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

"The love story of C.S. Lewis and his wife, Helen Joy Davidman Gresham, was improbable-and seemingly impossible. Their Eros-story led to some of Lewis's greatest works, yet Joy is most commonly known for how she died. Becoming Mrs. Lewis allows us to see how this brilliant and passionate woman lived-and why she stole Jack's heart"-

Behind every great man is a great woman, as the saying goes, and for acclaimed author C.S. Lewis, that woman was writer Joy Davidman. Callahan (The Bookshop at Water's End, as Patti Callahan Henry, 2017) brings to life the friendship turned romance between the two. Worn down by motherhood and marriage to an alcoholic, committed atheist Davidman, in the middle of a dark night, falls to her knees and prays to God for the first time. Despite the confidence of her spiritual awakening, there were questions for this atheist turned Christian. When a friend suggests that Joy write to Lewis, a mutual acquaintance, a correspondence begins that will change Joy's life. Readers familiar with the life and work of C.S. Lewis will relish learning about the woman who inspired some of his most famous books. Others will find the slow burn of the romance between the two mesmerizing. All fans of women's fiction, particularly works with religious themes, will appreciate reading about this vibrant and intelligent woman. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

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