Becoming Mrs. Lewis

Becoming Mrs. Lewis

A Novel : the Improbable Love Story of Joy Davidman and C.S. Lewis

Book - 2018
Average Rating:
Rate this:
"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"--
Publisher: Nashville, Tennessee :, Thomas Nelson,, [2018]
ISBN: 9780785224501
Branch Call Number: FIC HENR
Characteristics: 406 pages : map ; 25 cm


From Library Staff

Atheist writer Joy Davidson has a spiritual awakening and starts corresponding with C.S. Lewis in this fictional novel about the real-life friendship that turned to romance, and then to marriage in 1957.

From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment
Dec 15, 2020

I enjoyed this book so much I did not want it to end. The writing is lyrical without being pretentious, and I found myself whisked away from my covid world back to scholarly Oxford in the 1950's. We follow C.S. Lewis and American poet Joy Davidman as their relationship grows from penpals across the Atlantic, to great friends in Oxford, and finally to marriage partners.
An exceptional amount of research went into the writing of this book, and it shows. A beautiful read!

A ersatz biography written in the first person, well researched and well written. However I never did connect with the character of Joy. She was a woman of her time, as the author says, "trying to live an authentic life". As a non-theist I could not relate to her search for meaning in a relationship with a personal god. I love the C.S. Lewis children's books as myth but I take no inspiration from his spiritual pursuits.
So not my kind of book, not my kind of characters, but there is certainly an audience out there who would find comfort and inspiration from this book.

May 03, 2020

This book of fiction inspired by the relationship between Joy Davidman and C.S. Lewis is a gem. It is beautifully written and well researched by author Patti Callaghan. I could not put it down. The book contains additional materials and discussion questions for book clubs. Highly recommended.

JCLCherylMY May 14, 2019

This was a beautiful story based on the relationship of C.S. Lewis and Joy Davidman. A wonderful historical fiction read. It prompted me to look up more details about their relationship. Highly recommended.

ontherideau Mar 25, 2019

Historical fiction based on the lives of Joy Davidman and C.S. Lewis, this is also a story of the woman behind the man. Their faith and genuine love is remarkable. There is a list of further suggested reading as well as a discussion guide for book clubs.


Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings


Find it at APL

To Top