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That Churchill Woman

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  2,449 ratings  ·  398 reviews
The Paris Wife meets PBS's Victoria in this enthralling novel of the life and loves of one of history's most remarkable women: Winston Churchill's scandalous American mother, Jennie Jerome.

Wealthy, privileged, and fiercely independent New Yorker Jennie Jerome took Victorian England by storm when she landed on its shores. As Lady Randolph Churchill, she gave birth to a man
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published January 29th 2019 by Ballantine Books
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Cherie I’m not one to put a book down once I start reading it, BUT I think I may “shelf” this book for now😒 I’m having a very hard time to get through it and…moreI’m not one to put a book down once I start reading it, BUT I think I may “shelf” this book for now😒 I’m having a very hard time to get through it and to me reading isn’t a chore. Sad😥(less)
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Diane S ☔
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: lor-2019
A soap opera telling of a women who is known for bearing Winston Churchill. Switching times, descriptions of the dissolute life of the upper classes, constant descriptions of clothing, there wasn't much depth. Just couldn't maintain interest, and I never felt connected to these characters. Though I did feel sympathy for the young Winston.

ARC from library thing.
Dec 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: net-galley
Did you ever hear the saying that behind every great man stands a great woman? Have you ever wondered about a great man and the mother who raised him?

In the book, That Churchill Woman we meet the woman who was the mother of Winston Churchill, who of course would go onto great prominence as leader of England during World War 2.

Jennie Jerome was her name. She was a woman raised in luxury, having been born to an American family with influence and money. She arrives in England and to all accounts
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Sep 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2018
Jennie Jerome was a rich, privileged, and unconventional New Yorker who married Lord Randolph Churchill and becomes the mother of Winston Churchill, one of the most prominent men of the twentieth century. Jennie hardly knew Randolph before agreeing to marry him, however, she was hellbent on marrying him despite her mother's misgivings. The marriage had its ups and downs, and Jennie had countless lovers. But, one particular will dominate her life in this book: Count Charles Kinsky. Their love aff ...more
Sep 25, 2018 rated it liked it
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The “Dollar Princesses” are experiencing a surge of popularity and I can’t say I’m upset to see it. In a blatant exchange of cash for class, these women crossed the Atlantic to marry into the old-world aristocracy. Their wealth revitalized the fortunes of Europe’s elite, but their marriages were often complex, challenging, and dramatic affairs.

Taking her inspiration from the life of one of the most scandalous of these women,
Oct 01, 2018 rated it liked it
The story starts in 1883, England. Jennie Churchill is a guest at Sandringham estate, which belongs to Bertie, the Prince of Wales. There, she meets Count Charles Kinsky, a knight of the Holy Roman Empire. He becomes one of her many lovers.

The story alternates in time, including the time when she meets her husband and her childhood in NYC and Newport.

In 1873 on the Isle of Wight, a 19 year old Jennie Jerome meets Lord Randolph Spencer-Churchill, 24 years old, at the Regatta Week races. At their
3.5 stars

I listened to this one as an audio. I have to say just how much I like Saskia Maarleveld's narration. She is very entertaining and her expressions and voices are exceptional. She is one of the reasons I chose this book on Audible.

This story started out a bit slow but I'm glad I stuck with it. Very interesting to read about the woman who helped her husband enter the folds of government and later helped shape the life of one of the most important men of the twentieth century. Jennie Jerom
This latest by Stephanie Barron features complex characters that although based on the real life of Jennie Spencer-Churchill, American heiress and mother of Winston Churchill, THAT CHURCHILL WOMAN is scintillating historical fiction. Wow—to have lived such a life! As with her same deft pen used in the Jane Austen Mystery series, Barron’s incomparable research is ever apparent and adds to the richness of her story.

