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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“As juicy and enlightening as a page in Meghan Markle's diary.”InStyle

“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 and The Huntress

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

A real page turner!! This book did not disappoint. Thank you First To Read for giving me the opportunity to read an advanced copy of American Princess by Stephanie Marie Thornton.

This was a bit difficult to get into. While I love history, this is quite drawn out and kind of hard to read for long periods of time. It definitely took a bit of time for me to get into it and finish it. I'm glad that I did since it was a pretty interesting and well done story.

What a treat! A long, drawn out historical treat. You need to love history and have a bit of patience to get through this work, and thankfully I have both! I knew absolutely nothing about Alice Roosevelt prior to reading this book. What a shame! She was a person to have known! I loved learning about her and her family, friends and contemporaries. What a life!

I really loved this book. Not something I usually read, but I couldn't put it down.

I knew little to nothing about Alice Roosevelt before reading this book. I was in interesting look into this political family and presidential politics.

Alice Lee Roosevelt was the first child of Theodore Roosevelt. It should come as no surprise to anyone that she was strong willed. I loved how the book portrayed her rebellious youth and followed her as she mellowed with age; still being brave and bold but with a different focus. I did not like how many chapters ended with foreshadowing comments. In some places they felt as though Alice were speaking directly to the reader. Those felt comfortable and appropriate. In other spots, however, they felt forced and over dramatic, even for Alice. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this look at some I hadn't heard of before while also seeing new sides of people I had learned about previously.

I enjoyed this book-great way to spend an afternoon!

The download expired before I was able to finish reading the book. I was really enjoying the first part of the book.

Thank you First To Read for giving me the opportunity to read an advanced copy of American Princess by Stephanie Marie Thornton. Normally I am not a fan of historical fiction but I was curious to learn more about the life of Alice Roosevelt. Needless to say I was not disappointed with this book. Where she loved to push everything as far as she could she also had her share of heartache. I would highly recommend this book.

The download expired without warning so I was unable to finish the book. I was hooked in the beginning and lost track of where I was.

The download expired way before I expected it to, so I was unable to finish the book.

It expired a month after I downloaded it and was unable to finish it.

The title American Princess immediately caught my eye. Who could that be? I had never heard of Alice Roosevelt, daughter of Theodore Roosevelt. What a unique woman who liked to break all the rules. I enjoyed every word of her story, sometimes funny but all too often very tragic. Thank you to First To Read and Penguin Random House for the ARC. I would recommend this book to anyone who reads!

**I received an advanced reader's copy through the First to Read program in exchange for an honest review** I came to this novel knowing very little about Alice Roosevelt Longworth, except for her reputation for fun and at times outlandish behavior. What I gleamed from this novel was so much more - the story of a woman who experienced so much pain and loss throughout her life. Alice's story is one filled with the longing of a father's love; the desire for a dependent companion; and an overall zest for life. Thornton's account of Alice's story is wonderful and appealing. I wanted to keep reading to see what would next unfold for Alice. Thornton's research shines through with various letters and conversation accounts presented in the novel. The bibliographic resource at the end of the book adds to the desire to learn more about Alice. Recommended for anyone who enjoys Roosevelt history, American history, strong female characters, or a lengthy historical fiction novel.

American Princess was a surprising and enjoyable book. As a history major in college I did not know much about Alice Roosevelt except for her legendary behavior, but American Princess showed Alice to be a much more resilient and influential person. She was the perfect ambassador for her father when he sent her overseas. She was lavished with gifts from foreign dignitaries, but what she wanted most - a happy marriage and a child - eluded her for most of her life. Her toughness and political savvy made her a woman to be reckoned with in a time when women were not even allowed to vote. I very much enjoyed American Princess and the opportunity to be among the First to Read it.

I loved everything about this book - especially the way it was written. Sometimes, historical fiction can be very dull and far removed from real life, but I actually felt like I was part of Alice Roosevelt’s world. I appreciated that the author was able to paint an image of what life was like for a privileged First Daughter without coming across as trying too hard. I hate when authors constantly name drop or have the characters speak in a pretentious manner to show they are part of high society. The book was also well-researched, and I really enjoyed learning about Alice’s life. She was definitely not your average socialite! She was very independent and led a very unconventional life for the times she lived in. She also experienced great personal tragedy, but that’s all I’m going to say because I don’t want to spoil anything if you are unfamiliar with her life story like I was. I just can’t recommend this book enough - five stars! Disclaimer: I received an advanced reading copy of this book through Penguin’s First to Read program. All opinions are my own.

