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The Churchill Sisters

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Who knew??  This is a thoroughly researched, well-written fascinating book about Winston Churchill’s daughters. I love books like this that combine a famous person in history with the events happening during  the time while adding interesting added information. These women led lives in a harsh, complicated time in history and I enjoyed learning so much more - rounding out - the picture of Churchill. I would have liked the book to be more integrative between the sisters instead of singular portrayals. I love a book with tons of notes and endnotes - which this has in abundance. This would be a good non fiction book club choice - tons to discuss and learn. Heartfelt thanks to St Martin’s Press for the copy. I’m grateful.
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I wanted to read "The Churchill Sisters" because I'm interested in Winston Churchill and wanted more information about him during the war years. As such, I hoped the bulk of this book would focus on that period and expected that that portion of it would be the most riveting part. But it turned out that the war years section, although certainly interesting, contained a lot of information I already knew, while the parts detailing the Churchill girls' childhoods and post-war lives were fascinating and surprising and earned "The Churchill Sisters" a place in the crowded field of Churchill books. At times I wished the book was organized in a more cohesive way that intermixed the sisters' lives a bit more fluidly rather than dealing with them one at a time, and I also felt that Randolph Churchill was conspicuously absent--almost as if he wasn't part of the family which, even in a book entitled "The Churchill Sisters," seemed a bit odd. Overall, though, this was an entertaining and informative look at a lesser-known part of Winston Churchill's legacy.

Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for providing me with an ARC of this title in return for my honest review.
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This was an interesting, well researched history of the Churchill sisters. 

The book is packed full of facts, but it left me wanting to know more about them. I know this is difficult where there are three sisters to fit into one book.  However, I could have done without the information about the Mitford cousins. I know they are infamous, but that is material for a different book.

I especially enjoyed learning about a different aspect of Winston Churchill’s life through his interactions with his daughters.

An informative read for history buffs and readers who want to learn more about Winston Churchill's private life.
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I knew a little bit about Winston Churchill, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, prior to reading the book, but I was delighted to learn so much about his extraordinary daughters!!   

The Churchill sisters, Diana, Sarah, and Mary Churchill each very different in personalities but all devoted to their father.  Mrs. Churchill, Clemintine, often took vacations away from the family in the early years due to the overwhelming stress of life in the public’s eye.  Therefore, Winston was the constant in his daughter’s lives.  It was fascinating to learn about each daughter individually; their achievements and also their trials and tribulations.  I was captivated by the stories of the daughter’s active role in Winston’s life, even traveling with him during the war era.  I found myself laughing out loud at some of the stories shared about their travels together.  The book really allowed me to get to know the daughters of Winston Churchill, but also made Churchill more personable for me rather than only a historical figure. 

I highly recommend this book if you like well-researched biography-type books and/or if you are a history buff.  Dr. Rachel Trethewey kept me engaged all the way to the end with her engrossing narrative about the unknown lives of the Churchill sisters and their father, Winston Churchill.
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I have been a fan of Winston Churchill for a long time. However, I really never gave much thought to his family, surprisingly since social history is one of my fortes. The Churchill sisters filled in the gaps nicely. It focuses in the daughters And their lives. The family was exceedingly close, almost to the point of being codependent. Their father was their sun and they orbited around him until his death. I found this read to be very informative and sympathetic, especially as two of the daughters grappled  with struggles.
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The Churchill Sisters is a fascinating and well researched account into the daughters of Clementine and Winston.

Growing up as Winston Churchill's children could not have been an easy feat yet they all along with their Mother stood behind, beside and always with their famous father through his career and long after.

The girls are all so different and yet the bond between Diana, Sara and Mary was unbreakable.

They did indeed live an extraordinary life as the title says. 

I thoroughly enjoyed Rachel Trethewey's book on the girls and I realized how little I knew of Winston and Clementine and their family.

This book will stay with me for quite some time and has got me curious to go read more on the Churchill's.

