Thursday, May 22, 2014

Book Review: The Aviator's Wife

Happy Thursday!

 I cannot believe how fast this week has flown by. I am by no means complaining because I am so looking forward to the holiday weekend, but is it really Thursday already!?!

 To say that I enjoy reading might be a bit of an understatement. I am one of those people who stays up until 3 o'clock in the morning just to finish the book I started earlier that evening. I have also been known to read a couple chapters, then skip to the last two and decide if I am going to like the book or hate the book. Yes, I hate surprises and get very mad when a book does not turn out the way I want.... cough Allegiant cough. 

But enough about me, today I am excited to share with y'all, The Aviator's Wife by Melanie Benjamin. I picked up this book on one of my random Target adventures because it had an airplane on it and I was about to travel, and it donned a 20% off sticker. Seems like two good enough reasons, right?

Let me start off by saying that I read this entire book in one day. Mainly because I was hooked by the first chapter but also because this was the day I was stuck in the Philly airport for 5 extra hours. Lucky Me. Thank goodness for this little gem! Melanie's fictional biography, held me captive with her expressive writing, compassionate and thoughtful candor and overwhelming sense of compassion for the First Lady of the Air.   

Very Quick Summary:

The aviator is Charles Lindbergh, the first pilot to make a solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean, and the wife is Anne Marrow, an US Ambassador's daughter who is a self proclaimed plain Jane slash rebel. Their life and love is met with unparalleled tragedy and joy, and their journey together and apart is not a fairy tail; rather real, sometimes honest and sometimes not, and as loyal as each is able to be.

My  thoughts after reading were:

Anne is either craziest or the strongest women ever or quite possibly both.
What an incredibly difficult time to live and raise children.
This book reminds me of The Paris Wife, which I loved. 
How did she do it? How did she get up everyday?
Where did she find the loyalty every day?
Why did she not strangle him?
She is a hero too.

Favorite quote: 

"Without a single doubt, I had placed my very being in his hands, certain he would take care of it, of me. And in that moment, that first moment of flight, of my breaking of the rules of gravity - I broke the rules of my heart, as well. For I had strictly governed it until this moment; this moment when I gave it, literally and figuratively, to the man seated behind me. To the man steering me through the air, making sure I didn't fall. No longer did I need to be responsible for my own destiny, to worry about what to do today, tomorrow or next year. I needed only to give in and be, like the simplest of creatures. Like birds flying miraculously below me. " (The Aviator's Wife)
I would most certainly recommend this book and I hope when you do read it, you enjoy it as much as I did. It gives you a glimpse into a time when women were just supposed to be wives, mothers and loyal to their husbands and how Anne rose to the challenge! 

Now it is your turn! Have you read this book? What books have you been loving lately? 

Next book on my list is The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty

 Have a wonderful day, Loves!




  1. Sounds really good! I'll add it to my list!

  2. This book sounds like it might be worth picking up the next time I go to Target, especially if it still has that little 20% off sticker on it...

  3. oooh fun! i definitely will be adding this to my never ending list, lol. i am hoping to read the paris wife soon as well.

  4. This is one of the best reviews I've read - i really like how you laid it out!! Sounds very interesting!!

  5. This book is already on my list of "Things To Read" (along with a million other books) - waiting for the e-book to come available at my library! We just read The Husband's Secret for my book club... I really liked it, and then read Liane Moriarty's other book, What Alice Forgot, immediately after. Highly recommend it, if you like THS!

  6. I'm the exact same way! I've woken up early to read a book before going to work just because I wanted to finish it! I read almost every weekend by the pool! I'll definitely have to check it out!

    <3, Pamela

  7. Oh this sounds like a good book! I keep starting The Husband's Secret back up and never finishing it! Which is weird because I like it!

  8. I have been looking for a new book! I love historical fiction, and this sounds like a perfect easy read. Thanks for sharing and sorry you had to spend 5 hrs in the Philly airport...I've been stuck there before, and it's pretty cruddy. At least you had a good book to get you through!

  9. So with movies I almost ALWAYS look up the ending/entire plot before or during watching them- I'm not sure what it is, but I just like to know what's going to happen-- reading this post, I realized I never skip to the end with books though! I have The Husband's Secret on hold at the library-- I think I'm like 16th in line... haha but I'm excited to read it when it finally gets to me!


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