at the time of his death, Alice and her father struggled for years with a stilted, uncomfortable relationship. Thornton explores some of the romances of Alice's life, but it was watching her come to terms with the alienation from her father at a young age and develop and loving relationship with him that was truly the highlight of the novel. When writing about a real figure's life, it can be a struggle to make the story fit a nice narrative flow, but I felt that Thornton managed it very well here. American Princess is a must-read for avid fans of historical fiction featuring interesting and strong female characters! You can read all of my reviews on my blog, Jenna Bookish!Facebook | Instagram | Tumblr
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  • Erin
    January 1, 1970
    Find this and other reviews at: https://historicalfictionreader.blogs...In June 2016 Stephanie Thornton announced she’d finished the first draft of her fifth novel. From the image that accompanied that announcement, I deduced the novel’s subject which means that I waited an excess of two years to get my hands on American Princess. Two. Whole. Years.Turnabout is fair play and while I feel I’d be entirely justified in holding this review until 2021, I also recognize my inability to follow through Find this and other reviews at: https://historicalfictionreader.blogs...In June 2016 Stephanie Thornton announced she’d finished the first draft of her fifth novel. From the image that accompanied that announcement, I deduced the novel’s subject which means that I waited an excess of two years to get my hands on American Princess. Two. Whole. Years.Turnabout is fair play and while I feel I’d be entirely justified in holding this review until 2021, I also recognize my inability to follow through on such a threat. Tough as I might talk, I am a book junkie with a serious coffee addiction and can’t be trusted not to scream from the hilltops when a book hits just the right note.Thornton’s passion for her subject matter radiates from every page of this novel, but the author’s ability to endow her iconic cast with such deeply poignant and complex emotions is what makes this story shine. Thornton’s illustration of Alice’s relationships pulls back the curtain and invites readers to indulge in both the privilege and pressures that accompanied membership in the Roosevelt clan, to understand the delicate alliances they forged, and experience an unadulterated glimpse of the world they knew.There is something deeply moving in Thornton’s firebrand characterization of Alice and I was intrigued at the underlying idea of legacy and how it ripples across generations, but I have to admit the author’s portrait of Alice’s love-hate relationship with Eleanor Roosevelt my favorite element of the story. McNees’ Undiscovered Country, Albert’s Loving Eleanor, and Bloom’s White Houses have all featured the first lady’s relationship with Lorena Hickok, but Thornton’s subject allowed her to showcase another side of Eleanor. Together, these women engage in and foster the ambitions of those at the upper echelons of power in the United States and I liked both the perspective and relevancy that created in the fabric of the narrative.
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  • Heather Webb
    January 1, 1970
    With graceful prose, Stephanie Thornton paints a lively portrait of the indomitable Alice Roosevelt—socialite, writer, and president’s daughter—and the making of twentieth-century American politics. I found myself utterly absorbed in the era Thornton depicts, and paused often to research many of the characters and events; a sure sign of an excellent historical novel. A rich and compelling read, AMERICAN PRINCESS is one I won’t soon forget.
