Becoming Mrs. Lewis: The Improbable Love Story of Joy Davidman and C.S. Lewis / by Patti Callahan. 5.28.2019

Thomas Nelson   ISBN 9780310104803

Adult Rating: 5

I knew the story, or so I thought, of the romance between Joy Davidman and C.S. Lewis, yet was intrigued with this book and read it as though it was all totally new to me. Callahan’s writing is smooth and easily read and brings fresh understanding into the relationship between Davidman and Lewis as well as insights into each of their personalities.

Joy, a woman endeavoring to be her own person in the 50s, a time when that was not easy to say the least, and Lewis, a professor who is a lifelong bachelor living with his brother, begin an improbable correspondence long before they meet in England as Joy begins a time there of rest and recuperation. Their friendship and rapport build, but this bond is not a “fly by night” thing but a relationship that develops over years.

This is a book to be savored and perhaps reread, both for the story and for Callahan’s beautiful writing. Readers who love biographical fiction and/or are fans of C.S. Lewis will enjoy Callahan’s telling of this story, and anyone who has enjoyed or profited from the writings of C.S. Lewis will be intrigued by the romance with his future wife, Joy.

A list of suggested reading is included at the end of the book.

Ceil Carey, CLJ

(Used by the kind permission of the Evangelical Church Library Association)