My Father's House

My Father s House Growing up life is idyllic for Lily Rose Cates due to one constant her father s love But in her sixteenth summer all that changes without warning There begins Lily s struggle to find herself and the

  • Title: My Father's House
  • Author: Rose Chandler Johnson
  • ISBN: 9781530040391
  • Page: 269
  • Format: Paperback
  • My Father's House

    Growing up, life is idyllic for Lily Rose Cates due to one constant her father s love But in her sixteenth summer, all that changes without warning There begins Lily s struggle to find herself and the life she s lost Marriage promises fulfillment, but her happily ever after barely survives the honeymoon Her husband s sophisticated facade hides a brooding man wiGrowing up, life is idyllic for Lily Rose Cates due to one constant her father s love But in her sixteenth summer, all that changes without warning There begins Lily s struggle to find herself and the life she s lost Marriage promises fulfillment, but her happily ever after barely survives the honeymoon Her husband s sophisticated facade hides a brooding man with even darker secrets When all illusions shatter, Lily must make hard choices abandon her husband or risk losing much than her marriage She flees their home in Detroit and sets out on a fearful journey to a house in Georgia that her husband knows nothing about This is one woman s compelling tale of love and survival as she finds her way back home to who she s meant to be in her father s househad it not been for Annie Ruth, I would have ended up right there rocking on the front porch beside Mama Annie Ruth took care of me She and Mr John drove up in his dusty pickup truck every morning at six o clock She got out and came in, bringing her life and soul into the houseWe were her cherished charges, and I was like her own My Father s House

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    1. Julia Wilson

      My Father's House by Rose Chandler Johnson is a gripping Christian romance. It tackles some hard hitting topics but over it all there is love - the love of a Father for His children.God's presence permeates the novel. He is what keeps Lily Rose going. Through all circumstances she looks to God. She talks to God and she thanks God. "Thank you God. Thank you so much." Lily Rose recognises God's hand on her life. "An angel was watching over me Thank you Lord." Another character says "I never go now [...]

    2. Carole Jarvis

      Reviewed at The Power of Words: bit/28Tgc2AMy Father’s House is an excellent debut novel that combines the elements of sweet romance, suspense, friendship, and Southern charm, and fits into the genre of women’s fiction that I enjoy so much. Rose Chandler Johnson has created a story that is primarily easy, pleasurable reading, yet it will keep readers on the edge of their seats at other times. Sometimes a book’s setting has such a strong presence that it becomes a major character, as is the [...]

    3. Erical D Booker

      Simply BeautifulJust the right of amount of drama and suspense. This book made my heart smile. A true chick flick kinda book.

    4. Jalynn Patterson

      About the Book: My Father's House is at once a sweet romance and a page-turning thriller." --Ann Tatlock, award-winning novelist. Growing up, life is idyllic for Lily Rose Cates due to one constant - her father's love. But in her sixteenth summer, all that changes without warning. There begins Lily's struggle to find herself and the life she's lost. . . . Marriage promises fulfillment, but her happily-ever-after barely survives the honeymoon. Her husband's sophisticated facade hides a brooding m [...]

    5. Sydney

      This is one of those stories that grips your heart and emotions from page one. Rose Chandler Johnson has written a tragically beautiful story of idyllic Lily Rose Cates. Lily has always thrived on her father’s love, but after he dies all that changes. Lily meets and marries rich lawyer Manuel Valenti, but after her marriage and her honeymoon, Lily’s world comes crashing down. With the help of a friend, Lily chooses to flee her abusive husband and to make a new life for herself using her inhe [...]

    6. Maureen Timerman

      My Father’s House was a story I didn’t want to end, the author drew me in and I never wanted to leave!This is a family story, finding love, and not knowing the person before you commit, and finding out to late, but would you have done things differently? Lilly Rose is enchanted with Manny, and he sweeps her off her feet, but there is hidden danger here, and we hope for the best, but root for her to leave him.We follow Lilly Rose from Detroit to finally ending up in Georgia, and from the desc [...]

    7. Janie Watts

      The charming, but innocent, narrator, Lily Rose Cates, shares her story in this well-paced, absorbing romance mostly set in the 1980's. Swept off her feet by the seemingly perfect man, Lily Rose must grow up quickly when she learns her man is not who she thought he was. The only problem with this book is that I had a hard time putting it down to go to sleep. I wanted to find out what would happen to Lily Rose. As you may recall, Rose is the author of a book of devotionals, "God, Me, and Sweet Ic [...]

