That Churchill Woman: A Novel Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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 20th 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 19-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 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 glittering world over which she reigned, That Churchill Woman paints a portrait of the difficult - and sometimes impossible - balance among love, freedom, and obligation, while capturing the spirit of an unforgettable woman, one who altered the course of history.
Praise for That Churchill Woman:
“The perfect confection of a novel.... We’re introduced to Jennie in all of her passion and keen intelligence and beauty. While she is surrounded by a cast of late-Victorian celebrities, including Bertie, Prince of Wales, it’s always Jennie who shines and takes the center stage she was born to.” (Melanie Benjamin, New York Times best-selling author of The Aviator’s Wife and The Swans of Fifth Avenue)
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|Listening Length||11 hours and 46 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||29 January 2019|
|Publisher||Random House Audio|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 76,211 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
175 in Biographical Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
739 in Fictional Historical Biographies
962 in Biographical Fiction (Books)
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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.
This novel was based on some spectacular facts, but I never let facts get in the way of a good legend. Jennie Jerome Churchill Cornwallis-West was a legend.
I found this book entertaining as only Stephanie Barron can do. She captures "Voice" -- whether it is writing in Jane Austen's voice in her Jane Austen Mysteries, or here. She tells a fabulous story.
Now to buy one of her books I've not read: Jack 1939.