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, Im 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 wife and m...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Diane S ☔
    This is going to be less a review than just myself explaining how I was all over the place while reading this novel. I think most people have heard of C. S. Lewis and his Narnia, but of his only wife Joy, very little. Was what drew me to this book. I liked it, I didn't like it, found it repetitive at times, interesting at others, grew frustrated with all the spirituality, philosophizing, the tone was so melancholy, not much joy to be found within...
  • Diane Barnes
    I'm in the minority on my rating of this book, so I'll just say it was not my cup of tea. Had I not been reading it for my book club I would have DNF'd the whole thing. I was frustrated and bored because it felt as though the author couldn't decide whether this was a biographical novel, religious fiction, or chick lit, and the combination just did not work for me.
  • 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 Id hoped for and more.Author Patti Callahan is a writers writer and a readers dream. Her prose is lush, her characterizations true, and her fictionalized account is thrilling as she retells the towering love sto...
  • Jessica
    I received this book for free as part of an Instagram tour (Just Read Tours specifically) I did to promote the book.I was interested in reading this book because I am a fan of C.S. Lewis. I hadnt heard of Joy Davidman before, so I was curious to learn more about her. Please note that although this book is based on real people and real events, it is still a work of historical fiction. This book was incredible. It beautifully depicted the relations...
  • Deanne Patterson
    How does one write a review for a book like this, a book that is quite possibly the best I've read this year? How can a review even begin to give this book the proper justice?This book has taken a piece of my heart with it when I finished it, never to be returned!I'll admit to having never read a C.S. Lewis book and never having heard of his wife, Joy.This book isn't just a mundane book about their life and how they met, it started out by her con...
  • Rosie Adle
    My thoughts, for what they're worth... Here's a book about a woman who was determined to pursue her dreams and seek true love and so rationalized an emotional/intellectual affair and a physical leaving of family during a months-long search-for-self across an ocean. I do not have warm regard for Mrs. Lewis if even 10% of this historical fiction is fact-ish. Sometimes I, too, would rather write poems than prep meals or mend clothes, but that doesn'...
  • Lisa
    SUMMARYJoy Davidman is a writer and poet living in Ossining NY in 1946. She is locked in a loveless marriage with her alcoholic husband, Bill Gresham, and their two young sons. In a moment of desperation, she says a prayer to a God she doesnt believe in and has an overwhelming experience that causes her to want to find out more about Christianity. She writes to Christian apologist C. S. Lewis with questions about God. Lewis responds, beginning a ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • ☮Karen
    "We are often woefully negligent of the women next to the men we admire, and Joy Davidman is one of those women."Patti Callahan in A Note From the Author, Becoming Mrs. LewisI knew nothing about poet and novelist Joy Davidman before, and very little about C.S. Lewis other than he has written many books that I've never had the slightest interest in. The author, however, has been a fan for years of them both and strove to make Joy's extraordinary a...
  • 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! She vividly re...
  • Maddy
    How is it that my heart is breaking and yet Ive never been so happy? Wow, what a truly beautiful retelling this is. Its 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. The story is i...
  • Amybibliophile
    Thank you Harper Inspire for sending me an advanced reader copy of this magnificent book! What on earth would become of me if I should ever grow brave? When I requested a review copy of Becoming Mrs Lewis, I knew it wouldnt be a book Id usually pick up but having read so much fantasy & YA recently, I fancied a change. I didnt, however, expect to be blown away by this amazingly real story that bares all to the reader holding nothing back.If you do...
  • Aria
    This was good. It was very good, actually. But I don't know....I'm iffy about the content and iffy about the theology.
  • 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...
  • Literary Soirée
    I was thrilled to receive an advance copy of this wondrous book from Thomas Nelson-Fiction, as BECOMING MRS. LEWIS has exceeded my every expectation.This exquisitely written novel is a fictionalized account of the romance between Oxford don C.S. Lewis and New York writer Joy Davidman, who later became his wife. Theirs was an unlikely coupling. He the greatest Christian writer of the 20th Century, she an American Jewish covert to Christianity and ...
  • 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.
  • Abigayle Claire
    Reading the last 100 pages on Valentine's Day was a good call. This book was so full of real life that it was a little disarming. I've never read something quite so broken yet enchanting. Even though this is a work of historical fiction, it's hard to imagine anything happening differently for Joy and Jack. I loved that, even though the book was imagined to some degree, it didn't shy away from the hard things. The ugly truths. The cold facts. The ...
  • Staci
    Becoming Mrs. Lewis is about the adult life of Joy Davidson. She is in a difficult marriage and has a tough time seeing her life playing out in a different way. While I found it interesting to learn more about the life of C.S. Lewis, overall this novel didn't keep my interest.My gratitude to publisher Thomas Nelson for a complimentary copy of the novel. I was not required to post a review and all opinions are my own.
  • Cori
    I adored this book from beginning to end. It filled up my cup. It taught me new things. Changed my perspective, made me think, and made me fall in love with C.S. Lewis all over again. Not to mention, I was introduced to the love of his life I knew nothing about prior to reading this book. And for any aspiring authors out there, whether or not you like Lewis, this is a book that validates the love of writing again and again. I'd rate this book a P...
  • momma.hailey
    Brutal. Im actually disappointed and finally decided to stop reading it at page 320. Cant take the drivel anymore! The italicized thought of Joy mid page 320 or take me in your arms and set me down on that bed and make love to me. I actually eye rolled. I wonder if either Lewis or Joy would want things like that included. Doubt it. My main issue, besides the mediocre writing, which made it easy to skim big portions at a time, was with Joys portra...
  • MaryBeth's Bookshelf
    I spent a lovely weekend getting lost in Becoming Mrs. Lewis! Never has a character walked the pages of a book and seemed so alive to me. The love story between Joy Davidman and C.S. Lewis is not the traditional love story. It is filled with determination, confidence, and a deep respect and admiration. I was in awe of their story. It was clearly well researched and lovingly put together by the author.
  • Mary Monroe
    This was the book Patti was born to write!
  • E.F.B.
    This was kind of an impulse buy. It was a book I'd seen around and was curious about, but wasn't on my "buy right now" list because I don't know the author and none of my friends had read it at the time that I bought it. But there it was, sitting all pretty on the display at the bookstore at 20% off as a new release, so I went for it. This isn't a book for when you're looking for a light, relaxing read. Joy's life was not an easy one and it could...
  • Kris - My Novelesque Life
    RATING: 4 STARS2019; Thomas Nelson/HarperCollins Christian Publishing(Review Not on Blog)Many years ago I picked up a DVD for $3 on C.S. Lewis - the Narnia writer. It was a movie about C.S. Lewis meeting and falling in love with Joy Davidman, a fellow writer and Christian. Since then I have been wanting to read more about the writers and their love story. When I saw this novelized account up for grabs, I jumped at the chance to finally actually r...
  • Kimberly Dawn
    This was an enjoyable historical fiction novel which has inspired me to read more works by CS Lewis.Reading between the lines; however, it is hard to ignore Joy Davidmans dogged pursuit to win the heart of famous author CS Lewis. According to Joy, she fell in love with him while corresponding with him on the topic of spirituality. She left behind a deeply troubled first marriage with an abusive and alcoholic writer. When she first sailed across t...