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Once Upon a Wardrobe

Author: Patti Callahan

Narrator: Fiona Hardingham

Started: Oct. 27, 2021

Finished: Oct. 29, 2021

The Kindle edition can be purchased by clicking the cover photo.

Megs Devonshire is a math student at Oxford who seems fact and procedure in every movement of her day. When she goes home to see her younger brother, George, who is an invalid due to a severe heart condition.

George uses his time in bed to read extraordinary amounts of books and quickly falls in love with the C.S. Lewis classic, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. When he discovers that Megs sees C.S. Lewis on a daily basis, he implores her to ask Lewis where Narnia came from; where the ideas for this amazing land and animals came to be.

Megs reaches out to Lewis and explains her brother's situation and he then regals her with other stories of his time growing up. She shares these stories with her brother who begins to piece together those from Lewis' life who play prominent roles and were familiar to Narnia subjects.

The premise of this book caught my eye immediately. Listening to the book as opposed to reading it was the best decision I made. The narrator did a wonderful job portraying the characters and being believable in all of them. She truly brought the story to life.

Patti Callahan brings everything about C.S. Lewis to her story. She tells tales of his relationship with his brother and father, the untimely death of his mother, and his time in university and during World War I and II. After listening to this story, I feel as if I know C.S. Lewis better than before. This was a story well worth the listen.

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