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That Churchill Woman
A Novel
By (author): Stephanie Barron
9781524799564 Hardcover English General Trade FICTION / Historical / General Jan 29, 2019
$37.00 CAD
Active 6.32 x 9.52 x 1.31 in 400 pages Ballantine Ballantine Books
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 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.

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 impossible 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 gilded world over which she reigned, That Churchill Woman paints a portrait of the difficult—and sometimes impossible—balance between love, freedom, and obligation, while capturing the spirit of an unforgettable woman, one who altered the course of history.

Story Locale: London, England, 1880s-1890s

BIOGRAPHICAL FICTION: Stephanie Barron casts a band of characters and a historical moment readers will recognize, but her IMPECCABLE RESEARCH combined with CAPTIVATING STORYTELLING sheds light on Jennie’s fascinating life and the complex choices a 19th-century aristocratic woman and mother has to make, given the social codes of the time.

AUTHOR’S CIA BACKGROUND: Stephanie Barron worked as an intelligence analyst for the CIA, a testament to her incredible research skills and her insight into cracking mysteries—including those about Jennie Churchill’s life.

IMPORTANT EXPLORATION OF WOMEN’S ROLES in a setting where women were expected follow the strict rules of society—perfect for BOOK CLUB DISCUSSION.

SUMPTUOUS HISTORICAL SETTING: The splendor of the late Victorian era spills across the pages, and readers will immerse themselves in the grandiose lifestyle of the British elite.

INTEREST IN GILDED AGE: A new drama series from Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes entitled Gilded Age is airing in 2019 on NBC.

OUR FASCINATION WITH THE BRITISH: Readers and viewers are fascinated by the British aristocracy. The Downton Abbey movie is scheduled to open September 2019!

Stephanie Barron is the author of the stand-alone historical suspense novels A Flaw in the Blood and The White Garden, as well as the Jane Austen Mystery series. A former intelligence analyst for the CIA, Stephanie—who also writes under the name Francine Mathews—drew on her experience in the field of espionage for such novels as Jack 1939, which The New Yorker described as “the most deliciously high-concept thriller imaginable.” She lives and works in Denver, Colorado.

Author Residence: Denver, CO

Author Hometown: Binghamton, NY and Cape Cod

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Author Website: stephaniebarron.com

“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 bestselling author of The Aviator’s Wife and The Swans of Fifth Avenue
 
“Stephanie Barron cuts through the scandal and rumors surrounding Lady Randolph Churchill to bring us the woman herself in all her complexity: caught between worlds as an American in England, an intimate of princes, a favorite target of the scandal sheets, yet intensely private and fiercely loyal. Barron brings us along with Jennie to a world seething with secrets behind a façade of intricate etiquette and elaborate gowns…. An immense accomplishment from a seasoned author.”—Lauren Willig, New York Times bestselling author of the Pink Carnation series
 

“What a subject for a novel! And what a read for anyone interested in the lives of women who have, until now, been largely unexplored. Jennie Jerome, the feisty mother of Winston Churchill, had a luxurious existence that stretched from the upper echelons of American society to Paris and London. Yet this gilded life had more than its share of heartbreak and tragedy. Adored by some and loathed by others, Jennie chafed at the rigid conventions of the Victorian age. Stephanie Barron’s immersive and richly detailed story gives a fascinating glimpse into the lives of society women, as well as the early life of Churchill himself.”—Jane Thynne, author of the Clara Vine series
 

“Barron…turns her able hand to biographical fiction in this absorbing volume that captures the life and charm of one of the American heiresses who crossed the Atlantic to catch a titled English husband in the late nineteenth century…. Recommended for fans of Victorian England, Gilded Age New York, historical fiction populated with real people, and high society.”Booklist 
 
“Barron paints a picture of a beautiful woman with enough determination and animal magnetism to get what she wants…. The characters are captivating.”Kirkus Reviews  
 
“Finely researched, sumptuous…[Jennie and Charles’s] relationship is complex and realistic. Barron’s commitment to detail and scope allows for illuminating flashbacks and references to actual family letters, which serve to flesh out Jennie’s story with realism and empathy…. Presenting a fiercely intelligent, independent version of Jennie, this satisfying book actively pushes back against her historical reputation as a scandalous woman to great, consuming effect.”Publishers Weekly 
 

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