About the book:
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.
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.
My Thoughts: 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 realistic…the 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 fiction.
Reading about the town that Lily returns to was like spending a day with family. As someone who has lived in the Northeast all my life, it was a lot of fun to experience the Southern hospitality of Georgia.
The romance in the story is sweet and felt genuine. I’m not always a fan of romance in books but I liked how this one developed.
This book reminded me a bit of the movie Sleeping With the Enemy but it had it’s own unique twists that set it apart.
All in all, this was an enjoyable, fast paced read that I recommend to all fans of comfort reads.
I received this book from Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for an honest review.