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  • Stephanie Anze
    January 1, 1970
    ".... I'll never regret grabbing life by the throat and refusing to let go despite the mistakes I've made.But then, if you live as long as I have, you're bound to make a few mistakes here and there. They say it's the mistakes that make life more interesting.If that's the case, then I've led the world's most interesting life..."Five stars for one feisty and bold lady!Alice Lee Roosevelt was seventeen when her father, Theodore Roosevelt, took the office of US president. Outspoken and bold, Alice d ".... I'll never regret grabbing life by the throat and refusing to let go despite the mistakes I've made.But then, if you live as long as I have, you're bound to make a few mistakes here and there. They say it's the mistakes that make life more interesting.If that's the case, then I've led the world's most interesting life..."Five stars for one feisty and bold lady!Alice Lee Roosevelt was seventeen when her father, Theodore Roosevelt, took the office of US president. Outspoken and bold, Alice did not conform to society's norms for women. Dubbed "Princess Alice" after her debut ball, Alice smoked publicly, played poker, attended numerous parties and never kept her opinions to herself. When a congressman wins over her heart, Alice embarks on a different journey that will take her from "Princess Alice" to becoming the Other Washington Monument."I (Theodore Roosevelt) can either run the country or I can attend to Alice, but I cannot possibly do both."While looking for a narrative about Eleanor Roosevelt, I came across this book and having never before heard of Alice, was hooked instantly. This book was everything I expected and so much more. To say Alice Lee Roosevelt gave people something to talk about is an understatement. Alice did not censure herself around anyone, family and blood relations included, and did as she pleased (much to the dismay of her father and stepmother). When she announces that she is engaged to Nicholas Longworth, a Republican congressman, her family hopes it will tame her tongue and ground her spirited attitude. It does not. Instead it further fires her interest in the political realm. But Alice was not a rebel without as cause, and never backed down from her principals. In all honesty, this book started slow for me but the futher I read, the more engrossed I became. An accurate description of Alice would be that of a sinner and a saint. Impulsive and rash, but with a good heart, and savy in the political arena. In addition to this, Alice, like her father, was an avid reader and having had no formal education, was self-taught and quite witty and smart. If I did not know that Alice is a real historical figure, I would say that she was one of the most fascinating charaters in literature. What I most loved in this book was the characterization. Each character was flawed but not necessarily unlikeable. Thorton depicts Alice as a strong woman that made her fair share of mistakes and was far from perfect. I have to mention Nicholas Longworth. Never before has my perception of a character changed so much as it did with Nick. I liked him, then disliked him, hated him but ultimately, came to love him. That is a testament to Thorton that even amid very questionable situations and circumstances, I could understand the characters' motivations for their actions."If you can't say something good about someone, sit right here by me."As a stated before, Alice almost sounds like a made-up character. In the note at the end, Thorton says that she could have written an 800-page book about Alice (which I would have gladly read) if she had included all her escapades, antics and actions. For not being a career politician, Alice could move well in that envinronment. She met dignitaries, heads of states and foreign representatives. She was actively involved in the elections to the extent of supporting the republican candidate over that of her cousin Franklin Roosevelt, the democratic candidate. This put her in direct conflict with not just Franklin but Eleanor as well and their feud became quite famous/infamous. Alice was direct and had no problem voicing her opinions. When her family vacated the White House, she buried a voodoo doll of Nellie Taft in the yard to show her disdain. An older-but-still-feisty Alice cursed out a white taxi driver when he used a slur against Richard Turner, her black chauffer. Alice lived until she was 96, effectively outliving most of the Roosevelt clan, and remained a troublemaker to the very end. I love this lady and thank Thorton for bringing her story into the forefront.
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  • Chanel Cleeton
    January 1, 1970
    A fascinating account of the life of the daring and adventurous Alice Roosevelt Longworth. Brimming with political history, scandal, and insight into some of America’s most influential figures, American Princess is a must-read for historical fiction fans.
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  • menna hafez
    January 1, 1970
    This book is good and have a lot of Alice Roosevelt but the way of listing events is little boring and i turned a lot of pages
  • Denise
    January 1, 1970
    "...never envy anyone who has led an easy life...nothing in the world is worth having if it doesn't mean effort, pain, or difficulty."I took a break from my usual suspense and thriller reading addiction for this foray into the world of historical fiction and specifically the life and times of Alice Roosevelt Longworth. The eldest daughter of our nation's 26th President, Theodore Roosevelt, was a force to be reckoned with through her youthful antics, her middle-aged stunts, and her many civic pas "...never envy anyone who has led an easy life...nothing in the world is worth having if it doesn't mean effort, pain, or difficulty."I took a break from my usual suspense and thriller reading addiction for this foray into the world of historical fiction and specifically the life and times of Alice Roosevelt Longworth. The eldest daughter of our nation's 26th President, Theodore Roosevelt, was a force to be reckoned with through her youthful antics, her middle-aged stunts, and her many civic passions until her death in 1980. She was 96 years old when she died in 1980. She had lived through decades of White House intrigue, countless years of political upheaval, and far too many years of personal struggle and heartbreak -- much of it her own making --but she soldiered on emulating the many strengths of her adored father. She was a fascinating woman, far ahead of her time. She wasn't afraid to voice her opinions and to be true to herself even as the press both admired and denigrated her. She lived much of her life in the public eye and met most of the important leaders of her time. I laughed, I rolled my eyes, and I cried as Alice Roosevelt Longworth navigated her stormy and well-lived days as "America's Princess."This was an excellent book about a fascinating woman. It was extremely well-written and extensively researched. I've read all of this author's previous books and was thrilled to read this in a more contemporary setting. I understand Stephanie Thornton's next project will be a book about Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. I can't wait to read it. If you enjoy historical fiction, this is one you won't want to miss.Thank you to NetGalley and Berkley Publishing for this e-book ARC to read and review.
