An American Princess by Annejet van der Zijl

An American Princess

The true story of a girl from the wilderness settlements of a burgeoning new America who became one of the most privileged figures of the Gilded Age.Born to a pioneering family in Upstate New York in the late 1800s, Allene Tew was beautiful, impetuous, and frustrated by the confines of her small hometown. At eighteen, she met Tod Hostetter at a local dance, having no idea that the mercurial charmer she would impulsively wed was heir to one of the...


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TitleAn American Princess
Author
Release DateMay 1st, 2018
PublisherAmazonCrossing
LanguageEnglish
GenreNonfiction, Biography, History
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Reviews An American Princess

  • Solita
    2017-07-26
    Love historically accurate books - and this one is no exception!It reads like it's a story the author created but it really happened...and I think this adds to the beauty of this book!It is a very easy, captivating and wonderful book!! The story flows so well and the author made a masterpiece!
  • Astrid Langeveld
    2016-11-10
    Ik zou niet zo heel snel zelf voor dit boek hebben gekozen. Ik lees boeken die over geschiedenis gaan het minst. Maar dit boek heeft mij echt verrast. Het leest makkelijk weg en het was echt bijzonder om meer te lezen over Allene Tew.
  • Vicki Willis
    2018-05-12
    I had never heard of this woman before, but the title peaked my interest. The book was very interesting and covered a period of time I enjoy reading about. It moved along well, but at times didn't give as many details as I would have liked. I thought I might have trouble because of the translation, but it was easy to follow. A solid read for those who like historical biographies.
  • Dettie Leestafel
    2015-12-26
    Allene Tew was voor de schrijfster interessant vanwege het feit dat ze steeds meer ontdekte over die vrouw, waarover in Europa verder weinig bekend was. Allene was een vrouw die Annejet van der Zijl dankzij haar boek over Bernard min of meer ontdekt had. Ze kwam erachter dat de vrouw vijf maal getrouwd was, haar twee kinderen op één dag verloor en erg rijk was en daardoor een gewilde huwelijkspartner voor de verarmde Europese adel was.Echter......
  • Sally
    2018-08-25
    I was surprised how much I enjoyed this book especially since I had not heard of Allene Tew.
  • Teri
    2018-05-17
    The title of this book would be more appropriate as "The Many Loves of Allene Tew." This book is more about the people that surrounded Allene than it is about herself. Through most of the book, Allene is a secondary character. Allene Tew was a young woman from the late 19th century who came from a pioneering family and married into a higher social status. Although her first husband was from a wealthy family, he was not highly regarded and less so...
  • Johan
    2016-01-03
    Boeiend en bewogen leven maar minder boeiend beschreven dan ik had verwacht. Het boek bood mij onvoldoende psychologisch inzicht in de hoofdpersoon en bleef te veel aan de oppervlakte. Ook verbaasde me verschillende spel- en grammaticale fouten die een (eind-)redacteur niet had moeten missen. Waarom bijna ieder Engels citaat laten volgen door de NLse vertaling?
  • Corrie
    2016-05-17
    Bij deze blijkt mijn weerstand tegen non-fictie (of is dit fiction?) ongegrond en van de baan. Wat een fijn boek, niet alleen door de toon van Van der Zijl, ook heel leuk om over New York te lezen in de jaren 1900-1950.
  • Elizabeth
    2018-04-05
    So glad I read this book!!I chose this book as my Kindle First book this month when I saw that the woman whom this biography is about had married someone from Pittsburgh, which is where I live. This biography is so interesting, the woman, Allene, is an incredible person with such an unbelievable story that had it not been a biography, I would have thought it unbelievable! It also made me see my city and my country through the eyes of the past as ...
  • Stephan Zeijlemaker
    2016-09-19
    Lekker geschreven, maar het is geen roman (de karakters blijven plat) en geen geschiedenisboek (ik heb nauwelijks iets nieuws geleerd).
  • Lady Alexandrine
    2018-07-29
    "An American Princess. The Many Lives of Allene Tew" by Annejet van der Zijl is a beautifully written, fascinating biography of Allene Tew, who had such an adventurous life that it is hard to believe it really happened. She married five very different men, including millionaires, a prince Heinrich Reuss the Thirty-Third and a Russian count Kotzebue. She travelled a lot in her lifetime, she changed countries and continents, bought and sold houses....
  • Lotti
    2017-01-22
    Interessant, boeiend en informatief.
  • Susan Hamilton
    2018-08-19
    This is first and foremost a biography. The woman portrayed, Allene Tew is pretty remarkable because she was determined to live, and live well. She never gave up on her dreams and when obstacles got in her way she adapted. She was a dreamer and survivor who learned to succeed despite the restrictions on women during this time. It is also a history book. Much care is given to provide a history of America from the mid-1800’s through the mid 1950...
  • Rozemarijn
    2016-06-02
    3.5Een waargebeurd verhaal, zo uit een Edith Wharton boek. Annejet van der Zijl weet hoe ze een goed portret schetst, zo getuigt De Amerikaanse prinses. Ondanks alle uitgewerkte elementen van Allene Tew's leven blijft haar persoon toch nog in het ongewisse. Het is immers vrijwel onmogelijk om een karakterschets te maken van iemand die al decennia overleden is. De feiten van haar leven zijn bekend, maar nergens komt de kern van haar bestaan aan he...
