Lady Clementine
New from Marie Benedict, the New York Times bestselling author of The Only Woman in the Room! An incredible novel that focuses on one of the people who had the most influence during World War I and World War II: Clementine Churchill. In 1909, Clementine Churchill steps off a train with her new husband, Winston. An angry woman emerges from the crowd to attack, shoving him in the direction of an oncoming train. Just before he stumbles, Clementine grabs him by his suit jacket. This will not be the last time Clementine Churchill saves her husband.Lady Clementine is the ferocious story of the brilliant and ambitious woman beside Winston Churchill, the story of a partner who did not flinch through the sweeping darkness of war, and who would not surrender either to expectations or to enemies.

Lady Clementine Details

TitleLady Clementine
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 7th, 2020
PublisherSourcebooks Landmark
ISBN-139781492666905
Rating
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Adult, War, World War II, European Literature, British Literature, Adult Fiction, World War I, Literature, 20th Century

Lady Clementine Review

  • Angela M
    January 1, 1970
    I didnt know anything about Clementine Churchill, and thats why this novel piqued my interest. She is portrayed as intelligent, strong, with a mind of her own and views of her own on the politics of Britain and the world at large. I loved that these were the things which seemed to attract Winston Churchill to her when they first meet. Good thing, because she was more than just the woman behind the man, but seemed to be right there along with him, as a confidant, an advisor. Although, at times, I didn’t know anything about Clementine Churchill, and that’s why this novel piqued my interest. She is portrayed as intelligent, strong, with a mind of her own and views of her own on the politics of Britain and the world at large. I loved that these were the things which seemed to attract Winston Churchill to her when they first meet. Good thing, because she was more than just the “woman behind the man”, but seemed to be right there along with him, as a confidant, an advisor. Although, at times, Clemmie is a bit full of herself. “ —I do believe my careful ministrations have allowed him to survive these long years with a modicum of success and self and self-respect—I don’t think that whatever position he secures will be any less mine ...” . The story covers from the time they meet and marry in 1908 up through WWII, their relationship with its ups a and downs, their family life and of course Winston’s rise to Prime Minister and the wars.It reads like a memoir, but the first person narrative always gives me pause in this type of novel based on a real person. How real are the conversations and the day to day interactions between the Churchills? I know it’s fiction, but I can’t help but wonder just how true the imagined character is to the real person. So of course, I was compelled to look online to get the some facts about Clementine Ogilvy Spencer-Churchill and it was clear that Benedict does a good job of capturing her. While I was interested in learning about Clementine and this proved to be informative, the first person narrative just didn’t work for me here. Recommended to fans of historical fiction and those with a curiosity about women who were influential during notable times in history.I received an advanced copy of this book from Sourcebooks Landmark through Edelweiss.
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  • Liz
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars, rounded upThis book is an interesting, but not engrossing, fiction of Clementine Churchills marriage to Winston. Clementine proved herself Winstons equal time and again. Not afraid of speaking her mind, she was as enthused by politics as he was. Benedict chooses smart women who were restrained by their times as her topics. I do wish she didnt try to have her characters see their futures, whether Winston seeing himself as destined to save the world or Clemmie seeing herself as Winstons 3.5 stars, rounded upThis book is an interesting, but not engrossing, fiction of Clementine Churchill’s marriage to Winston. Clementine proved herself Winston’s equal time and again. Not afraid of speaking her mind, she was as enthused by politics as he was. Benedict chooses smart women who were restrained by their times as her topics. I do wish she didn’t try to have her characters see their futures, whether Winston seeing himself as destined to save the world or Clemmie seeing herself as Winston’s rescuer. “I see my future with Winston unspool before me. Perhaps this rescue is not meant to be my last.” It just came across as telling, not showing. The book covers a large amount of time so we see just glimpses of Clemmie and Winston’s life. Maybe because of this, I didn’t initially connect with them as real people. The book becomes more compelling once WWII starts and Winston becomes PM. I was especially interested by Clemmie’s push to get women more involved in the war effort. As well as the other issues she chose to champion such as the air raid shelters. I felt Benedict did a good job covering Clemmie and Winston’s relationship with their children and her guilt over their parenting. In fact, throughout the book, she doesn’t sugarcoat the family issues. The book definitely improves as it goes on. I was initially disappointed with the story but by the end, found it very worthwhile. I’ve often said that I judge an historical fiction by how much I learned. While I know a lot about Winston and England’s trials during WWII, I still picked up a lot of interesting facts. I always enjoy reading the author’s note for historical novels so that I can get a feel how many allowances were taken. But Epstein’s AN was not included in my advance copy. My thanks to netgalley and Sourcebooks for an advance copy of this book.
