“Never, never, never give up.” “If you’re going through hell, keep going.” These are just two of the many positive quotes attributed to Sir Winston Churchill. I refer to them often, and was intrigued when I saw a novel had been written about his mother, Lady Randolph Churchill.
In Stephanie Barron’s novel, THAT CHURCHILL WOMAN (BallantineBooks), Lady Randolph Churchill is revealed in all her complexity. Readers are swooped into a world of secrets behind the facade of elegant gowns and etiquette in Victorian England.
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.
Barron’s novel brings to life a brilliant independent woman who played an important part in history and has been given her due. It’s also very interesting for its historical authenticity and amount of research Brown has conducted to be accurate. For those of us who miss “Downton Abbey,” be prepared to be delighted. FYI: “Downton Abbey,” the film, comes out this year… September 20th.
Stephanie Barron studied history at Princeton and Stanford, where she was an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellow in the Humanities. She is the author of the historical suspense novels A Flaw in the Blood and The White Garden, as well as the critically acclaimed and nationally bestselling Jane Austen Mystery series. A former intelligence analyst for the CIA, Barron—who also writes under the name Francine Mathews—drew on her experience in espionage for such novels as Jack 1939, which The New Yorker described as “one of the most deliciously high-concept thrillers imaginable.” She lives and works in Denver, Colorado.
Thanks to Ballantine Books, we have one copy of THAT Churchill Woman to giveaway. Just tell us what woman you’d like to read about in a historical novel. We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.
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