American Princess by Stephanie Marie Thornton

American Princess

Stephanie Marie Thornton

Alice Blue, the cigarette-smoking, poker-playing First Daughter tests the limits of her power. But Washington, DC is rife with heartaches and betrayals, and it will take everything Alice has to claim her place as an American icon.

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“Presidential darling, America’s sweetheart, national rebel: Teddy Roosevelt’s swashbuckling daughter Alice springs to life in this raucous anthem to a remarkable woman.”—Kate Quinn, New York Times bestselling author of The Alice Network

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.

Advance Galley Reviews

Interesting book about someone I know little about. Love that it was set in D.C.!

Honestly, I was a little hesitant to read this book about Alice Roosevelt because other books I've read like these in the past have let me down. That said, I really enjoyed this one! Alice Roosevelt really was a firecracker, and it was so interesting to read all about the people she knew! It got really sad towards the end (if you know anything about Alice's life, you know why), but I liked the ending!

I was somewhat familiar with Alice Roosevelt’s story before reading this book but here her story was fleshed out in a very heartfelt way. Very enjoyable, felt more like history than fiction and that is what I prefer.

Wonderful historical novel about a very interesting woman. Alice Roosevelt Longworth led a fascinating life and the story really brings that to the forefront. Stephanie Marie Thornton did an amazing job with this work. I highly recommend this book to any history buff or anyone just looking for a good read.

Alice Roosevelt Longworth comes alive in this page turning historical novel. It was well researched and well written. I thoroughly enjoyed reading along this journey of the first daughter in her search for her fathers attention and love. She lived life to the fullest and on her own terms. I highly recommend this book for those that enjoy historical novels. I was provided an ARC from First To Read for an honest review.

I knew a fair amount about Alice Roosevelt, but this was a real delight. Alice starts as the daughter of a placeholder Vice President. Her relationship with her father is fraught because of her resemblance with the mother who died shortly after she was born. When her father becomes President, her antics and the press's fondness for her rattle her father further. Alice grows up in the White House where her and her siblings antics are legendary. Then she meets and marries a Congressman, but things aren't exactly the way she anticipates. Her affair with a Senator is also detailed. Along the way Alice becomes a daughter her father can be proud of for her political mind. Eleanor and FDR appear along with the complicated relationship between the cousins. Given her long life and her role in so many important historical moments, the book is a glimpse of American history and one woman's profound life in those times. Alice is quite the character and this fictionalized biography hews pretty darn close to reality unbelievable as it may seem.

I loved this novel! Theodore Roosevelt as a father is difficult enough to handle but, having a face that reminds him of the saddest day in his life, makes it almost impossible. Alice spends most of her life trying to get his attention; she does this by going against social dictates and norms, much to his chagrin. Played out against the backdrop of our country’s history, her choices at times win adulation and at others biting criticism. Her marriage is a disappointment and her true love is married to someone else. Labeled as an “American Princess,” she meets world leaders and becomes a D.C. influencer and confidante of politicians and their spouses. She is a better friend than wife, a better grandmother than mother. Her life is filled with loss and grief, yet she survives. This is a page-turner and I look forward to reading more by the author. Stephanie Marie Thornton’s ability to humanize historical figures is a gift to her readers.

I have waited months to read this novel and it was worth the wait. I sighed with pleasure as I finished it. Thornton embodies Alice Roosevelt's voice and personality perfectly. The writing is superb, the narrative fantastic. The only flaw this book possesses is there isn't enough of it. Thornton accurately depicts the irrepressible, incorrigible, and unconventional actions of Alice. Spanning over nine decades, the life of ARL saw many changes and losses, but through it all, she soldiered on and continued to live on her terms, uncaring of others attitudes or opinions. While I did personally prefer the original cover art, the current cover conjures up one of the most delightful phrases ' cackled like a couple of hyenas' in the book. American Princess is a royal read.

This is a great read for history fans. I love how the author brings to life what life could be like as a first daughter. Alice is trying to get her father's attention, but being the President's daughter is not enough. I love how Alice tries to navigate life while being under the public's scrutiny. This was a fun read and a glimpse into what life might be like as a first daughter.

This book is amazing. I loved reading about Alice. I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys historical fiction. It reads beautiful and is based firmly on her actions as the presidents daughter. I would look things up thinking there is no ways she did that and she sure did. Best book I read this year!

Stop what you are reading to start reading this book. I loved this book. The characters were amazing and the story was well written. I love Alice Roosevelt, the author did a wonderful job showing her life, expressing her emotions and showing how she pulled through the tough times. I laughed, cried and cheered for Alice through the whole book. Really had no idea Alice was so wild. I learned so much about her family and the families of Washington. It was refreshing to see another side of the Washington families. This book has made me curious about the author's other books.

4.5 stars This 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!

A highly entertaining, unapologetic, view of the original First Daughter, American Princess covers the life of Alice Roosevelt Longworth from her fathers accession to the presidency after his predecessors death to her last visit to the White house at the ball held for Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip. This fictional account of the first "It" girl includes her official tour of the Orient, meeting such dignitaries as Dowager Queen Cixi. Showing Alice Blue's life, warts and all, this story is an incredible recounting of an original life. The "other" Washington Monument is shown in living color, with her insecurities and wild living, her famous loves, the horrible death of her daughter and her joy in her second chance - raising her beloved granddaughter. Both educational and entertaining, one is invited to see a life well lived, but highly private at the same time. A very enjoyable read.


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