Happy Friday! This week was a fun one. It was Credo week at the office and we celebrated with themed days (think Spirit Week), games, food, and plenty of laughter. This was needed after a summer of changes and upheaval. And to top it all off, we get a three day weekend thanks to good ol’ Chris Columbus. An extra day to read? I’ll take it!
There is probably no Christian author as well known and celebrated as C.S. Lewis but, honestly, I know very little about his personal life. That’s why I’m so looking forward into diving into Patti Callahan’s October release very soon!
Here’s a little about the book:
In a most improbable friendship, she found love. In a world where women were silenced, she found her voice.
From New York Times bestselling author Patti Callahan comes an exquisite novel of Joy Davidman, the woman C. S. Lewis called “my whole world.” 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 don and the beloved writer 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, finding 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.
Doesn’t this book sound fascinating? Have you read it or is it on your TBR list?
Ok, I’m passing the puck back to you (official start of hockey season is here so I’m going with it!). Grab the book nearest you and drop the first line in the comments. Then head on over to our hosts at Hoarding Books and check out what books others are sharing/reading this week.
I’m wishing all of you a healthy, productive, and relaxing (with time for reading) weekend!
Susan Dyer says
My first lines come from Jacob’s Bell by John Snyder…
A deafening screech, then a loud thud jolted Jacob McCallum upright from his slumber as the freight train pulled into the Chicago yards on a chilly September morning in 1944.
Have a great weekend and happy reading!
Trisha Robertson says
Over on my blog, I’m featuring the first line from The Cumberland Bride by Shannon McNear. Do stop by and check it out. I hope you have a wonderful weekend.
Nicole Santana says
I want to read this book so badly!!! Looks so good.
Today on my blog, I am sharing the first line from Connilyn Cossette’s newest novel, Shelter of the Most High. I cannot wait to get into this book. Currently, I am reading A Tale of Two Hearts by Michelle Griep. It is SO good. I am loving it. I am on chapter 23, so I will post the first line from that chapter here:
“He’d meant to talk to his uncle, truly he had, but the next day passed in a blur of festive activities — and never once had Uncle been without Miss Whymsy at his side.”
Hope you have a great weekend filled with lots of good reading!
The Great Lion! I love it! I cannot wait to read this book–I had the honor studying the life of C.S. Lewis in Oxford, England while I was in college. It was incredible. In fact, my best friend become a Christian because of this trip. 🙂 Happy reading!
Suzie Waltner says
What a great story for your friend!!
Very interesting! Happy Friday! On my blog today, I am featuring one of my favorites, “The Princess” by Lori Wick. Here I will share the first lines from Chapter 3. “Nikolai stood alone in his bedroom and told himself to breathe deeply. He had the window wide open, cool as it was, but still felt as if he were going to suffocate. This was his wedding day.” Have a wonderful weekend!
Happy Friday! On my blog today, I am featuring one of my favorites, “The Princess” by Lori Wick. Here I will share the first lines from Chapter 3. “Nikolai stood alone in his bedroom and told himself to breathe deeply. He had the window wide open, cool as it was, but still felt as if he were going to suffocate. This was his wedding day.” Have a wonderful weekend!
BECCA WEIDEL says
Happy Friday! I forgot about this week being about favorite genre but I DID share one from one of my favorite authors. I have to say historical fiction is my favorite, but I also like suspense to change things up a bit. I’m currently in-between books but I’ll be be starting a new book after dinner tonight. Hope you have a great weekend with lots of quality reading time!
Suzie Waltner says
I forgot too. My favorite genre is probably contemporary but it’s close to a three-way tie with romantic suspense and historical.
Paula Shreckhise says
My first line is from Lady of a Thousand Treasures by Sandra Byrd:
September 1866, Oxfordshire, England
A threading of voices spooled throughout the expansive chamber wherein we waited, voices so decently quiet as to be murmurs.
Looking forward to reading Mrs. Lewis!
Suzie Waltner says
I am looking forward to this one soon!
Becky Smith says
Happy Weekend! My first line is from Until I Met You by Kimberly Rose Johnson, which is included in the collection A Christmas To Remember:
“Early Saturday morning, Brandi Prescott held her latte in one hand and opened the door to leave her favorite coffee shop in the Green Lake neighborhood of Seattle.”
Happy Friday! I’m featuring Lady of a Thousand Treasures by Sandra Byrd on my blog, here is the second line:
“All present quickened as lightning pierced the ground just outside the wide panel of windows, like a finger pointing deep within the earth.”
Beckie B. says
I’m lobbying for my book club to read this book. Thanks for sharing.