An American Princess: The Many Lives of Allene Tew

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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 wealthiest families in America. But when he died twelve years later, Allene packed her bags for New York City. Never once did she look back.

From the vantage point of the American upper class, Allene embodied the tumultuous Gilded Age. Over the course of four more marriages, she weathered personal tragedies during World War I and the catastrophic financial reversals of the crash of 1929. From the castles and châteaus of Europe, she witnessed the Russian Revolution and became a princess. And from the hopes of a young girl from Jamestown, New York, Allene Tew would become the epitome of both a pursuer and survivor of the American Dream.

©2015 Annejet van der Zijl (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved. Translation © 2018 by Michele Hutchison.
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4 out of 5 stars
By ZOE R on 05-12-18

American princess

Love historical books and this is one of them
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! The narrator did a good job

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By Holly on 05-09-18

Good Documentation of American Royalty

This was an interesting book about a little known Woman. I was impressed by the way the Subject transformed to the pressures and politics she navigated amidst. I enjoyed the book immensely! This book was given by the Author free in return for a review. Thank You!

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12 people found this helpful

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By Meghan on 05-08-18

such a good book!!!!

highly recommend for anyone interested in history, or anyone who just likes a good story.

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6 people found this helpful

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By Teresa on 07-20-18

Interesting documentation

I have never heard of this person and it was interesting. At times it did begin to sound more like a school textbook, but overall it was entertaining.

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5 people found this helpful

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By Elizabeth G. D.. on 07-15-18

Hope and Courage

The story of Allene Tew was fascinating and interesting . She was a survivor and kept ‘hope and courage ‘ always in her life.
Narration was excellent and would recommend book to readers of history and life.

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By BJFord on 07-12-18

Enjoyable

I enjoyed the history lesson a great deal paired with the story of Allene's life. I could have done without all the dates but I suppose it was necessary to set the story. I wish there could have been a little more personal information about how she felt in terms of the tragedies she faced.

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By Deedra on 07-21-18

An American Princess

I loved this book!It was so interesting listening to how social structure was back ten.I live in Pennsylvania and have some knowledge of the ricks and Carnegies,so being able to place where some of her life happened was a plus.A very interesting woman.Teri Schnaubelt was a terrific narrator.I was given this book by the narrator,author or publisher free for an honest review.

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4 people found this helpful

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By Sadie Rider on 07-18-18

Beautifully written

I throughly enjoyed this. It was a fascinating story of a woman I wish I could have known.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Kellie Boyle on 06-06-18

Reads like a dry documentary

While Allene Tew’s life would seem to have been fascinating, this account of it was not. None of the characters, including Allene, had any depth, complexity, humor or passion. There was no interesting corroboration from others who knew them. Hence, it was like listening to the reading of a very long obituary.

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By Amazon Customer on 06-02-18

a good read but not the greatest very well perform

a good read a good story not the greatest well performed I would listen to another performance by this person

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