This is the first book I have read by Callahan. It is labeled as historical fiction, but it reads like a memoir of author Joy Davidman and her relationship with C.S. Lewis, which began as penpals in 1946. Joy describes herself as an atheist, and she is in a loveless marriage to William Lindsay Gresham. After reading an article, she decides to contact Lewis with her questions about God and religion, in general. Thus began an unlikely correspondence that led to more than either expected.
The writing flows in this first-person narrative, but things unfold a bit slower than anticipated. The slow pace stays steady throughout, and that fact could cause some readers to put the book aside, unfinished. Things do pick up a bit later on in the story. Fact and fiction are woven in, and there are numerous quotes from the Chronicles of Narnia. There is a list of books at the end for further reading, which is a nice addition. The Christianity angle was not as prominent as I had anticipated, based on of the blurb and numerous reviews. I didn’t know much about either of these real-life people prior to this book, and I have a bit more of an understanding now.
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