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  • Meg - A Bookish Affair
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars. "American Princess" is the story of Alice Roosevelt, daughter of my favorite President, Teddy Roosevelt. I love the whole Roosevelt family (cousins included) but Alice has always been terribly fascinating to me. In a family full of boisterous, big personality people, she still found plenty of ways to make herself well known. She was a celebrity of her time with media following her every move. She was also smart, strategic, and savvy. Her life was also very tumultuous! Thornton explore 4.5 stars. "American Princess" is the story of Alice Roosevelt, daughter of my favorite President, Teddy Roosevelt. I love the whole Roosevelt family (cousins included) but Alice has always been terribly fascinating to me. In a family full of boisterous, big personality people, she still found plenty of ways to make herself well known. She was a celebrity of her time with media following her every move. She was also smart, strategic, and savvy. Her life was also very tumultuous! Thornton explores all of these aspects with panache and fine attention to detail!The problem (if you can call it that) of being so involved with the book world is that sometimes you find out about books long before they are released and waiting for books like this one can be super difficult. I found out about this pretty much as soon as it sold and I have been waiting and waiting for it. I was definitely not disappointed and it's true, good things come to those who wait.Alice is such a good character. The book begins when she is a young debutante angling for the way to make the biggest splash so we get to meet her fairly young. The book goes through all of the trials and travails of being the First Daughter and trying to navigate the scrutiny. As with everything else in her life, Alice goes her own way and makes up her rules as she goes along. I loved watching her make her way through so many decades of American history.Love triangles, particularly historic love triangles, are fascinating to me. Alice marries Nicholas Longworth and it's an amazing political dynasty match but her heart belongs to William Borah, eloquent Senator from Idaho. Oh, boy - watching how these three sides merge and grapple with each other was fantastic! I don't want to give anything away but I loved how the author infused so many of the complicated emotions that would accompany such a high profile triangle.It is no secret that I have loved Thornton's other books. I love her writing style and that she chose to make Alice the narrator, giving us a front row seat to her life. This was a very effective mechanism for getting me into the book. Alice has a truly unique voice and this was a wonderful tribute to a wonderfully wild woman!
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  • The Lit Bitch
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 starsI have read all of Stephanie Thornton’s books. She’s a wonderful writer that singles out strong female characters in history and writes their stories. I love her novels and was so excited to see that she was coming out with a new book.If I am being 100% honest here, I was a little on the fence about reading this one. Thornton has written about Empress Theodora, the wives of Genghis Kahn, Hatshepsut and even Alexander the Great’s wife. These are strong women in the ancient world, so when 4.5 starsI have read all of Stephanie Thornton’s books. She’s a wonderful writer that singles out strong female characters in history and writes their stories. I love her novels and was so excited to see that she was coming out with a new book.If I am being 100% honest here, I was a little on the fence about reading this one. Thornton has written about Empress Theodora, the wives of Genghis Kahn, Hatshepsut and even Alexander the Great’s wife. These are strong women in the ancient world, so when I saw that she was writing a book about Alice Roosevelt I felt a little disappointed.I was hoping for a novel on Boudicca or something, but instead it was sounding like she was going to abandon the ancient world and move into something more mainstream like a President’s daughter. But I have faith in her writing and storytelling so while I was worried she would be abandoning the ancient world, I was also excited to see how this novel would be different than her others.This book was nothing to shake a stick at. While it wasn’t the book that I was hoping for, it was still an interesting and engaging read. Thornton has a wonderful gift when it comes to telling stories about interesting women in history. I know next to nothing about Alice Roosevelt so getting to know her even in a fictionalized way, was fun.The amount of historical research she did was commendable and shines in this novel. She always does such amazing research with all of her books and I am never disappointed in that aspect, so if you are a fan of historical fiction, then this book if definitely for you! The author used Alice’s own letters and scandals throughout this book with gave it authenticity. While there obviously are historical details in this book, it