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Lady Clementine: A Novel por Marie Benedict
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Lady Clementine: A Novel (edição 2020)

por Marie Benedict (Autor)

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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 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 either to expectations or to enemies. Praise for Lady Clementine: "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 "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? "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.… (mais)
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Título:Lady Clementine: A Novel
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Audible audiobook narrated by Elizabeth Sastre
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This work of historical fiction focuses on Lady Clementine Churchill, the woman beside (not behind) the man, Winston Churchill. As she has done with other subject, Benedict delves into research to bring this woman, whose role in history was previously unheralded, to light.

The novel follows the couple from their wedding day through several decades. Benedict was privileged to have access to many of the letters Winston and Clementine wrote to one another throughout their lives. This gave her insight into not just the historical facts, but their personal feelings for one another, and about the situations in which they found themselves. Lady Clementine emerges from the pages as a strong woman, with the courage of her convictions and easily able to stand up to (and for) the man in her life, helping Winston Churchill achieve the successes for which he is so well known. She was more than simply a witness to history, she helped to shape history.

I have a hard time, however, leaving behind my expectations of a modern-day woman who juggles career and motherhood with the expectations and restrictions of the era and society in which Clementine Churchill lived. That is my failing, not the author’s.

Elizabeth Sastre does a fine job of narrating the audiobook. She sets a good pace and has clear diction, so she was easily understandable, even when listening at double speed. ( )
  BookConcierge | Aug 13, 2021 |
I have read a number of the titles Benedict recommends on Clementine Churchill and although they touch on her war work it is not presented in the same way as this book. The emphasis is truly on Mrs. Churchill, warts and all, as a wife, mother and individual. She was a strong woman and accomplished much, but also suffered from depression which she gradually learned to control Theirs was a true love match, it was not always smooth but their love never faltered.

Her early life is covered but the emphasis is on her life with Winston Churchill until the end of World War II. She made a decision to put her husband before her children, and he put himself before everyone most of the time. The impact of this on the family clearly shows and it is only with Mary, her youngest daughter, raised by her nanny, that Lady Churchill develops a real adult relationship.

During the war she identified issues that have an impact on women and families and works to solve them. The first being the state of air raid shelters where people spent 12 - 14 hours a day. Her work with the Red Cross led to a project with the Russian Red Cross and in 1945 a six week tour there. She was received with much acclaim by all but Stalin. She also worked closely with her husband on his speeches and letters, preparing for foreign visitors and supporting Winston’s unsure side which he hides from others.

The partnership with the United States was crucial to the war effort and both before and after it’s entry into the war a great deal of time and attention by both Churchill’s was devoted to developing it. Roosevelt’s turning away from W. Churchill and Britain and toward Stalin and Russia in the last year and a half of the war was a bitter blow. More so to the Prime Minister, she had never developed a relationship with Roosevelt and in fact lacked trust in him. The country that had stood alone against Nazi Germany at the beginning of the war is once again alone at the end.

The author’s notes and acknowledgments are worth reading. They clearly show the depth of research she undertook. This is a historical fiction but it has a good foundation of fact.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Reviewed June 26, 2021 ( )
  pmarshall | Jun 26, 2021 |
Good book about how much Churchill wife aided her husband. ( )
  pgabj | May 26, 2021 |
Lady Clementine: a Novel. Marie Benedict. 2020. This is an enjoyable, readable fictionalized biography of Winston Churchill’s wife, Clementine Hozier. Written in the first person, we follow Clementine’s life from her marriage until the end of World War II. Both Winston and Clementine came from dysfunctional families so theirs was dysfunctional too. The children were given over to nannies while Clementine did everything she could to help Winston further his career. She apparently served as a good buffer between Winston and his staff and helped him write and practice his speeches. Needless to say she suffered a lot of criticism, as did he. ( )
  judithrs | May 10, 2021 |
Many times behind a great man, is a great woman and this is so true in the life of Winston Churchill and his wife, Clementine. I did not want to put this one down. The author's detailed research shines through and you get an up close look at the Churchill's relationship during one of the most trying times. Put this one of your want to read list. ( )
  SharleneMartinMoore | Apr 24, 2021 |
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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 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 either to expectations or to enemies. Praise for Lady Clementine: "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 "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? "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.

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