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American Princess: A Novel of First Daughter Alice Roosevelt

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  4,684 ratings  ·  654 reviews
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
Paperback, 448 pages
Published March 12th 2019 by Berkley Books
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Rebecca Yes, but it's definitely not for kids. There's no or very little cursing, but there are several references to sex throughout the book and a few of the…moreYes, but it's definitely not for kids. There's no or very little cursing, but there are several references to sex throughout the book and a few of the main characters have affairs. Nothing graphic or obscene, but I would say probably 13+.(less)

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Miranda Reads
Apr 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 wha
Mar 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Mar 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dr-tbr-3
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 aga
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
Kate Quinn
Feb 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Mar 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
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
Mar 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
‘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
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
Mackenzie - PhDiva Books
Mar 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history, book-besties
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
Brenda ~Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
3.5 Stars

The President’s Daughter, America’s Princess, An adventurous, Attention Seeker

Stephanie 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
Renee Rosen
Apr 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Holly  B

A 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
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2019
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 ...more
Jenna Bookish
Mar 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 S
Dec 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
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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
Stephanie Anze
Jun 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
".... 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
Dec 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
"I can either run the country or I can attend to Alice, but I cannot possibly do both." President Theodore Roosevelt.

I admit, this book was an add-on (only so I could get a discount on my other book choices), and I didn't really know much about Alice Roosevelt going into it, so I wasn't overly intrigued. That being said, I have really come to embrace historical fiction of late, because even though it is fiction, there are so many tidbits of truth and history tucked in between the pages, that I f
Renee Rosen
Mar 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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!!!
Chanel Cleeton
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.
The Lit Bitch
Mar 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

I 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
May 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"...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
Novel received courtesy of Berkley Publishing

If 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
Nov 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
OMG! What an inspirational woman and what a sensational and turbulent life. I really don't know what else to say. Caution, don't read if you get easily upset by the losses/tragedies/misfortunes in other peoples lives. This story nearly had me crying. But, I do believe that those born under Aquarius are resilient and Alice Lee Roosevelt Longworth proves just that. ...more
Sep 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
This was my first full week of teaching and I forgot how tired I can be at the end of the school day getting back to routines. So I am utterly delighted it's the long weekend so that I can reach for some books. Even though I am a rule follower, I quite enjoyed the gum chewing, cigarette smoking, poker playing Alice Lee Roosevelt Longworth, the eldest child of Theodore Roosevelt.

Stephanie Marie Thornton is one of my favorite authors and her jump from Ancient history to contemporary historical fi
Apr 04, 2020 rated it liked it
Overall: an interesting tale focused on the intriguing and unique Alice Roosevelt. Kept my attention and loved learning about and getting to know Alice. Recommend to fans of historical fiction, the Roosevelts, and strong women! 3.5/5

Summary: This lightly fictionalized tale follows the life of Alice Roosevelt from when her father becomes president to the end of her life. Alice is a rebel and likes to live life in the fast lane. Whether it is jumping into pools completely clothed while on a diplo
Meg - A Bookish Affair
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 ...more
Gill Paul
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Apr 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
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 ...more
Heather Webb
Apr 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 Marie Thornton is a writer and history teacher who has been obsessed with women from history since she was twelve. She is the author of seven novels and lives with her husband and daughter in Alaska.

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