Extremely delighted to be the latest stop on the wonderful Blog Tour for the equally wonderful BECOMING MRS LEWIS by PATTI CALLAHAN. My thanks to the author and publishers for letting me be part of it all and sharing my thoughts on this lovely book!
ABOUT THE BOOK
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.
Published by Harper Inspire
Amazon UK £7.91
A thoroughly enchanting story that I devoured in a weekend and has just made me eager to pick up everything this author has ever written, alongside reading all the work of C.S.Lewis and Joy Davidson who this novel is based around!
The story begins with Joy and her marriage to a fellow writer which brings her 2 wonderful sons, but doesn’t bring her happiness as she’s left to deal with her alcoholic husband and she ends up just feeling disiullusioned and wants more from life. During this time she began a correspondence with the writer C.S.Lewis – it starts over his thoughts on religion and she finds a freedom in their letters to write truthfully and honestly about a wide range of her thoughts and his letters bring a ray of sunshine to her life.
When ill health strikes her, she is told she should go away to recover and she finds herself drawn to England through her friendship with C.S Lewis ‘Jack’, alongside wanting to spend more time on her writing over there. And her life in England is a revelation to her – she finds freedom and peace and living life amongst others in the writing world and it gives her more time to question her life back home.
I found this to be such a magical and touching story – we get to read snippets of the letters between Joy and Jack, as well as some of the letters she writes to her husband while she’s in England and the time apart definitely doesn’t make the heart grow fonder! I loved Joy as she had to make difficult decisions for her own sanity and well being and allowed herself to be guided by how she felt and not by duty. The time away gives her the confidence she never had before and to see her reclaim her life was inspiring.
Seeing a character like C.S.Lewis ‘behind the scenes’ and around the time that Narnia was released was fascinating to witness – the lifestyle he leads, alongside his thoughts on religion and doing the right thing, and also the company he kept with other well known writers.. oh to be a fly on the wall when he and Tolkein would meet up as they were such different characters with different ideas.
The relationship between Joy and C.S.Lewis was really heartwarming – the bond they built through their letters carried on when they finally met up and spent more time together and I think they really respected one another because they shared many philosophies and outlooks on life and were just able to be honest with one another.
A truly delightful book!!