Book Review - American Princess by Stephanie Marie Thornton
I don’t often get to have direct contact with authors, more often than not I work with their publicists. But I heard about American Princess so early on in the process (back in October!) that the author hadn’t even been assigned a publicist yet. So I was able to email Stephanie Marie Thornton directly to request an ARC and author interview (which will post tomorrow…so check back in then!) I enjoyed working with Stephanie directly and later following her on social media as well. I’m excited that I finally get to share this review with you!
American Princess is about Theodore Roosevelt’s daughter, Alice. The book begins when Alice finds out that her father will be president following William McKinley’s death and follows her life well into old age (Alice dies at the age of 96.) The fashion historian in me loved reading about Alice Blue, a color named after the color of her eyes. I enjoyed hearing about the trouble she got herself into as a young woman, watching her fall in-love with Nicholas Longworth and later marry him. She lived a full and exciting life and Stephanie Marie Thornton captures it all.
Some of the characters I’ve come to love from A Well-Behaved Woman, That Churchill Woman, and American Duchess make appearances or are briefly mentioned in this book as well. I love thinking about all these characters as contemporaries and how differently their lives played out. This book was well-written and chock full with historic information while maintaining a compelling narrative that would keep any audience interested. Alice was anything but boring!
I took these photos while on vacation in Sedona, AZ. We were on Soldier Pass Trail heading toward Seven Sacred Pools. It was an easy hike with many great spots to stop and enjoy the view (or read a few chapters of your favorite book!) The views were absolutely incredible throughout the short 1 mile hike - we saw lots of dogs and children could easily do this hike. The trail wasn’t too crowded but the parking was very limited and no street parking was allowed.