The Aviator's Wife

The Aviator's Wife

A Novel

Book - 2013
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Anne is excited about life with Charles after living in the shadow of the rest of her family only to be faces with his desire for privacy from the press that hounds them.
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books Trade Paperbacks, 2013
ISBN: 9780345528681
Branch Call Number: FIC Benja
Characteristics: 434 p. ; 21 cm


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Feb 20, 2021

I enjoyed this book. I never thought much about Charles Lindbergh beyond the History page. He was a very stoic and arrogant person, based on this novel. His wife, Anne, and his 5 children didn’t really experience a lot of love and attention from him. I don’t know that I could have remained in a courtship with him given how he seemed so tyrannical and distant. It shows what a giving person Anne must have been.

Feb 04, 2021

Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Contrary to some other’s opinions, I didn’t find it boring at all, but more of a page-turner. Led me to research more about the LIndbergs. I will definitely be reading more books by this author.

Oct 12, 2020

October 2020
I wasn't sure if I liked this book, until I got quite aways into it. I thought the author may have been putting her modern ideas into Anne's mind. She may have some. Wish I knew how true to the character it is. But the last page of the book made me like it, after all. A surprise ending.

Jun 15, 2020

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Jun 08, 2020

A fascinating story of a famous woman's life. The author appears to have done extensive research on which to base the story. How extraordinary to have lived as Anne Morrow Lindgergh lived, with such a challenging husband.

Jan 29, 2020

I listened to the audio version of this book.
This isn't the type of book I usually read, but I enjoyed it...once it got going. I was 3 hours into the 16 hour narration and bored to tears. If I hadn't been reading it for book club, I would not have finished it. Having said that, I'm glad I stuck with it.
Once they got to the kidnapping of the baby, it started getting more interesting. The best part was seeing Ann take control of her life when she started going up against Charles and his strange demands of her and their children. The ending was surprising and prompted me to do more research into the family.

HCL_staff_reviews Aug 14, 2019

Written as though Anne Morrow Lindbergh herself was telling the story, this historical novel always kept me eager to continue reading. The novel begins when quiet Anne attends college and her ambassador father introduces her to famous aviator Charles Lindbergh. To her amazement, he chooses her over her beautiful older sister. After their whirlwind courtship and then wedding, Anne begins to see glimmers of her husband's difficult and domineering ways. The novel covers their flights together with Anne as Charles' co-pilot, their baby's kidnapping, Charles' unpopular political views and then his secret past. Anne matures and comes into her own as a person. Well researched and engrossing, the story made me want to reread Anne's classic Gift From the Sea. — Kim B., Ridgedale Library

Oct 23, 2017

This novel shows that sometimes the life that you have chosen has more heartbreak than love and happiness.

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Dec 02, 2016

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I have been a fan of Anne Morrow Lindbergh since first reading her own book, "A Gift From the Sea" ---- so it was fascinating to find out more about her life and marriage to the famous Charles Lindbergh. The ending was a surprise. If you like historical fiction, I would absolutely recommend this book.

ArapahoeLesley Nov 10, 2016

An historical fiction novel set in a more modern era, this was not a book I expected to like as much as I did. How fascinating to learn the intricacies of such an extraordinary couple struggling with sometimes very ordinary constraints of the times in which they lived. I was impressed by the emotional depth given to Anne, the book carries an air of honesty to it.

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keni415 May 23, 2014

Loved this book! New respect for Anne Morrow Lindbergh and what she put up with being married to an American hero. He wasn't all he was cut out to be!

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