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Becoming Mrs. Lewis
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Becoming Mrs. Lewis
The Improbable Love Story of Joy Davidman and C. S. Lewis
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Now a USA TODAY and Publishers Weekly bestseller!

"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....

Now a USA TODAY and Publishers Weekly bestseller!

"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....

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  • 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 short story collections, anthologies, magazines, and blogs. Patti attended Auburn University for her undergraduate work and Georgia State University for her graduate degree. Once a Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist, she now writes full time. The mother of three children, she lives in both Mountain Brook, Alabama, and Bluffton, South Carolina, with her husband. Visit her online at patticallahanhenry.com; Instagram: pattichenry; Facebook: AuthorPattiCallahanHenry; Twitter: @pcalhenry.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    Starred review from August 13, 2018
    Callahan (The Bookshop at Water’s End) vividly enters the life of a woman searching for both God and romantic love in this pleasing historical novel about writer and poet Joy Davidman. In 1946, Joy lives in Ossining, N.Y., with her alcoholic husband, Bill Gresham, and her two small sons. In a moment of desperation, she prays to a God she doesn’t believe in and experiences feeling “fully known and loved.” Three years later, now deeply considering Christianity, she writes to Christian apologist C.S. Lewis with her questions about God. He responds, beginning a long-term correspondence in which Joy finds “peace, connection, and intellectual intimacy.” By 1952, she wants to leave her unfaithful, abusive husband, but sees no way out. She does manage to take a much-needed physical and mental respite, heading to England for six months and falling in love with both England and Lewis; her only regret is leaving behind her sons. But, even after Bill and Joy divorce, Lewis at first keeps their relationship platonic, and Joy must search for true love and fulfillment through her relationship with God. Making full use of historical documentation, Callahan has created an incredible portrait of a complex woman.

  • Library Journal

    November 15, 2018

    This meticulously researched and beautifully written historical fiction recounts the relationship and marriage between noted poet Joy Davidman and the incomparable C.S. Lewis, renowned theologian and author of the beloved "Chronicles of Narnia" series. The story takes place over the relatively short time span of the 1950s, encompassing Davidman's first letters to Lewis and culminating in her early death from cancer, providing insight into the theology, spiritualism, and intellectualism of the times accompanied by healthy portions of Davidman's and Lewis's everyday trials and joys. A strong underlying theme demonstrates the influence of Davidman (and many women of that time) on the men they loved and lived for. Understated and eloquent narration by Lauren Woodward complements the story. There is certainly a sentimental bent, but the writing and narration curb listeners' tears. VERDICT Listeners will wish to return to Lewis's writings (theological and children's literature) and will certainly wish to savor Davidman's works including the elegant sonnets that precede the chapters. ["Callahan's writing is riveting and her characters spring to life to create a magical and literary experience that won't soon be forgotten": LJ 9/15/18 starred review of the Thomas Nelson hc.]--Sandra C. Clariday, Cleveland, TN

    Copyright 2018 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • AudioFile Magazine Lauren Woodward expertly narrates this captivating novel by author Patti Callahan. The main voice is that of Joy Davidman, an American writer, atheist, troubled wife, and mother of two who begins a written correspondence with English author C.S. Lewis in the 1950s after a spiritual awakening. The voice of C.S. Lewis is warm and jolly in his letters to Joy, and Woodward layers even more emotions into his character's tone when he and Joy finally meet in England and spend days discussing God and Christianity. A large cast of characters surrounds Joy and Lewis's love story, both in England and in the U.S. Woodward gives each a different voice, switching smoothly between them. Filled with endearing characters and a hidden love story, this audiobook is a must-listen. V.T. � AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine
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