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  • Suzanne Leopold (Suzy Approved Book Reviews)
    January 1, 1970
    In September 1908, 23-year-old Clementine Hozier became Mrs. Winston Churchill. As a powerful statesmans wife, Clementine was expected to be an intuitive and devoted woman playing a supporting role to her husbands endeavors. However, Clementine Churchill would be more than just the woman behind one of historys most powerful men. Through the decades of Winstons political prowess and key military roles, Clementine supported him and served as his secret weapon, - saving his skin countless times and In September 1908, 23-year-old Clementine Hozier became Mrs. Winston Churchill. As a powerful statesman’s wife, Clementine was expected to be an intuitive and devoted woman playing a supporting role to her husband’s endeavors. However, Clementine Churchill would be more than just the woman behind one of history’s most powerful men. Through the decades of Winston’s political prowess and key military roles, Clementine supported him and served as his “secret weapon,” - saving his skin countless times and providing key insights into his political relations. Clementine weathered two world wars and overcame the expectations of what a woman can do. She never relinquished her independence or her values. Lady Clementine gives a new look at one of the unsung women of history. Marie Benedict, author of The Only Woman in the Room, Carnegie’s Maid, and The Other Einstein, creates a compelling tale of historical fiction. This book paints a realistic picture of the trials and victories of the wife of Winston Churchill and provides a personal perspective on the Churchill family.
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  • Karren Sandercock
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to NetGalley, Sourcebooks and Marie Benedict for my copy of her new book: Lady Clementine.In 1908, Clementine Hozier married Winston Churchill and it's the start of one of history's greatest unions. Clementine was expected to be a Winston's wife, a mother to his future children and support his political career. Clementine Churchill was more than the wife of England's most powerful men, she was his friend, his confidant, his greatest supporter and together they made a formidable couple.Not Thanks to NetGalley, Sourcebooks and Marie Benedict for my copy of her new book: Lady Clementine.In 1908, Clementine Hozier married Winston Churchill and it's the start of one of history's greatest unions. Clementine was expected to be a Winston's wife, a mother to his future children and support his political career. Clementine Churchill was more than the wife of England's most powerful men, she was his friend, his confidant, his greatest supporter and together they made a formidable couple.Not long into their marriage, Clementine saved Winston's political career after the his idea to attack The Dardanelles during WW I was an utter disaster, he was a demoted from the admiralty, she though of a way for Winston to redeem himself and it worked. Her life wasn't an easy one, she had troubled childhood, her marriage to Winston was at times hard, trying to be a good mother to her five children, while being a busy politicians wife and of course living in England during the two world wars was difficult.Both she and Winston had issues with " The Black Dog " as they called depression back then, the pressure of being in the public eye, loss of a child, juggling so many different roles and WW II. This took it's toll on both of the Churchill's mental health and of course their marriage.Clementine was a very strong woman, she was smart and she was determined that her husband's time as England's Prime Minister was a success. During WW II, not only was she her husband sounding board for his famous speeches, she encouraged him to change the wording, Winston used big complicated words and the average English working class person wouldn't understand what he meant!Clementine, put her husband first, she struggled with terrible guilt regarding the lack of time she spent with her children while they were growing up and her life wasn't easy. But she was dedicated to her husband, she loved him, she supported her country and it's people. She went out herself to witness the terrible damage the German bombs had done to London, she noticed the bomb shelters had issues, she discovered while they did protect women and children from harm? They lacked basic things, like somewhere for families to sleep, decent toilet facilities and she made changes. She was involved with the Red Cross, she also added her name to the fire spotters list, at night they sat on roofs of buildings for 8 hours shifts watching with binoculars fixed on the sky, they reported incoming German planes and also if any fires had started. Mrs Churchill was also was an excellent hostess, she made do with what food was available due to rationing and she remembered the famous dinner guests favorite dishes.Lady Clementine, is a story about a strong, brilliant, ambitious woman who stood beside her husband, during England's darkest hour and in her own way she helped her country defeat the Germans. I received a complimentary copy of this book, opinions expressed in this review are my own, I gave Lady Clementine 5 stars and I really enjoyed the book.I have shared my review on Goodreads, Twitter, NetGalley, Edelweiss, Barnes & Noble, Australian Amazon and my blog.https://karrenreadsbooks.blogspot.com/
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  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    January 1, 1970
    Lady Clementine is the story of Clementine Churchill, wife of Winston. Just after she married him, she has to pull him off the train tracks where hes been shoved by angry woman. Clementine is a force throughout her marriage to Winston, never backing down and always fiercely protecting her husband.As a recent new fan of The Crown, I loved learning more about this fascinating woman. His equal in many ways, I was most intrigued by her spirit. Having not read any hist fic focused directly on the Lady Clementine is the story of Clementine Churchill, wife of Winston. Just after she married him, she has to pull him off the train tracks where he’s been shoved by angry woman. Clementine is a force throughout her marriage to Winston, never backing down and always fiercely protecting her husband.As a recent new fan of The Crown, I loved learning more about this fascinating woman. His equal in many ways, I was most intrigued by her spirit. Having not read any hist fic focused directly on the Churchill family, I enjoyed and was enlightened by this account of their ups and downs.I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. Many of my reviews can also be found on instagram: www.instagram.com/tarheelreader
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  • Jean
    January 1, 1970
    I have read the biographies of Clementine Churchill (1885-1977). But this historical fiction brings this formidable woman to life.The book is well written and researched. Winston and Clemmie were a definite power couple. She must have been an amazing woman to deal with the ups and downs of Winston, bear five children, manage a large household on a shoestring budget and deal with a constant stream of angry people left in Winstons wake. I am a huge fan of Winston Churchill and with Clemmie being a I have read the biographies of Clementine Churchill (1885-1977). But this historical fiction brings this formidable woman to life.The book is well written and researched. Winston and Clemmie were a definite power couple. She must have been an amazing woman to deal with the ups and downs of Winston, bear five children, manage a large household on a shoestring budget and deal with a constant stream of angry people left in Winston’s wake. I am a huge fan of Winston Churchill and with Clemmie being a key part of it, I have acquired a great deal of information about her over the years. I am sure the book was not written with someone like me in mind, but I thoroughly enjoyed examining how Benedict wove the history with the fiction. I think that Clemmie would have been a great politician and maybe even an exceptional prime minister. If you are looking for something a bit different, give this book a try.I read this as an audiobook downloaded from Audible. The book is ten hours and forty-five minutes. Elizabeth Sastre does a good job narrating the book. This is my first experience listening to Sastre. Sastre is an English actress and audiobook narrator.
