Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Book Review for Once Upon a Wardrobe by Patti Callahan


Once Upon a Wardrobe by Patti Callahan 

Hardcover, 320 pages

Publication: October 19th 2021 by Harper Muse

Genre:  Historical Fiction, Books About Books


From Goodreads:  From Patti Callahan, the bestselling author of Becoming Mrs. Lewis, comes another enchanting story that pulls back the curtain on the early life of C. S. Lewis.

“Where did Narnia come from?”

The answer will change everything.

Megs Devonshire is brilliant with numbers and equations, on a scholarship at Oxford, and dreams of solving the greatest mysteries of physics.

She prefers the dependability of facts—except for one: the younger brother she loves with all her heart doesn’t have long to live. When George becomes captivated by a copy of a brand-new book called The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and begs her to find out where Narnia came from, there’s no way she can refuse.

Despite her timidity about approaching the famous author, Megs soon finds herself taking tea with the Oxford don and his own brother, imploring them for answers. What she receives instead are more stories . . . stories of Jack Lewis’s life, which she takes home to George.

Why won’t Mr. Lewis just tell her plainly what George wants to know? The answer will reveal to Meg many truths that science and math cannot, and the gift she thought she was giving to her brother—the story behind Narnia—turns out to be his gift to her, instead: hope.

My Thoughts:  I was not a huge fan of The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe but I am a huge fan of Patti Callahan so I had no doubt that I would love this book.  I had no idea how much I would love this book and am going to go back and read The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe again. 

Have you ever wondered how an author found their made-up world?   C.S. Lewis’ made-up world is Narnia and George wants to know where it came from.   George’s sister, Megs is going to school where C.S Lewis tutors and seeks him out to find out the answers for George.   The siblings are so close, the lengths that Megs go to just to make George happy are true sibling love. 

Once Upon a Wardrobe is a great mix of history and fiction.   I loved the book from beginning to end.  

**Thank you NetGalley for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.

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