Thanks to NetGalley and St Martin's Press for an informative and gripping read.
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Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for an e ARC of this book.
A glimpse into the lives of the Churchill daughters. Appears to be thoroughly researched with an extensive bibliography. Lots of interesting information presented in a readable story.
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I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I knew hardly anything about Winston Churchill and therefore knew absolutely nothing about his daughters. I actually really enjoyed this book. Dr. Rachel Trethewey did a great job telling about the whole family with focus on Diana, Sarah and Mary. Winston was very family oriented and his daughters absolutely doted on him and followed in his footsteps. They did not have easy lives, but they really gave it their all. They helped in wars, they were there for each other, involved in many political aspects and were really there for their parents. I'm not one to read a lot of nonfiction, but Dr. Rachel Trethewey did a great job telling this story.
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The number of books out there about Winston Churchill may at this point be innumerable, and while I have read a number of them, Churchill's daughters have always either been virtually erased, or mere background players in rooms or at tables filled with great men, invisible in the midst of "more important" people on the world stage. This book brings them into the foreground, shines a light, and makes them whole. These women were important figures in their own right. They have stories, and they lived lives, worth telling. This is a refreshing, heartfelt, and honest read. It follows the daughters throughout childhood, early adulthood, the war years, through to the end of their lives. They grappled with finding their own path in life, while finding themselves at some of the most significant political and diplomatic meetings before, during, and after World War II. They struggled with love, motherhood, service to their country, careers, and mental health like all women did in their age, and continue to in ours. I thoroughly enjoyed getting this perspective, and dare I say, the focus on Churchill's daughters further illuminates what the man himself was like in a way that other biographers have failed to achieve. I highly recommend this book.
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I enjoyed this insight into the lives of the Churchill women, although I will say that the end of the book dragged a bit for me. There were a lot of interesting stories and many things I had never heard about the Churchills, including Winston. I would recommend it for anyone looking for a good read about modern British history.
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Over the years I have read a few biographies about Winston Churchill but sadly none of them have ever gone into any depth of the lives of his daughters. So I was thrilled when NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press  approved me to read this book in exchange for a fair review.

This book is well researched and covers their lives in great detail. From their  childhoods marked by the cold and detached parenting of their mother to their beloved but often absent fatherhood, to  the later successes and mental illness they experienced as adults,  Trethaway does a fantastic job of portraying the breadth of their lives.
 The Churchill sisters are removed from the  overwhelming shadow of one of the great leaders of modern history and are allowed to shine as individuals. I highly recommend this book for fans of nonfiction and history.
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I received an advance reading copy of this book from in return for a fair review. I started this book with high hopes, wanting to get to know the daughters of Winston Churchill: Diana, Sarah, and Mary. The fourth sister, Marigold, sadly died when she was only two. Although I did learn a few things, I felt that the author did not provide enough detail. These were fascinating women for sure, but often times Trethewey just gives an opinion. She mentions their mother's upbringing, but doesn't really go into any detail-just surmises that Clementine was a distant mother because of the way she was raised. How so? Same with Winston. For all purposes, he appeared to a good father--although sometimes an absent one. His daughters doted on him and were very proud of all he accomplished. But how can you explain the family dynamics without delving into his childhood? In her later years, Diana suffered from mental illness, which was never really thoroughly addressed while Sarah, the actress, lived through tragedy after tragedy. Mary, who always supported her sisters, seemed to live with a semblance of normalcy. Not only were these ladies eyewitnesses to history, but they had unique relationship with one of the greatest political figures of modern times. I just felt there should have been more to their story.
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4 stars
The Churchill Sisters
by Dr. Rachel Trethewey 
This is a very in-depth and highly researched book regarding Winston Churchill's daughters. I had honestly never knew much about them so this was quite a fascinating look into their lives. 
Dr. Trethewey has done an absolutely remarkable job of showing each sister as an indivual who struggled with the legacy of being the child of Winston Churchill in their own unique way.
History buffs will enjoy this book a great deal.  The sisters mother Clementine and brother Randolph are also featured within this book.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and Netgalley.
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Thank you to NetGalley for a copy of this eARC in exchange for an honest review. I love deep dives into history like this. The book was written well and I cannot wait to give it as a gift.
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This book seems to be well researched. Winston was very close with all of his daughters.  He valued their opinion and enjoyed their companionship.  This book is very detailed on the lives of all the girls.  As a reader, we discover how the girls lived their lives and the choices they made, along with how they influenced and protected their father.
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Seeing history through the eyes of these women, each known for her own traits and talents, gives us a remarkable view.  Well done and highly recommended!
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I received this book ARC in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to Netgalley and St. Martin's Press for the opportunity to advance read and review this novel.  I will leave a review on Amazon and Barnes and Noble once the book has been published on Dec 7 2021. 

