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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 in the dire
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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 tim
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Annette
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
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Rose
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 coup
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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.
Rachel
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 hug
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Mary
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.
KC
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 M ...more
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
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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
Moira
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.
Lisa
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, b ...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 portraye ...more
Joan
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.
Sarah
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.
Jamckean
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!
Janet
Sep 12, 2019 rated it really liked it

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
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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 th
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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 alway ...more
Michelle Beckwith
Nov 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3 1/2 rounded up to 4 🌟
20 years ago while visiting the Cabinet War Rooms in London, I read a letter addressed to Winston Churchill from his daughter. It referred to his political defeat in 1945 and his despair - she lovingly relayed her own "never surrender" missive. How could one of the orchestrators of the D-Day invasion, and subsequent liberation of Europe lose this election? This led me to question how history distills facts into an often misleading summary of events, and prepared me t
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Nicholas Masters
After recently reading ‘Clementine Churchill: A Life in Pictures’ by Sonia Purnell I was intrigued by the apparently marginalised life story of someone that was so instrumental in world history.
I know historians, authors, producers, etc. have been attempting to right the previous wrongs by portraying a more active role for Clementine in her support of Winston and the War efforts, and Sonia’s representation was my first exposure to this and I was keen to learn more.

‘Lady Clementine’
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Mary
Nov 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
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While I have read much about the life of Winston Churchill, I have never delved into the historic facts about Clementine. Marie Benedict allows the reader an interesting perspective, a historic fictional account of Clementine, not just as the Prime Minister's wife, but as an influential force in her own right. It was interesting to be privy to the inner workings of the relationship between Clementine and her more famous husband. The novel made me wonder whic
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Addie Yoder
Oct 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Things I loved about Lady Clementine:
1. I love how Marie Benedict is so open to sharing the weaknesses and frustrations of the women characters in her books. Clementine has some personal struggles with taking care of herself and with her marriage at times and the author does not avoid sharing the realities of that. I think it makes the characters more relatable and real.

2. This is obviously a war story as well as a personal one and I really enjoyed the perspective of the Churchills through bot
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Denice
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 wa
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Nann
Oct 22, 2019 rated it liked it
I didn't know very much about Clementine Hozier Churchill. As Marie Benedict portrays her, she had considerable influence on her husband in his own boom-and-bust political cycles. In addition to her colorful, mercurial husband her older three children made what we'd call today "poor lifestyle choices." Her youngest, Marie, was the stable child.

The book is written in the first person. Wouldn't you expect an Englishwoman--especially in the early 20th century--to spell words the British way? Yet I
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Deb
Oct 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Lady Clementine by Marie Benedict

Clementine Hozier surely took on a load of worries when she said “I do” to Winston Churchill. As Mr. Churchill grew in importance to England and the world, so did Clementine’s duties as his wife.

Wearing many hats to keep Winston put together, Clementine blossomed in her role as Lady Churchill. She acted as political advisor and speech prompter to Winston through two world wars, while tending to two families and three children of their own. Clementine
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Kim McGee
Nov 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Much is known about Winston Churchill - his drive, ambition, and leadership but this is the story of the powerful woman behind the man, his wife Clemmie. She knew how to support his ambition, guide his energy and most of all, massage his ego and she succeeded in this while raising their children and giving women the opportunity and acknowledgment they deserved for their active role in WWII. This incredible woman lived through two traumatic world wars and broke through the barrier stating that po ...more
Ethel
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 w ...more
Eileen Kennedy
Sep 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
The theme of the strong woman behind the celebrated man is again demonstrated in this novel. Clementine Churchill came from a loveless childhood and believed that her beloved Winston would give her the stability she lacked. She finds, however, her lifelong mate demands her constant affection, attention and approval. She provides what he seeks at the expense of her physical and emotional health and, in efforts to regain her strength through “time alone” episodes and travel, at the expense of her ...more
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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