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  • Erin
    January 1, 1970
    Marie Benedict enjoys introducing her readers to women who in their own right led interesting lives beside the prominent men of the time. Her latest historical fiction features, Clementine Churchill(1885-1977), a formidable woman who spent her adult life building, supporting, and at times challenging her husband, Sir Winston Churchill, in politics. Marie Benedict does not shy away from the ups and downs of the Churchills in both their personal and private lives. Through two world wars and the Marie Benedict enjoys introducing her readers to women who in their own right led interesting lives beside the prominent men of the time. Her latest historical fiction features, Clementine Churchill(1885-1977), a formidable woman who spent her adult life building, supporting, and at times challenging her husband, Sir Winston Churchill, in politics. Marie Benedict does not shy away from the ups and downs of the Churchills in both their personal and private lives. Through two world wars and the arrival of five children, Clementine and Winston were devoted to their country and the British people. My paternal grandfather was a fan of Churchill's and due to the many books in his library, including one that details the thousands of letters that " Pug" and "Cat" wrote to each other, Marie Benedict has certainly conveyed the love and respect they held for one another. As I read an ARC, the author's note wasn't included, however, I did some research online and based on what I found, many aspects of MB's narrative seem to be true(won't be specific as it could be considered spoliers). I enjoyed the novel and read it one sitting, I felt that Benedict makes the couple most realistic in the scenes where it's just the two of them. I think we(particularly in the Commonwealth countries) often overlook the wives of our Prime Ministers(or at least that is my personal observation when comparing it to the roles of First Lady in the US.) In 2015, Clementine was given her own biography written by Sonia Purnell which I will try and find at my secondhand store. Thanks to Netgalley and SOURCEBOOKS Landmark for an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. Goodreads review published 05/01/20/Publication Date 07/01/20
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  • Annette
    January 1, 1970
    Clementine Hozier-Churchill (1885-1977) was a woman of great intelligence, who had skillfully influenced her husbands political career. London, 1908. Clementine Hozier attracts attention of Winston Churchill by her intellect and responsiveness. He is very impressed with her, stating, you listen, understand, and engage with the important issues of our day.After five months of courtship he proposes.She quickly realizes that if she wants to play a meaningful part in his life, she must become Clementine Hozier-Churchill (1885-1977) was a woman of great intelligence, who had skillfully influenced her husband’s political career. London, 1908. Clementine Hozier attracts attention of Winston Churchill by her intellect and responsiveness. He is very impressed with her, stating, “…you listen, understand, and engage with the important issues of our day.”After five months of courtship he proposes.She quickly realizes “that if she wants to play a meaningful part in his life, she must become involved in his political world,” which naturally fits her. And Winston encourages her to take a charge no matter how unusual the issue is, specifically if it’s fit for a woman.On June 28, 1914, Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, gets shot in Serbia. The brewing war is now inevitable.The strategic plan of Dardanelles to cut off Turkey from helping Germans fails.Winston Churchill is dismissed from his position of lord admiral.Since he can’t command the war from afar, he decides to join the men in the trenches and fight alongside them.And she on the other hand, plunges into repairing her husband’s damage by meeting with governmental figures and making other engagements, anything to bring him back in favor.From the trenches, he rises to the position of minister of munitions, then ascending to secretary of state for war and air.When Winston falls out of favor again, Hitler gains his momentum. “Hitler has mustered the forces he’s secretly assembled to conquer and lay waste to Poland. (…) Hitler thumbed his nose at England by blatantly invading Poland.”Later as a wife of Prime Minister, she receives criticism which she uses as fuel. She turns it around and uses as positive ammunition, “involving women in the war in a meaningful way,” by convincing her husband to hire women in supportive, administrative, and manufacturing capacities. The story entails major events, making the pace fast. It gives a glimpse at brewing relationships among European countries; then Nazi Germany annexation of Austria, and then invasion of Poland – ultimately leading to WWII. It’s an interesting glimpse from British perspective of slow reaction of then current PM Chamberlain; and later the efforts of new PM and his wife to woo the Americans into the war, to help end it.This book paints a portrait of a very strong woman, who knows how to tackle man’s world. She is a woman to reckon with. But she struggles as a mother. Motherhood gives her more anxiety than the challenges thrown at her by men. And still where she feels most comfortable, she sees room for improvement for herself. While meeting Mrs. Roosevelt, first she notices her out-of-style dress, but then what impresses Clementine the most is how Eleanor conducts herself. And that’s what inspires her - to be even a better diplomat.Well-written, with steady pace, informative, and not overwhelming, presenting a story of a commendable woman with an engaging prose.P.S. Highly recommend other books by this author: The Other Einstein, Carnegie’s Maid, The Only Woman in the Room.Source: ARC was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Susan Johnson
    January 1, 1970
