Becoming Mrs. Lewis, by Patti Callahan, is a fictional story of Joy Davidson and C. S. Lewis. The author has done a lot of research to write this story. The story shows the struggles Joy endured with her marriage, divorce and love for “Jack” Lewis as well as the strong convictions Mr. Lewis has. The story tells how Joy and Jack are pen pals for 3 years before Joy moves with her sons to England. Joy and Jack help each other with their writings. Even though they both loved each other dearly, they do not marry until Joy may be forced to leave the country, and then in name only. Mr. Lewis feels it is wrong to marry Joy since she has already been married.
I have mixed feelings about this book. The beginning moved very slow for me. It was not until the last hundred pages or so that I had the desire to keep reading the book. When it finished I felt let down, wanting to know more about the life Joy and Jack shared as well as Joy’s sons. I also feel the story could have been written without the sexual contents. For this reason I give the book a 3.5 star rating.
The author has written this book in rich detail, describing the landscape and people’s feeling. While reading this story, I felt the struggle of Joy living with a man who cheated on her, of her leaving her sons for such an extended length of time and the feelings she and Jack had for each other. This story painted a picture of Mr. Lewis that I never even considered. But I was able to see that even when she was penniless, God provided for her. With this being a fictional accounting of Joy and Jack, I really want to read their biographies to find out their true story.
I received a copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through BookLook Bloggers. This is my honest review.
To learn more about the author go to:https://www.patticallahanhenry.com/
To take a tour of Lewis’s home go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z4o9NKU0jS8
You can see a video the author has made for this book at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IF8I1VZoOn8
This book comes out October 2nd and can be purchased from: