My Father's House: a novel

My Father's House: a novel

by Rose Chandler Johnson

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My Father's House: a novel by Rose Chandler Johnson

"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 façade hides a brooding man with even darker secrets. When all illusions shatter, Lily must make hard choices - abandon her husband or risk losing much more 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 house.

"...had 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 house...We were her cherished charges, and I was like her own." --My Father's House

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781530040391
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 03/13/2016
Pages: 314
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Rose Chandler Johnson is the author of the award winning devotional, God, Me, and Sweet Iced Tea: Experiencing God in the Midst of Everyday Moments. My Father's House is her first novel. She happily makes her home near Augusta, Georgia.

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My Father's House: a novel 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
mymissdaisy More than 1 year ago
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 façade hides a brooding man with even darker secrets. When all illusions shatter, Lily must make hard choices – abandon her husband or risk losing much more 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 house. "...had 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 house...We were her cherished charges, and I was like her own." --My Father's House What I thought . . . After first few chapters I really got into the story. I was for me a little confusing at first going from present to the past. And a little slow going reading through the backstory of college years and romance leading to the main story line. The main story line of the book is about Lily Rose and her attempts to turn her life around after going through and emotionally and abusive marriage. Miss Chandler did an excellent job of bringing a hard subject to life without being graphic or overly violent. However this is a story for a mature reader. Although it is not graphic the topic is for adults. It truly is a book of facing ones circumstances and struggling through to survive and thrive. There is a little romance too. And a happy ending. I enjoyed reading My Father's House and gladly give it my 5 star rating. I received a complimentary copy from Litfuse in exchange for my honest review. This review is posted on Amazon, CBC, Barnes and Noble and Good Reads. This review is also posted at My Reading Journeys for more information about my rating system and additional labels and categories for this book visit my book blog.
19269684 More than 1 year ago
"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 lots of heart and as naive as the day is long, but with good reason. Her life prior to meeting Manuel Valenti had been sheltered and quiet. She lived for one thing, to be with her friend and travel the country and maybe even Europe, visiting national museums! A college dream. But when she meets Manny, plans change. Her world changes- everything changed and not for the better. Lily Rose goes through a series of events that set off warning bells from the very beginning, but what's a girl to do when her heart leaps with its own desires instead of the ones God's planned for her life? Dive all in, of course, then ask questions later... *For the full review: http://tinyurl.com/joyf8yv **Book provided by Litfuse Publicity Group, for an honest review.
ARS8 More than 1 year ago
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 up against her and at the tender age of 16 her world completely turns upside down. Like most of us, she did not like change and I felt for her for the loss of a most beloved family member and the sickness of another. We watch as she goes off to college and eventually meets the man of her dreams, or so she thinks. Her marriage was very difficult to watch unfold. Her husband was a bit unhinged and we were never sure, along with Lily Rose, which Manny was going to show up. This is a story of mistakes, abuse, and questions of what should be done and what would you do. This was a satisfying read and I definitely look forward to more of this author’s stories. The only little niggle I had was that I needed a bit more clarity about a certain outcome. Other than that, be prepared to be taken on an emotional roller coaster. I was provided with a copy for an honest review from Litfuse Publicity and the opinions are my own.
Debi_2014andBeyond More than 1 year ago
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, Lily meets Manuel Valenti. He seems charming and sophisticated and Lily is captivated by his attention. He sweeps her off her feet and promises her the world. She falls into a whirlwind romance and totally falls for him even though there are signals - warning signs - she fails (or chooses) to recognize. Even her wise Annie Ruth feels that Manny Lily brings him home to meet her family. Lily moves forward with marriage, but not surprisingly, soon afterward their marriage begins to fall apart. Her husband is a dark, abusive man and Lily soon realizes that she must make the hard choice of leaving Manny - of running from her husband - or possibly risk even more than the marriage. Once Lily gets away from her horrible marriage, Lily starts to take the necessary steps of healing her heart from her past and from her marriage so that she can move forward. We readers standby (and read on) as Lily slowly begins the process of healing and returning to her father's house. I felt that this story was written to remind us all that there is always hope, even in our darkest hours and our deepest pain. I loved Ms. Johnson's writing and this is one of those books you can definitely get caught up in, and if you're anything like me, you'll read it cover to cover in one sitting. (Pray that I make it through work tomorrow without falling asleep!!) I received a copy of this book without cost from the publisher through the litfuse bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
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 loss in her life, that when a man comes around that looks and acts like the part, she falls for him without really knowing who he is. She is desperate for someone to come along and take care of her, despite the fact that she has been doing it for herself all along. Even her wise Annie Ruth gets a sense of evil from the man, Manuel Valenti, whom is brought to her home to meet Lily's family. While he appears one way to Lily outside of the eyes of others, he is withdrawn and sullen around others. Claiming he is busy with his job as an attorney in Detroit, he is often too busy to attend to other things like establishing a relationship with Lily and her family. Despite all the warnings Annie Ruth gives Lily, she still decides to get married to Manuel without telling her or inviting her to the wedding. Now the piper has come to call when that fairy tale like romance Manuel puts on for Lily is suddenly unveiled for the true person he is. He has her move in with him in Detroit and sell off all her belongings because they would just not fit in his modern home. He also advises her to sell her car, since he will provide one when they move to Detroit, something he never does. Now he has complete control over where she is, what she can do, and how far she can go. But when Annie Ruth's dog comes up killed after their recent visit, Lily can't help but wonder, who has she really married and even worse, how can she ever leave? I received My Father's House by Rose Chandler Johnson compliments of Create Space Independent Publishing and Litfuse Publicity for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation aside from a free copy of this novel in exchange for my unbiased and personal evaluation. Even though the story line is familiar, I was captivated once things started down the dangerous path with Manuel. You would have thought that Lily would have learned a thing or two, but I can understand how desperate some become in search for love. This is truly a story of looking for love in all the wrong places. Even though her conscience tells her to run, she refuses to believe all the signs laid out in front of her from the beginning, especially advice from those she trusts the most until it is too late. I would rate this one a 4.5 out of 5 stars and while it is a Christian based novel, it isn't too over the top that readers might be turned off by the religious undertones. It's a lesson for all of us to be wise as serpents in the choice we make.
EKParsons More than 1 year ago
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 family she knew long ago. Despite the slow start, the story draws the reader in. Keep reading, don’t stop after the first few chapters. Fix a cup of tea and prepare to get lost in the story. You won’t want to put it down! Eileen K Parsons, Award-winning author of “The First Rose of Summer”