    I have to tell you that I did not like this book at all. If I ever had any interest in Clementine Churchill this book has effectively killed it. It's too bad because apparently she did do some good work during the War but this book just pounds away at giving her all the credit for Winston Churchill's success. I don't buy it. They probably did have a supportive relationship but I don't accept that she wrote most of his speeches and made most of his decisions. I just don't think he would have I have to tell you that I did not like this book at all. If I ever had any interest in Clementine Churchill this book has effectively killed it. It's too bad because apparently she did do some good work during the War but this book just pounds away at giving her all the credit for Winston Churchill's success. I don't buy it. They probably did have a supportive relationship but I don't accept that she wrote most of his speeches and made most of his decisions. I just don't think he would have been nothing without her. Clementine apparently had a difficult childhood. Her single mother was more interested in herself and her love affairs than her children. Her father's identity was unclear. Clementine learned nothing from her mother's lack of interest. She displayed almost no attention to her children and left them to the nannies reasoning that the nannies would provide for them better. She was probably right. She devoted all her attention and devotion to Winston and taking all the credit for the work he did. It was a difficult time for women where they couldn't perform on their own. I think she would have loved to be Margaret Thatcher. I have read in other places that she was shy and retiring but in this book she craved the attention and wanted the credit. She also suffered from depression and would take off for months on her own to "recuperate". She once almost had an affair but the man turned out to be gay so that didn't work. At the end of this book, I neither liked Clementine or the author. I think she was trying to fit a character from another age into the standards of today. That doesn't work. People are a product of their times. It's like trying to fit a square peg into a round hole. That sums up this book for me. It didn't work and I don't believe it. Thanks to NetGalley for a copy of this book in exchange for a fair review.
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  • Rose
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to NetGalley, Author Marie Benedict and Sourcebooks Landmark for the early copy of the book for my review.What a delightful book, a historical fiction story about Clementine Churchill. A book full of history, and a great storyline about a wonderful and inspiring womanThis book was enlightening and interesting, and flowed really well. A book for all lovers of history, and historical fiction. One I would gladly recommend
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  • Karen Rush
    January 1, 1970
    Marie Benedict is one of my favorite authors. She makes it fun to learn a bit of history. Here, Benedict focuses on Lady Clementine Churchill, Winstons better half for 56 years. It was love at first sight for Clementine and Winston, each similarly raised by unaffectionate and often absent mothers, whod married after knowing each other for only five short months; she at 23 and he 34 years old. This portrait of a smart, ambitious, non-conforming woman behind the man was fascinating and extremely Marie Benedict is one of my favorite authors. She makes it fun to learn a bit of history. Here, Benedict focuses on Lady Clementine Churchill, Winston’s better half for 56 years. It was love at first sight for Clementine and Winston, each similarly raised by unaffectionate and often absent mothers, who’d married after knowing each other for only five short months; she at 23 and he 34 years old. This portrait of a smart, ambitious, non-conforming woman behind the man was fascinating and extremely well done. I admired Clementine’s strength and her dedication to Churchill’s mountain of demands. Sadly, the many demands of being his wife took a toll on her relationship with her children. Her mothering was sadly lacking and would come to have heartbreaking consequences.
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  • Kerrin Parris
    January 1, 1970
    Lady Clementine by Marie Benedict is a novel told in the first person by Clementine Churchill, the wife of Winston Churchill. It seems very bold for the author to speak for Lady Clementine. However, the writing is so believable at times it read more like an autobiography instead of a novel.  It is apparent that in-depth research went into the writing of this very interesting story of a complex woman. Clementine Churchill, through her close relationship with her husband, was one of the most Lady Clementine by Marie Benedict is a novel told in the first person by Clementine Churchill, the wife of Winston Churchill. It seems very bold for the author to speak for Lady Clementine. However, the writing is so believable at times it read more like an autobiography instead of a novel.  It is apparent that in-depth research went into the writing of this very interesting story of a complex woman. Clementine Churchill, through her close relationship with her husband, was one of the most influential behind the scenes people during World War I and World War II. It was rare for Winston to give a speech without her editing and approval. She tried to ensure his speeches spoke to all British citizens, not just those with an education. She was a fierce proponent of Women's Suffrage and also was not afraid to make her own mark on the world without Winston's invitation.Lady Clementine's biggest failure seemed to be parenting. She was raised by a bohemian mother, and she also was not a nurturing parent. She thought nothing of leaving her children in the care of nannies for long periods, including one trip for four months which left right before Christmas. Her toddler daughter Marigold became terminally ill while in the care of a nanny.  The novel contains many disparaging statements about the three oldest children, especially her son Randolph. The youngest child, Mary, was clearly her favorite, but her parenting was done by a cousin who was the child's full-time nanny.Thank you to NetGalley and to Sourcebooks Landmark for my Advance Reader Copy.  The book will be published on January 7, 2020.  5 Stars.  Book Club Recommended.
