Thursday, October 4, 2018

ARC Review: Becoming Mrs. Lewis

Title:  Becoming Mrs. Lewis     
Author:  Patti Callahan
Format:  Paperback*
Publication Date:  October 2, 2018
Genre: Historical Fiction
My Rating: 5

Goodreads Synopsis

In a most improbable friendship, she found love. In a world where women were silenced, she found her voice.

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.

My Thoughts...

Have you ever read about someone and wondered what their life was really like?  Seriously wondered, so much that you day dream about it?  What is life like for a famous singer, actress or athlete?  That’s what Becoming Mrs. Lewis felt like, a daydream about a love story.

Luckily, Patti Callahan is way more informed about C.S. Lewis and Joy Davidman than I am about most of my day dream subjects.  Honestly, who doesn’t want to know what it’s like to be Lebron James, George Clooney, or Oprah? Ms. Callahan doesn’t have to wonder, because she so thoroughly researched both individuals.  The story moved so well, that I can honestly assume this book is a factual representation of their lives. 

There were times, reading this book, that I really did feel Joy’s pain.  I went into this book thinking it was about C.S. Lewis and the woman he married.  I was so wrong.  This was a story about a woman, like so many women, who had to balance her career, motherhood, health, and an increasingly difficult love life.  She succeeded, she failed, she laughed, she cried, she was us every day.

The beauty of Joy’s story is that it is our story, but in post-war England, with professional writers, and a little bit of Narnia.

The Characters...

The character being based off of real people is one of the great things about this type of historical fiction.  People I have heard of my whole life come alive for me based on documents and accounts of their lives. 

CS Lewis, or Jack, was no exception.  I didn’t know as much about his wife, but her character was no less vivid.  I empathized with so many of her feelings, as they were described so fully and in such beautiful detail.

* Special thanks to Patti Callahan, Thomas Nelsom, and TLC Book Tours  for providing a copy of Becoming Mrs. Lewis in exchange for an honest review.


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  1. This sounds like a great read - lovely review! I like how structured it is! Mine are usually a bit all over the place, because I can't contain my emotions and keep rambling on lol:D

    1. Thanks! You must have found me on a good day lol. I'm usually going on and on about whatever is in my head. :)

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    1. Thanks so much for having me! Loved the book!


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