If a Poem Could Live and Breathe: A Novel of Teddy Roosevelt’s First Love by MARY CALVI

A fact-based romantic speculative novel about Teddy Roosevelt’s first love

My grandfather was a big fan of Teddy Roosevelt. It could have been from when his dad told him about Roosevelt coming to North Dakota and also telling him this story.

Alice Lee was a beautiful woman from Boston. In 1878, she set out to shatter the idea of women in previous generations. Women are fighting for freedoms and educational opportunities and Alice is one of those women. Looking to shake things up.

Teddy Roosevelt is a Harvard student on a journey of his own. Both exploring, discovering new territories and each other. When Teddy meets Alice, he is smitten. The love they had was never replicated. They had a child and when Alice dies, he returns and eventually becomes President.

This beautiful look at the poems and love letters they wrote is touching. It shows a different side to Roosevelt and explains some of his behavior. One thing I noted was the fact that he never let anyone say Alice in front of him. Such a love.

A wonderful look at the power of first love and loss and how it shapes our lives.

NetGalley/February 14th, 2023 by St. Martin’s Press



One response to “If a Poem Could Live and Breathe: A Novel of Teddy Roosevelt’s First Love by MARY CALVI”

  1. Hi Patty,
    what a great love story. Stories like this we like; so classic romantic that she died early.
    All the best
    The Fab Four of Cley
    🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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