After losing her sister Camille at a young age, having cheated death herself, Jenn
Jan 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
That Churchill Woman is the story of Jennie Jerome Churchill, the mother of Winston Churchill. Jennie was an American woman who married into English nobility and was quite ahead of her time. I thoroughly enjoyed Jennie's story! Stephanie Barron did a wonderful job bringing Jennie and that era in time to life for me!
Beautiful, stylish and an accomplished musician, when American heiress Jennie Jerome married Lord Randolph Churchill she aligned her family with one of England’s most noble families. Producing an heir and a spare, her homelife was run by servants while she partied with aristocrats and royalty. Lady Randolph appeared to have it all, yet like other bright shining stars in society, such as Emma Hamilton, Marie Antoinette, or Jennie’s childhood friend Alva Vanderbilt, we soon discover “varnish and g ...more
Lynn Horton
Mar 11, 2019 rated it liked it
I really enjoy Stephanie Barron's historical fiction novels, but this manuscript fell flat for me. In part, I feel as if historic biopics are unfair to their protagonists, even though I realize that Jennie Jerome/Churchill is public domain at this point. The story's speculation, which is based on fact, about her life and marriage almost seems intrusive since she still has living relatives. (Not that this book, or American Duchess, or A Well-Behaved Woman will sway public opinion since generally, ...more
Laura Tenfingers
That Churchill Woman was sadly a disappointing book. Jennie Churchill is not developed at all so I didn't care and I kept questioning everything. For example,we're told she's smart but nothing in the book actually makes us feel that. We're told she helped her husband's career, but we don't see much of how.

I kept wondering why the author wanted to write about her in the first place. She's portrayed as having done nothing but birth Winston Churchill (and barely play any part in his upbringing), st
Nov 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
I was excited to see this book, and I really wanted to like it. The book is well researched, but it has no soul. Despite a deftly crafted beginning, the author just didn't grab my attention and hold it. The narrative flipped around abruptly. Just when you thought you'd finally find some authenticity in the characters, the scene ended and you'd find yourself elsewhere. The scenes involving young Winston Churchill were well written, but the main character of his mother never evolved to the point w ...more
Miss M
Mar 01, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
Mar 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
This took me a minute to get into, but I ended up enjoying it a lot. I am a sucker for stories of people who stay in difficult marriages and find ways to make them work in other ways. I am also a sucker for tortured love stories, and the one told here is definitely that.

I'd sort of like to read a straight biography of Jennie Churchill now. Which is really the highest compliment I have for this sort of historical fiction.
Magic History
Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
That Churchill Woman by Stephanie Barron is a bit of a slog — unless you enjoy reading multitudinous descriptions of nineteenth century clothing and all about the upper crust of Britain.
It’s the story of Churchill’s mother, American Jennie Jerome, who moves to England and marries the son of a duke three days after meeting them. It’s not exactly a successful marriage, but they do manage to beget Winston eight months after the wedding. That just about sums up the book. Except Jennie has an affair
Mar 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
That Churchill Woman
by Stephanie Barron

Wealthy, privileged, and fiercely independent New Yorker Jennie Jerome took Victorian England by storm when she landed on its shores.

The most famous of the Dollar Princesses, American women who married into British aristocracy. Their husbands were men whose families were the privileged elite, however they were cash poor, hense the marriages to wealthy Americans.

As Lady Randolph Churchill, she gave birth to a man who defined the twentieth century: her son W
Literary Soirée
This gorgeous novelized biography of Jennie Churchill presents a new view of Winston’s American-born mother that drew me from the start.

Written in lush language that holds the reader as close as a lover, it reveals a woman who is not the tart who slept with 200 men and shamelessly neglected her two children. But rather a brilliant beauty who skillfully advanced the career of her husband, Lord Randolph, who remained married to him despite his advancing syphilis, his homosexuality.

At the heart of
Apr 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in2019
Co-signing Jess's review that what I really want after reading this is a biography of Jennie Churchill.
Jun 22, 2019 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed this. It was a slow start and seemed rather insipid at first but then I found myself engrossed. I’m glad I stuck with it. I did find some of the switches in time a bit jarring but overall it was an interesting read. It was fascinating to hear about the people who shaped Winston Churchill. I was disappointed there was no afterward talking about what was true and what was embellished for fiction, as there often is in historical fiction novels like this. In doing some of my own res ...more
Kimberly Mussell
Oct 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It took me awhile to get through this one, but I am glad I stuck with the story. I know about Sir Winston Churchill, but was clueless when it came to his heritage. Although this is a work of fiction, there is a lot of truths being portrayed. I love to research characters I am reading about and am fascinated with the history I learned. I love having Alva Vanderbilt in the book as I just recently read “A Well-Behaved Woman”,
Thank you to NetGalley for the opportunity to read for an honest review.
Historical fiction about Jennie Churchill. Early in this story someone refers to Jennie as “not faithful to her husband but always loyal”. That quote would come to sum up this character very well.

