Becoming Mrs. Lewis: The Improbable Love Story Of Joy Davidman And C. S. Lewis by Patti CallahanBecoming Mrs. Lewis: The Improbable Love Story Of Joy Davidman And C. S. Lewis by Patti Callahan

Becoming Mrs. Lewis: The Improbable Love Story Of Joy Davidman And C. S. Lewis

byPatti Callahan

Hardcover | October 2, 2018

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“Patti Callahan seems to have found the story she was born to tell in this tale of unlikely friendship turned true love between Joy Davidman and C. S. Lewis, that tests the bounds of faith and radically alters both of their lives. Their connection comes to life in Callahan’s expert hands, revealing a connection so persuasive and affecting, we wonder if there’s another like it in history. Luminous and penetrating.” —Paula McLain, New York Times bestselling author of The Paris Wife

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.

“Patti Callahan Henry breathes wondrous fresh life into one of the greatest literary love stories of all time . . . The result is a deeply moving story about love and loss that is transformative and magical.” —Pam Jenoff, New York Times bestselling author of The Orphan’s Tale

 “I was swept along, filled with hope, and entirely beguiled, not only by the life lived behind the veil of C. S. Lewis’s books but also by the woman who won his heart. A literary treasure from first page to last.” —Lisa Wingate, New York Times bestselling author of Before We Were Yours

 “Profoundly evocative, revealing an intimate view of a woman whose love and story had never been fully told . . . until now . . . Becoming Mrs. Lewis is a tour de force and the must-read of the season!” —Mary Alice Monroe, New York Times bestselling author of Beach House Reunion

"Patti Callahan somehow inhabits Davidman, taking her readers inside the writer’s hungry mind and heart.  We keenly feel Davidman’s struggle to become her own person at a time (the 1950s) when women had few options . . . An astonishing work of biographical fiction." —Lynn Cullen, bestselling author of Mrs. Poe

"Patti Callahan breathes life into this fascinating woman whose hunger for knowledge leads her to buck tradition at every turn." —Diane Chamberlain, New York Times bestselling author of The Dream Daughter

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 s...
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Title:Becoming Mrs. Lewis: The Improbable Love Story Of Joy Davidman And C. S. LewisFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:416 pages, 9.55 × 6.4 × 1.34 inShipping dimensions:9.55 × 6.4 × 1.34 inPublished:October 2, 2018Publisher:Thomas NelsonLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0785224505

ISBN - 13:9780785224501

Reviews

Rated 2 out of 5 by from Ugh I didn’t know that this was from a Christian publisher but it explains a lot. If you like those sort of books then this may be for you. I felt the main character was really flat and annoying in her modesty, naivety, etc. She just didn’t feel real. Some of the background on CS Lewis and his inspirations were interesting though.
Date published: 2019-09-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not what I expected This fictionalized account of the love story between C.S. Lewis and Joy Davidman is written from the viewpoint of Joy. In a difficult marriage to an alcoholic and philanderer, Joy is struggling to find her place as a wife, mother of 2 boys and a writer. An avowed atheist and once a member of the Communist party, she has a spiritual awakening and writes to Lewis in hopes of advice to help her in her journey. Thus begins a pen pal relationship that quickly goes from spiritual advice to becoming confidants to friendship and finally to love. I am having a difficult time reviewing this book. I was excited and very interested in the story of Joy Davidman and C.S. Lewis. I had watched Shadowlands years and years ago and vaguely remembered some of it so thought this book might be a great way to learn about first their pen pal relationship, then friendship, then love. Unfortunately, it was everything else surrounding their story that finally made me set aside this book at 3/4 of the way through. I just didn't care enough to push through to the end. Because I didn't really know their story, I found it mentally tiring trying to separate the fact from fiction or the fleshing out of the story. I felt the author did a ton of research into the topic and that she really gave a voice to Davidman who was a gifted author herself, but because of the times and circumstances of her life found herself struggling to find her place. I enjoyed reading excerpts of Lewis and Davidman's correspondence and quotes from Lewis. And the description of how the idea of Narnia and it's characters and story was most interesting. The descriptions of England and it's countryside and Oxford were lovely and made me really want to visit that country. I did however get bogged down in some of the descriptions and writing of the circumstances. When I pick up a Christian fiction book from a Christian publishing company I have certain expectations and I found this story had way too many details of circumstances and events than I prefer in my Christian fiction genre. For me, personally, this story would have been better served as a biography instead and then I would have approached it with a different mindset. From other reviews it seems it's one where the reader either loves it or not. It was not my cup of tea. It's one of those stories where one must read it themselves and reach their own conclusion about it. Thanks to BookLook Bloggers for providing a copy free of charge for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own and I was not required to give a positive review.
Date published: 2018-10-17
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointing Novel About C.S. Lewis and Joy Davidman’s Relationship I had high hopes for a new book written by Patti Callahan and published by Thomas Nelson. “Becoming Mrs. Lewis” promised to be a “masterful exploration of one of the greatest love stories of modern times” - the one between C.S. Lewis and Joy Davidman. What I actually discovered, however, was a story so ridden with inappropriate and downright yucky content that I was unable to finish the book. To be clear, “Becoming Mrs. Lewis” is a well-written and thought-provoking novel that seems to be based, at least to a certain extent, on the real relationship between C.S. Lewis and Joy Davidman. The problems arise in the details of the behind-the-scenes relationship story... Joy is already married during the correspondence portion of her relationship with Lewis, and as time passes and they share intimate details of their lives with each other, Joy struggles (and doesn’t always succeed) to keep from becoming emotionally attached to Lewis in ways that feel inappropriate for a married woman (who has had affairs in the past). At the same time her husband is horrible, often drunk, frightening to their children, and has numerous affairs with various women (which are told with yucky detail), including a relative of Joy’s. Ultimately, this combination makes it impossible for her to stay with him, but not before leaving her children with him for several months to travel to England for a rest and to visit Lewis. Unfortunately her decision to leave her husband and move from America to England doesn’t end the inappropriate content, but it simply changes into a different kind that I was still equally uncomfortable reading. I made the rare-for-me decision to stop reading this novel, and instead skimmed some of the remaining portions of the book. It did not improve, and a few of the sections I read made me close it once and for all. I do not intend to pick it up to finish reading it, nor can I recommend it to anyone. “Becoming Mrs. Lewis” felt like more of a mainstream novel than one released by a Christian publishing house, and is definitely a title that I regret reading even a portion of. In the end, though I am sorry to give such a negative review, I hope to warn Christian readers and fans of C.S. Lewis to approach “Becoming Mrs. Lewis” with great caution, and be forewarned that some of the content should be R-rated. I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
Date published: 2018-10-08

Editorial Reviews

'Patti Callahan seems to have found the story she was born to tell in this tale of unlikely friendship turned true love between Joy Davidman and C. S. Lewis, that tests the bounds of faith and radically alters both of their lives. Their connection comes to life in Callahan's expert hands, revealing a connection so persuasive and affecting, we wonder if there's another like it in history. Luminous and penetrating.' --Paula McLain, New York Times bestselling author of The Paris Wife