Sunday, February 3, 2013

Blog Tour!

And you know how I feel about pressure...oh me oh my...
this was a good one! Loved this book!

The Aviator's Wife
Melanie Benjamin

My " in a nutshell" summary...

This is a novel about Anne she met and married Charles Lindbergh and the life they shared..the joys...their sorrows...their tragedies.

My thoughts after reading this book...

My first surprise was the gentle way this novel reached out to me. From the start I understood that Anne Morrow felt differently about life. She wasn't as pretty and popular as her sisters...she was quiet...introspective...probably a bit insecure about herself. She loved to write. She was the daughter her parents could count on. And she was the daughter that Charles Lindbergh felt he should spend his life with. I think he felt that she "got" him. And he struck me as an odd duck...undemonstrative...analytical...driven? Perhaps compelled to find just the right wife for his life. One sentence from the novel sticks in my head...they met and married without either of them using the word love.

I think that I knew about Charles Lindbergh without really having any curiosity about his life or his wife. We used to live in St. Louis...every time we went to the airport we saw a replica of the Spirit Of St. Louis...but it meant nothing to me. The Aviator's Wife gets "down and dirty". Charles Lindbergh was not a nice man...he probably had OCD...he ran his life by rules and regulations. He was difficult with his children. He seemed emotionally removed from his wife and his family. He had issues with the government and wanted to live in Germany. Anne put up with all of this. She didn't seem to want to do everything he asked but she did...even when she knew she really shouldn't. She suffered for him and with him and I am not sure why. I have my thoughts about how she felt about him at the time of his death...and I know one thing...she didn't want to be buried next to him...what does that tell you...hmmm.

What I loved about this book...

Oh me oh my...I loved that era, I loved Anne, I loved Anne's mother, I loved the way Anne did whatever her husband asked her to do...she was devoted to him...but I am not sure wasn't wasn't fear...I think she felt that it was her duty? I loved the way she woke up the day after her marriage...after a passionate romantic night...and she was afraid to hug or kiss him...she patted his arm. And he was sitting on the deck of their honeymoon boat waiting or her to make him breakfast...she had never cooked a day in her life!

What I did not love...

If this is the real Charles Lindbergh...he was a total creep! Anne was a saint for sticking with first...I thought it was weakness but now I think it was strength that made her stay.

Final thoughts...

I loved this author's way with words...her research...this book was a novel that felt like real life. I loved every word of it!

Next up?
Your guess is as good as mine!
I need a vampire dystopian something or other...perhaps this?


  1. I have that book on audio and am looking forward to it. Now I'm wondering if Lindbergh was really like that - maybe the fame went to his head.

    1. I think the author did incredible research...I believe he was that way...wait until you read how he was when the baby was kidnapped!

  2. Wow, great review, Patty! Thank you so much!

  3. Great review. I am going to seriously consider picking up this book the next time I see it.

  4. That's really a Lindbergh biography? Boy. He sounds like a real jerk. I had no idea. She didn't even want to be near him when they were both dead! She must have hated him. Isn't he known as an American hero? Well, it goes to show, ya never know about people...Yeah. Read The Hunt and tell me what you think!

  5. I've been wanting to read this one, primarily because I enjoyed another book by Melanie Benjamin: Alice I Have Been (about the girl who inspired Alice in Wonderland).

    Great review, Patty...I think there were a lot of marriages like this one back then. The wife sounds like a dutiful woman who was doing what she believed was her job.

    1. Thank you so much, Laurel-Rain!

    2. I bet there are still a lot of marriages like this now!

  6. The Aviator's Wife sounds fabulous. I definitely plan to read it! I loved your review and the book sounds so intriguing. :) Thanks so much for sharing.