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That Churchill Woman Did you ever hear the saying that behind every great man stands a great woman Have you ever wondered about a great man and the mother who raised him In the book, That Churchill Woman we meet the woman who was the mother of Winston Churchill, who of course would go onto great prominence as leader of England during World War 2 Jennie Jerome was her name She was a woman raised in luxury, having been born to an American family with influence and money She arrives in England and to all accounts Did you ever hear the saying that behind every great man stands a great woman Have you ever wondered about a great man and the mother who raised him In the book, That Churchill Woman we meet the woman who was the mother of Winston Churchill, who of course would go onto great prominence as leader of England during World War 2 Jennie Jerome was her name She was a woman raised in luxury, having been born to an American family with influence and money She arrives in England and to all accounts becomes a woman who is followed, written about, and admired though often spoken of disparagingly She came to Victorian England so staid in their morals and convention and married Lord Randolph Churchill The marriage, as presented in this book, was not a happy one for Randolph was seldom home and was a closeted homosexual However, Jennie makes her own way Rud to have had many encounters with other men, she is drawn to Count Charles Kinsky and falls deeply in love with him However, Jennie well knows the rules of the times and even though she could divorce Randolph, she instead charts Randolph s rise in the environs of British politics and Parliament She walks a narrow path of what her desires are and what the times dictate She was her own person, strong willed and willing to do what needed to be accomplished, even at the risk of losing the man she loved and the children she gave birth to Jennie had an indomitable spirit and through her legacy, she was able to provide England, her adopted land with a man who would eventually lead them through the most trying time one could imagine Thank you to Stephanie Barron, Ballantine Books, and Net Galley for an advanced copy of this book due to be published on January 29, 2019.My reviews can also be seen here The story starts in 1883, England Jennie Churchill is a guest at Sandringham estate, which belongs to Bertie, the Prince of Wales There, she meets Count Charles Kinsky, a knight of the Holy Roman Empire He becomes one of her many lovers.The story alternates in time, including the time when she meets her husband and her childhood in NYC and Newport.In 1873 on the Isle of Wight, a 19 year old Jennie Jerome meets Lord Randolph Spencer Churchill, 24 years old, at the Regatta Week races At their The story starts in 1883, England Jennie Churchill is a guest at Sandringham estate, which belongs to Bertie, the Prince of Wales There, she meets Count Charles Kinsky, a knight of the Holy Roman Empire He becomes one of her many lovers.The story alternates in time, including the time when she meets her husband and her childhood in NYC and Newport.In 1873 on the Isle of Wight, a 19 year old Jennie Jerome meets Lord Randolph Spencer Churchill, 24 years old, at the Regatta Week races At their first conversation he already reveals the passion for history and says to stand for Parliament She questions herself, if she comes across as too shallow But what he sees is She radiates life he finds her vitality mesmerizing The Duchess Randolph s mother mourned Randolph s marriage to an American of no family whom she judged to be too showy, too opinionated, and far too much in the public eye At present time, when Randolph visits his mother, Jennie gallops every day with Charles Kinsky.When her older son catches pneumonia at boarding school, her visits are quick as she still has parties to attend Sick child or not, the dinner must go forward Some parts are interesting, especially those including the structure of society and politics But when it comes to the story of Jennie as a woman, mother, a human being, I didn t find her story compelling I didn t feel any connection with her character Overall, the story is not consistently engrossing FB BestHistoricalFiction 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 aff 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 himselfREAD THE REST OF THE REVIEW OVER AT FRESH FICTION Find this and other reviews at Dollar Princesses are experiencing a surge of popularity and I can t say I m upset to see it In a blatant exchange of cash for class, these women crossed the Atlantic to marry into the old world aristocracy Their wealth revitalized the fortunes of Europe s elite, but their marriages were often complex, challenging, and dramatic affairs.Taking her inspiration from the life of one of the most scandalous of these women, Find this and other reviews at Dollar Princesses are experiencing a surge of popularity and I can t say I m upset to see it In a blatant exchange of cash for class, these women crossed the Atlantic to marry into the old world aristocracy Their wealth revitalized the fortunes of Europe s elite, but their marriages were often complex, challenging, and dramatic affairs.Taking her inspiration from the life of one of the most scandalous of these women, author Stephanie Barron reimagines the charisma, vitality, and fortitude of the American