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  • Lisa Leone-campbell
    January 1, 1970
    Lady Clementine is the story of Winston Churchill's wife Clementine and how her relationship with Churchill went beyond your average love story, but included a secret partnership between them which helped to dictate history.Lady Clementine's roll in Churchill's life went far beyond just having his children and planning meals for statesmen. She was Churchill's confidante, public relations person, speech writer and perhaps most important of all advocate for the men and women (especially the women) Lady Clementine is the story of Winston Churchill's wife Clementine and how her relationship with Churchill went beyond your average love story, but included a secret partnership between them which helped to dictate history.Lady Clementine's roll in Churchill's life went far beyond just having his children and planning meals for statesmen. She was Churchill's confidante, public relations person, speech writer and perhaps most important of all advocate for the men and women (especially the women) of England.Barely tolerated by Churchill's cabinet, Clementine attended all meetings and sat with Churchill during most working dinners digesting all that was being said. She and Churchill would then as equals go back and make many state decisions. Sometimes even persuading him in another direction when she felt he was off track. She was a strong voice for a man who needed advice.But even in her capacity as a powerful voice, Clementine was also a woman with anxieties and doubts about maternal instincts. Unsure how to raise children and always traveling, she never felt a bonding with her children. And as a mother who lost a child at the age of two while she was away, never fully recovered from these beliefs. She also had jealousies and was insecure being a woman in a man's world.During World War II Clementine was the most powerful voice for the people of England. She was the designer of better bomb shelters for the families who had lost their houses during the raids. She demanded upgraded resources in them so the families would not feel as if they were living in poverty. She understood that most of these families had someone fighting in this war.She was a strong force against most of the Cabinet to get women working in the factories while the men at war. She demanded that her family stay in London during the war instead of moving to the countryside.Against all orders, Clementine would take her turn at night looking for fires from the bombs being dropped as a fire watcher. Although Churchill insisted she have security, when they were in London she participated. She truly was his secret weapon.One of the most poignant accounts begins when Clementine Churchill meets Eleanor Roosevelt. When President Roosevelt was unable to travel for meetings with Churchill he instead sent his wife. At first leery of each other, they soon realized they were very similar in nature with strong backbones to their respective powerful husbands. They develop a respect for each other no one other than they could fully understand.Once again Marie Benedict finds another powerful, embolden woman to write about in her effective storytelling way. A woman who was certainly way ahead of her time.Thank you #NetGalley #SourcebooksLandmark #MarieBenedict #LadyClementine for the advanced copy.
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  • Sherri Thacker
    January 1, 1970
    Quickly I realized this book is not for me.I had a really tough time following this story. I did not connect with the characters or the story line for that matter. Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for this complimentary book. All opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Sterlingcindysu
    January 1, 1970
    One of my favorite Winston Churchill quotes is, "I am always ready to learn although I do not always like being taught" and I agree with it. That's one reason why I like reading historical fiction because I learn without being taught. This is my first book from Benedict. I really don't know much about Winston, let alone Clementine, his wife and this was a good introduction. I didn't realize he was at the top of his political game, then out, then back in again and out. He changed political One of my favorite Winston Churchill quotes is, "I am always ready to learn although I do not always like being taught" and I agree with it. That's one reason why I like reading historical fiction because I learn without being taught. This is my first book from Benedict. I really don't know much about Winston, let alone Clementine, his wife and this was a good introduction. I didn't realize he was at the top of his political game, then out, then back in again and out. He changed political parties a few times. He always looked old to me, and he was in his late 60s during WWII, and Clementine was in her late 50s. Clementine had enough political ambitions for five husbands. I don't know if I would have been friends with her--she was very driven and had to then take "rest cures" for nervous exhaustion. Someone needed to tell her life was a marathon, not a sprint. While her childhood wasn't the easiest, she certainly didn't put her children at the top off her list. I found it ironic that when an American diplomat was coming to England to view the damage of the bombers in WWII, she knew he had stomach cancer and catered to him, serving him nutritious meals and even putting a hot water bottle in his bed, yet she didn't put the same concern in the care of her children. Looking up more information about her mothering habits I found some concerns about Marigold's care (or lack thereof) and Diana's death.I was unaware how the Churchills viewed Roosevelt as the Americans joined the Allies in WWII and thought he was pushing them aside to control the battles. I find it odd that Clementine put so much energy into raising funds for Russian children's hospitals when certainly there was so much need for that in England. Thanks to Netgallery and the publishers for an e-ARC. I really have no idea why Clementine's hair and coat are purple in the cover. Oddly, it kept reminding me of Violet, a daughter of the prime minister, who had designs on marrying Winston.
