Nicole Says… Read This Book by Melanie Benjamin

By Nicole McManus

The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin
The Aviator’s Wife
by Melanie Benjamin

Anne Morrow was living a happy life in the shadows of her political father and her beautiful sister. However, her life turns into a majestic fairytale when she meets Charles Lindbergh, who opens up the whole world to her. Anne lived during a time when women were identified through their husbands. Yet, through the encouragement and support of Charles, Anne pushed her limits and accomplished goals she never dreamed were possible. Unfortunately, Anne’s life with the Aviator is not smooth sailing, but one filled with turbulence and heartbreaking events. The Aviator’s Wife tells Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s side of this famous, whirlwind romance.

Written like a romanticized memoir, Melanie Benjamin transports readers straight into the heart and mind of Anne Morrow Lindbergh. The setting flashes from Anne’s present self in 1974, back through time as she remembers significant events in her relationship with her hero, Charles. Anne’s internal monologue is poetic, with several phrases that will remain in readers’ minds long after they have finished the book. This book brings up some debatable issues when it comes to Charles’ personality and Anne’s acceptance of daily life. Nevertheless, whether or not you like the Lindbergh couple or even remember why you recognize their name, this book is a definite must read.

I, like everyone else, knew of the Lindbergh family; however, most of my information came from school textbooks. Reading this book felt like a trip back in time, with a vivid, up-close look into their family. I love how the author tells the story through Anne’s memories making it feel very personal, and I had to keep reminding myself that this is an historical novel. I can’t wait to read more by this author.

About this writer

  • Nicole McManus Nicole McManus loves to read, to the point that she is sure she was born with a book in her hands. She writes book reviews in the hopes of helping others find the magic in reading. Contact her at ariesgrlreview.com.

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