The is a work of historical fact-based fiction. The author did piles of research, including reading the diaries of Anne and Charles Lindbergh, and she used real events and a few fictionalized events to weave this engrossing story of a marriage in the spotlight of the world. When they first met, Anne Morrow discovered Charles Lindbergh’s personal confidence overshadowed his own celebrity status, and she was instantly smitten with this handsome, daring, quiet man. They married and traveled the world—Anne earned her pilot’s license and acted as the crew—and she wrote several books, some of which are mentioned in The Aviator’s Wife.
It’s not a comprehensive biography, but it provides enough detail to give the reader a real sense of the Lindberghs, and what it must have been like for Anne to marry her hero, and stick by him through the years despite troubles large and small, even as his real personality emerged as a standoffish, uncaring, calculating person. The famous Lindbergh baby kidnapping is explored here, and I found myself on the edge of my seat several times even though I already knew the outcome.
Imagine growing up as a Lindbergh, and reading your dad’s name in the history books at school!
My favorite part of the book was the character development of Anne herself, as she grew from a tentative young girl, nearly blinded by the hero worship she felt for Charles, into a confident, mature woman in her own right, successful author, pilot, mother and wife.