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Subtitled ""The Life and Times of Leonard Jerome, Sir Winston Churchill's American Grandfather"" the heavier accent here falls on Mrs. Jerome and her three daughters. For once Mr. Jerome's energy, intelligence and charm had proved useful in amassing a good sized fortune, Mrs. Jerome is on her way for European worlds to conquer, and English aristocracy for her daughters to wed. Old and proper New Yorkers accepted her husband; the new, rich, commercial society was his through his money which permitted him too to indulge his fancies -- music, horses, boating and women. Mrs. Jerome, who did not indulge in the same fancies, did not sit home and fret; she found the life she liked in Europe where her husband's reputation as a sportsman and her own beauty paved the way for her entry into the court life of France and, later, England. Royal, friendships insured a special grooming for her girls whose education incorporated continental ceties along with father's energies, and their training and beauty conquered European society. But from their many suitors, they all married Englishmen: Clara, the oldest, became the wife of Moreton Frewen, dashing in manner and hopelessly quixotic; Jennie (because of her father's adoration for Jennie Lind) wed Randolph Churchill (and unknowingly assured herself a lasting place in history by becoming Winston Churchill's mother); Leonie, the youngest, married John Leslie and it is her granddaughter who tells here of the family. Many, many anecdotes of highest society on two continents all against a background of the 19th century's current events, this should have the sure-fire appeal of The Glitter And The Gold for a heavy feminine market.

Pub Date: Sept. 23rd, 1954
Publisher: Holt