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Lady Clementine

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  7,680 ratings  ·  1,171 reviews
From Marie Benedict, the New York Times bestselling author of The Only Woman in the Room, comes 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, 322 pages
Published January 7th 2020 by Sourcebooks Landmark
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Angela M
Jan 29, 2020 rated it liked it

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 time
Dec 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
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 Winst
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 tim
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.

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
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Jan 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
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 Ch
Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, kindle
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 ar ...more
Susan Johnson
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was ok
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 bee ...more
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 i
Kerrin Parris
Oct 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 influ
Nov 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
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 partie
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POPSUGAR READING CHALLENGE 2020 #35: A fiction or a nonfiction book abut a world leader

Marie Benedict issues her readers with an astonishing novel of a great woman who lived in the shadow of her powerful husband. Lady Clementine chronicles the life and times of Clementine Churchill. Charting Clementine’s life from the moment she ascended to the role of wife to Winston Churchill in 1908, through to the restoration of peace following the close of World War II,
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
Karen R
Jan 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Lisa Leone-campbell
Jan 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
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)
Sherri Thacker
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.
Jackie Latham
Jan 14, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction-bio
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. ...more
Jul 31, 2020 rated it liked it
Benedict is known for writing about strong women and for using her creativity to carve out historical fictions which I enjoy reading although there is the danger of creativity warping history which can be challenging to disassociate in one's mind. Clementine, the wife of the famous Winston Churchill is a great choice for her latest book. However, I would recommend heartily Clementine by Sonia Purnell as a better read if one is truly interested in the life and works of Clementine Churchill.

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 a
Donna Brown
Jan 29, 2020 rated it liked it
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.
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
Carol (Reading Ladies)
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 Chur
Connie G
Set from 1908-1945, "Lady Clementine" is a first-person fictional narrative of the wife of Winston Churchill. In addition to being a sounding board and helpmate to her husband, Clementine was involved in women's suffrage, job initiatives for women during World War II, and improving air-raid shelters during the Blitz. She reached out personally to everyday British people during World War II, similar to how Eleanore Roosevelt helped in the United States. She also entertained diplomats from other c ...more
Lisa of Hopewell
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was ok
With the title "Lady Clementine" I was dubious. She was never, ever "Lady Clementine"--only Lady Churchill. Thankfully that problem did not come up. But by page 13 I'd found enough problems with titles, lineage, stilted thoughts [instead of my pet peeve stilted conversation to work in who is who and what's what]. With Clementine tell us of her "almond face" I wanted to scream. Then there were the memories of childhood--ugh. I did find the part about Marigold's death to be well done and very movi ...more
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.
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, 2020
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 su ...more
Jan 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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 a
Jan 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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, ...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.
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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 -- an ...more

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