American Princess: A Novel of First Daughter Alice Roosevelt

American Princess: A Novel of First Daughter Alice Roosevelt

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 t...

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American Princess: A Novel of First Daughter Alice Roosevelt Reviews

  • Juli

    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.**

  • Lori

    ‘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.

  • Kate Quinn

    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.

  • Suzanne Leopold (Suzy Approved Book Reviews)

    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.

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

    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,

    ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

    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.

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  • Katie B

    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

    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! I was under no obligation to post a review and all views expressed are my honest opinion.

  • Berit☀️✨

    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

    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 ***

  • Miranda Reads

    3.75 stars

    Alice Roosevelt, eldest daughter of Theodore Roosevelt is about to experience

    She is thrust into the spotlight like no other girl of her time.

    - from what she wore (h

    3.75 stars

    Alice Roosevelt, eldest daughter of Theodore Roosevelt is about to experience

    She is thrust into the spotlight like no other girl of her time.

    - 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

    for the daughter of the president.

    Alice Roosevelt was never the type of woman to sit at home and play the docile daughter - which caused no end to the

    But just when she thinks things

    , a certain Nick Longworth saunters into her life.

    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,

    but I did not love it - but that's not to say there weren't areas to love.

    I loved her sass and wit. The way she fired off zingers was truly spectacular.

    However, the pacing of the story felt a bit off to me.

    This book

    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

    ...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

    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

    historical look into the daughter of Theodore Roosevelt - look no farther! This book is perfect for you!

  • Brandice

    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

    , drawing out the details. Alice had 4 younger broth

    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

    , 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

    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.

  • Mackenzie - PhDiva Books

    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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