isn’t flooded with too many dry historical facts. It moved at a crisp pace and balanced history with story flawlessly.Alice herself was such a spitfire. So independent and rebellious, that you couldn’t help but admire her spirit and feel her pains and triumphs acutely. While I loved this book on a number of levels, there were things that I found were a little confusing, but mostly in regards to how the story was organized. At the beginning of the book it was very clear how old Alice was and what time we were in, but then later on it wasn’t as clear how old she was and I felt confused. If an author is going to do that then they need to carry it all the way through in my opinion–for continuity. Beyond that though this was an outstanding book worthy of 4.5 stars! I can’t wait to see which woman Thornton features next!See my full review here
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  • Gill Paul
    January 1, 1970
    Many UK readers will not be familiar with the larger-than-life figure of Alice Roosevelt Longworth, but don’t let that stop you from picking up this wonderful novel. It stands alone as a colourful portrait of an extraordinary character, who wielded a lot of influence on American politics of the first half of the 20th century. She was the daughter of a president, wife to the House Speaker, and mistress of a prominent senator, and she was never afraid to court controversy, right up into her nineti Many UK readers will not be familiar with the larger-than-life figure of Alice Roosevelt Longworth, but don’t let that stop you from picking up this wonderful novel. It stands alone as a colourful portrait of an extraordinary character, who wielded a lot of influence on American politics of the first half of the 20th century. She was the daughter of a president, wife to the House Speaker, and mistress of a prominent senator, and she was never afraid to court controversy, right up into her nineties. The story begins as Alice’s father Theodore becomes president in 1901, and she achieves overnight notoriety in the gossip columns as a stylish dresser who keeps a pet snake called Emily Spinach in her handbag. Alice is never afraid to transgress the rules of polite society; in fact, she positively relishes it. Some of her escapades would raise eyebrows today, never mind the 1910s and 20s. We feel kinship with her as she falls passionately in love with a flirtatious but irresistible rogue called Nick Longworth, and gets involved in political campaigning for both her husband and her father. The story also covers the rift in the Roosevelt family as cousin Franklin becomes president, assisted by his indomitable wife Eleanor, destroying the chances of Alice’s brother Ted along the way.Fiction written about real historical characters offers a chance to peer behind the recorded facts and gain insights into the thoughts and feelings of the subject. Stephanie Marie Thornton has bravely and convincingly written this in first person, which gives it real emotional heft. Alice feels like someone we would love to be friends with but would never dare to cross. She’s witty, irreverent, and almost entirely fearless. I absolutely loved this book and strongly urge you to read it!
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  • Linda Zagon
    January 1, 1970
    Stephanie Marie Thornton , Author of “American Princess” “A Novel of First Daughter Alice Roosevelt” has written an enthralling, intriguing, page-turning, and entertaining novel. The Genres for this Novel are Historical Fiction, and Fiction. The time-line for this story is just before Teddy Roosevelt became President, and continues into the twentieth first century. The author describes Alice Roosevelt as complex, complicated and attention seeking, adventurous, independent, stubborn, feisty, and Stephanie Marie Thornton , Author of “American Princess” “A Novel of First Daughter Alice Roosevelt” has written an enthralling, intriguing, page-turning, and entertaining novel. The Genres for this Novel are Historical Fiction, and Fiction. The time-line for this story is just before Teddy Roosevelt became President, and continues into the twentieth first century. The author describes Alice Roosevelt as complex, complicated and attention seeking, adventurous, independent, stubborn, feisty, and intelligent. Alice was familiar with all the Politicians and important historical people.Alice had an image of being a “Party girl”. She was known to chew gum, smoke cigarettes, loved fast-moving cars, and crave attention. Often that led to the choice of poor friends, who would betray her. Alice was a celebrity in her own right.I appreciate the many hours of historical research that the author did to provide this story. This novel is written in a descriptive and entertaining way. The author describes her father as saying that “he could either control Alice, or the country”, when comments were made about her inappropriate behavior. Alice lived 96 years, through at least two wars, and had the opportunity to witness many things in her lifetime. I would highly recommend this novel to readers who enjoy Historical Fiction. I received an ARC from NetGalley for my honest review.
