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That Churchill Woman

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  245 ratings  ·  100 reviews
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
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published January 29th 2019 by Ballantine Books (first published January 2019)
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Dec 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Sep 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2018
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 ...more
Oct 01, 2018 rated it liked it
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
Sep 25, 2018 rated it liked it
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The “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,
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
Jan 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Magic History
Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
That Churchill Woman by Stephanie Barron is a bit of a slog — unless you enjoy reading multitudinous descriptions of nineteenth century clothing and all about the upper crust of Britain.
It’s the story of Churchill’s mother, American Jennie Jerome, who moves to England and marries the son of a duke three days after meeting them. It’s not exactly a successful marriage, but they do manage to beget Winston eight months after the wedding. That just about sums up the book. Except Jennie has an affair
Kimberly Mussell
Oct 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It took me awhile to get through this one, but I am glad I stuck with the story. I know about Sir Winston Churchill, but was clueless when it came to his heritage. Although this is a work of fiction, there is a lot of truths being portrayed. I love to research characters I am reading about and am fascinated with the history I learned. I love having Alva Vanderbilt in the book as I just recently read “A Well-Behaved Woman”,
Thank you to NetGalley for the opportunity to read for an honest review.
Nov 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
I was excited to see this book, and I really wanted to like it. The book is well researched, but it has no soul. Despite a deftly crafted beginning, the author just didn't grab my attention and hold it. The narrative flipped around abruptly. Just when you thought you'd finally find some authenticity in the characters, the scene ended and you'd find yourself elsewhere. The scenes involving young Winston Churchill were well written, but the main character of his mother never evolved to the point w ...more
Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)
3.5 stars - a fascinating glimpse into the life of Jennie Jerome Churchill, Winston Churchill's mother. Although her life wasn't as captivating as say, Alva Vanderbilt, she still lead an unconventional life for the time period. My only complaint about the novel was that it was slow at times without much moving it forward. What made me continue with the story were the characters and their interesting lives. Full review to come.
Jan 11, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Behind every great man is a great woman, is a phrase we often hear. This novel gives us a glimpse into the life of one of those great women, Jennie Jerome/Lady Randolph Churchill, Winston Churchills mother. The novel paints a portrait of the bulk of Jennie's life. There are flashbacks to her childhood and her adolescence in New York and Paris. The setting and scene mostly take place though, in London throughout her husband, Randolph Churchill's career and eventual health deterioration. The novel ...more
Scott Bartis
Oct 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thank you Netgalley for sharing “That Churchill Woman” with me in exchange for an honest review.
I was drawn to “That Churchill Woman” because of my deep fascination with all things Winston. From these readings I had a general idea about the more scandalous aspects of her life, yet little about her as a distinct person. Granted, works of historical fiction are probably not the best way to address this issue, but it certainly makes the process more entertaining. All of this being said, I came away
Kathleen Gray
Jan 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you aren't familiar with the life of Jennie Jerome Churchill, this is a very good place to start. Well researched and written, it's the story of probably the most famous of the Dollar Princesses- American women who married into the British aristocracy bringing along the funds to save many a historic estate. Jennie was, significantly, the mother of Winston Churchill but she was so much more. Her life with Randolph was, to put it mildly, unconventional. Her long time lover Count Charles Kimsky ...more
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A novel that pairs a favorite author with a fascinating subject? Yes, please! Having Millard's "Hero of the Empire" in mind made this book all the more compelling. Barron did extensive research and it shows in her treatment of the subject. Having glimpses of Jennie's childhood illuminated the choices she made in her adult life. It is so good to have another Stephanie Barron book to read! Would make a fine book group selection with much to discuss regarding women's rights, family dynamics, late 1 ...more
Oct 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was totally mesmerized by Stephanie Barron's portrait of Jennie Churchill. It is easy for 21st Century women to get so engrossed in our own social politics that we forget the demands and challenges that women like Jennie Jerome Churchill faced. This book pulled me in to the social politics of her day, the challenges of her life, and the strength it took to face it headlong.

Years ago I read a popular biography of Jennie. Perhaps I forgot more than I recall, but I concluded Barron's book with a
Dec 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received an Advanced Readers Copy of That Churchill Woman by Stephanie Barron from Goodreads Giveaways.

