The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin is a historical fiction novel that explores the private life of Charles and Anne Lindbergh in their very public environment. Anne and Charles meet shortly after he completes his first solo flight across the Atlantic. It doesn’t take long for the two to be swept up in their love for each other and begin their headlining marriage. Anne quickly becomes the first female to carry a pilots license and becomes Charles co-pilot. However, all of her success never brings her out of the shadows of her husband. The two face many hardships over the years including the kidnapping of their son and the public’s dislike of Charles because of his view towards Germany. Despite everything, Anne always kept her adventuring spirit and continued to chase her dreams.
I really liked this book and I learned so much about this famous couple. They were constantly being hounded by the press and having their every move scrutinized. I can’t imagine the strain that would put on a marriage. However, Anne was incredibly strong in an era when women were not considered to be. She never let anything stop her. This is a great book for anyone who loves historical fiction or needs a good read for their book club. After finishing this book I realize that I want to know even more about Anne, so now I am reading War Within and Without: Diaries and Letters of Anne Morrow Lindbergh and I am planning to read Gift From the Sea (By Anne Morrow Lindbergh).