Book Review: The Aviator’s Wife

24 Mar

13642950For much of her life, Anne Morrow, the shy daughter of the U.S. ambassador to Mexico, has stood in the shadows of those around her, including her millionaire father and vibrant older sister, who often steals the spotlight. Then Anne, a college senior with hidden literary aspirations, travels to Mexico City to spend Christmas with her family. There she meets Colonel Charles Lindbergh, fresh off his celebrated 1927 solo flight across the Atlantic. Enthralled by Charles’s assurance and fame, Anne is certain the celebrated aviator has scarcely noticed her. But she is wrong.
Charles sees in Anne a kindred spirit, a fellow adventurer, and her world will be changed forever. The two marry in a headline-making wedding. Hounded by adoring crowds and hunted by an insatiable press, Charles shields himself and his new bride from prying eyes, leaving Anne to feel her life falling back into the shadows. In the years that follow, despite her own major achievements—she becomes the first licensed female glider pilot in the United States—Anne is viewed merely as the aviator’s wife. The fairy-tale life she once longed for will bring heartbreak and hardships, ultimately pushing her to reconcile her need for love and her desire for independence, and to embrace, at last, life’s infinite possibilities for change and happiness.

2958717Melanie Benjamin is the author of the New York Times bestselling novel, The Aviator’s Wife, as well as the national bestseller Alice I Have Been, and The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb. She lives in the Chicago area with her husband and two sons. She’s currently at work on her next historical novel.

My Impressions:

From a purely literary perspective, The Aviator’s Wife is a great historical novel. It is extremely well-researched, filled with characters that seem to fit the real life persons they represent and written in a flowing and easily read style. Benjamin has succeeded in providing suspense for the reader through events that have already been concluded. It is however, a work of fiction, and the emotions and motives of the characters are imagined and imagined, I feel, from a modern perspective. All the members of my highly eclectic group loved the book. I enjoyed it immensely too.

The Aviator’s Wife follows the life of Anne Morrow Lindberg from her first meeting with Charles Lindberg, through his death. The ups and downs (a lot of downs) of their marriage is told through her first person account. And although the author attempts to present Charles Lindberg’s viewpoint through Anne’s observations, it seems that he is given very short-shrift. I didn’t like any of the characters very much, but understand their responses in the light of the times in which they lived. From a spiritual perspective, the story is sad. Trying to find value in our own endeavors or through the approval of others is bound to be disappointing. We had a good discussion of the history, the role of women at the time and the morality that was evidenced in the Lindberg’s lives. As the writer herself states in the Afterword, The Aviator’s Wife is a good book club book. All in all a novel we would all recommend.


Great for Book Clubs.

(I purchased this book for my Kindle. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

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2 Responses to “Book Review: The Aviator’s Wife”

  1. Savurbks March 24, 2014 at 8:22 pm #

    Thanks for sharing your review…definitely a book I will put on my list to read!!

    • rbclibrary March 25, 2014 at 7:32 am #

      Thanks for stopping by. Hope you enjoy it.

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