American princess Annejet van der Zijl | Hardcover 280 pages
On April 13, 1927 Allene Tew enter the Mauretania from the port of New York. She left a life behind which she had achieved all she and rural girl had dreamed prestige, fortune, motherhood, her great love. And she was almost all lost again. "The richest and saddest widow of the city, as Allene by society sections called that day, however, had too much for themselves as a new family and a future as an official princess, as a Russian countess and as godmother of the late Queen Beatrix .
the American princess is a reconstruction of a vast and fascinating life, set against the backdrop of America and Europe, the Victorian and the modern age, industrial and Russian revolution and two world wars. But it is above all the personal story of an exceptional woman who had the courage, to the bitter end, her own, inimitable way to go.