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October 19, 2021

Once Upon a Wardrobe by Patti Callahan ~ a Review

by Susan Roberts

“Where did Narnia come from?”
The answer will change everything.

Once Upon a Wardrobe is a beautiful; and truly magical story about finding hope and meaning during the sad times of life.  The author has created fantastic characters and merged them with the reality of CS Lewis's life to bring her readers a story that will long be with them. 

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Once Upon a Wardrobe
October 2021; Harper Muse; 978-0785251729
audio, ebook, print (320 pages); historical fiction

Megs is a student at Oxford where she is studying mathematics. She enjoys numbers and their dependability.  Every weekend she travels home to Worcestershire to visit her parents and her brother George.  George is only eight years old and was born with a heart condition that will kill him at a very young.  Since he spends most of his time in bed, he loves to read.  One weekend when Megs comes home, he tells her about his new favorite book The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis. Since he is a professor at Oxford, George begs Megs to meet with C S Lewis to find out where Narnia came from.  She is devoted to her brother and agrees to talk to Mr. Lewis.  When she asks him questions about Narnia, he gives her stories about his life for her to try to figure out the ultimate answer.  She shares his stories with George each weekend and George is enthralled with the life of the author.  His stories help to bring George and Megs closer to the real meaning of Narnia.

The writing in this novel is exquisite.  At times it's a sad story and I will admit to some tears.  But in the end, the overwhelming feeling is one of hope and joy.  “The way the stories change us can’t be explained ... It can only be felt. Like love.”

Recently, Patti revealed the gorgeous book trailer that Harper Muse has created for Once Upon a Wardrobe.

You can see Patti's posts about it on Facebook and Instagram in case you'd like to share from there. 

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Susan Roberts lives in North Carolina with her husband of over 50 years.  She grew up in Michigan but now calls North Carolina home. She enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her family. She reads almost anything (and the piles of books in her house prove that) but her favorite genres are Southern fiction, women's fiction, and historical fiction. Susan is a top 1% Goodreads Reviewer. You can connect with Susan on Facebook.

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