I was recently sent If I Had Lunch with C.S. Lewis by the publisher to review.
I know very little about C.S. Lewis, having only read his most famous book (The Lion, the witch, and the Wardrobe), so I was excited about the format of this book. It is laid out as having eight lunches with C.S. Lewis, and since having lunch or coffee with friends is one of my most favorite things to do, it sounded right up my alley!
It took a bit of getting used to the writer's style in this book...and I was about halfway through before I realized it was more of a topical biography about Lewis, rather than having lunch with a friend and picking his brain. Once I got that down, it read a bit smoother.
Because I knew next to nothing about Lewis, it was an interesting book, but I felt that a lot of the questions the author raised weren't really clearly answered, but maybe they were, it was just hard to tell. For information about Lewis, it was great, but not quite as good as a biography would probably have been.
Overall I think I'd give this a 3 star review. It was good, but not quite a story, not quite a biography, not quite a Q&A time. It is a quick read, and was interesting, but for the current price point of $14, I think I would probably pass, or at least get it on the kindle for $10.
I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I'm definitely not sorry I read this, as it did whet my appetite to read the Chronicles of Narnia and possibly another full biography of Lewis, but I would have been disappointed to pay full price for it.