You May Know Charles Lindbergh, But You Don’t Know “The Aviator’s Wife”

th“The Aviator’s Wife” focused on Charles Lindbergh’s wife Anne, but her character displayed such polar opposites that she was both likable and unlikable. Even before marriage, Anne is whisked into the air by Charles, who together become the “Flying Lindberghs.” In the air, they lead a daring life as the “first couple of flight”, but on the ground, their relationship is rocky. The descriptions of their flights together were really spectacular, and their life was full of adventure. This was such a fresh take on a well-known topic and I was really astonished to learn what a studied navigator Anne was. Amelia Earhart always seems to be the only female navigator anyone can ever think of, but Anne was an accomplished aviator herself. Of course, the novel also read as a biography of Charles, and I was impressed with his contribution to the war effort by flying planes to test the engines, which was an extremely dangerous task.

The portion of the novel revolving around the disappearance of the Lindbergh’s two-year old son, was extremely sad and read like a mystery novel. Some of the actions taken by Charles Lindbergh in an effort to get his son back only backfired, and in a huge way. The tragic ending due to the poor police work was especially hard to grasp for me since we live with Amber alerts and law enforcement who move so much quicker to find abducted children. The book was a bit long, with just a little too much emphasis placed on how unhappy Anne was. Sadly, Charles was not a faithful husband and had several affairs and children out-of-wedlock. For a woman who accomplished so much professionally, in her personal life, Anne was very unfulfilled. Overall, this was not an uplifting read.

The story of Anne Lindbergh was filled with a wide range of events and emotion that made the story a good one, albeit slightly depressing. Read with caution!


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