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  • Nancy
    January 1, 1970
    Marie Benedict is a best selling author who writes historical fiction about remarkable women. I had previously read her novels The Other Einstein and The Only Woman in the Room. I am not a huge fan of her writing style, but commend her for bringing the women she writes about to a public who might not know their stories.Lady Clementine is about Winston Churchill's wife, usually portrayed as long-suffering and anxious for Winston to put aside politics and enjoy his life--and give her more of his Marie Benedict is a best selling author who writes historical fiction about remarkable women. I had previously read her novels The Other Einstein and The Only Woman in the Room. I am not a huge fan of her writing style, but commend her for bringing the women she writes about to a public who might not know their stories.Lady Clementine is about Winston Churchill's wife, usually portrayed as long-suffering and anxious for Winston to put aside politics and enjoy his life--and give her more of his attention. Benedict shows a woman who understood what she was taking on in marrying Winston. "In that moment, I knew with utter certainty that I could make a life with him. It would not be an easy life--no, it would be one of striving and ambition--but it could be an important and purposeful one.~from Lady Clementine by Marie BenedictTwenty-three-year-old Clementine married the thirty-four-year-old Winston, with wanting to "write my own chapter." The novel takes their story through WWII, told by Clementine, in episodic scenes.I just did not feel compelled to pick up the book, and half-way through decided to move on. It just couldn't compete with the other books I was reading at the time.I was given access to a free egalley by the publisher through NetGalley. My review is fair and unbiased.
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  • Carol (Reading Ladies)
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks #netgalley #sourcebooks #sbkslandmark for a free e ARC of #ladyclementine in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.Clementine Churchill is the devoted wife, partner, and best friend of Winston Churchill. Lady Clementine is brilliant, ambitious, innovative, and fascinating, and she devotes all her energy and loyalty to her husband and country.An underappreciated woman in history.Author Marie Benedict condenses decades of history as she relates the story of Clementine Thanks #netgalley #sourcebooks #sbkslandmark for a free e ARC of #ladyclementine in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.Clementine Churchill is the devoted wife, partner, and best friend of Winston Churchill. Lady Clementine is brilliant, ambitious, innovative, and fascinating, and she devotes all her energy and loyalty to her husband and country.An underappreciated woman in history….Author Marie Benedict condenses decades of history as she relates the story of Clementine Churchill. The story is rich in historical details and descriptions of events, people, and places. If you love WW1 and WW11 history from an English perspective, you might enjoy Benedict’s well-researched and candid portrayal of Lady Clementine and her various achievements.Lady Clementine is a somewhat difficult review for me to write in the respect that I have conflicting thoughts about Lady Clementine. Although she contributed greatly to Winston Churchill’s success, the delegation of the care of their five children to the almost exclusive oversight of a nanny disappointed me. I DO think it’s possible for women to have a dual career of work and family, but Clementine clearly found the role of a nurturing parent challenging. As a result of personal stress and a zealous commitment to work, to entertain, and to support Winston, she needed frequent solo vacations…..one lasted four months. I did feel empathy for her at a few points when it seemed she might be suffering from bouts of postpartum depression, mental stress, and exhaustion. Benedict created a remarkable complete portrait of this complicated woman.Lady Clementine was relentless in the causes and concerns to which she was committed. She was a tireless champion for women’s rights and equal opportunities for women. During WW11, her work to improve shelters for London citizens and her other work with charitable projects was impressive. However, for me, all of these positive achievements were overshadowed by her lack of involvement with her children. She did feel guilty from time to time, but she never felt convicted to put their needs before (or even on par with) her own. Her life was consumed by her partnership with Winston and service to England. Lady Clementine highly valued her contributions to Winston, the War, and the Nation, and she was disappointed that she didn’t receive the public recognition she felt she deserved for her hard work and forward thinking.I recommend Lady Clementine as an important and thought provoking read for fans of well-researched WW1 and WW11 histfic, for readers who appreciate stories about strong, complicated, and independent women who have been overlooked in history books, and for book clubs who enjoy books that read like narrative nonfiction.For more reviews visit my blog www.readingladies.com
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  • Donna Brown
    January 1, 1970
    This was a take it or leave it book for me. I finished it but would have had no problem laying it aside. It was interesting to learn of Winston Churchill's wife but I really did not connect with her story. It is always good to learn of and from strong women and it is wonderful to see a strong woman at a time when women have not been given the opportunity to be the strong women they are. So praise for both Lady Clementine and her husband Winston for allowing her to do her part for her country.
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  • Rachel
    January 1, 1970
    Lady Clementine by Marie Benedict is a delightful and enthralling historical fiction/biography of the incredible Clementine Churchill. It encompasses how they met, what she was thinking during this courtship, as well as their early years of marriage through the end of WWII. While I would have loved to read about the remainder of her life, I feel that the book ended on a romantic and satisfying point in her life, and it was fitting for this novel.I have to say I have always been a huge fan of Ms Lady Clementine by Marie Benedict is a delightful and enthralling historical fiction/biography of the incredible Clementine Churchill. It encompasses how they met, what she was thinking during this courtship, as well as their early years of marriage through the end of WWII. While I would have loved to read about the remainder of her life, I feel that the book ended on a romantic and satisfying point in her life, and it was fitting for this novel.I have to say I have always been a huge fan of Ms Benedict and have read, and enjoyed, all of her novels. This one did not disappoint. I have so much respect for Ms Churchill, and learned so much more about her through this story. The author clearly did her research and brings nothing but respect and has created a wonderful piece that does justice to an amazing and classy woman.I think I like Clementine so much because she is imperfect. Yes, she is strong, passionate, caring, selfless, intelligent, and fiery, but yet she has her weaknesses (an imperfect mother, bouts of anxiety), but she is impressive enough to call herself out on these issues and honestly does what she can to better herself. I will read more on Clementine because this novel has created that inspiration for me to find out as much as I can. That is a huge compliment to the author. 5/5 stars enthusiastically Thank you NetGalley and Sourcebooks Landmark for this stunning ARC and in return I am submitting my unbiased and voluntary review and opinion.I am submitting this review to my GR account immediately and will post a review to my Amazon, Bookbub, and B&N accounts upon publication. Thank you again!
