Tuesday, October 02, 2018
Becoming Mrs. Lewis, a review
I can blame this book for needing an extra cup of coffee this morning as I was awake past midnight reading it. I could not go to sleep until I had finished the story. This is one of the most remarkable novels I have ever read.
I was interested in the novel because of my interest in all things C. S. Lewis. I knew something about Joy and their relationship through the movie Shadowlands (understanding that it is a Hollywood version of their relationship) and Lewis' book A Grief Observed. Even then, I wasn't sure what to expect.
First I will say that Patti Callahan has a way with words that draws us into the story as if we are really hearing Joy's thoughts and words first hand. She begins by taking us into Joy's life with her alcoholic and manipulative husband and their relationship as a family and as writers.
We then journey with her to England to do research and her meeting with C. S. Lewis, with whom she has been corresponding. We are with her as she becomes close to Lewis and his brother. We follow along with her struggles and her fears as she comes to realize her marriage will officially end in divorce.
Along the way, we come to experience the beauty of London and Oxford, as well as what it is like to live in England so soon after the war. We walk with Joy as she allows this beauty to heal her soul as well as her body. For the author takes us into Joy's spiritual journey along the way and her unlikely path from a Jewish Atheist Communist to becoming a true believer in Christ.
We end up with Joy and her sons moving to England and her relationship with Lewis, his brother, and his friends. We feel her struggle as she loves Lewis but is not sure it can ever be anything more than deep friendship. Then we are there for the rest of the story. Which I will leave for you to enjoy for one should never tell the ending, even if it is well known in history.
I highly recommend Becoming Mrs. Lewis. It already has a place on my "All Time Favorite Books" list. You do not have to be a fan of Lewis and England to enjoy it but if you are... this will become a favorite book for you, too.
Becoming Mrs. Lewis was provided by the publisher for the sake of review but the opinions are my own.
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