Flight of Dreams by Ariel Lawhon (Book Review)

Flight of Dreams by Ariel Lawhon (Book Review)Flight of Dreams
Pages: 336
My Rating four-stars
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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 missed out on reading The Wife, the Maid, and the Mistress by Ariel Lawhon a few years ago you need to grab it up right now. I’ve followed Ariel Lawhon closely on Twitter (@ArielLawhon) watching for the updates on her follow-up novel, Flight of Dreams.

As soon as I realized the digital ARC was available on Edelweiss I grabbed it up and got to reading. It definitely didn’t disappoint! 

Flight of Dreams is Lawhon’s take on the Hindenburg disaster of 1937. There are so many theories about what happened in the final minutes of that 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 actually on board the airship. Those who died in real life, die in the novel. Those who survived in real life, survived in the novel.

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Admittedly, I did a quick Google search before I started reading the novel to find out who was going to live and die but knowing this didn’t detract from my enjoyment of the novel. 

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While the source of the explosion is pretty clear from early in the novel (if you pay attention) I still loved this book. Lawhon is just 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.  Check it out here.

 

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Comments

  1. I think I might be the only one (so far, I haven’t seen any other bloggers I follow say differently) that didn’t love Flight of Dreams. I DID love Wife, Maid, and Mistress, so this was really disappointing.

    I think there was a bit too much romance for me and it felt kind of boring until the final quarter.

    But, I’m glad everyone else seems to be enjoying it, as I do love Ariel Lawhon!

    • Aww, that’s a bummer but I understand. There were moments in it I didn’t love and I thought the event that caused the explosion was really predictable but I loved it all the same. I’m also all about that historical era so it appealed to me on that level.

  2. I think I might be the only one (so far, I haven’t seen any other bloggers I follow say differently) that didn’t love Flight of Dreams. I DID love Wife, Maid, and Mistress, so this was really disappointing.

    I think there was a bit too much romance for me and it felt kind of boring until the final quarter.

    But, I’m glad everyone else seems to be enjoying it, as I do love Ariel Lawhon!

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