I enjoy reading historical fiction. That Churchill Woman did not disappoint. Great research. Fascinating history lesson.
This books tells the story of Jennie Jerome. She is an American woman who married Randolph Churchill. Not knowing at the time that he preferred men. They are the parents of Winston Churchill.
That Churchill Woman gives us insight to many famous and infamous people from the
Janilyn Kocher
Dec 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Barron depicts the life of Jennie Churchill in this latest historical fiction novel. Jennie led a racy and unconventional lifestyle for a member of nineteenth century peerage in England. Although her son, Winston, overshadows her, Jennie had a much talked about life, long before her son's popularity. I think Barron does an excellent job at displaying the multifaceted woman who lived according to her own terms. The author provides a good historiography at the end for readers who wish to enhance t ...more
Nancy Mijangos
Dec 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC of this novel from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Very interesting novel about Jennie Churchill. It was both an inspiring novel about a strong, independent woman and a heartbreaking tale of self-indulgence at the expense of her sons.
Nov 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
For me, this was Historical Fiction at its finest! In “That Churchill Woman” the author, Stephanie Barron, takes a specific time in history and then colors the details in with fiction to create a fascinating story. It is a story that is rich in history and engaging in its fiction. I always know that I have read a great historical fiction novel when I am searching at the end of the book for the author’s references and where I can read more of the story! This was exactly one of those books! “That ...more
Rosemary Wynn
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you enjoyed Circling the Sun or The Paris Wife you should enjoy this book as well. Lady Randolph Churchill’s life was nothing if not interesting. She knew which societal rules to follow and which to ignore. This story definitely made me want to know more about her complicated life.
Diane Moyle
Oct 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is another gripping novel about a little-known woman who influenced history, Lady Randolph Churchill or Jennie Jerome. By the title, I assumed this was about Winston Churchill’s wife, what a pleasant surprise to find out it is about his mother. Jennie was an unconventional woman, in an unconventional marriage that managed to cultivate a son who played a major role in World War II.

Ms. Barron uses a very interesting writing style to tell this story. It starts out in the third person, with Je
...more Historical Fiction
Real-life heroes, as opposed to the “super” kind, are in short supply these days. Maybe that’s why Winston Churchill, England’s celebrated prime minister, has popped up lately on the big and small screens (wartime leader in Darkest Hour, aging statesman in The Queen). The wives and mothers of Great Men, however, are often relegated to the backwaters of history. Although that hasn’t been entirely true of Jennie Jerome, Churchill’s American-born mother --- a two-volume biography appeared in the 19 ...more
Emi Bevacqua
Oct 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
I've known a couple die-hard Winston Churchill fans, but military history never interested me at all. However, Stephanie Barron's brilliantly written and conscientiously researched representation of Win's parents, of course his mother in particular, had me fascinated throughout. The Churchills didn't have a romantic marriage, but they honored one another in their own genteel yet polyamorous ways; she kept his secrets for twenty years! This isn't just the story of Lady Randolph Churchill nee Jenn ...more
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library
We are always on the lookout for Historical Fiction novels and this will definitely be the cream of the crop of our collection. Winston Churchill is known as one of the most powerful historical fiction throughout all American history and I was unfamiliar with the story of his mother...until now. It is mindblowing the history from just Jennie Jerome and how she married a duke at nineteen and all the mess she has gotten herself into being thrown into royalty and power. Fascinating read that will d ...more
Janette Mcmahon
Nov 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
A wonderful fictional look at Jennie Churchill's life and what a life she led! The writing is solid as is her look at the time period and the people involved. Her followup at the end of the book brought it full circle. Highly recommend to readers of historical biographical fiction.
Heather Bennett
Oct 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Stephanie Barron has written a novel about a woman who was more than just a mother to the famous Winston Churchill. Stephanie did a lot of research on the family and tries to pull you into the history of the the life of Lady Churchill. This is a story of tragedy, obligation, passion, luxury, and a difficult time for women.
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Behind every great man is a great woman without whom he would not succeed. This is the story of one of those women, Jennie Jerome, the mother of Winston Churchill who, for a time almost singlehandedly, fended off the Nazi invasion of Britain when the rest of Europe had fallen and America had yet to enter World War II. While it's technically historical fiction, author Stephanie Barron appears to have extensively researched by her subject and the time period to create an accurate (if fictionalized ...more
Jo Dervan
Dec 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
This historical fiction is based on the life of Jenny Churchill, Winston Churchill’s Mother . There is a bit about her birth in 1854 and early years living in NYC as the daughter of the wealthy financier and sportsman, Leonard Jerome. However most of the story is centered upon her life as the wife of Lord Randolph Churchill, the second son of the Duke of Marlborough.

Jenny’s mother took her and her 2 sisters to Paris when she became disgusted with her husband’s dalliances with opera singers. Dur
Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'll admit that I do not know a lot about Winston Churchill except knowing that he was Britain's prime minister for awhile and was a brilliant man in his own right, so when I picked up That Churchill Woman I figured I would learn more about where Winston came from, and I learned that and so much more.

Jennie Jerome, or Lady Randolph Churchill, lived a life not of her own choosing. Losing her sister at a very young age, who also happened to be her best friend, then marrying a man with deep, dark s
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Stephanie Barron was born Francine Stephanie Barron in Binghamton, NY in 1963, the last of six girls. Her father was a retired general in the Air Force, her mother a beautiful woman who loved to dance. The family spent their summers on Cape Cod, where two of the Barron girls
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