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Becoming Mrs. Lewis by Patti Callahan

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informative reflective sad slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated


Oh, friends, how I wanted to just adore this book. After reading Once Upon a Wardrobe, I made the assumption that this book would put me under the same kind of magical spell. However, that wound up not being the case.

I'm rather glad I didn't read this book sooner. I've had it on my TBR for several years now and if I had picked it up last summer as I planned, I may not have ever given Once Upon a Wardrobe a try. They are so incredibly different it's almost startling. Instead, while I was disappointed that I didn't like this book as much, I'm at least glad that I got a chance to enjoy the other title first!

I've always been fascinated by C.S. Lewis. The Chronicles of Narnia were what fueled my love for reading and piqued my interest in fantasy. Reading this book gave me a lot of insight into Joy, his wife, and their lives. What it didn't give me was a lot of joy, if you get my drift? Not only was the pacing absolutely painfully slow at times, but the subject matter was dense and sad for the majority of the book. Instead of focusing on the good parts of their life, it focused a lot on the truly depressing nature of Joy's previous marriage and all of the hard times that followed.

While this is marked "historical fiction," I'm truly not sure what about it was fictional. It read like a biography more than it did like a story. Around the 25% point of the audiobook (on 2.8x speed, mind you), I thought, "Okay, I can't have much further to go, right?" I was bored stiff while reading this, unfortunately. I really wanted to enjoy it more, but just couldn't get into it. If I weren't such a stickler when it comes to reading, I would've DNF'd based on my interest in it - or really, lack thereof.

Well, now I know everything I could have possibly wanted (or not wanted) to know about C.S. Lewis and his wife, their bizarre relationship that took way too long to even happen, and how much I actually don't really care for either of them as people now. Yikes.

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