Becoming Mrs. Lewis by Patti Callahan

Becoming Mrs. Lewis

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 m...

Details Becoming Mrs. Lewis

TitleBecoming Mrs. Lewis
Release DateOct 2nd, 2018
PublisherThomas Nelson
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Romance

Reviews Becoming Mrs. Lewis

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    This is some kind of special! 5 stars! ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ Patti Callahan (Henry) is one of my favorite authors. How do I know this? I own all of her books and a few are “saved” unread for the book apocalypse. You know, I’m well-prepared for that. When I read that she was writing historical fiction for the first time, and that it also involved C.S. Lewis, I was all in. Joy Davidman is the main character. The book begins with her life as a w...
  • Erin
    I have to say that this book took me completely by surprise. Honestly, I think sometimes when I approach a book about real people, in this case C.S.Lewis and Joy Davidman, I cannot help but ask myself "So which one is going to be the jerk?" But Patti Callahan unfolds the story of the meeting of the minds as much as much as that of the heart. People, this book is #relationshipgoals, the type our mothers and fathers hope we will encounter as we t...
  • Lisa Wingate
    Pulled me in, kept me up, left me joyful. Need I say more?In case you aren't yet persuaded to snatch up this beautiful book for your reading stack, let me add that Patti Callahan's writing is at times so breathtaking, as a writer, I paused to reread a turn of phrase. As magical as the writing is, though, the novel's true magic is the revelation of the man behind the stories we all know and the woman, the outsider, who captured his heart. Joy Davi...
  • Marialyce
    4 intensity of love starsMy reviews can be found here: https://yayareadslotsofbooks.wordpres...It is often very hard to find true love, searching for it, we so many times stumble looking for that one person who makes us whole, who makes us feel valued, who makes us feel loved.In Becoming Mrs. Lewis, Patti Callahan explores the love story between C. S. Lewis, a well known older author living in England, and Joy Davidman, a young poet, mother, who ...
  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    BECOMING MRS. LEWIS is a book that I have been looking forward to reading for a long time. At the same time, I put it off because I was afraid it would not live up to my expectations. I had previously read JOY by Abigail Santamaria, an excellent non-fiction book about Joy Davidman and her life with C.S. Lewis. When I finally sat down and started to read the book, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I loved it. READ THE REST OF THE REVIEW OVER ...
  • Judy Collins
    Check out my Q&A Interview with Author Patti Callahan Henry! Thank you, Patti— so much fun. Patti Callahan Henry has been a favorite author of mine throughout the years, an avid fan –with twelve New York Times bestselling novels – she has been hailed as a “fresh new voice” in contemporary Southern fiction. I have had the opportunity of reading each of them and thoroughly enjoyed. In her latest historical fiction, the author dazzles!...
  • Literary Soirée
    I first read an excerpt of this stunning new book and longed for more, so was ecstatic to receive a full review copy from Thomas Nelson-Fiction. Felt like Christmas had come early, which indeed it had, as BECOMING MRS. LEWIS is everything I’d hoped for and more.Author Patti Callahan is a writer’s writer and a reader’s dream. Her prose is lush, her characterizations true, and her fictionalized account is thrilling as she retells the towering...
  • Maddy
    “How is it that my heart is breaking and yet I’ve never been so happy?” Wow, what a truly beautiful retelling this is. It’s not often I enjoy a book as much as I did this one.Becoming Mrs. Lewis is a retelling of the friendship / marriage of Joy Davidman and C.S. Lewis. I honestly had no idea what to expect, but I definitely wanted to read a retelling of the man who created Narnia. This book is just beautiful and I absolutely loved it. Th...
  • Melissa Tagg
    I don't know if I can possibly put into words how much I loved this book...or how deeply it touched me. Which is almost funny because when I started reading it, I wasn't actually sure it would end up holding my interest. But once I got going, I couldn't stop. The writing itself is just so pretty...but too, I adored the layered characters. I've seen a review here or there from folks not necessarily loving the way C.S. Lewis is portrayed or feeling...
  • Rachel McMillan
    Balancing Joy Davidman's pragmatic voice with a slow-rendered love story is a carefully thought out exercise in developing romance. Two largely different people come together against a circumstance that would shun them and continue to find their bond tightening. For those who know a lot about Lewis' history, Callahan's well-researched novel will take you to the more human side of the pen that crafted some of our favourite theological and fantasti...
  • Pam Jenoff
    Henry has artfully novelized the true story of C.S. Lewis and Joy Davidman, the American woman with whom he improbably fell in love before critical illness threatened everything. This book is beautiful and bittersweet.
  • Megan
    I love C.S. Lewis and even studied his life and works in college—so when I heard there was a story about his wife, the book immediately became a highly anticipated read! And upon reading “Becoming Mrs. Lewis,” I was happy to discover that the author, Ms. Callahan, possesses a superb and very engaging writing style! “Becoming Mrs. Lewis” by Patti Callahan is the story of Joy and how she became C.S. Lewis’s wife (hence the title). It’...
  • Zoe
    Vivid, compelling, and immersive!Becoming Mrs. Lewis is an intriguing interpretation about the life of Joy Davidman, the American writer and poet who through a shared conviction of Christianity and love of writing became a close confidant, friend, and wife of the famous fantasy writer, C.S. Lewis until her untimely death from breast cancer in 1960.It is a story about familial responsibilities, strength, friendship, kindness, encouragement, supp...
  • Enchantress debbicat ☮~Traveling Sister
    Oh so good! ALL the stars for this heart gripping read which was page turner for me. The book states: "The improbable love story of Joy Davidman and C.S. Lewis"And that it is. I knew some of this story. But a lot I didn't. And it's so much more than that.I have been a fan of CS Lewis for many years; starting with a little cartoon movie called, "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe I believe I saw with some church friends at a college and career g...
