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Lady Clementine: A Novel Hardcover – January 7, 2020
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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 with the most influence during World War I and World War II: Clementine Churchill.
In 1909, Clementine 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 will save her husband.
Lady Clementine is the ferocious story of the 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 to expectations or to enemies.
The perfect book for fans of:
- World War I historical fiction
- Novels about Women Heroes of WWI
- Novels about women hidden by history
- Biographical novels about the Churchills
Recommended by People, USA Today, Glamour, POPSUGAR, Library Journal, and more!
Other Bestselling Historical Fiction from Marie Benedict:
The Mystery of Mrs. Christie
The Only Woman in the Room
The Other Einstein
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"A rousing tale of ambition and love." ― Kirkus Reviews
" A true tale of Clementine’s ferocity and ambition through political unrest and two world wars, the novel spotlights one of the most influential behind-the-scenes women of her time." ― Parade
"Benedict affords us a spirited fictional account of Clementine Churchill, something the New York Times best-selling author of The Other Einstein and The Only Woman in the Room should do well. Here, Clementine is tough, ambitious, and every bit as influential as her husband." ― Library Journal
"Benedict is a true master at weaving the threads of the past into a compelling story for today. Here is the fictionalized account of the person who was the unequivocal wind beneath Winston Churchill’s wings – a woman whose impact on the world-shaper that was WW2 has been begging to be told. A remarkable story of remarkable woman." ― Susan Meissner, bestselling author of The Last Year of the War
"This outstanding story deserves wide readership. Fans of historical fiction, especially set around World War II; readers who appreciate strong, intelligent female leads; or those who just want to read a compelling page-turner will enjoy this gem of a novel." ― Library Journal, starred review
"A fascinating fictionalized account of the consummate political wife." ― People Magazine
"In her latest novel, Lady Clementine, Marie Benedict has gifted us all with another thoughtful and illuminating behind-the-scenes look at one of history’s most unusual and extraordinary women. Benedict stuns readers with a glorious assortment of Clementine Churchill’s most personal secrets: her scandalous childhood, her unexpected role as a social outsider, her maternal insecurities, and the daily struggles she faces to smooth her husband’s political blunders and to keep up with his relentless demands for guidance and attention. With a historian's eye and a writer’s heart, Benedict provides an unforgettable glimpse into the private world of a brilliant woman whose impact and influence on world events deserves to be acknowledged." ― Lynda Cohen Loigman, author of The Two-Family House and The Wartime Sisters
"Benedict gives us a novel based on the life of the woman who historians say quietly advised Winston Churchill throughout his career." ― Glamour
"Well-researched, illuminating account of a complex, intelligent woman." ― Booklist
"The atmospheric prose of Marie Benedict draws me in every single time. Lady Clementine’s powerful and spirited story is both compelling and immersive. Benedict fully inhabits the measured and intelligent voice of Clementine Churchill. Entranced throughout, I discovered the secrets behind a familiar story I thought I knew. Deftly moving from the early nineteen hundreds through World War II, Benedict skillfully paints a vivid picture of the times and life of Clementine, the remarkable woman who was the steady force beside Winston Churchill." ― Patti Callahan Henry, New York Times bestselling author of Becoming Mrs. Lewis
About the Author
Marie Benedictis a lawyer with more than ten years’ experience as a litigator at two of the country’s premier law firms and for Fortune 500 companies. 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. Marie, the author of The Other Einstein, Carnegie’s Maid, The Only Woman in the Room, and Lady Clementine, views herself as an archaeologist of sorts, telling the untold stories of women. She lives in Pittsburgh with her family.
- Publisher : Sourcebooks Landmark (January 7, 2020)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1492666904
- ISBN-13 : 978-1492666905
- Item Weight : 1.15 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.25 x 1.09 x 9.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #78,609 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #248 in Biographical Historical Fiction
- #405 in Biographical Fiction (Books)
- #5,986 in Literary Fiction (Books)
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Because this is a fictionalized account of her life, the private conversations between Clementine and Winston, Eleanor Roosevelt and other real-life characters came from the author's imagination. That is, unless the conversations were documented elsewhere.
Since completing the novel, I have read a great deal on Clementine and the entire family and found Marie Benedict's version spot on to what has been previously written - and can be found online - about the family.
I enjoy Marie Benedict's writing style. The story moved along at a good speed, I never found myself bored. Her descriptions are clear and concise, she doesn't go on or repeat herself, and her vocabulary keeps me on my toes. Ms. Benedict is becoming a favorite historical fiction author of mine.
This was a quick read for me, and I'm glad I chose the book. If you enjoy historical fiction, you might want to give 'Lady Clementine' a try.
I have a better understanding of women & lack of important roles & participation in that era. They were stymied in having any say, so to see the importance Lady Clementine had in her role of sounding board behind the scenes & eventually along side her husband was eye opening.
This book was well written and held my interest. I will seek out more novels by this author.
This book represents a monumental effort to say something new about a period in history and about the figures in it that have been written about so extensively as to make anything new, or any new perspective, virtually impossible to carry off. Lady Clementine succeeds, but only to a very limited extent. As with The Mitford Affair, I knew too much about the people involved to stay interested. There just wasn't anything new to say.
I also found some of the grammatical errors frustrating. Most of the book was well edited, but mistakes remained, mistakes that Clementine, whose voice tells the story, would not have made. "Born" and "borne" are not synonyms.