03 October 2018

The Romance of C.S. Lewis | Becoming Mrs. Lewis by Patti Callahan


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.

Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Release Date: October 2, 2018
Audio excerpt (Chapters 1 & 2)


Beyond loving his books, like The Chronicles of Narnia, Mere Christianity, and The Screwtape Letters, I knew very little of C.S. Lewis and his personal life before Patti Callahan’s Becoming Mrs. Lewis, which made my reading experience fascinating—but Callahan’s book is about more than just C.S. Lewis. It explores the life of a courageous woman, Joy Davidman, who perseveres through her struggles, lets faith change her life, and finds a friendship and love she never expected. Becoming Mrs. Lewis is a beautifully told story, respectful of the characters, the faith that drives them, and their growth through the events, and offers much about which to think. I loved it and highly recommend it to fans of C.S. Lewis, historical fiction, and ultimately, romance.


Thanks to TLC Book Tours, I received a complimentary copy of Becoming Mrs. Lewis and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.


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 attended Auburn 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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