Online Book Club: The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin


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The Aviator's Wife

Welcome to the September Online Book Club.
This month we’re discussing
The Aviator’s Wife
by Melanie Benjamin.

The Aviator’s Wife tells the story of the Lindbergh’s from Anne’s point of view. She easily fell in love with Charles, but then realized he was not always an easy person to deal with. When their firstborn was kidnapped, the foundation of their marriage wasn’t quite strong enough to carry them through the many decades ahead. They did have more children, but as the children grew, Charles spent more and more time away from home. Anne finally wrote a book (Gift from the Sea) and found the strength to become a person in her own right out of Charles’ shadow.

I have enjoyed another of Melanie Benjamin’s book and thought The Aviator’s Wife would be a good choice for the September Online Book Club. I’ve read The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb and found her take on historical fiction to be captivating. I read about Mrs. Tom Thumb before The Greatest Showman came out and it was nice to have some background on P.T. Barnum before that movie came out.

Discuss the book below or join the Facebook group.


  1. What was your favorite moment in the book? Least favorite?
  2. Was there any part of Charles’ personality you liked or admired?
  3. Do you think you would have acted differently than Anne with Charles? How?
  4. What is something new you learned about the Lindberghs reading this book?
  5. How would you deal with media harassing you at every turn?
  6. Have you read any of the Lindberghs’ other books? What did you think?
  7. Do you feel Anne was justified getting her own apartment? Having an affair?
  8. How did you feel when you found out Charles not only had affairs, but other families?
  9. What lessons can women today learn from Anne?
  10. Is there anything else you want to discuss? Mention it here.

Thank you for reading with us and stopping by to discuss The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin!

 Join us on October 31 to discuss At The Water’s Edge by Sara Gruen!


About Sarah Anne Carter

Sarah Anne Carter is a writer and reader. She grew up all over the world as a military brat and is now putting down roots with her family in Ohio. Family life keeps her busy, but any spare moment is spent reading, writing or thinking about plots for novels.