American Princess: A novel of first daughter Alice Roosevelt by Stephanie Marie Thornton is a well researched book about President Theodore Roosevelt’s first child who led a very colorful life.
Alice’s mother died only two days after giving birth leaving TR bereft. Baby Alice looked so much like her late mother that TR had great difficulty even looking at her. He did love his daughter along with his second wife with whom he had additional children, but Alice was an independent, intelligent woman whose antics captured the attention of the media throughout her fascinating long life.
She married a philandering politician from Ohio and gave birth to the daughter of a married man, also a politician, with whom she had an affair for years. Yes, Alice broke many rules of convention, but the story of her life and political prowess is captivating.
I’ve read and own several books about the Roosevelt families and this is a welcome addition to my knowledge about their lives. Considering the current state of political turmoil in the U.S., this book reinforced my belief that politicians are in a class of their own!
Alice’s life was in many ways glamorous, but she had more than her fair share of sorrow. She was quite an interesting character!
After finishing this book, it occurred to me that my love of reading historical books stems from the desire to gain knowledge from people who have walked the roads I have yet to tread. Told in the first-person, this historical fiction is one I highly recommend.
Please note, I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.