Once Upon a Wardrobe by Patti Callahan⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠- Book Review

Genre

Literary Fiction

The Plot

⁠Megs Devonshire is a student at Oxford. Her little brother George is severely ill, but he loves reading, writing and drawing. When he enters the magical world of Narnia, he asks Megs to track down C.S. Lewis, the author, and ask him where the idea for Narnia and its characters came from.⁠

❤️ What I liked about Once Upon a Wardrobe by Patti Callahan⁠⁠⁠

📚 The power of reading. “𝐼 𝑜𝓅𝑒𝓃 𝓉𝒽𝑒 𝒷𝑜𝑜𝓀 𝒶𝓃𝒹 𝒷𝑒𝑔𝒾𝓃 𝓉𝑜 𝓇𝑒𝒶𝒹. 𝒯𝒽𝒶𝓉’𝓈 𝓌𝒽𝑒𝓃 𝒾𝓉 𝒽𝒶𝓅𝓅𝑒𝓃𝓈 (…) 𝓉𝒾𝓂𝑒 𝒻𝒶𝓁𝓁𝓈 𝒶𝓌𝒶𝓎 𝒶𝓈 𝒾𝒻 𝒾𝓉 𝒹𝑜𝑒𝓈𝓃’𝓉 𝑒𝓍𝒾𝓈𝓉 𝒶𝓉 𝒶𝓁𝓁. 𝒜𝓈 𝒾𝒻 𝒾𝓉 𝓌𝒶𝒾𝓉𝓈 𝒻𝑜𝓇 𝓂𝑒 𝓉𝑜 𝓇𝑒𝒶𝒹 𝓉𝒽𝒾𝓈 𝓈𝓉𝑜𝓇𝓎”. How many of you can relate to this? I can, for sure! I loved how, in this book, we discover the magic of reading, together with Megs.


🐉 One day you’ll be old enough to read fairytales again. This is one of my favourite quotes by C.S. Lewis. Thanks to this book, you can fully appreciate its meaning. “𝒯𝒽𝑒 𝒻𝒶𝓃𝓉𝒶𝓈𝓉𝒾𝒸 𝒶𝓃𝒹 𝓉𝒽𝑒 𝒾𝓂𝒶𝑔𝒾𝓃𝒶𝓉𝒾𝓋𝑒 𝒶𝓇𝑒𝓃’𝓉 𝑒𝓈𝒸𝒶𝓅𝒾𝓈𝓂. (…) 𝒯𝒽𝑒 𝓌𝒽𝑜𝓁𝑒 𝓈𝓉𝑜𝓇𝓎 𝓈𝓉𝓇𝑒𝓃𝑔𝓉𝒽𝑒𝓃𝓈 𝑜𝓊𝓇 𝓇𝑒𝓁𝒾𝓈𝒽 𝒻𝑜𝓇 𝓇𝑒𝒶𝓁 𝓁𝒾𝒻𝑒. (…) 𝐼𝓉 𝑒𝓍𝓅𝒶𝓃𝒹𝓈 𝑜𝓊𝓇 𝒶𝓌𝒶𝓇𝑒𝓃𝑒𝓈𝓈 𝑜𝒻 𝓉𝒽𝑒 𝓌𝑜𝓇𝓁𝒹”.


✍️ The power of writing. “𝒲𝒽𝑒𝓃𝑒𝓋𝑒𝓇 𝓎𝑜𝓊 𝒶𝓇𝑒 𝒻𝑒𝒹 𝓊𝓅 𝓌𝒾𝓉𝒽 𝓁𝒾𝒻𝑒, 𝓈𝓉𝒶𝓇𝓉 𝓌𝓇𝒾𝓉𝒾𝓃𝑔: 𝒾𝓃𝓀 𝒾𝓈 𝓉𝒽𝑒 𝑔𝓇𝑒𝒶𝓉 𝒸𝓊𝓇𝑒 𝒻𝑜𝓇 𝒶𝓁𝓁 𝒽𝓊𝓂𝒶𝓃 𝒾𝓁𝓁𝓈”. Again, I couldn’t agree more. Writing helps put things into perspective and get people through hard times.


⛰️ The descriptions. The way the author describes landscapes and journeys in this book is amazing. The reader is completely immersed in the English and Irish countryside.


👩👦 Brotherly love. Megs and George love each other so much. Their relationship is so intense and sincere that it actually made me cry.

To the score

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 6/5 This book is simply amazing. I ended up crying on a plane while finishing it. #netgalley and #HarperMuse couldn’t have made me a better gift for my birthday! Please, please, please read it, you won’t be disappointed!⁠

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