Becoming Mrs. Lewis
by Patti Callahan
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Genre: Historical Fiction
Release Date: October 2, 2018
From New York Times bestselling author Patti Callahan comes an exquisite novel of Joy Davidman, the woman C. S. Lewis called “my whole world.”
When poet and writer Joy Davidman began writing letters to C. S. Lewis—known as Jack—she was looking for spiritual answers, not love. Love, after all, wasn’t holding together her crumbling marriage. Everything about New Yorker Joy seemed ill-matched for an Oxford don and the beloved writer of Narnia, yet their minds bonded over their letters. Embarking on the adventure of her life, Joy traveled from America to England and back again, facing heartbreak and poverty, discovering friendship and faith, and against all odds, finding a love that even the threat of death couldn’t destroy.
In this masterful exploration of one of the greatest love stories of modern times, we meet a brilliant writer, a fiercely independent mother, and a passionate woman who changed the life of this respected author and inspired books that still enchant us and change us. Joy lived at a time when women weren’t meant to have a voice—and yet her love for Jack gave them both voices they didn’t know they had.
At once a fascinating historical novel and a glimpse into a writer’s life, Becoming Mrs. Lewis is above all a love story—a love of literature and ideas and a love between a husband and wife that, in the end, was not impossible at all.
Patti Callahan (who also writes as Patti Callahan Henry) is a New York Times bestselling author. Patti was a finalist in the Townsend Prize for Fiction, has been an Indie Next Pick, twice an OKRA pick, and a multiple nominee for the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) Novel of the Year. Her work has also been included in short story collections, anthologies, magazines, and blogs. Patti attendedAuburn University for her undergraduate work and Georgia State University for her graduate degree. Once a Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist, she now writes full time. The mother of three children, she lives in both Mountain Brook, Alabama, and Bluffton,South Carolina, with her husband.
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Reading this book was a complete joy! When I first learned that this book was being published, I was instantly excited to pick up a copy, because C.S. Lewis is so near and dear to my heart. In college, I was honored to be able to study abroad in Oxford, England, and I studied the life and literature of C.S. Lewis. It was so wonderful to hear certain words in this text--the Kilns, Magdalene College--because I visited these places! This scholar named Lewis was truly gifted by the Lord to write wonderful stories that brought people closer to Christ and caused them to ask certain questions--just like Joy Davidman did. My best friend even found Christ on this school trip. I will always be grateful to Lewis for the thoughts and teachings he shared with the world.
This book is incredible. All I can is that you must buy a copy! The opening line in the prologue says it all: "From the very beginning it was the Great Lion who brought us together. I see that now. The fierce and tender beast drew us to each other, slowly, inexorably, across time, beyond an ocean, and against the obdurate bul-warks of our lives. He wouldn't make it easy for us--that's not his way." These few statements were the perfect introduction to this story. The story of a woman who made an incredible journey and discovery about herself. Never within the realms of her imagination could she have ever thought she would end up where she did. Always wanting answers to questions, she befriended a man named Lewis through the forgotten art of letter-writing. Joy and Jack became "pen-friends" and finally met one another one incredible day in Oxford.
This meeting was not by chance. It had already been appointed by Someone who had greater plans, and it is so incredible to see how those plans unfolded. This "Great Lion" brought two people together who needed each other--even when they had no idea how much. This book is a wonderful adaptation of their life story told through the eyes of Joy. Please purchase a copy today! Happy reading friends!
This review is my honest opinion. Thanks to the JustRead Tours for my copy.
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