I have to be honest and state that ordinarily I would not have selected this book out of the myriad of books to choose from as my taste does not usually run to non-fiction. However, on a whim, I applied for this work and boy - am I happy I did!

From the first chapter, I knew I had chosen a winner. The author has really done her homework here and researched not only the lives of the sisters but has also done an outstanding job of conveying the family dynamic and the roles that each family member plays within the family. My view of Winston Churchill was that he was a great man, a man for the ages, but the tenderness and love that he bestowed to his family was truly heartwarming. Not without their flaws, after all, theirs was an Edwardian era family first and foremost, the author conveys the foibles and traits that led the sisters to have such interesting lives.

To me, the mark of a good book, is when I find myself thinking about the characters well after I have completed a novel and this is one of the finer examples of that practice. Well written, the author brought forward varied emotions as I progressed through the book, from pride when reading about the sisters war efforts during Britain's darkest days to sadness reading about their personal tragedy's, this book completely absorbed me. 

I definitely recommend this book. Bravo!
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Everyone knows about Churchill the   Prime Minister who lead England through WWII and his even stronger willed wife Clementine's you'd have to be strong willed to be married to Churchhill. However history doesn't say much about his daughters. I didn't know he had a daughter let alone 4 who were also related to the Mitford sisters.  Fact is is indeed stranger than fiction. I enjoyed this book and now I want to learn more about the Churchill sisters.
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A lot has been written about Winston Churchill. And there are books about the girls and their mother. This book pulls all of them together, using unpublished letters from archives and numerous other sources, the author gives us a complete picture of the private lives of the three girls who lived to adulthood. Diana, serious and fragile, Sarah, a free-spirit, a glamorous, ambitious woman who wanted a career in acting, and Mary, the baby who stayed the course. Their brother, Randolph, did not live up to anyone’s expectations, however.

The girls were smart and very different from each other. Their life goals were different as well. With Winston as their father, they also had a tremendous sense of duty to the country. Each found some way to be a part of the war efforts. They adored their father and were a little less enamored of their mother, who was often cold and distant.

They were Churchills and everything they did was news. While Diana and Mary were careful to be seen as proper ladies, Sarah could have cared less. She lived her life to the fullest.

It was most interesting to see their relationship with their father. Clementine was gone a lot. But to read of the great man himself playing hide and seek in the bushes with his girls was a side I hadn’t seen.

How difficult it must have been to live in a fishbowl and have your every movement scrutinized. To be judged on who your father is rather than who you are.

I thoroughly enjoyed this look at the sisters. And this book was thoroughly researched, listing every source. Beautifully written.

NetGalley/ November 23, 2021, St. Martin’s Press
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I’ve always had a soft spot for Winston Churchill; I remember listening to my grandfather (who served as a Marine in the South Pacific in WWII) telling me about him during my childhood, and I knew that I wanted to read this book mostly due to that soft spot. This title was highly enjoyable and informative in a way that really brings the family to life for the reader. Well researched and well written, I personally found The Churchill Sisters to read more like a novel than history. 
I’d recommend this to my fellow history lovers, Churchill enthusiasts, fans of the BRF, The Crown, and general WWII history.

Thanks to St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley for an eARC of this title. Opinions shared are influenced only by my reading experience.
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