I wanted this book to be better than it was. The story had great potential but I felt like I was reading a Wikipedia article. Thanks for the opportunity for the advanced copy.

I knew nothing much about Teddy Roosevelt and absolutely nothing about his family. So glad I was able to read this book and learn more.

American Princess was a fascinating novel. I knew next to nothing about Alice Roosevelt Longworth but I learned a great deal. Not only did this novel cover her life, but Stephanie Thornton also covered many other historical events. Best historical fiction I've read in awhile.

Wanted to read very much, but due to illness was not able to complete before expiration.

Excellent character development!

Alice Roosevelt Longworth was a FASCINATING woman and this novel details her life in a deliciously narrated manner. I found the writing engaging and the underlying story is, of course, a truly extraordinary one. Theodore Roosevelt's oldest daughter was a powerhouse of a woman in a time who never let anything stop her - at a time when women of her class simply did NOT behave in such a fashion. Her story is inspirational and Thornton's treatment of it is respectful, moving, and absolutely delightful.

I received this book in exchange for an honest and fair review through the First to Read Program. Stephanie Thornton makes you feel as if you are Alice Roosevelt's closest friend and experiencing all of her life's moments right along with her. What must it have been like to grow up as the President's daughter who once out of the White House, she was still under watchful eye of the public. Alice had many adventures in her life and each helped her overcome obstacles and remain steadfast in her charisma for being a part of it all. I enjoy reading novels in which historical events are woven into the story and Stephanie does a great job in doing so throughout American Princess. I also had not known much about Alice Roosevelt and enjoyed learning her place in history.

Entertaining and interesting perspective of a president's daughter. Imagine what it would be like to be under the watchful eye of America as a child of a president! Could not put down. Intriguing characters and good story flow. 4 stars!

3 things about this book: 1. I’ve never heard about Alice Roosevelt and what great introduction. I wasn't expecting it 2. One of the best books to make understand History better in the point of view of the ones living it. And that’s an accomplishment! 3. Love the reading guide at the end and that the author is a History teacher (and that I thing that's an exciting profession so...)

I was so excited to receive an e-arc of this book from Penguin First to Read Program. Unfortunately we did not connect and I ended up putting it down after the first section of it. I believe it was because Alice came across, to me, as incredibly self absorbed individual whose only goal was to capture her father’s attention and to marry Senator Longworth. It rather surprised and disappointed me. Things might change in the following sections of the book, however I couldn’t seem to move past the initial impression of her and therefore stopped reading. The beauty of books - while this didn’t work for me it may for you. So I would still recommend trying it.

I had actually never heard of Alice Roosevelt before reading this book. Although I thought she was very interesting, I wasn’t super drawn to the story. I found myself choosing to prioritize other books over this one. This wasn’t a book i stayed up late reading to see what happened next, but overall I enjoyed it and am glad I read it.

I was surprised I had not heard of Alice Roosevelt before reading this novel! While at times I found it difficult to like her, I could also empathize with her desire to have a better relationship with her father. Despite this being a fictional account of her inner thoughts, it was historically accurate to her life. Definitely a novel for lovers of historical fiction!

This novel follows the life of Alice Roosevelt, the free-spirited First Daughter of President Theodore Roosevelt. As a wild teenager, she sought the approval of her father while also desperately seeking the freedom to be herself. The storyline draws you in right away, making the reader long to know what will happen next and whether or not Alice will find happiness. She certainly made her own way, also suffering many losses through the years. American Princess is a thoroughly enjoyable read about love and loss, fame and family. Historical fiction fans will enjoy this peek inside the mind of Alice, a woman determined to live a full life. I read this book with the Penguin First to Read program.

This book was a wonderful read. I enjoyed the ups and downs of Alice's life. Alice had many joys and sorrows in her life. She disagreed with her family's politics. She had lovers and a child not fathered by her husband. She earned the name the American Princess. What a wonderful read!

