My Father's House: a novel Kindle Edition
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"Fast-paced and entertaining, Rose Johnson crafts a debut novel that is sure to delight readers."
"Rose Chandler Johnson has written a story that tugs at your memories and your heart. Even when loving the wrong man creates devastating hurt and pain, she shows you can turn back and God will lead you through the darkness into the light. Take the mistakes, bring good out of bad and lead us back where we belong with those who love us, pour joy into our hearts and give us a new beginning." --Susan Reichert, Editor-in-Chief, Southern Writers Magazine.
About the Author
- Publication Date : March 22, 2016
- File Size : 855 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 316 pages
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B01DBUV8WO
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Not enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #90,244 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Lily and her friend Maggie go to New York City and giggle their way through posh stores and experiences. On Friday night, Maggie takes Lily to her favorite restaurant, Valenti’s, with its authentic Italian atmosphere. Their waiter is handsome and mildly flirtatious. He takes pictures with the girls and asks Lily for her phone number. The electricity between them is palpable, and Lily dreams of the waiter every day thereafter.
Then, Manuel calls her and pours on the charm. Soon, he’s calling every day. One day, he shows up in her little Georgia town. He wines and dines her, and soon, Lily agrees to marry him—immediately. It all happens so fast, and Manuel makes many promises that Lily wants to believe.
Lily and Manny move to Detroit, where Manny practices law and owns an apartment. Lily Rose is out of her comfort zone—in more ways than one.
Lily soon understands that her husband isn’t who she thought he was. He is cruel and hot tempered, and she suspects much, much worse.
I don’t want to give away the story. You will laugh and cry along with Lily. When she goes back to her father’s house, Lily finds friendship, community, and support. She needs it! Follow Lily Rose’s story. You will love it!
Note: This is a book for adults. It mentions sex and rape in marriage, but there are no explicit scenes. There is some violence. The author uses one or two curse words (once or twice only) and a few crude words. Some of the Christian characters occasionally drink alcohol. Lily makes some choices I wouldn’t personally advise.
The tone of the book, though, is wonderful. I couldn’t flip the pages fast enough. Some of the lessons Lily learns are hard ones, but they come through loud and clear. I enjoyed My Father’s House immensely.
The opening pages set the stage for a reminiscent look at Lily Rose Cates’ life. A picture perfect childhood is overshadowed by her mother’s depression and her father’s death. As Lily matures she looks to others to fulfill her needs, first friends, then a man. Swept off her feet, Lily soon realizes her mistake in rushing headlong into a relationship without thought.
Characterization is the strong point of My Father’s House. Lily is an interesting character who has the foundations to make wise decisions — a faith in God and a strong mentor in her life. But she chooses with her emotions, refusing to listen to wise counsel or even her own misgivings. Rushing headlong into a relationship with a man she barely knows proves to be disastrous. At first, Lily seems like a meek and docile character, but her strength and courage soon emerge. Her first person voice is honest, never making excuses for her actions, and offers an inside look at her life and relationships. Other characters will capture your heart, especially Sam and Annie Ruth. Although the novel had a slow start for me, it soon picked up and turned suspenseful. With a definite Sleeping with The Enemy vibe, I was never sure where the author was taking Lily or when the other shoe would drop. Lily’s husband is abusive, both emotionally and physically, and that was portrayed realistically, but not too graphically. Also, this novel contains elements not always found in Christian fiction (alcohol use and language) but I was never offended.
Her Father’s House is a good first novel, and I look forward to more from Rose Chandler Johnson.
(Thanks to LitFuse for a review copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)
Top reviews from other countries
Lily' s clever escape was an heart stopping, exciting read. The love of her deceased father reached out from beyond the grave and soon Lily' s childhood faith and family ties to a run down mansion in the deep south, restored her back to her God, community and true self.
This was an inspirational story. Not always a comfortable read due to Lily's brush with domestic violence. However the pace of the story didn't allow its morbidity to overwhelm the reader. Enduring love across generations, strong southern kinship and true faith made for a joyful and comforting read. Divine!