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That Churchill Woman: A Novel (vuoden 2019 painos)

– tekijä: Stephanie Barron (Tekijä)

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"The Paris Wife meets PBS's Victoria in this enthralling novel of the life and loves of one of history's most remarkable women: Winston Churchill's scandalous American mother, Jennie Jerome. Wealthy, privileged, and fiercely independent New Yorker Jennie Jerome took Victorian England by storm when she landed on its shores. As Lady Randolph Churchill, she gave birth to a man who defined the twentieth century: her son Winston. But Jennie--reared in the luxury of Gilded Age Newport and the Paris of the Second Empire--lived an outrageously modern life all her own, filled with controversy, passion, tragedy, and triumph. When the nineteen-year-old beauty agrees to marry the son of a duke she has known only three days, she's instantly swept up in a whirlwind of British politics and the breathless social climbing of the Marlborough House Set, the reckless men who surround Bertie, Prince of Wales. Raised to think for herself and careless of English society rules, the new Lady Randolph Churchill quickly becomes a London sensation: adored by some, despised by others. Artistically gifted and politically shrewd, she shapes her husband's rise in Parliament and her young son's difficult passage through boyhood. But as the family's influence soars, scandals explode and tragedy befalls the Churchills. Jennie is inescapably drawn to the brilliant and seductive Count Charles Kinsky--diplomat, skilled horse-racer, deeply passionate lover. Their impossible affair only intensifies as Randolph Churchill's sanity frays, and Jennie--a woman whose every move on the public stage is judged--must walk a tightrope between duty and desire. Forced to decide where her heart truly belongs, Jennie risks everything--even her son--and disrupts lives, including her own, on both sides of the Atlantic. Breathing new life into Jennie's legacy and the gilded world over which she reigned, That Churchill Woman paints a portrait of the difficult--and sometimes impossible--balance between love, freedom, and obligation, while capturing the spirit of an unforgettable woman, one who altered the course of history"--… (lisätietoja)
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Teoksen nimi:That Churchill Woman: A Novel
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Info:Ballantine Books (2019), 400 pages
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Digital Audiobook narrated by Saskia Maarleveld.

From the book jacket: Wealthy, privileged, and fiercely independent New Yorker Jennie Jerome took Victorian England by storm when she landed on its shores. As Lady Randolph Churchill, she gave birth to a man who defined the twentieth century: her son Winston. But Jennie--reared in the luxury of Gilded Age Newport and the Paris of the Second Empire--lived an outrageously modern life all her own, filled with controversy, passion, tragedy, and triumph.

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I’m not sure I would have picked this up if it weren’t a selection for my F2F book group.

I find Jennie a fascinating character. Barron does a good job of bringing her to life and giving the reader a “modern” woman who was able to bend the rules of the restrictive society in which she found herself to achieve some measure of personal happiness and fulfillment. And she certainly succeeded in nurturing her son, identifying his gifts, helping him overcome his difficulties, and launching his career!

I knew that Winston Churchill’s mother was an American heiress and that she was known as somewhat of a firebrand. But I didn’t know much else about her story. Stephanie Barron is known to me as the author of a series of cozy mysteries featuring Jane Austen as the amateur sleuth (try them, they’re delightful). So I know that she is able to fill her novels with the kind of accurate period details that I like in historical fiction. She certainly does that here.

This novel has piqued my interest and I think I’ll seek out a biography of Lady Randolph Churchill.

Saskia Maarleveld does a find job of narrating the audiobook. She sets a good pace and has the skill to handle the many characters. ( )
  BookConcierge | Feb 1, 2021 |
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Excellent novel based on the life of Jennie Jerome, Winston Churchill's mother. The historical perspective adds a lot to understanding the times, mores and politics of Victorian England and the perspective of a young American woman brought into that world.
  Helenoel | Sep 26, 2020 |
Stephanie Barron's new novel, That Churchill Woman blends historical scandal with a manners novel. Throughout the book, Jennie Jerome shows incredible loyalty to her husband, Randolph Churchill, helping him with his Parliament career and hiding his secrets, while she privately indulges in many flirtations and a serious affair.