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  • Shari Suarez
    January 1, 1970
    Marie Benedict tackles Clementine Churchill in this book. She takes us through her meeting with Winston Churchill through the end of WWII. She has a wonderful way of evoking the personality of Clementine and how she managed Winston without putting her on a pedestal. One of Clementine's weaknesses was as a mother and Benedict tackles that issue head on. I have many of Benedict's books on my TBR list and after reading this one I'm ready to do a deep dive into her work.
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  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    Marie Benedict has an incredible knack for shining a light on the unseen heroines of history. In Lady Clementine, she introduces us to the brilliant Clementine Churchill, the woman very much beside the man.Spanning several decades and two World Wars, Lady Clementine is a story of fiction told with so much detail and feeling, that youre certain thats exactly how it must have happened. Clementine gave all of herself to her relationship, oftentimes to the detriment of others in her life, herself Marie Benedict has an incredible knack for shining a light on the unseen heroines of history. In Lady Clementine, she introduces us to the brilliant Clementine Churchill, the woman very much beside the man.Spanning several decades and two World Wars, Lady Clementine is a story of fiction told with so much detail and feeling, that you’re certain that’s exactly how it must have happened. Clementine gave all of herself to her relationship, oftentimes to the detriment of others in her life, herself included. She knew how to sacrifice and be a pillar of strength for the man (and country) who needed her, but at what cost?I recommend this one for all historical fiction fans and feminists. And I highly recommend checking out the author’s note and interview for more information on her fascinating process and how she chooses the great women she writes about.Thank you to Sourcebooks and Bibliofinder for my gifted copy.
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  • Allison
    January 1, 1970
    Lady Clementine gives us another opportunity to explore the life of an unsung women of history. This book gives us the tale of Winston Churchill's wife, Clementine, who he often referred to as his secret weapon. This book showcased their lives brilliantly and I loved walking away with it knowing more than I went into it knowing. Marie Benedict writes strongly and is very informative without slipping into dry territory. My only negative about this book would be that it didn't hold my attention Lady Clementine gives us another opportunity to explore the life of an unsung women of history. This book gives us the tale of Winston Churchill's wife, Clementine, who he often referred to as his secret weapon. This book showcased their lives brilliantly and I loved walking away with it knowing more than I went into it knowing. Marie Benedict writes strongly and is very informative without slipping into dry territory. My only negative about this book would be that it didn't hold my attention super well. I really liked the topic but not enough to plough through the book. I have been loving all of Marie Benedict's history of women books and can't wait to see who she writes about next.Thanks to netgalley and the publishers for providing me an advance copy for an honest review!
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  • Kathy
    January 1, 1970
    Three and a half stars rounded up. Detraction for me is the emotional resonance, but otherwise I certainly felt there was a vivid picture drawn of Churchill's life and political experiences taking us through to the end of WWII. The viewpoint comes from our narrator, Lady Clementine (his wife). I should not complain about this book after trying several books that disappointed. This book is richly detailed with events leading up to the London blitz and events that followed; the struggles to gain Three and a half stars rounded up. Detraction for me is the emotional resonance, but otherwise I certainly felt there was a vivid picture drawn of Churchill's life and political experiences taking us through to the end of WWII. The viewpoint comes from our narrator, Lady Clementine (his wife). I should not complain about this book after trying several books that disappointed. This book is richly detailed with events leading up to the London blitz and events that followed; the struggles to gain allies in fighting the Nazi machine; the very strong campaigns developed by Churchill's wife to improve air raid shelters and recruit women for essential work freeing more men to serve as soldiers; and Clementine's role in helping garner support from other countries.The story does start us out with the courtship and early family years of the Churchills. The strong thread of the struggle for women to be taken seriously starts with the struggle for the vote, then the roles in war and finally discussions between Eleanor Roosevelt and Clementine Churchill.I could say more, but it sounds like the winds are about to blow my house away. Time to hunker down.I think this is a book for women to enjoy.Library Loan
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  • Jackie Latham
    January 1, 1970
    I found that this book just dragged on & on and made Clementine either the true Churchill or just a boring bad mother. Really hated it and just couldn't finish.
