“Becoming Mrs. Lewis” is a historical fiction/romance with hints of biographical influence. It is the story of Joy Davidman, a housewife and mother of two who faces a troubled marriage and a loss of identity. Through a shared passion for writing, she strikes up a pen pal relationship with C.S. Lewis that develops knowingly over time. Set in the 1940s, this story eloquently develops Joy as she explores her passion for writing, her love for her children and her notions of faith during a time when women were often silenced and blurred into the background of society.
This book is written in a voice that is transparent, honest and kind. The author’s work is reminiscent of a time where poise and elegance held women in societal constraints that strangled their ability to create, be, and enjoy life fully. As a parent, a mother and a woman, I can identify with the main character. About halfway through the novel, the author centers the story on the developing love between Joy Davidman and C.S. Lewis. The unilateral focus on Joy’s love for C.S. Lewis was a bit frustrating at times and made the book move a bit slow for me. However, after the conclusion of the book I understood why the author chose to move the story along in that fashion. I particularly enjoyed the author’s note at the end, so if you pick up this novel be sure to read that portion! Overall, I enjoyed the book. This was not my typical genre choice, so it felt good to read a little out of my comfort zone and I enjoyed seeing feminism in a different light.
Recommendations: Read this for an honest look into feminism. This book is a quiet novel with a beautiful strength to it.