Book Review: The Aviator’s wife, by Melanie Benjamin

Book Review: The Aviator's wife, by Melanie Benjamin
Book Review: The Aviator’s wife, by Melanie Benjamin

The aviator’s wife is a novel based on the story of one of the most extraordinary couples – Charles Lindbergh and Anne Morrow Lindbergh. He made the first solo transatlantic flight and she became the first American woman with a first class glider pilot’s license.

Book Blurb

When Anne Morrow, a shy college senior with hidden literary aspirations, travels to Mexico City to spend Christmas with her family, 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 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. In the years that follow, Anne becomes the first licensed female glider pilot in the United States. But despite this and other major achievements, she 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.

Book Review

The book is based on their love story or maybe completely opposite two lives where the love is the only missing part and no one noticed that before it was too late. The 21 year old Anne Morrow, daughter of the American ambassador in Mexico, is a shy college student who does not want to be in the peoples eye, but all that change drastically when she met the young Colonel Charles Lindbergh, who by that time is one of the most popular Americans, he had recently made his solo flight across the Atlantic.

The story between them begins with one simple question from Charles to Anne “Would you like to fly with me”. High in the sky they felt a special bond between them and it did not take too long before Charles asked her to marry him. If their marriage is like a flight, this one will continue for almost 45 years but we all know that one of the most important things for a flight is the arrival. The arrival of their flight is almost a catastrophe and at the end it seems like it wasn’t a pleasure at all. It is filled with family struggles, intense tragedy and many secrets.

If you like historical fiction you might like this one but the book did not engage me enough, well at least I learned a bit more about their unusual destiny.

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