Jennie married Randall Churchill at 20. It was only after marrying him that she actually got to know him.

Jennie got the reputation for being a cheater, a flirt and even a bad mother.
But this story gives an interesting take on that. Randall kept some very big secrets from Jennie, secrets that may have re
Margaret Sullivan
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
The Belle Epoque and Edwardian eras are my second-favorite historical periods after the Georgian/Regency period. Not just for the clothes (which are glorious) but the politics and history, and the rich American "buccaneers" who married impoverished British aristocracy is an endlessly fascinating subject for me. Thus, That Churchill Woman was very welcome just from the chosen subject; but even better, it's an engaging read based on meticulous research. Stephanie Barron breathed life into Jennie J ...more
Apr 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Jennie Jerome was born into luxury to an American family. Arriving in Victorian England, she meets and marries Lord Randolph Churchill. Jennie forges her own path while enduring an unhappy marriage. She devotes much of her time; however, to further her husband's career in Parliament. They become allies, rather than husband and wife. She enjoys the company of other men but falls deeply in love with Count Charles Kinsky. This book was a fascinating portrayal of Winston Churchill's mother (and fath ...more
Jan 11, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Behind every great man is a great woman, is a phrase we often hear. This novel gives us a glimpse into the life of one of those great women, Jennie Jerome/Lady Randolph Churchill, Winston Churchills mother. The novel paints a portrait of the bulk of Jennie's life. There are flashbacks to her childhood and her adolescence in New York and Paris. The setting and scene mostly take place though, in London throughout her husband, Randolph Churchill's career and eventual health deterioration. The novel ...more
Mar 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Interesting bit of historical fiction, I especially like reading about the Gilded Age. However, this novel often read more like a well researched term paper than a work of fiction. The author seemed to have included every historical detail she had researched and at times it seemed forced.
Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)
Jennie Jerome comes from a wealthy American family during the Gilded Age and it was very common for many women during the time period to travel to England to obtain an aristocratic husband. Except Jennie isn't your usual American wallflower. She's energetic, she's opinionated, she's independent, she's beautiful and she enjoys sex. (Gasp!) When she meets Lord Randolph Spencer-Churchill, she is instantly drawn to him and his brains. He actually talks to her about things that matter and in turn, he ...more
The author spent almost four years writing this novel based on the real life of a remarkable, modern, and independent woman, Lady Randolph Churchhill. Lady Randolph stayed with and supported her husband despite their differences and sacrifices but had the freedom during the constraints of the Victorian era to have affairs and partake in the glittering social world of Bertie, the Prince of Wales, and the contentious politics of Parliament. Jennie Jerome was an American heiress that married Randol ...more
Diane Moyle
Oct 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is another gripping novel about a little-known woman who influenced history, Lady Randolph Churchill or Jennie Jerome. By the title, I assumed this was about Winston Churchill’s wife, what a pleasant surprise to find out it is about his mother. Jennie was an unconventional woman, in an unconventional marriage that managed to cultivate a son who played a major role in World War II.

Ms. Barron uses a very interesting writing style to tell this story. It starts out in the third person, with Je
Christi Dukes
Apr 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really liked this! Probably more like a 3.5 rating, but did not want to short how much I enjoyed it. I am going to read "Jennie" by Ralph G. Martin next!
Scott Bartis
Oct 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thank you Netgalley for sharing “That Churchill Woman” with me in exchange for an honest review.
I was drawn to “That Churchill Woman” because of my deep fascination with all things Winston. From these readings I had a general idea about the more scandalous aspects of her life, yet little about her as a distinct person. Granted, works of historical fiction are probably not the best way to address this issue, but it certainly makes the process more entertaining. All of this being said, I came away
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