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2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Farewell...

Being that this was to be the last novel written by E. Lynn Harris, I like I see many others were expecting way more than we possibly should have. I say this in meaning I don't think he was able to really and fully polish this to standards a majority of his work is accu...
Being that this was to be the last novel written by E. Lynn Harris, I like I see many others were expecting way more than we possibly should have. I say this in meaning I don't think he was able to really and fully polish this to standards a majority of his work is accustomed to. For example, there are subtle and major parts of the story that seem to not really explain much and leave you wondering. Jah's escape from the clutches of Seth seemed to just happen without much "force" from Bentley. We are treated to the phone conversation between Bentley and Sterling and then Jah is released with a standard, "If you say anything..." warning. Overall I loved the book once it got going and like one of my fellow reviewers it became a real page turner when the tempo picked up. Personally for me I can relate to the theme of fathers and sons after losing my own at a young age. And so this story was a great read of acceptance and love. I truly wish we had not lost such a poignant voice from the community of humanity. But we are still left with a lifetime of works that has spoken, stirred and healed a great many of our own pains. Thank you again Mr. Harris.

posted by digitaldove on July 28, 2010

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10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

Trust in your father

In My Father's House by E. Lynn Harris
In My Father's House is an interesting book which brings previous invisible relationships between father and son and forces the reader to rethink his/her conceptions about father and son relationships. Drawing upon his relationshi...
In My Father's House by E. Lynn Harris
In My Father's House is an interesting book which brings previous invisible relationships between father and son and forces the reader to rethink his/her conceptions about father and son relationships. Drawing upon his relationship with his dad and his relationship with his mentee; Bentley L. Dean III finds his place in the world and tries to make one for his mentee Jah.
After making the decision to come out and no longer live the life his father wanted for him; Bentley decides to call off his wedding to Kim Boston, start his modeling agency and drive off into the sunset with Warren Stubbs. Unfortunate for Bentley; Warren has other schemes hatching under his hat. Putting his love life on hold for a second Bentley's modeling agency is financially cripple. It would take something short of a miracle to make this week's payroll. Picture Perfect modeling agency meets Sterling Sneed, an angel in disguise or Bentley's miracle? Mr. Sneed's boss is looking for a particular type of man who knows how to act like an adult and keep his mouth shut. Specifically fifteen of Bentley's best looking models, gay, bi or very open-minded to attend a party hosted by Prosperity Gentlemen's Club. A club with a membership fee of one million dollars and its membership list consist of celebrities, athletes, and politicians.
Bentley's mentee Jah is a young college student and hungry for love. When one of the models can't make the gig with Prosperity Gentlemen's Club Bentley ask Jah to fill in even though he prefers to show Jah the life in small doses. Before Bentley can digest it all Jah is in love, ready to leave school and move out of the state. But what happens in the name of love to Jah is enough to make him run back to school.
I enjoyed reading In My Father's House and getting to know this new host of characters. It was a fun story about fathers, men and sons. This book shared the same lesson I interpret from John 14:2 that if you trust and believe; your father will prepare a place for you.
Missy
3 book marks

posted by MissyMe on May 21, 2010

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  • Posted July 28, 2010

    Farewell...

    Being that this was to be the last novel written by E. Lynn Harris, I like I see many others were expecting way more than we possibly should have. I say this in meaning I don't think he was able to really and fully polish this to standards a majority of his work is accustomed to. For example, there are subtle and major parts of the story that seem to not really explain much and leave you wondering. Jah's escape from the clutches of Seth seemed to just happen without much "force" from Bentley. We are treated to the phone conversation between Bentley and Sterling and then Jah is released with a standard, "If you say anything..." warning. Overall I loved the book once it got going and like one of my fellow reviewers it became a real page turner when the tempo picked up. Personally for me I can relate to the theme of fathers and sons after losing my own at a young age. And so this story was a great read of acceptance and love. I truly wish we had not lost such a poignant voice from the community of humanity. But we are still left with a lifetime of works that has spoken, stirred and healed a great many of our own pains. Thank you again Mr. Harris.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2012

    Great author

    Very entertaining book couldnt put it down...read it in 1 day!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2012

    Could not put it down

    Great read.....as usual!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2011

    Loved It!!!

    Was it just me or did this book seem to tell the story of Bishop Eddie Long? It has strong simularities I must admit. Jah's story is so close to all those young men who recently came forward. Scary...Just a thought.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2011

    missing e lynn harris

    i havent read the book yet and dont think i will considering this was suppose to become a seris. which is probably why i see comments about it not seeming complete and that the ending was bad.

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  • Posted October 8, 2010

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    Excellent Novel

    I throughly enjoyed the book. However it seems as if it were missing something. I was looking for more at the end. Like what happened to those guys who did all of those bad things. What become of Bentley, Jah, and Warren?

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  • Posted September 17, 2010

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    Missing E Lynn Harris

    I was a huge fan of E Lynn Harris. I loved his "Basil Henderson" series and all the other series that branced off of them. He also wrote many stand alone novel.

    "In My Father's House" seems to be the begining of a new series, that was not completed by Harris's untimely death in 2009.

    The story was set up as many of Harris books. Afro American Yuppie who is in a powerful job, but still falls into the traps of love.

    I am sorry that this series was not completed before his death. We will miss him.

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  • Posted July 12, 2010

    bad ending

    this was a good story but BAD ending it seemed rushed and incomplete

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