  • Christine Mott
    January 1, 1970
    Lady ClementineBy: Marie Benedict5⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐I learned so much about Clementine Churchill, who was the wife of Winston Churchill. Let me say she was a force to be reckoned with. She loved her husband Winston, whom she affectionally called Pug and he her Cat.🇬🇧 Clementine also loved the people. She was was a strong supporter of her husband and always voiced her opinion, and Winston would not have it any other way. Their minds and vision for their country were on the same page for the most part. He Lady ClementineBy: Marie Benedict5⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️I learned so much about Clementine Churchill, who was the wife of Winston Churchill. Let me say she was a force to be reckoned with. She loved her husband Winston, whom she affectionally called “Pug” and he her “Cat”.🇬🇧 Clementine also loved the people. She was was a strong supporter of her husband and always voiced her opinion, and Winston would not have it any other way. Their minds and vision for their country were on the same page for the most part. He adored her and valued her opinion.🇬🇧 They had several children, but she was not a hands-on mom but that did not mean she did not loved them.Winston always wanted her advice and she helped out more than most knew or wanted. The men were taken back with her “inserting” herself into what they considered not a woman’s place.🇬🇧She spearheaded women to take on jobs that the men would no longer be available to because of the war. Making bomb shelter conditions livable for the people was also a passion of hers. She was an extraordinary woman and greatly admired. Loved this book! Kept my interest. #ladyclementine, #clementinechirchill, #mariebenedict, #winstonchurchill, #british, #ww2, #sourcebooks, #sourcebookslandmark, #reading, #bookstagram, #socialdistancing
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  • Loraine
    January 1, 1970
    I found this book very insightful as to the relationship between Clementine and her husband Winston Churchill as well as the happenings around World War I and World War II. It is obvious that Winston was not the easiest man to live with. Very set in his ways. For example: only English standard food for meals, two baths a day with water at specific temps and at exact times, and specific shirts at certain times. He was also very much a "my way or the highway man" which often caused conflicts in I found this book very insightful as to the relationship between Clementine and her husband Winston Churchill as well as the happenings around World War I and World War II. It is obvious that Winston was not the easiest man to live with. Very set in his ways. For example: only English standard food for meals, two baths a day with water at specific temps and at exact times, and specific shirts at certain times. He was also very much a "my way or the highway man" which often caused conflicts in his marriage as well as his position in the British government. Clementine obviously loved him very much and tried to make things easier for him. But at the same time, as a very intelligent, strong, independent woman, she was not bashful about making her own opinions known which often paved the way for Winston to accomplish more for his country. It saddened me that it wasn't until her children were nearly grown that she had much of a relationship with them, and the continuing change of nannies/governesses didn't help the situation either especially the first 3 children. Although this was historical fiction, it is obvious that Benedict did an enormous amount of research. It definitely shows throughout the story. **I received a complimentary copy of this book from Sourcebooks Landmark through NetGalley. Opinions are mine alone. I was not compensated for this review.
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  • Darla
    January 1, 1970
    The free world owes Clementine Churchill a huge thank you. Without her influence and support, Winston Churchill would not have been so politically savvy nor would he have had the resolve and staying power needed to hold off the German forces and their allies in both of the great wars of the 20th century. Marie Benedict has shown us a portrait of Clementine that shows us her struggles and her strengths. I would heartily recommend it for book groups as there is much to discuss regarding parenting, The free world owes Clementine Churchill a huge thank you. Without her influence and support, Winston Churchill would not have been so politically savvy nor would he have had the resolve and staying power needed to hold off the German forces and their allies in both of the great wars of the 20th century. Marie Benedict has shown us a portrait of Clementine that shows us her struggles and her strengths. I would heartily recommend it for book groups as there is much to discuss regarding parenting, marriage, women's rights, and the perils of wartime. Thank you to Sourcebooks and NetGalley for a digital ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • KC
    January 1, 1970
    They say "behind every man there's a great woman". After Clementine Hozier married the charming Winston Churchill, her life would become more than extraordinary; it would be historic. In fact, while her husband's political career edged forward, Clementine found herself immersed in his daily decisions and affairs, often encouraging, correcting, and uplifting him to become one of the most influential people of the 20th century. For those who enjoyed The Other Einstein and Carnegie's Maid also by They say "behind every man there's a great woman". After Clementine Hozier married the charming Winston Churchill, her life would become more than extraordinary; it would be historic. In fact, while her husband's political career edged forward, Clementine found herself immersed in his daily decisions and affairs, often encouraging, correcting, and uplifting him to become one of the most influential people of the 20th century. For those who enjoyed The Other Einstein and Carnegie's Maid also by Marie Benedict.
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  • Joan
    January 1, 1970
    Marie Benedict has been a favorite author of mine. Unfortunately, I was greatly disappointed with this book. It was slow to read as it was monotonous and repetitive. Told in the first person by Clementine Churchill it was all about what she did to keep her husband successful in the British Government. Yes, women usually were not active in this role but the book just kept repeating her activities and how she supported him. I am disappointed and am glad to have finished it.
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  • Davida Chazan
    January 1, 1970
    Some women prefer to stay behind the scenes to help the men they marry achieve greatness. Others put themselves at their husband's side, and sometimes even move to the center stage in their own right. You will find out which kind of woman Clementine Churchill was in the biographical, historical, women's fiction novel Lady Clementine by Marie Benedict, and my #bookreview of this recently released book on my blog here. https://tcl-bookreviews.com/2020/01/1... Some women prefer to stay behind the scenes to help the men they marry achieve greatness. Others put themselves at their husband's side, and sometimes even move to the center stage in their own right. You will find out which kind of woman Clementine Churchill was in the biographical, historical, women's fiction novel “Lady Clementine” by Marie Benedict, and my #bookreview of this recently released book on my blog here. https://tcl-bookreviews.com/2020/01/1...
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