I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. This is the story of Alice Roosevelt, the daughter of our President Theodore Roosevelt. She was a rabble rouser and just like her father. This book gives a fictional view of her life and it’s awesome! She lived a wonderful and exciting life full of politics, love, family, and travel. She traveled all over the world for her father, with her husband, and later for herself. This is wonderful novel that is a definite must read!

I knew very little about Alice Roosevelt prior to reading this book. it definitely brought this strong-willed, intelligent and savvy woman to life for me though. The author wrote from Alice's point of view and captured all of the glitz, pain, frustration, loneliness, political intrigue and so on that is part and parcel of being a president's daughter. Alice was the only child from her father, Teddy Roosevelt's, first marriage. His wife tragically died leaving Alice as a sad reminder for Teddy of his deceased spouse. She found her ways to rebel against society dictates all the while gaining fame/notoriety as America's Princess. This is a well researched book that historical fiction fans will adore. Alice's life was full of hills and valleys, joys and sorrows. The author captures it all perfectly. I received an Advance Review Copy of this from Penguin's First to Read. All opinions are my own.

A wonderful fictional account of the life of Alice Rockefeller. Fully researched, rife with historical accuracy, riddled with documented events and quotes. It kept me riveted and yearning to know more. A great read for fans of historical fiction

American Princess captured me from the very beginning. This was a book filled with colorful writing and quite the page turner! Alice Roosevelt is the narrator of this novel so you get a good picture of what I hope to be her true raucous personality! It almost reads as Alice's personal diary. With plenty of historical smatterings, you will learn a lot about the Roosevelts while being thoroughly engrossed in this book.

I had heard about Alice Roosevelt Longworth, but was surprised that I couldn’t find a historical novel about her life. I was so excited to find out that Stephanie Thornton had written one. Alice Roosevelt was the Theodore Roosevelt’s oldest child and the only child he had with this first wife Alice Hathaway Lee. Unfortunately, Alice’s mother died two days after her birth. Alice had her mother’s beauty and her father’s energy. When her father entered the White House in 1901, the press called Alice “American Princess”. Alice was headstrong and a rule-breaker, although not by today’s standards. She not only had beauty but also wit and intelligence. She was good at influencing politicians and many came to her for advice. Stephanie Thornton does a wonderful job bringing this amazing woman to life. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Warning, there are parts that made me cry, so have tissues at hand.

I new nothing about Alice Roosevelt Longworth before reading this book and found myself researching more about her and the Roosevelt family after finishing. I'll admit that for the first third of the book I thought Alice to a bit spoiled and entitled. Though as I read more and learned more about her life I felt like I got to know her better and began to enjoy seeing her evolve. She had some family struggles and suffered through much tragedy that seemed to ground her. I started to really enjoy reading about her and how she handled her fame and family dynamics. I found it fascinating how involved and influential she was in politics later in her life, though I would have expected her to be more of a supporter of a woman's right to vote. I found the book really interesting to read and found myself wanting to read further to find out what happens in Alice's life. The dialogue is interesting and gives you a glimpse of what life was like then. I recommend this book for fans of historical fiction and American history.

3 Stars This. Book. *mind explodes* Sooo I'll be the first to admit - I'm not the most attentive person when it comes to history. So I was a bit apprehensive about whether or not I'd connect with Alice, but it wasn't a problem at all! This book was written in such a way that it was accessible even for me! And the research for this is so well done. The speech, references, etc., everything adheres to the time period!! It made the book even more enjoyable. And Alice is such an interesting character. I loved learning about her and her life. The part that really interested me - and saddened me - about her was how she tailored how she acted based on who she was around. This book really drives home how being the President's daughter means constant public scrutiny, which is...terrible, honestly. Poor Alics. :( The only qualm I had with this book was that the pace dragged at times. But overall, it was very good - even fascinating.

I received the advanced copy from Penguins First Reads for an honest review. This was such a beautiful, nostalgic story. I loved how spunky and headstrong Alice was. She seemed like a gal you'd want to hang out with. I loved how this story read like a non fiction book, even though it is a novel. It's based on her real life, with some things being changed to make the story flow better, but it read as it would have been really told by Alice herself. You felt her frustrations, her love for her family, her pain when her heart was broken. But what really flowed through the lines was how smart and strong this woman was. I wish I could have met this woman.