  • Cindy Woods
    2018-04-02
    Interesting womanThis biography of an actual American princess who lived from the latter half of the 19th century until her death in 1955 is pretty good.....not great. There was ample newspaper headline information, but lacked the personal aspect of this woman....how she felt as from personal interviews, memoirs, diaries, etc... I didn't really get a full picture of this very interesting woman. I had never heard the name before and do thank the a...
  • Marjet
    2016-02-05
    Ik heb alle boeken gelezen van Annejet, maar vond dit de minste, helaas. De Amerikaanse geschiedenis op de achtergrond is aardig, zij het wat licht met een hoog Kleine huis op de prairie gehalte. Van Allene Tew zelf krijg je nauwelijks een beeld, terwijl ze toch heel veel brieven geschreven heeft. Ik begrijp het allemaal wel, in het kader van de non-fictie kunnen fictieve toevoegingen niet in een dergelijke reconstructie. Toch denk ik dat de schr...
  • Rachelle
    2018-04-10
    Rather boring read. I was relieved to discover that the last 20 percent of the Kindle book was all Author's Notes, sources, etc, because I was really tired of this book. The subject matter was certainly interesting, but the writing was so dry and devoid of life. It was little more than a recitation of facts. I never felt a connection to Allene, nor felt that she was real. She was just words on a page, and biographies are supposed to do far more t...
  • Dee
    2018-04-06
    Recommend this to all feminist. A story of survival.Writing a summary of this book does no justice to the author. It is by far one of the best historical/biographical books I have read. The story of a woman who lives through the Industrial Revolution, the Great Depression, two World Wars, multiple divorces, death of loved ones & the pettiness of high society. Her head held high and her dreams untethered she moves through life with joy and optimis...
  • Joke Kolthoff
    2017-02-25
    de biografie van een vrouw uit de kennissenkring van Bernhard. Was leuk om te lezen, vooral het eerste deel, op den duur vond ik het te langdradig om helemaal geboeid te blijven. Ik vind de andere boeken van de schrijfster beter.
  • Saskia
    2016-02-20
    Saai. Eentonig boek over onbekende vrouw die zichzelf omhoog gewerkt heeft via huwelijken met een rij superrijke mannen. Heel irritant dat Engelse citaten steeds letterlijk vertaald worden. Boek krijgt geen diepte en karakters gaan niet leven.
  • Hermien
    2015-12-05
    Een fascinerend leven. Ik heb het met veel plezier gelezen.
  • Evelina | AvalinahsBooks
    2018-07-01
    I have to admit that Alleen Tew truly had an incredible and very dramatic life. At certain points, I could not believe how unfortunate she was, despite being financially very fortunate. Her story could make a good costume drama with all the glamour of the turn of the century, and all of the pain of loss at failed marriages, the Spanish flu and World War I. To think that a simple girl from America could live such a colorful life, get married to al...
  • Melissa Gastorf
    2018-09-08
    So I got this as a deal on Audible and much like a bad car accident, I couldn't stop listening. The writing is much like a thesis for a doctoral candidate, and at the end, I found at that is essentially what it was. The author is a terrible story teller. The Princess became wealthy by marrying money because she was beautiful, twice. And then married three more times. A very flat, superficial character. I would complain about wanting a refund, but...
  • Ann ☕
    2018-07-14
    Allene Tew lived during a time of rapid industrial growth and her personal experiences seemed to reflect the instability of the early 1900s, especially her choice of spouse(s). She certainly lived an extravagant life and was well travelled. By the time I reached the end of the book it seemed her life had been portrayed on a superficial level, with much historical information taken from society columns and newspapers. The reader is presented with ...
  • Elaine
    2018-07-23
    In this time of extraordinary women, it is interesting to read about someone who is largely famous for whom she married, and whom she divorced, which Allene Tew did more than a few times. We can't say that over the course of her life she became smarter about men, but she seemed to become smarter about how to make sure that her money is protected. Overall, this was a pleasant read that I would not have sought out, showing that sometimes a book run...
  • Erin
    2018-08-23
    Allene Tew was fascinating and was someone I had never heard of. Her story was so full, so touched by everything that happened in the first half of the 20th century. I loved this book and would recommend it wholeheartedly.
  • Rebecca
    2018-04-07
    An intriguing story about an interesting woman that lived thru an amazing amount of history, loss, recovery, more loss and just kept going. Really enjoyed learning about Allene and her life story.
  • Lily (Night Owl Book Cafe)
    2018-06-04
    I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.An American Princess tells the story of a woman named Allene Tew and how far she had come from being a young girl from Jamestown, what she had lived through in life and her ultimate demise.The book definitely reads more like a nonfiction, biography, so the pace of the book did vary and we were hit ...
  • LaRae
    2018-06-19
    This book was really a short history of the Gilded Age in America, which part I really enjoyed. The history and the sheer opulence and excess were fascinating to read about. I found Allene Tew's actual life pretty interesting as well, but that was secondary for me.