Synopsis from Goodreads.com – For 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.
Drawing on the rich history of the twentieth century—from the late twenties to the mid-sixties—and featuring cameos from such notable characters as Joseph Kennedy and Amelia Earhart, The Aviator’s Wife is a vividly imagined novel of a complicated marriage—revealing both its dizzying highs and its devastating lows. With stunning power and grace, Melanie Benjamin provides new insight into what made this remarkable relationship endure
Review – I’ve read a lot of books, I mean seriously a lot of books, but this possibly can be my best yet!!
Usually when someone asks me which book I have read so far is my favourite – I find it hard to pin-point to one good book. I have a list and not one. I’ve now read The Aviator’s Wife and seriously have my best. I loved it and beyond loved it for so many different reasons.
Firstly, the story itself is written in a very simple prose, a very uncomplicated read that makes the reader want to keep reading.
I didn’t know until I got to the middle of the book that The Aviator’s Wife is a historical novel. Most characters, if not all characters are real and so are most incidents in the novel. I normally, don’t start googling till after I’ve finished the novel to cross check facts and other interesting information I read so had no idea until I was told by a friend this was indeed based on actual people.
Melanie Benjamin does an absolutely wonderful job of exploring the raw emotions, real emotions of Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s role as a daughter, sister, wife and mother. From the real and famous Lindbergh Kidnapping to dealing with a famous husband, Melanie Benjamin does an exemplary job of chronicling Anne Lindberg’s life. This is the first book that I have read from Benjamin and really am looking forward to her other books, if they are half as good as The Aviator’s Wife, they would be still a very good read.
I don’t want to add too many spoilers, so I won’t!! But, you really must read this book, you really must. It’s also the kind of book that would make an excellent book club read. So I do hope you grab a copy and have the opportunity of disccussing with a friend!!