4 Stars Washington DC 1970 "Given the choice I'd have preferred a sudden heart attack in the Senate audience gallery to this mundane death by surgery."At eighty six years old she was not done living . She thinks of her father being shot while being wheeled to surgery."I've seen sixteen presidents come and go including my father."Her name is Alice Roosevelt first daughter per her father Teddy."If I die on the operating table in this goddammit hospital I'll never regret grabbing life by the throat and refusing to let go despite the mistakes I've made."I liked Alices spirit but not hee use of goddamned."I can hardly recollect a time when I was not aware of politics or politicans." New York Sept 1901 a ranger knocks on the door while vice president teddy Roosevelt is out hiking.With a update Alice wanted to go but suffered from child hood polio and it effected her legs""For no matter how father romped and played with his five other children-mothers children I was always the child who was carried by his first wive,who died who days after giving birth to alice.I was always the child who carried the first wives name and eyes" DC 1901 Alice is having a debut."I thought the whole purpose of a debut is to attract eligible young bachelors."Teddy's friend thinks alice is wild."I'm doomed to be a bitter pill for father to swallow,but I won't let that stop me from having a little fun."In the debut reviews she was named princess Alice.Alice is told to get her act together and write her cousin Eleanor Roosevelt . "Eleanor Roosevelt ,who was so good and so nice about everyone that she was quite intolerable.the very mention of her cut deep,as I suspect ed a daughter like her would have pleased my father to no end no matter the plain face." "I was father's gum chanking,cigarette smoking,poker playing hoyden of a daughter." "I was eighteen and an American princess but I would always be a little girl seeking my father's approval." I was hoping teddy and Alice would become closer."If I were a boy I could shoot and race and spar,but Im only supposed to dance and simmer and drink tea." "Fat her does want to be the corpse at every funeral,the bride at every wedding and the baby at every christening . Alice meets the bejeweled cyclone Maggie and goes to Eleanors debut. Dull in parts may post on blog

I was really excited to read about a strong woman who I really had no knowledge of prior to reading this book. Alice Roosevelt was a force to be reckoned with and it definitely stemmed from the relationship with her father, which was complicated. I really enjoyed reading about Alice but felt that the pacing was a little off. The book was very heavy on her life in her late teens and twenties from the time that Roosevelt becomes President and Alice moved into the White House through her wedding to Nick Longworth. After that, things felt rushed. I would have liked a little more about her relationship with William Borah. However, the author had the difficult task of condensing Alice's life to around 400 pages. I really enjoyed this novel and it inspired me to learn more about Alice Roosevelt Longworth. Thanks to Random House First to Read for the ARC!

This is an interesting peek into the life of an American character that often gets lost behind the men she was related and attached to. Thornton does a fine job of novelizing the known facts and filling in the gaps with charm and life. Alice Roosevelt was ahead of her time without actually being aware (or caring) that her actions weren't particularly in line with what was expected of a woman of her age. She lived life according to her convictions and her father's teachings and just let everyone else eventually catch up to her.

I really enjoyed this book. I love the way Stephanie Thornton digs into the lives of important historical women that haven't penetrated our modern consciousness as much as others. This era is a new one for her and she brought her same flair to it that she has to other historical eras. She made Alice feel deeply modern (in a good way, not an inaccurate one) and relatable. I knew of Alice Roosevelt before reading this book, but had no idea she lived such an interesting and tragic life. Excellent work, as always, Ms. Thornton.

I really enjoyed this book, it was one of those that is so descriptive that you feel as if you are there. I've read about Alice Roosevelt but appreciated how Stephanie Thornton made her so enjoyable a character. It was also interesting to read Thornton's interpretation of what made Alice tick. The combination of her mother's death and her father's indifference toward her seemed to make her a very independent but haunted character. I will definitely read more books by Stephanie Marie Thornton.

