Just finished this historical fiction about Anne Morrow Lindbergh. All I had really known was that Charles Lindbergh was the first to fly solo from the US to Paris. Their baby was kidnapped and that I had read her book years ago. I did enjoy this book. And while fiction Anne had kept diaries so I assume that is how this book was written.
For much of her life, Anne Morrow, the shy daughter of the U.S. ambassador to Mexico, has stood in the shadows of those around her, including her millionaire father and vibrant older sister, who often steals the spotlight. Then Anne, a college senior with hidden literary aspirations, travels to Mexico City to spend Christmas with her family. There she meets Colonel Charles Lindbergh, fresh off his celebrated 1927 solo flight across the Atlantic. Enthralled by Charlesâ€™s assurance and fame, Anne is certain the celebrated aviator has scarcely noticed her. But she is wrong.
Charles sees in Anne a kindred spirit, a fellow adventurer, and her world will be changed forever. The two marry in a headline-making wedding. Hounded by adoring crowds and hunted by an insatiable press, Charles shields himself and his new bride from prying eyes, leaving Anne to feel her life falling back into the shadows. In the years that follow, despite her own major achievementsâ€”she becomes the first licensed female glider pilot in the United Statesâ€”Anne is viewed merely as the aviatorâ€™s wife. The fairy-tale life she once longed for will bring heartbreak and hardships, ultimately pushing her to reconcile her need for love and her desire for independence, and to embrace, at last, lifeâ€™s infinite possibilities for change and happiness.
Drawing on the rich history of the twentieth centuryâ€”from the late twenties to the mid-sixtiesâ€”and featuring cameos from such notable characters as Joseph Kennedy and Amelia Earhart, The Aviatorâ€™s WifeÂ is a vividly imagined novel of a complicated marriageâ€”revealing both its dizzying highs and its devastating lows. With stunning power and grace, Melanie Benjamin provides new insight into what made this remarkable relationship endure. - Random House