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 couple.
Not long into their marriage, Clementine saved Winston's political career after the his idea to attack The Dardanelles during WW I was an utter disaster, he was a demoted from the admiralty, she though of a way for Winston to redeem himself and it worked.
Her life wasn't an easy one, she had troubled childhood, her marriage to Winston was at times hard, trying to be a good mother to her five children, while being a busy politicians wife and of course living in England during the two world wars was difficult.
Both she and Winston had issues with " The Black Dog " as they called depression back then, the pressure of being in the public eye, loss of a child, juggling so many different roles and WW II. This took it's toll on both of the Churchill's mental health and of course their marriage.
Clementine was a very strong woman, she was smart and she was determined that her husband's time as England's Prime Minister was a success. During WW II, not only was she her husband sounding board for his famous speeches, she encouraged him to change the wording, Winston used big complicated words and the average English working class person wouldn't understand what he meant!
Clementine, put her husband first, she struggled with terrible guilt regarding the lack of time she spent with her children while they were growing up and her life wasn't easy. But she was dedicated to her husband, she loved him, she supported her country and it's people. She went out herself to witness the terrible damage the German bombs had done to London, she noticed the bomb shelters had issues, she discovered while they did protect women and children from harm? They lacked basic things, like somewhere for families to sleep, decent toilet facilities and she made changes.
She was involved with the Red Cross, she also added her name to the fire spotters list, at night they sat on roofs of buildings for 8 hours shifts watching with binoculars fixed on the sky, they reported incoming German planes and also if any fires had started. Mrs Churchill was also was an excellent hostess, she made do with what food was available due to rationing and she remembered the famous dinner guests favorite dishes.
Lady Clementine, is a story about a strong, brilliant, ambitious woman who stood beside her husband, during England's darkest hour and in her own way she helped her country defeat the Germans.
I received a complimentary copy of this book, opinions expressed in this review are my own, I gave Lady Clementine 5 stars and I really enjoyed the book.
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- ISBN-10 : 1713507803
- ISBN-13 : 978-1713507802
- Product Dimensions : 13.34 x 1.27 x 17.15 cm
- Publisher : Audible Studios on Brilliance; Unabridged Edition (17 March 2020)
- Language: : English
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Slow start but ultimately a good readReviewed in Canada on 23 February 2020
I love this author's previous book - the other Einstein - so that may have influenced my initial read of this book (Lady Clementine. I found the book slow going at first but knowing the author's other work I stuck with it. It was a great decision. I very much liked the focus on the relationship between Lady Clementine and husband Winston Churchill. I felt as if Ihad been shown behind the scenes of the Churchill's lived against a background of world war.
Churchill’s RockReviewed in Canada on 17 July 2020
Many books on this lady . This seems to short version of all the other books. Well written and easy to read.
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Clementine really was a darlingReviewed in Canada on 11 July 2020
An outstanding novel. So much I didn't know about Clementine. We only hear about Churchill but it looks like Clementine really was instrumental in the war effort. Nice to finally hear about women"s efforts! So much history wrapped up in an exciting story!
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A very annoying bookReviewed in the United States on 19 January 2020
I am surprised by the glowing reviews for this book. Much of it reads like a romance novel. One of the worst sections of the book is about Clementine's cruise on the Rosaura. The dialogue, created by the author, is inane. The last third of the book, which is focused on World War II, is actually quite interesting. If you feel you must read this book, I would recommend starting the book on page 183.
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Narcisstic main characerReviewed in the United States on 13 February 2020
The historical portions of the novel were interesting. However, the narrative of Clementine Churchill's constant bravado/litany of accomplishments, neediness/whining, entitled attitude, and the justification of expensive vacations for her delicate constitution, as well as hands-off parenting and then ruminating about the deficits in her children's moral fiber, make this book nauseating and cloying. It is a good thing "Cat" (Clementine) married "Pug" (Winston), because if even a shred of this is to be believed, he could not and did not make a move without her. It is hard to believe that she influenced every major initiative that affected the outcome of two World Wars and cajoled him into making the world what it is today primarily thanks to her counsel.
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