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Saturday, March 02, 2019

Becoming Mrs. Lewis The Improbable Love Story of Joy Davidman and C.S. Lewis By Patti Callahan

One reviewer called this novel the 'book that Patti Callahan was born to write'. Indeed, it is. She makes the moving love story of Joy Davidman and C.S. Lewis come alive in this luminously written book with its evocative descriptions of New York and England and excellent characterization. The great couple almost leap from the page!

This is mainly Joy's story, though. Joy had a tough time - she felt rejected by her parents and ultimately by her husband because she could never be the perfect daughter or the perfect wife. She was searching for most of her life, experiencing 'sexual exploration and teenage narcissism' in her youth and attempting to find happiness with her husband and sons. But destiny had other plans for Joy. When she read an article by C.S. Lewis, she became fascinated with his story and soon she read everything that he had written. She started to turn toward Christianity and began writing to C.S. Lewis. Soon, the letters were flying back and forth, and Joy's life began to change irrevocably. As C.S. Lewis told her in the novel:  'God is the Storyteller and Providence is his own storyline'.

When she visits C.S. Lewis and his brother Warnie, she begins to fall in love with C.S. without realising it.  She also falls in love with London and England and the quiet peaceful life in the brother's sprawling house near Oxford, but she is unsure what the much older Lewis's feelings are. Will she have the courage to leave a disastrous marriage and take her sons with her to England, taking a chance on a bright future with the man she loves?

This is a wonderful tribute to this brilliant couple.

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