  • Annie
    I loved this book. I give it 4.5 stars out of 5. I knew very little about Mrs. C.S. Lewis and what I did know I got from the movie Shadowlands (Anthony Hopkins and Debra Winger). And of course, I have read several of C.S. Lewis' books. This is the story of Joy Davidman and how she came to be Mrs. Clive Lewis. At times the book felt too much like a romance novel and I don't like romance novels. But this book is so well written and so informative t...
  • Lisa Patton
    i knew nothing about CS Lewis's love life before reading this wonderful novel. Patti Callahan's writing brings the riveting love story between the famed novelist/theologian and Joy Davidman to life. The characters were relatable and real and I turned each page anxious to know what happens next. The author gives a front row seat view into their world and it made me want to know more about both of them. Excellent!
  • Jeanette Lewis
    I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.The very essence of the extraordinary Joy Davidman (Gresham) (Lewis) has been beautifully captured by this author, Patti Callahan. Joy Davidman was a high achiever even with acute illnesses suffered as a child. The author refers to the continuation of health problems in the book and it is from this perhaps tha...
  • The Lit Bitch
    Full disclosure, I haven’t read the Narnia books and I know next to nothing about C.S. Lewis’s life beyond the fact that he wrote the Narnia books. Now I have seen the Narnia movies and I love the story and when my boy is old enough, I plan on reading the Narnia books together with him.So it didn’t take much convincing—–ok any convincing—-for my to read this book about Lewis’s wife. I didn’t even need to read the review pitch, the...
  • Eva
    After a recent surge of personal interest in the Chronicles of Narnia, I was really looking forward to reading Becoming Mrs. Lewis. However, it wasn't the book for me. The author writes beautifully (I'd like to learn some of her secrets) but the book itself was quite uninteresting and left me depressed instead of uplifted. Joy Davidman led, in many ways, a depressing life and that translated into this book. We didn't get to see much (if any) of h...
  • Theresa Smith Writes
    ‘The pair of Barbary lions ambled forward, placing their great paws on the earth, muscles dangerous and rippling beneath their fur as they approached the bars. A great grace surrounded them, as if they had come to understand their fate and accept it with roaring dignity. Their manes were deep and tangled as a forest. I fell into the endless universe of their large amber eyes as they allowed, even invited, me to reach through the iron and wind m...
  • Lauren Denton
    I didn’t know anything about Joy Davidman before reading this book, other than she was the wife of C.S. Lewis. What a fiery and whip-smart woman, mother, and writer. I loved seeing peeks into her writing life, the blossoming relationship between her and “Jack,” and the gorgeous English settings. Patti wove fact and fiction together seamlessly and wrote in her signature style that had me turning down pages so I could go back and reread lines...
  • Kara Hansen
    I received this book from NetGalley and Thomas Nelson in exchange for an honest review. I will be honest as I had not read any of C.S. Lewis' works. But after reading this, I can see myself exploring some of his earlier works, and most especially the Narnia series. Becoming Mrs. Lewis brings us the unusual love story of C.S. Lewis and Joy Davidman. We first meet Joy, known as Joy Gresham, a married woman with two young sons in upstate New York. S...
  • Ginger
    The writing here is not fantastic (though it has fine moments), but the story and characters are more than enough to carry it.If you enjoyed this, and haven't read A Severe Mercy, do so immediately. You'll immediately see the crossovers and similarities.
  • Claire
    4.5***** What a strong woman Joy Davidson was and what a beautiful but heartaching, heartbreaking relationship she formed with C. S. Lewis. I have to admit I'd never heard of Joy before reading a friends review of this book and other than a love of the Narnia series I know next to nothing about C. S. Lewis either. Joy was a wonderful character in this fictionalised retelling based on much research about both Joy and C. S who we come to know as Ja...
  • Cupcake Book Lady
    Joy wants to live every day as if it it filled with wonder, not exhausted by the chores of maintaining a house and being a wife and mother. Her mind is filled with questions about God and Christianity, and what to do about her alcoholic, cheating husband, which she formulates into poetry and essays. Then, fatefully, through her husband, also a writer, she contacts the famous author C.S. Lewis and begins a lifetime of correspondence and intellectu...
  • Janet
    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher-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...
  • Signe Pike
    In this unforgettable story of love and passion, piercing intellect and the power of the written word, Joy Davidman has come to claim her own resurrection, and the results are astonishing. Patti Henry has achieved a bold literary magic: BECOMING MRS. LEWIS heals the cracks in the firmament of our hearts.Henry brings us into the room with literary behemoths like Tolkien and C.S. Lewis in such a vivid and yet still very human way. I loved experienc...
  • Terena Bell
    The world is full of "books." This is a true novel, in the definition of the art form. It's not a fun read. Nor is it an easy read. It's full on literature that takes time to digest: Well-structured and impeccably planned, deep themes and thorough characterization drive the novel to completion. Told in the first-person, the narrative feels so intimate, you actually forget you're reading historical fiction and not a memoir.Of all the ARCs I receiv...
  • ami webster mcconnell
    This book blew my hair back. So. Stinkin. Good! Evocative writing, strong sense of place, and lucid insight into Joy Davidman—a woman every bit the writer and thinker her esteemed husband was. A tender and true love story.
  • Nora St Laurent
    This story has a slow beginning and I wasn’t sure where it was headed. I had no knowledge of Joy Davidman and knew very little of C.S. Lewis’s personal life. The author took her time in having you get to know Joy, her situation, her heart, her troubled marriage, children and her mind as she seeks God and His ways with all her might.After Joy has an encounter with God and shares it with her husband I couldn’t put the book down. This story ge...