Book Review: My Father’s House

22 Jun

MyFathersHouse_FinalFrontGrowing 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.


RJohnson-298Rose 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.

Find out more about Rose Chandler at


My Impressions:

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 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.


Audience: adults.

To purchase this book, click HERE. (Currently free for Kindle Unlimited)

(Thanks to LitFuse for a review copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

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