born mother of Sir Winston Churchill Jennie Jerome was a force in her own right and Barron s work explores both the roots of her strength and the trials it saw her through I enjoyed That Churchill Woman The cast felt decadent and fresh and I loved the social politics of the story Barron put a great deal of research into the narrative and I felt her supporting cast, notably Consuelo Yznaga and Mary Minnie Paget, as dynamic as Jennie herself Jennie s relationship with Kinskey didn t read as strongly as I d hoped, but you can t win them all right Barron has some really interesting content in this piece, but I felt the lack of focus created thematic conflict Jennie is the heart of the story, but Winston inexplicably becomes a second narrator in the latter chapters and the book subsequently shifts from Jennie s character to interfamily relationships I liked the idea, but I couldn t help feeling it weakened the ending by allowing the novel s heroine to be eclipsed by her firstborn This latest by Stephanie Barron features complex characters that although based on the real life of Jennie Spencer Churchill, American heiress and mother of Winston Churchill, THAT CHURCHILL WOMAN is scintillating historical fiction Wow to have lived such a life As with her same deft pen used in the Jane Austen Mystery series, Barron s incomparable research is ever apparent and adds to the richness of her story After losing her sister Camille at a young age, having cheated death herself, Jenn This latest by Stephanie Barron features complex characters that although based on the real life of Jennie Spencer Churchill, American heiress and mother of Winston Churchill, THAT CHURCHILL WOMAN is scintillating historical fiction Wow to have lived such a life As with her same deft pen used in the Jane Austen Mystery series, Barron s incomparable research is ever apparent and adds to the richness of her story After losing her sister Camille at a young age, having cheated death herself, Jennie Jerome grew into a forward thinking woman who lived a large life, lived her best life as we would say now, regretting little Her father, Leonard Jerome, told her then, The only way to fight death, Jennie, is to live You ve got to do it for two people now yourself and Camille Take every chance you get Do everything she didn t get to do Live two lives in the space of one I ll back you to the hilt As an American heiress, she dazzled the British aristocracy and other European elite I cannot be one of them, after all Much better to be the best possible version of myself and for a time they loved her verve Living by certain axioms of London Society such as Sleep where you like, but be in your own bed by morning served her welluntil it didn t She was a keeper of secrets and knew how to manage the men in her life, especially her husband Lord Randolph Spencer Churchill Her longtime love affair with Austria s Prince Karl Charles Kinsky reads like tantalizing fictionthat left me rather melancholy for the both of them Even the most astute historical fiction readers will be caught off guard by the provocative and engaging prose and insights of this surprisingly powerful and intriguing woman during a colorful era THAT CHURCHILL WOMAN is not to be missed 3.5 starsI listened to this one as an audio I have to say just how much I like Saskia Maarleveld s narration She is very entertaining and her expressions and voices are exceptional She is one of the reasons I chose this book on Audible.This story started out a bit slow but I m glad I stuck with it Very interesting to read about the woman who helped her husband enter the folds of government and later helped shape the life of one of the most important men of the twentieth century Jennie Jerom 3.5 starsI listened to this one as an audio I have to say just how much I like Saskia Maarleveld s narration She is very entertaining and her expressions and voices are exceptional She is one of the reasons I chose this book on Audible.This story started out a bit slow but I m glad I stuck with it Very interesting to read about the woman who helped her husband enter the folds of government and later helped shape the life of one of the most important men of the twentieth century Jennie Jerome Churchill was a fascinating person Born in a prominent American family and then marrying into an aristocratic British family I especially enjoyed the storytelling about the young Winston Churchill.Sometimes the timeline was hard to follow as it switched back and forth between Jennie s childhood and present time I think this is why I am holding off giving it 4 stars Regardless it is a nicely written piece of work I just loved, loved, loved the ending line when the government official came to take back Randolph s governmental robes She said no she would not give them back I m saving them for my son And what a son he turned out to be That Churchill Woman is the story of Jennie Jerome Churchill, the mother of Winston Churchill Jennie was an American woman who married into English nobility and was quite ahead of her time I thoroughly enjoyed Jennie s story Stephanie Barron did a wonderful job bringing Jennie and that era in time to life for me Beautiful, stylish and an accomplished musician, when American heiress Jennie Jerome married Lord Randolph Churchill she aligned her family with one of England s most noble families Producing an heir and a spare, her homelife was run by servants while she partied with