American Princess by Stephanie Marie Thornton is absolutely the best book I have read in a long while. Ms. Thornton has a wonderful gift of drawing the reader in and making them feel like they are participants in the story. I did not know much about Alice Roosevelt and was intrigued about learning more about her. The story spans the life of Alice Roosevelt from the time she was a child to her death. She had a wonderful full life that is definitely worth reading about. Alot of research has been done by the author to write this comprehensive of a novel. The characters are wonderful, endearing, and likeable. The scenery is wonderfully written so your minds eye has a very clear picture. This is my first book by Stephanie Marie Thornton but I assure you it will not be my last. I can't possibly say enough good things about this book without giving anything away. If you are a historical fiction fan I would absolutely read this book.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading “The American Princess” by Stephanie Marie Thornton. Before reading this I knew nothing about President Roosevelt’s daughter Alice. I quickly fell in love with her personality, she was driven and very smart. If you enjoy reading historical fiction with a strong woman lead, I highly recommend picking this book up! I was provided an ARC from First To Read for an honest review.

An interesting, well-written historical novel about the life of Alice Roosevelt Longworth. I have heard much more of Eleanor Roosevelt than Alice but quickly became intrigued by the unconventional and independent Alice. From her childhood when she tries to get attention and love from her father, Theodore, by becoming irrepressible to her becoming a well-known force and influencer in Washington politics is a fascinating read. The author does a wonderful job in bringing her to life in the pages of the fictionalized biography spanning nine decades with looks into not only Alice’s actions, her family dynamics and her interactions with other historical figures of the times. Through scandalous actions, love, disappointment, grief and always an interest in the politics of the time, Alice lived her life on her own terms.

Alice came to life in the pages of this book, and it felt as if she was baring her soul to the reader, revealing the good and the bad. Often I felt her pain; sometimes I was disappointed in her. I quickly lost myself in this book, and I recommend it to fans of historical fiction.

I knew the basic information you learn through your history/social studies class in regards to the Roosevelt family when I began this book. However, now I know a much larger history of their family, and most importantly I know a lot about Alice Roosevelt, who seems to be the liveliest in the family! This book of historical fiction follows the life of Alice Roosevelt basically from birth until her death in her nineties. It goes through her marriage, and her affair with a man whom fathered her only child, Paulina, with. It follows her through her life as she has to endure life without the ones she loves, as each person passes on, and she is left only with her only grandchild, Joanna, in the end. I don't want to say many more details about Alice's life for fear of giving away her story, as the author tells it. The main thing I want to point out is the author states that she tried to condense Alice's many years on Earth to 400 and some pages, and it was a task because she lived more then most people. She took advantage of the years she had, and she wasn't afraid to stand her ground or do things most women of her time normally wouldn't. Regardless of her mistakes, I feel that she lived a life to be idolized in some ways. She was never drab, and no matter what she was going through she just knew how to carry on and live her life to the fullest. As for this book, I truly did enjoy it. It had a great flow, and I think the author did a great job filling any holes in Alice's known history. I would definitely recommend this book.

I I had never even heard of Alice Roosevelt before reading this book, but I enjoyed reading about her so much I am going to look for more information about her. I will definitely be adding this book to my buy book list and be on the look out for it when it goes to print!

American Princess, by Stephanie Marie Thornton, is a wonderful novel detailing the life of Alice Roosevelt Longworth, the spirited daughter of Teddy Roosevelt. The early chapters are an excellent look at life in The White House in the early 1900’s. There were more opportunities for Alice to step out of the White House without being noticed back then, and she spent many days and evenings rendezvouing away from her stepmother and dad. Alice was scrutinized by the press, often local newspapers. Although she was free spirited and well-to-do, Alice’s life was not always easy. At times, I believe Alice was a diva expecting everyone to cater to her. I was quite pleased with this work of historical fiction, and I spent a fair amount of time reading about the lives of the real characters and family of Teddy Roosevelt.

Prior to receiving this book, I wasn't overly familiar with Alice Roosevelt. I enjoy reading about historical figures and events, and thoroughly enjoyed this book. This one will be going on my repeat read list.

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.

An absolutely entertaining read, it was everything a historical fiction novel should be, lively, creatively pieced together and simply scandalous. Alice Roosevelt was a character, who had a deep desire to be loved by her father, and needed his approval which kept a growing list of antics in her bosom. She kept amusing company and experienced many highs and lows in her friendships and relationships. This fictional account expressed a lot factual accounts, and thoughts in a pleasurable way. I recommend this book to all who cannot let a historical fiction novel pass them by!

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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