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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
Hardcover, 336 pages
Expected publication: January 7th 2020 by Sourcebooks Landmark
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    Suzanne Leopold (Suzy Approved Book Reviews)
    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
    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
    Sep 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
    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 woman

    This book was enlightening and interesting, and flowed really well. A book for all lovers of history, and historical fiction. One I would gladly recommend
    Karren  Sandercock
    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.

    Nov 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
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    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
    Shari Suarez
    Jul 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
    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.
    Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    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
    Nov 24, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: did-not-finish
    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
    Sep 22, 2019 rated it liked it
    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 ...more
    Jul 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Marie Benedict continues to set the standard for Historical Fiction. Again bringing a woman out of the shadows and into the much deserved spotlight, Benedict shines her light on Clementine Churchill and the pivotal role she played as Winston's confidant and advisor. Beautifully written, Lady Clementine will be a perfect fit for readers of WWII Historicals.
    Sherri Thacker
    Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
    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.
    Stephanie Crowe
    Jul 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Lady Clementine by Marie Benedict
    Benedict has done it again! She has provided a intimate look at the relationship between Winston Churchill and his wife, Clementine, beginning at their marriage and extending throughout WWII. Clementine fulfills the cliche that there is always a good woman behind every successful man. She was the bedrock for Winston’s success and provided the support he needed to lead England during difficult times. She made sacrifices both personal and familial to give her
    Julie Barnard
    Aug 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    What a great book — very interesting. I never knew much about Winston Churchill or his wife, Clementine, and I learned a lot. Definitely worth reading.
    Deborah J. Nobles
    Sep 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Having read all of Ms. Benedict's previous books, I was delighted to have the opportunity of read "Lad Clementine". Clementine Churchill was truly the great woman behind a great man. She felt a duty to serve her country by using her public position to help make the lives of her fellow citizens a little better. I appreciated knowing that, although Clementine's life was not easy, she looked for was to make a difference in very difficult times. I enjoyed reading about how Winston and Clementine met ...more
    Oct 27, 2019 rated it liked it
    I would say this is told as a series of vignettes, as compared to a consistent time period. It’s an ideal introduction to the remarkable life of Clementine Churchill. I do wish there had been a few chapters about their lives post WWII.

    ARC provided by #NetGalley in exchange for an honest and thoughtful review.
    Kerrin Parris
    Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    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
    Aug 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Another fascinating novel of historical fiction by the talented Marie Benedict. A riveting account of Clementine Churchill, the formidable, dedicated woman who did more to secure her husband’s place in history than anyone realized. A must read!
    Sep 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
    I have long been fascinated by the Churchills, most especially Clementine who had to be a force to be married to such a brilliant and driven man. Not long ago, I read about his mother, Jennie Jerome. I found her a less than likable person, and frankly a horrible mother. I marveled at how well he turned out in spite of her lack of maternal skill (all credit goes to Nanny Everest). I was surprise that Clementine was raised in a similar manner by a mother who not only lacked in maternal instinct, ...more
    Katelyn Spedden
    Nov 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Lady Clementine is the kind of Historical fiction story that everyone should read because it’s about an amazing woman that after reading, I feel doesn’t get enough credit. Maybe it’s because I’m in the USA that we don’t hear much about Winston Churchill’s wife but she was clearly an amazing woman. Everything that her husband did she was right by his side doing her best to make sure the people of her country were taken care of and saw that she cared for them. Plus it has WWII in it and I’ve ...more
    Wendy Golding
    I have read many books about WW2, specifically from the point of view of England and Winston Churchill. I've watched Dunkirk and Darkest Hour and, in none of these books and movies do I recall hearing about Mrs. Churchill, Clementine. I know more about Winston's secretaries than I do about 'Clemmie' before reading this book. I am now questioning that, if Clementine played such an important role in Winston's life, politics, and behavior, then why haven't any of the other books and movies ...more
    Nov 08, 2019 added it
    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.
    Aug 16, 2019 rated it liked it
    Very interesting overview of the relationship between Winston and Clementine Churchill. Cramming so many years in these few pages lends to the choppiness of the book. It made me very interested in Clementine and looking for a longer biography of her.

    I read an advanced reader copy of this book via my library.

    When you don't have a car for a month due to a predatory car insurance industry, you can get a LOT of reading done!!

    I received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

    From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do .

    New from Marie Benedict, the New York Times bestselling author of The Only Woman in the Room! An incredible novel that focuses on one
    Sep 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    I really enjoy historical fiction, especially from the WW II Era. This book did not disappoint. This was a story about Clementine Churchill. In getting to know her story I learned about her husband Winston Churchill. This story is told from the point of view of Clementine Churchill.

    The Churchill's, both Winston and Clementine are portrayed as deeply committed to each other. But also committed to working for their country. Clementine wanted to help her husband achieve his political goals. She
    Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    History has served Winston Churchill as one of the heroes of WWII. He served his country well and while there are many tributes acknowledging his accomplishments, little is known about Lady Clementine Churchill, his most avid supporter. Reading this book, I feel as if she too should have been recognized for her contributions to Great Britain. From the very beginning of their marriage in 1908, she understood her role in his life, as his confidant, his supporter...even at times when that support ...more
    Annette Jordan
    As a fan of Marie Benedict's previous book , The Other Einstein, I was delighted to get my hands on an advance copy of her newest release, Lady Clementine. Once again the author has chosen to focus on the woman behind the man, in this case Clementine Churchill, the wife of Winston Churchill. Opening on their wedding day, the book follows the couple through moments of triumph and despair, both public and private- from Winston's early days as Lord Admiral and rapid upward political trajectory, to ...more
    Dec 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
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    3.5 stars, rounded up

    This 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
    Nov 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Marie Benedict has taken yet another unknown historical figure and done the research to discover why that person deserved more attention than they had received. Clementine Churchill was the great woman behind a great man. Marrying Winston Churchill in 1908, she took on various roles as Churchill's successes were followed by failures, followed by more success. She made do in whatever public house she ended up living in. She balanced budgets that were woefully inadequate to support her family. ...more
    Dec 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
    September 12, 1908, Clementine Hozier is about to become Mrs. Winston Churchill. They are an odd but perfect pairing as is reinforced through the decades of their marriage. She is the voice of reason to his intellectual wandering. She is grounded and loyal to her suffragette and liberal positions, while he wavers, and like most politicians switches and maneuvers for his political survival. She is his speech coach, his second head, his greatest defender, his strength when the “black dog moods” ...more
    Hannah Vestal
    Nov 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
    How does someone stand out apart from such a character as Winston Churchill? Lady Clementine is a detailed look at the life of Clementine Churchill, wife of Winston Churchill.

    Clementine Churchill did not let her marriage to the most recognizable Prime Minister define her as being “just the PM’s wife”. Instead, she used the position to rally women during wartime and gave them purpose. She would also help Winston with speeches, and smoothing his rough edges.

    The format of the book was a bit
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    Marie Benedict is a lawyer with more than ten years' experience as a litigator at two of the country's premier law firms. She is a magna cum laude graduate of Boston College with a focus in History and Art History, and a cum laude graduate of the Boston University School of Law. While practicing as a lawyer, Marie dreamed of a fantastical job unearthing the hidden historical stories of women -- ...more