aristocrats and royalty Lady Randolph appeared to have it all, yet like other bright shining stars in society, such as Emma Hamilton, Marie Antoinette, or Jennie s childhood friend Alva Vanderbilt, we soon discover varnish and g Beautiful, stylish and an accomplished musician, when American heiress Jennie Jerome married Lord Randolph Churchill she aligned her family with one of England s most noble families Producing an heir and a spare, her homelife was run by servants while she partied with aristocrats and royalty Lady Randolph appeared to have it all, yet like other bright shining stars in society, such as Emma Hamilton, Marie Antoinette, or Jennie s childhood friend Alva Vanderbilt, we soon discover varnish and gilding hide many stains Her husband Randolph, whom she accepted after a three day courtship, and against her mother s advice, has brought heavy baggage with him into the marriage While she dutifully assists him in his career by re writing his speeches for parliament, accompanying him to important social and political events, and entertaining royalty in their London home, his heedless actions and rash decisions cannot be offset by her social graces when he blunders and resigns his hard earned government post in protest As his career and health decline, Jennie is shocked to learn that he is a closeted homosexual and is seriously ill with syphilis, which will eventually rob him of his political aspirations and his life.His follies and vices have set a bad tone for their relationship slashing a whole in Jennie s happiness To survive her loveless marriage, she escapes to country manor houses for long weekends with the Prince of Wales set were gossip, hunting, feasting, and bedroom hopping is de rigueur In her heart, and in her bed, is the dashing Austrian Count Charles Kinsky, diplomat, prominent horseman and the future Prince of Wchinitz and Tettauis He is the one man in her life that she truly loves Sadly, their romance is doomed A divorce from her husband would result in a scandal that no one of her class could rebounded from, and he must marry royalty.Renowned by Jane Austen fans for her Being a Jane Austen Mystery Series, Stephanie Barron is also a best selling author of thrillers as Francine Mathews Jack 39, Too Bad to Die That Churchill Woman, while resplendent with period detail and vivid characters, is as intricately plotted as one her mysteries or thrillers, cleverly moving between Jennie s childhood and her present day life, mirroring conflicts or recalling memories that help her through a crisis What really resonated for me was Jennie herself She was no saint, yet Barron shapes her choices with plausible instinct and solid reasoning.Reading about Jennie s wild gallop on horseback through the English countryside with Count Kinsky, I recalled the advice of her father on cheating death by living two lives in the space of one She did What I thought would be a novel about a scandalous Victorian socialite honors a strong, fierce woman who embraced life and love, celebrating the indomitable human spirit.A remarkable achievement Victorian Jennie Churchill is an inspiration for women today Impassioned, brilliant and smashing You will love her Laurel Ann, Austenprose The Paris Wife meets PBS sVictoria 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 triumphWhen 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 othersArtistically 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 AtlanticBreathing 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 I really enjoy Stephanie Barron s historical fiction novels, but this manuscript fell flat for me In part, I feel as if historic biopics are unfair to their protagonists, even though I realize that Jennie Jerome Churchill is public domain at this point The story s speculation, which is based on fact, about her life and marriage almost seems intrusive since she still has living relatives Not that this book, or American Duchess, or A Well Behaved Woman will sway public opinion since generally, I really enjoy Stephanie Barron s historical fiction novels, but this manuscript fell flat for me In part, I feel as if historic biopics are unfair to their protagonists, even though I realize that Jennie Jerome Churchill is public domain at this point The story s speculation, which is based on fact, about her life and marriage almost seems intrusive since she still has living relatives Not that this book, or American Duchess, or A Well Behaved Woman will sway public opinion since generally, no one cares about these women families much anyI d have enjoyedThat Churchill Womanhad Barron made it straight up fiction about a fictional character, and I d have bought it simply on the strength of Barron s other work.As it is, although Barron s writing is as clear as ever, I didn t relate to any of the characters, most especially that Churchill woman herself After That Churchill Woman, American Duchess and A Well Behaved Woman, it s as if authors have discovered a formula write about a privileged American woman who marries into wealth or aristocracy, throw in some lurid details about parties, clothes, marriage s, and transgressions, then call it a novel I m ready for this trend and time traveling, and bouncing back and forth between historic periods, and dystopia to end, and for authors I enjoy to revert to their imagination and talent to create stories again

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