Friday, February 1, 2013

The Aviator's Wife - Book Review

The Aviator's Wife by Melanie Benjamin captured my attention from the first page. Written in that comfortable style where the writing becomes invisible and the story and characters take center stage, The Aviator's Wife was a quick yet fascinating read this week.

Though Anne Morrow saw herself as the plain, shy girl, she became the unlikely wife to the most eligible bachelor of the 1920's--aviator and hero Charles Lindbergh. As part of his "crew", Charles taught Anne all the ins and outs of aviation and she wasn't only his partner in marriage but became his copilot and navigator in the skies. Constantly followed by the press, the Lindberghs explore the world together as a team.

Of course, life for the Lindberghs wasn't easy--tragic, if you will. We all know the history--their 18 month old son is kidnapped and murdered. Charles is described as a cold man, often insensitive to the feelings of others, especially his wife and children. He was also branded a Nazi during World War II. Anne and Charles drift apart as Anne devotes her life to raising their children and Charles flies around the world.

Throughout the novel, Benjamin brings Anne to life, sharing her inner tenderness and strength to get through life's hard times. Anne has a quiet resolve that is admirable. Her life and achievements echo that struggle that many women still face--success in their careers and in their homes--without many accolades for either. I never knew that Anne Lindbergh was a pilot, like her famous and celebrated husband. I'm grateful to know it now and pleased that Anne's life is celebrated in this new novel from Melanie Benjamin.

**I received a complimentary copy of The Aviator's Wife in exchange for an honest review. No additional compensation was received. **


Saimi said...

Hmmm, sounds like a good book! Thanks for the review!

Booklogged said...

I loved Benjamin's book, Alice I Have Been, and thought I needed to read The Aviator's Wife. I would like to learn more about Anne Morrow Lindbergh. You wrote a nice review.