Flight of Dreams: A Novel (Paperback)
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From the New York Times bestselling author of I Was Anastasia, here is a suspenseful, heart-wrenching novel that brings the fateful voyage of the Hindenburg to life.
On the evening of May 3rd, 1937, ninety-seven people board the Hindenburg for its final, doomed flight. 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 position; 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 champagne-soaked days, their lies, fears, agendas, and hopes for the future will be revealed—and one in their party will set a plot in motion that will have devastating consequences for them all.
About the Author
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.
“An enthralling nail-biter.” —People
“We are introduced to a carousel of suspicious characters . . . so as the zeppelin cruises serenely through the clouds, the earthbound reader ricochets from distrust to uncertainty to outright foreboding. At every page a guilty secret bobs up; at every page Lawhon keeps us guessing. Who will bring down the Hindenburg? And how?” —The New York Times Book Review
“A fascinating blend of love and murder, big dreams and betrayal, history and pure imagination—I could not put it down.” —Sara Gruen, author of Water for Elephants
“An Agatha Christie–style page-turner. . . . Suspenseful and fun.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Rich with historical detail and spiked with plenty of surprises.” —Shelf Awareness
“Mystery, romance—it is all here, told in a mesmerizing tale.” —Kate Alcott, New York Times bestselling author of The Dressmaker
“Flight of Dreams may be viewed as a Titanic of the skies. Lawhon’s novel, however, needs no such comparison. It has ample emotional fuel to sail on its own, even knowing its spectacular end.” —Associated Press
“A magnificent, tour-de-force story, Flight of Dreams will break your heart and satisfy every conspiracy theorist who’s wondered what really happened to the Hindenburg. Simply spectacular. . . . Lawhon has written the book of the year. She’s a writer to watch—now, and for many years to come.” —J.T. Ellison, author of What Lies Behind
“Difficult to put down.” —BookPage
“A spectacular page-turner of class and distinction. Intricately plotted and deftly characterized, this beautifully written novel is wonderfully satisfying—historical fiction at its best.” —Alex George, author of A Good American
“It’s a sign of an extremely talented writer who can take a story that’s been told before and tell it in a completely new imaginative way that is so compelling and exciting.”
—Charles Belfoure, author of The Paris Architect
“[A] wonderfully suspenseful, heart-wrenching account. . . . [Lawhon’s] vision for the journey and the cause of the explosion is masterful.” —The Free Lance-Star (Fredericksburg, VA)
"Historical fiction at its best.” —Acadian Lifestyle Magazine
“Lawhon once again reimagines a front-page news event, filling in the entertaining backstory with passion, secrets, and nail-biting suspense.” —Publishers Weekly
“The clever banter, elaborate plot twists, and period detail will be appreciated by lovers of historical fiction. Readers of Melanie Benjamin’s The Aviator's Wife or Nancy Horan’s Under the Wide and Starry Sky should find this entertaining.” —Library Journal