Becoming Mrs. Lewis: The Improbable Love Story of Joy Davidman and C. S. Lewis

Written by:
Patti Callahan

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
October 2018
12 hours 39 minutes
Meet the brilliant writer, fiercely independent mother, and passionate woman who captured the heart of C.S. Lewis and inspired the books that still enchant and change us today, from the New York Times bestselling author of The Secret Book of Flora Lea.

When poet and writer Joy Davidman began writing letters to C. S. Lewis—known as Jack—she was looking for spiritual answers, not love. Love, after all, wasn’t holding together her crumbling marriage. Everything about New Yorker Joy seemed ill-matched for an Oxford professor and the beloved writer of The Chronicles of Narnia, yet their minds bonded over their letters.

Embarking on the adventure of her life, Joy traveled from America to England and back again, facing heartbreak and poverty, discovering friendship and faith, and against all odds, found a love that even the threat of death couldn’t destroy.

In this masterful exploration of one of the greatest love stories of modern times, we meet a brilliant writer, a fiercely independent mother, and a passionate woman who changed the life of this respected author and inspired books that still enchant us and change us. Joy lived at a time when women weren’t meant to have a voice—and yet her love for Jack gave them both voices they didn’t know they had.

At once a fascinating historical novel and a glimpse into a writer’s life, Becoming Mrs. Lewis is above all a love story—a love of literature and ideas and a love between a husband and wife that, in the end, was not impossible at all.

- Full-length historical novel about the wife of C.S. Lewis
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A story of being yourself and finding true love. Book was a nice listen but it dragged at times. A lot of the same. I enjoyed the historical aspects.

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Although fiction, the fact based references allowed me to see Joy Davidson in a fresh new way

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Erika S.

I felt like this book was a little wordy and a little slow in some places, but the wordiness also allowed the author to create a beautiful picture for the reader. It was a very interesting story which had me rooting for the main character and wanting to flick her in the forehead at the same time. The more I learned about the actual Mrs Lewis, the more I was just fascinated by her strength, courage, brains and gumption. It was a great choice for book club!

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Rosanne M.

The book kept me Riveted and ready for more. Who cares if it was almost 13 hours of listening. I would have listed for 1300 hours as their lives and love for God, each other and life declared!! The human struggle. The grace of God our Father.

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Much research has gone into the relationship between Joy & CS Lewis . I loved hearing about home life of Jack and his beloved brother Warnie. I listened to audible as Im not sure I would get through the book due to over abundance of descriptive passages . Choosing the audible was a challenge due to the narrators’s voice & tone . The attempt at British accents especially Jack was dreadful . Jack’s voice should have been a British male . I found the children’s voices irritating .

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Jacklyn V.

I thought this was an interesting and captivating story !! A little too long ,because it contained too many descriptions of various landscapes . Otherwise very enjoyable depiction of a very interesting,talented woman !!

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Kathleen A.

One of the central problems with this book was the narration. Lewis's voice was simply awful! It threw the whole thing off. Cloying at best. I struggled to get through it and skipped a lot.

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Dahlia F.

As I struggle to get through the hours of listening, I want to like this book more than I do. The brilliantly plotted story and empathetic character development, the narrator’s Maryland accent is so specific it is hard to believe she is a New Yorker. I cannot fathom how there wasn’t a better choice for such a smart book. Community theater-esque superficial reading at best.

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great insight to someone unknown

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Barb W.

Wonderful story. Very interesting and insightful.

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Maria Y.

The narrator could have been better Sometimes I wasn’t sure if it was narrative or conversation. I wish audiobooks would have a male and female presenters.

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Marsha R.

Loved this book so much. Read it in print. Gave copies to friends. Then bought the audiobook so my husband and I could listen to it on a long driving trip. My husband loved it also.

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