    8. Sarah

      First Fiction novel by Rose Chandler Johnson is a wowzer! First, she is definitely a risk taker and takes a topic of marriage that many authors don't take and deals with it in a fiction way. Second, this is a self-published book, which gives me even more respect for her writing because it was well edited in my opinion. This book is very engaging, it leaves the reader with asking a question about what they would do if they found themselves in this position and it also is a very unique read like a [...]

    9. elaine m. suda

      Coming HomeThank you for this heartwarming story about Lily. Although her marriage to Manny was hurtful and heartbreaking, her coming home was the healing she needed. With family and friends, especially Sam, she finally found peace and love. I look forward to reading more of your work.

    10. Kathleen (Kat) Smith

      Sometimes when you read a novel, you are taken back by some similarities you may have seen in a movie or read in another novel. My Father's House by Rose Chandler Johnson is much like that in the sense as you read through it, I was taken back to such movies like Sleeping with the Enemy or Enough with Jennifer Lopez. Both deal with domestic abuse and so does this one from a Christian perspective. While the Bible clearly reminds us not to be unequally yoked, Lily Rose Cates has dealt with enough l [...]

    11. Beth

      I received this book from Litfuse Publicity and the author for no charge in exchange for my honest review of this book. The opinions expressed here are my own.Book Description: Growing up, life is idyllic for Lily Rose Cates due to one constant – her father’s love. But in her sixteenth summer, all that changes without warning. There begins Lily’s struggle to find herself and the life she’s lost. . . . Marriage promises fulfillment, but her happily-ever-after barely survives the honeymoon [...]

    12. Sherry Lynn

      A little about the book . . . "My Father's House is at once a sweet romance and a page-turning thriller." --Ann Tatlock, award-winning novelist. Growing up, life is idyllic for Lily Rose Cates due to one constant – her father’s love. But in her sixteenth summer, all that changes without warning. There begins Lily’s struggle to find herself and the life she’s lost. . . . Marriage promises fulfillment, but her happily-ever-after barely survives the honeymoon. Her husband’s sophisticated [...]

    13. Julie D.

      Okay, I'm going to start off with a warning about this book. DO NOT start reading it before going to bed because you will not be sleeping. Seriously! I started reading this book at 11:00 pm one night and literally stayed up until I finished it, which was 6:30 AM! I just could not put this book down!!!Lily Rose has grown up with a daddy who loves her and makes her feel cherished. When he dies suddenly, her world is turned upside down. Her mother, who hasn't been the same since her older brother m [...]

    14. Beckie Burnham

      My Father’s House, though a novel, reads like a memoir. The first person narrative of main character Lily Rose explores how a life can veer off track when looking for love and a place to belong. More than suspense, more than a coming-of-age story, this novel is filled with heart. So come along with Lily as she travels from Georgia to Detroit and back again to Georgia to find out just where she belongs.The opening pages set the stage for a reminiscent look at Lily Rose Cates’ life. A picture [...]

    15. Debi Lantzer

      My Father's House by Rose Chandler Johnson is about Lily Rose Cates, who has the perfect childhood that includes a fantastic relationship with her father. Her father adored her and she loved him so much. Lily's father unexpectedly passes away when Lily is sixteen and it leaves her to emotionally flounder throughout the rest of high school and into college.As Lily heads off to college, she sees her friends marrying off or falling in love. On a trip to New York City to meet up with her best friend [...]

    16. Joan

      I enjoyed this novel that is sort of of a coming of age story of a young southern woman. It also explored the themes of spousal abuse, divorce, and restoration.Lily Rose had an idyllic childhood in the south. Her father doted on her and she glowed under his attention. But then he died when she was sixteen and her life was in shambles. A handsome man promised the attention she craved. His facade soon fell to pieces, as did the marriage. Abused and broken hearted, Lily Rose has a decision to make. [...]

    17. Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)

      3.5 StarsMy Father’s House by Rose Chandler Johnson is captivating in its Southern gentility. Words lilt across the page, iced with a Georgia drawl that makes you wish for a wraparound porch and a tall cool glass of lemonade. (I had neither the porch nor the lemonade at hand, but I made do.)Family beats at the heart of My Father’s House – those we’re born into and those we gather around us. In Lily Rose Cate’s case, it’s the family she’s gathered around her that makes for the most [...]

    18. Peggy Leach

      LoveI loved this book. Having been divorced and not having known what a good marriage is really like , it made me feel good. The characters are so real that you feel like you're right there with them.

    19. Amy Bradsher

      Lily struggles to face the world after her father's death, but there's something compelling about her journey that makes My Father's House fascinating. Characters make or break a story for me, and I have little patience for them when they seem to be continually making poor choices, as Lily often seemed to do in the beginning of the book; but Lily charmed me such that I turned page after page, reading quickly, intent on finding out her fate.There's something likeable about Lily. Part of it is her [...]