There was a special open-secret aspect to the upper-class affairs in this novel. As long as no one said anything too dramatic or raised any children who were obviously not their father's, it seemed like the whole crowd turned a blind eye to extramarital affairs. This was an interesting class note in itself, since emotional scenes were seen as lowerclass, while there would be a whole drama of inheritances with any illegitimate children. Divorce, on the other hand, was a social and financial disaster.

I loved meeting the other American girls who'd married into British peerage, and I loved the sneaky, gossipy plotting. (I especially loved when one of the less popular girls, Minnie Paget, who turns her English connections into a sort of business, doing introductions for Americans, and the others discuss whether they ought to pay her to avoid her social attacks.)

Obviously Jennie is Winston Churchill's mother, but I didn't love the Winston Churchill scenes as much as I liked the rest of the book. It seemed a bit heavy to alternate discussions about how useless he was with young Winston exhibiting military talent and extreme stoicism.

This is a great historical drama, with memorable, complex characters in beautiful European settings. ( )
  TheFictionAddiction | Aug 12, 2020 |
Jennie Jerome was a rich, privileged, and unconventional New Yorker who married Lord Randolph Churchill and becomes the mother of Winston Churchill, one of the most prominent men of the twentieth century. Jennie hardly knew Randolph before agreeing to marry him, however, she was hellbent on marrying him despite her mother's misgivings. The marriage had its ups and downs, and Jennie had countless lovers. But, one particular will dominate her life in this book: Count Charles Kinsky. Their love affair is pretty much doomed from the start, yet they can't stay away from each other, even when Bertie, Prince of Wales, warns Jennie about the risks himself...

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  MaraBlaise | May 19, 2019 |
excellently scandalous tale of Winston Churchill's mother, really meant for young adults, but incredibly captivating! Implies that without his mother's drive Winston wouldn't have been able to get us through WWII! Though it is obviously fiction the author clearly did a lot of research and it is captivating. Great story about being an independent woman in a time when independent women were not really wanted.
  RachelLeibiger | Apr 30, 2019 |
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"The Paris Wife meets PBS's Victoria in this enthralling novel of the life and loves of one of history's most remarkable women: Winston Churchill's scandalous American mother, Jennie Jerome. Wealthy, privileged, and fiercely independent New Yorker Jennie Jerome took Victorian England by storm when she landed on its shores. As Lady Randolph Churchill, she gave birth to a man who defined the twentieth century: her son Winston. But Jennie--reared in the luxury of Gilded Age Newport and the Paris of the Second Empire--lived an outrageously modern life all her own, filled with controversy, passion, tragedy, and triumph. When the nineteen-year-old beauty agrees to marry the son of a duke she has known only three days, she's instantly swept up in a whirlwind of British politics and the breathless social climbing of the Marlborough House Set, the reckless men who surround Bertie, Prince of Wales. Raised to think for herself and careless of English society rules, the new Lady Randolph Churchill quickly becomes a London sensation: adored by some, despised by others. Artistically gifted and politically shrewd, she shapes her husband's rise in Parliament and her young son's difficult passage through boyhood. But as the family's influence soars, scandals explode and tragedy befalls the Churchills. Jennie is inescapably drawn to the brilliant and seductive Count Charles Kinsky--diplomat, skilled horse-racer, deeply passionate lover. Their impossible affair only intensifies as Randolph Churchill's sanity frays, and Jennie--a woman whose every move on the public stage is judged--must walk a tightrope between duty and desire. Forced to decide where her heart truly belongs, Jennie risks everything--even her son--and disrupts lives, including her own, on both sides of the Atlantic. Breathing new life into Jennie's legacy and the gilded world over which she reigned, That Churchill Woman paints a portrait of the difficult--and sometimes impossible--balance between love, freedom, and obligation, while capturing the spirit of an unforgettable woman, one who altered the course of history"--

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