Flight of Dreams by Ariel Lawhon
Review of Flight of Dreams by Ariel Lawhon
Mrs. Lawhon does a spectacular job detailing the possible last three days on the ill-fated flight of the Hindenburg. All that is certainly known about the historical flight doomed on May 6, 1937 is that a fire broke out. The exact cause of this fire is still an unknown mystery that is filled with many theories, running the gambit from sabotage to lightning to mechanical failure. What I find so amazing about the disaster, was the amazing survival rate. As you see the images from that day it is hard to believe that 2/3rds of the people on board survived the day. Enjoy a cast of characters that really did fly aboard the airship, either as a crew member or a passenger.
The Hindenburg, Germany’s answer to regular fast and comfortable service between Europe and North America. This massive airship was almost as long as the Titanic, another traveling disaster, perhaps bigger isn’t always better. One can’t overlook the Nazi influence, the regime financially supported the construction and used the airship for propaganda, one couldn’t miss the large swastika symbols emblazoned on the tail fins. This wasn’t overlooked in Flight of Dreams, and adds to the realism.
Many of the passengers and crew members that we meet have intriguing secrets. These secrets drive their movements throughout these three days as they speed over the Atlantic towards New Jersey. I really enjoyed Werner, the young thirteen-year-old cabin boy that knew when to keep his head down and when to take advantage of an opportunity when it presented itself. We also meet Max, the meticulous ship’s navigator that looses his thoughts when he thinks of Emilie, the female stewardess he has his heart set on. Emilie is a strong hard working woman with a dark secret that she can’t risk anyone finding out.
The trick with this novel is taking a story that everyone knows the end of making you want to read it. Mrs. Lawhon did that here, I wanted to know how each of these characters was going to interact and push the story along to its conclusion. What hand, if any, would they play in the fiery inferno that ends this three-day voyage.
Ariel Lawhon is the author of The Wife, the Maid, and the Mistress and cofounder of the popular Web site SheReads.org. She lives in the rolling hills outside Nashville, Tennessee, with her husband, four sons, and black Lab—who is, thankfully, a girl. (Courtesy of Doubleday)
Collins’s other works include:
The Wife, the Maid, and the Mistress – One summer night in 1930, Judge Joseph Crater steps into a New York City cab and is never heard from again. Behind this great man are three women, each with her own tale to tell: Stella, his fashionable wife, the picture of propriety; Maria, their steadfast maid, indebted to the judge; and Ritzi, his showgirl mistress, willing to seize any chance to break out of the chorus line.
As the twisted truth emerges, Ariel Lawhon’s wickedly entertaining debut mystery transports us into the smoky jazz clubs, the seedy backstage dressing rooms, and the shadowy streets beneath the Art Deco skyline.
Book Release Details:
FTC disclosure: I received this book for free by winning a pre-release drawing in the Keep Turning Pages Goodreads group via Doubleday / Penguin Random House. I was not financially compensated by the publisher or the author, nor was I required to give a favorable review.
Misc. Review Details:
Title: Flight of Dreams
Author: Arial Lawhon
Publisher: Doubleday, a division of Penguin Random House LLC; (2016)
Source: Personal Library (ARC)
Format Read: Hardcover from publisher (Doubleday)
Genres/Subjects: Historical Fiction, Mystery, Thriller