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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 , 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 HusbandLady 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 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 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. 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 compelling once WWII starts and Winston becomes PM I was especially interested by Clemmie s push to get women 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. 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 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. 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 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, but 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 FB BestHistoricalFiction

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