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  • Kelley
    January 1, 1970
    Novel received courtesy of Berkley PublishingIf you are a fan of historical fiction this novel is definitely for you! It has everything that good historical fiction has: real people, real events, terrific author and a little bending of the truth for good reading. I absolutely loved it!Now that I've read the novel, I'm ashamed to say that I didn't know a thing about Alice Roosevelt. She was the daughter of Theodore Roosevelt, wife of a philandering Congressman, lover to one of the country's leadi Novel received courtesy of Berkley PublishingIf you are a fan of historical fiction this novel is definitely for you! It has everything that good historical fiction has: real people, real events, terrific author and a little bending of the truth for good reading. I absolutely loved it!Now that I've read the novel, I'm ashamed to say that I didn't know a thing about Alice Roosevelt. She was the daughter of Theodore Roosevelt, wife of a philandering Congressman, lover to one of the country's leading Senators, mother, grandmother...She was called "the other Washington Monument" because of her power in Washington after the deaths of all the men she ever loved. She lived more in her 96 years than 10 or 20 "normal" people! Her long life was marked with the best and worst that life has to offer.This novel will be a huge hit in 2019! I'm absolutely sure of it!
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  • M.K.
    January 1, 1970
    Alice Roosevelt was a high-spirited, independent-minded woman who took America by storm when her father, Teddy Roosevelt became president. Her actions - hijinks - demanded attention and when she was younger she did little to govern her impulses, often acting like a spoiled young woman who didn't give a damn about the opinions of others. Stephanie Thornton skillfully takes Alice from youth to old age with a compelling story of her life, loves, and tragedies. As the story progressed, Alice gains w Alice Roosevelt was a high-spirited, independent-minded woman who took America by storm when her father, Teddy Roosevelt became president. Her actions - hijinks - demanded attention and when she was younger she did little to govern her impulses, often acting like a spoiled young woman who didn't give a damn about the opinions of others. Stephanie Thornton skillfully takes Alice from youth to old age with a compelling story of her life, loves, and tragedies. As the story progressed, Alice gains wisdom and great political acumen and was a force to be reckoned with. Superbly told.
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  • Jules
    January 1, 1970
    I was plowing through this book hoping it would become as interesting as the real person. Then out of curiosity, I opened up Nick Longworth and Alice Roosevelt Longworth's wiki pages. The real people were much more interesting and complex (based purely on their Wiki pages!) than the author gives them credit for. I quit the book when at almost 30 Alice sounded about the same as she did when she was 16, and she rarely spends more than 5 minutes speaking to anyone before rushing out of the room. He I was plowing through this book hoping it would become as interesting as the real person. Then out of curiosity, I opened up Nick Longworth and Alice Roosevelt Longworth's wiki pages. The real people were much more interesting and complex (based purely on their Wiki pages!) than the author gives them credit for. I quit the book when at almost 30 Alice sounded about the same as she did when she was 16, and she rarely spends more than 5 minutes speaking to anyone before rushing out of the room. Her husband has a drinking problem that appears and disappears suddenly but she spends little to no time reflecting on it. I look forward to finding copies of actual biographies of her in order to learn more about the actual Alice instead of this dumbed down one.
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  • Robin
    January 1, 1970
    As the title says, this is a novel of Alice Roosevelt, the eldest daughter of Theodore Roosevelt. Always having a complicated relationship with her father, she adored him but he kept her at arms length since she reminded him too much of her deceased mother, the love of Teddy's life. Yet she was easily the most like him in personality; unapologetically strong willed, strong minded, and outspoken with a quick wit, she was likely trying to emulate him to gain his approval, and in the process made h As the title says, this is a novel of Alice Roosevelt, the eldest daughter of Theodore Roosevelt. Always having a complicated relationship with her father, she adored him but he kept her at arms length since she reminded him too much of her deceased mother, the love of Teddy's life. Yet she was easily the most like him in personality; unapologetically strong willed, strong minded, and outspoken with a quick wit, she was likely trying to emulate him to gain his approval, and in the process made herself into one of the most fascinating characters in American political families. The daughter of this larger-than-life American president is often in her father's shadow, but deserves her own spotlight, and this book more than does her justice. I knew from the moment I started reading this, from the very first paragraph, that I would love this book and Thornton's portrayal of Alice, and I did. So well written with such great characters, this is definitely not one to miss.Advanced review copy from publisher via NetGalley. My opinions are my own.Historical Readings & Reviews
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