Sep 14, 2015

The Aviator's Wife.

the aviator's wife.

Melanie Benjamin.

Publisher Delacorte Press
Publication Date:January 15,2013.
Genre:Historical Romance.

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.

I haven’t heard of Linnberg’s, not till I picked up the novel. I love historical novels and when I came across THE AVIATOR’S WIFE in library I had a good feeling about, a feeling that it was going to be a great story. After reading the book I can see why it’s popular and why so many readers fell in love with the story. THE AVIATOR’S WIFE was intriguing, unlike any other historical books I have read before. A love story with twists. I wasn’t aware that it was an actual story till halfway through novel and then reading facts in story which seemed accurate, I looked it up. Of course that sparked my interest more once I realized that it was based on real events. I was blown away by the story, the characters. I felt all the emotions that Anne was feeling through the book. I fell in love with the story. It’s not just a love story but story about friendship, family, hope, acceptance, grief.

Anne was one of those characters that you can’t help but love. There weren’t a single moment in the book where I didn’t love her. I loved everything about her and the book fit well, from her point of view, a way for reader to see what Anne thought, how she was feeling at certain times. On more than one occasion I felt bad for her, she married Charles because she loved him but only end up being in his shadow. One of reasons that she became so well know, was because how famous her husband was and because of his last name. I felt like Anne wasn’t appreciated at all, even by her own husband. I liked Charles in beginning but as they married I saw him for who he truly was and I wondered if he actually cared about her at all. The way he treated her, especially after their son died. How can you just let go after your son was kidnapped and killed? I was wondering at that point if he even had heart. At same time when he did something unexpected I found myself having mixing feelings about the character. I can tell why Anne felt that she was in his shadow, because she was.

The historical aspects in the novel were amazing, I saw myself picturing everything while I was reading the novel. Once I reached the end of novel, I knew so much more about Linnberg’s that before and was fascinated by their story that I read even more, online. It’s not a happy story; you will shed tears few times you will also get angry, mostly at Charles. It’s a story that you will think about afterwards and have trouble letting go. An Unforgeable love story.


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