Just last week I shared a few Churchill biographies that I enjoyed, and earlier this year an historical fiction novel based on the life of Clementine Churchill was released called Lady Clementine.
From the publisher: 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.
As I’ve mentioned, I’ve read biographies of Clementine and Winston Churchill, so I knew a bit about the principal characters. That’s always a tricky spot when reading historical fiction; read too much on a subject and you can’t get over the fiction parts, or tear apart the historical inaccuracies the author needed to employ (changing dates or order of events to help the flow of the story.)
Lady Clementine by Marie Benedict is better than most historical fiction novels that I’ve read lately. I think she captures Clementine quite well. Not the most affectionate or hands-on mother (most mothers of her class were the same way), working hard in efforts to further Winston’s career, frequently being run down and needing rest, etc. That’s the Clementine I also got from the biographies I read.
Whatever her faults, Clementine Churchill was essential to Winston throughout his political career and does not seem to get enough credit. In this case, the old adage is true: behind every great man is a great woman. I enjoyed this book well enough that I’ll be looking into Benedict’s other works as well.
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