    20. Melanie

      This book starts out with an overview of the life of Lily Rose Cates. She has great memories of her father and is devastated by his death. After graduating from college, she takes a trip to New York City to visit her cousin Maggie and meets Manuel Valenti, a handsome Italian waiter. They have a whirlwind romance and get married but she quickly realizes that she made a mistake. She loves him, though, and is willing to work things out with him, but she has some tough decisions to make.This book st [...]

    21. Amy

      My Father’s House by debut author Rose Chandler Johnson is an emotional, heartwarming, read with an underlying threat and a bit of mystery all wrapped up in a pretty little package. I was pulled into the story of Lily Rose Cates and her life, sometimes wonderful, oftentimes filled with turmoil, and watched how this heroine tried to navigate the problems facing her. This book left me pondering long after I finished the last page and is a story I will not soon forget.Lily Rose has a lot stacked [...]

    22. A. Hunt

      "My initial reaction to Lily Rose: She's looking for strength as a mouse in a world of lions!" My Father's House,​ by Rose Chandler Johnson, is a very sad story, but it's filled with realistic events and prayers through every circumstance. The story was written with so much heart and spirit, I finished it in just two days. I probably could have finished it sooner, but I had flowers to snip, bushes to trim and weeds that had to be pulled! The story is about Lily Rose Cates, a southern gal with [...]

    23. Karen Korb

      My Thoughts On The Book: I took my book on a beach vacation. I wanted something to read while sitting under an umbrella listening to the surf. I almost put the book down because the story started out a bit slow but then when I least expected it the sweet little romance became a thriller and the pace picked up and I could not put it down. The honest truth was I didn't want to put it down! I was quickly drawn into the idyllic small town life in the South. The reader finds themselves in a place whe [...]

    24. Amanda

      I really enjoyed this book. It is a young woman's journey of coming into adulthood and discovering what she's made of. The author was very good at setting the scene and developing the characters. It almost felt like a cautionary tale against jumping into a relationship too quickly.I liked that the story was realistice main character, Lily, marries a controlling, abusive man. He uses profanity at times, but it made the story realistic and wasn't sugar coated as I have seen at times in Christian f [...]

    25. Carla

      A powerful story of love, hurt, forgiveness and survival. When Lily lost her Father, she lost so much more. She was constantly on the search of that replacement love. She thinks she has found this in her husband, a man she sees as perfect. But under this façade is more hiding, which she quickly learns. The man she thought was perfect and who would love her forever is as far from this as possible. It doesn't take her long to realize she needs to leave and with some help from an old family friend [...]

    26. Margaret Tidwell

      FTC: I received a free copy of this book from Litfuse in exchange for my honest review. I received no other compensation and the opinions expressed in this review are one hundred percent true and my own.My Father’s House by Rose Chandler Johnson was a book I wasn’t sure if I was going to like when I started it. I always hate when I am not certain if I will like because I hate forcing myself to read books that I don’t like but let’s get on to this book. By the end of the first chapter, I [...]

    27. Aspasia

      Lily Rose Cates had a mostly idyllic, small-town childhood: an older brother who was a ready playmate and with whom she was extremely close to, a loving and protective father, and a mother who suffered from unrelenting grief and depression. Lily's father unexpectedly passes away leaving Lily to emotionally flounder throughout the rest of high school and into college. Unfortunately Lily's sweet nature and sheltered childhood do not prepare her for the harsh realities of the world. She falls head [...]

    28. Charity

      Hmm, this one was a very different and somewhat difficult read for me. The story starts off slow and at times I was tempted to put the book down but something kept me reading. About chapter 5 or 6 it really started to pick up. Though fiction novels are my favorite, this one almost sounded more like a memoir, but definitely a good one. Lily Rose is such a good character. At times making you want to tell her where to go or how to respond, while at other times she has such a strength. It made me re [...]

    29. Eileen Parsons

      A story of sweet memories, Southern charm, and a young woman’s loss of innocence. “My Father’s House” takes the reader on an emotional journey with Lily Rose Cates from heartbreaking loss, coming of age, and the terror she faces when she realizes the man she married isn’t who she thought he was. Driven by fear and desperation, she runs to the only place she feels safe, the home of her late father. There she finds acceptance, love and a new beginning when she returns to the faith and fa [...]

    30. Andi

      This book took me back to another place and time, when I, myself charged ahead without God's approval and went against my parent's advice landing me in a marriage that wasn't God ordained. It reminded me why it is important for us to always allow God to direct our steps. While I wouldn't change what I went through, I would've been saved lots of heartache.Rose does a great job of showing arrogance in our defiance and how God uses that to bring us back to Him. Lily Rose was a character I hurt for [...]

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