Disappointing Novel About C.S. Lewis and Joy Davidman’s Relationship

I had high hopes for a new book written by Patti Callahan and published by Thomas Nelson. “Becoming Mrs. Lewis” promised to be a “masterful exploration of one of the greatest love stories of modern times” – the one between C.S. Lewis and Joy Davidman. What I actually discovered, however, was a story so ridden with inappropriate and downright yucky content that I was unable to finish the book.

To be clear, “Becoming Mrs. Lewis” is a well-written and thought-provoking novel that seems to be based, at least to a certain extent, on the real relationship between C.S. Lewis and Joy Davidman. The problems arise in the details of the behind-the-scenes relationship story… Continue reading

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Disappointed, to Say the Least

It is very rare that I do not finish a work of Christian Fiction once I start reading it. Unfortunately though, every once in a while there will come a novel that just steps too far outside the boundaries of what I believe should be included in the genre. “The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck”, written by Bethany Turner and published by Revell in 2017, not only crossed the boundaries, it leaped over them and ran quite a distance on the other side! Continue reading

A Disappointing Story from a Favorite Author

The Painter's Daughter imageJulie Klassen’s newest novel, The Painter’s Daughter, was released from Bethany House in December of 2015. Seeing this talented storyteller’s name on a new book, I automatically assumed I would enjoy it as much as her previous work, namely The Dancing Master and The Secret of Pembrooke Park. After reading the synopsis for this new story, however, I was slightly hesitant to request a review copy. A young women in serious trouble, a hasty marriage of convenience between strangers, and a too-late reunion of love lost – that sounded like a possible recipe for inappropriate content! Ultimately, I decided to trust Miss Klassen and request the title anyway, hoping the main storyline did not focus primarily on these details. Continue reading