Flight of Dreams by Ariel Lawhon

flightofdreamsReview 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.

The fire bursts out of the nose of the Hindenburg.
Dated: May 1937-AP
In public domain, copyright not renewed (Wikimedia Commons)

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.

Author Bio:

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:

Hardcover Release date: February 23, 2016
Hardcover Edition: 9780385540025
Kindle Edition: B00XSSMKXG
311 pp.

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


6 Responses to Flight of Dreams by Ariel Lawhon

  1. Ah, you make me regret my lack of time to read non-fiction! This one sounds great and a wonderful review to go with it! I’m glad to see you back on your blog again!

  2. Plethora says:

    Well, this is historical fiction, but pulls real life individuals from the passenger/crew manifest and stays true to those that lived and died, while using the mystery that surrounds the explosion to weave a tale that is plausible, even if isn’t what is now thought of as the likely cause.

    I hope to get back to my blog more frequently. It is so hard to balance wanting to read with the fact of writing a review instead, when they take me an hour or more to write, think of how many pages go unread.

  3. Lynn Gerrard says:

    I absolutely loved The Wife, the Maid, and the Mistress! It was the 6th book we reviewed for the Literary Wives Online Book Club! And Lawhon’s follow-up posting was so heartwarming! (http://books-n-music.blogspot.com/p/blog-page.html) I would highly recommend that book! I am anxious to purchase this one this next week and read it! It sounds as if there are quite a few unique characters! So many great books, so little time for them all! 🙂

  4. Plethora says:

    Thanks for stopping by Lynn.

    I had fun poking around your Literary Wives feature. I’ve signed up for email alerts to keep an eye on upcoming reads. I wish I had more time to read and blog and keep up with so many of the great bloggers and reading activities available via the internet. They have really helped me get more read over these past few years.

    Lawhon’s The Wife, the Maid, and the Mistress does sound good, I just need to figure out where/when to squeeze it in.

  5. Lynn Gerrard says:

    I think we all have the same challenges when it comes to lack of time…for reading…for blogging…and for reading others’ blogs. I would have significantly more time for all that and more, if only I’d been born independently wealthy! 😉 The Literary Wives group has been so interesting! I never cease to be amazed at the way each of us connects with different things from each book…and then there are times when we agree in several areas, too! It’s just fun!

  6. Plethora says:

    Yes, the independently wealthy aspect would be a nice touch. Maybe when life allows for retirement, which keeps creeping farther away with the cost of things, I will have more time to explore all my reading desires. Although by nature we are creatures that tend to fill the space we have, so I suspect I’ll still feel short on time.

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