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On the evening of May 3rd, 1937, ninety-seven people board the Hindenburg for its final, doomed flight to Lakehurst, New Jersey. Among them are a frightened stewardess who is not what she seems; the steadfast navigator determined to win her heart; a naive cabin boy eager to earn a permanent spot on the world’s largest airship; an impetuous journalist who has been blacklisted in her native Germany; and an enigmatic American businessman with a score to settle.
Over the course of three hazy, champagne-soaked days their lies, fears, agendas, and hopes for the future are revealed.
Flight of Dreams is a fiercely intimate portrait of the real people on board the last flight of the Hindenburg. Behind them is the gathering storm in Europe and before them is looming disaster. But for the moment they float over the Atlantic, unaware of the inexorable, tragic fate that awaits them.
Brilliantly exploring one of the most enduring mysteries of the twentieth century, Flight of Dreams is that rare novel with spellbinding plotting that keeps you guessing till the last page and breathtaking emotional intensity that stays with you long after.
If you haven’t read The Wife, the Maid, and the Mistress by Ariel Lawhon I highly recommend picking it up. It was one of my favorite books of 2014. I started following Ariel Lawhon on Twitter after finishing her debut novel watching for the updates on her sophomore novel, Flight of Dreams which is a historical fiction novel about the Hindenburg disaster of 1937.
I received a digital ARC from Edelweiss and was definitely not disappointed. Lawhon’s take on the Hindenburg disaster is unique and offers readers a fun journey. There are a lot of theories about what happened in the final minutes of the flight that caused the airship to go up in flames, killing 35 people. In this historical fiction novel, Lawhon presents her theory on what could have happened and tells it by incorporating the people that history confirms were on board the airship.
Those who died in real life, die in the novel. Those who survived, survive. I did a Google search after reading Flight of Dreams to confirm the accuracy of her telling because I was pretty heartbroken over multiple deaths. The characters were easy to love and it’s evident Lawhon researched their lives before writing this novel. They all felt so real and it was hard to say goodbye to those that lost their lives in the Hindenburg tragedy. I shed more than a few tears over the ending; I was hoping some of them were going to make it.
While the source of the pending explosion is clear early in the novel (if you pay close attention) I loved the book. I never felt bored which made it a great book to curl up with on long rainy nights. Lawhon is a great writer and it’s tough not to love everything she releases. Flight of Dreams is a book you’re going to hear a lot about; I recommend picking it up asap.
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