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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 facade hides a brooding man wi ...more
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Published March 13th 2016 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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Julia
Aug 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
My Father's House by Rose Chandler Johnson is a gripping Christian romance. It tackles some hard hitting topics but over it all there is love - the love of a Father for His children.
God's presence permeates the novel. He is what keeps Lily Rose going. Through all circumstances she looks to God. She talks to God and she thanks God. "Thank you God. Thank you so much." Lily Rose recognises God's hand on her life. "An angel was watching over me... Thank you Lord." Another character says "I never go
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Carole Jarvis
Jun 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Reviewed at The Power of Words: http://bit.ly/28Tgc2A

My Father’s House is an excellent debut novel that combines the elements of sweet romance, suspense, friendship, and Southern charm, and fits into the genre of women’s fiction that I enjoy so much. Rose Chandler Johnson has created a story that is primarily easy, pleasurable reading, yet it will keep readers on the edge of their seats at other times. Sometimes a book’s setting has such a strong presence that it becomes a major character, as is
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Ms B
May 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Simply Beautiful

Just the right of amount of drama and suspense. This book made my heart smile. A true chick flick kinda book.
Jalynn Patterson
Jun 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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 facade hides a brooding m
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Sydney
This is one of those stories that grips your heart and emotions from page one. Rose Chandler Johnson has written a tragically beautiful story of idyllic Lily Rose Cates. Lily has always thrived on her father’s love, but after he dies all that changes. Lily meets and marries rich lawyer Manuel Valenti, but after her marriage and her honeymoon, Lily’s world comes crashing down. With the help of a friend, Lily chooses to flee her abusive husband and to make a new life for herself using her inherita ...more
Maureen Timerman
Jun 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
My Father’s House was a story I didn’t want to end, the author drew me in and I never wanted to leave!
This is a family story, finding love, and not knowing the person before you commit, and finding out to late, but would you have done things differently? Lilly Rose is enchanted with Manny, and he sweeps her off her feet, but there is hidden danger here, and we hope for the best, but root for her to leave him.
We follow Lilly Rose from Detroit to finally ending up in Georgia, and from the descript
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Janie Watts
Mar 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The charming, but innocent, narrator, Lily Rose Cates, shares her story in this well-paced, absorbing romance mostly set in the 1980's. Swept off her feet by the seemingly perfect man, Lily Rose must grow up quickly when she learns her man is not who she thought he was. The only problem with this book is that I had a hard time putting it down to go to sleep. I wanted to find out what would happen to Lily Rose. As you may recall, Rose is the author of a book of devotionals, "God, Me, and Sweet Ic ...more
Sarah
Jun 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
First Fiction novel by Rose Chandler Johnson is a wowzer! First, she is definitely a risk taker and takes a topic of marriage that many authors don't take and deals with it in a fiction way. Second, this is a self-published book, which gives me even more respect for her writing because it was well edited in my opinion. This book is very engaging, it leaves the reader with asking a question about what they would do if they found themselves in this position and it also is a very unique read like a ...more
Elizabeth
Apr 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rose Chandler Johnson's novel, My Father's House, is filled with lyrical prose, Southern charm, suspense and heartache. An impressive debut that tackles tough issues with grace and hope. Grab a glass of sweet iced tea and enjoy.
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Chris
May 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
A good book if you just want to sit back and relax.
Jeanie Eidem
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
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 l ...more
Beth
Jun 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received this book from Litfuse Publicity and the author for no charge in exchange for my honest review of this book. The opinions expressed here are my own.




Book Description:






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 hu
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Sherry Lynn
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 hid
...more
Beckie Burnham
Jun 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
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 perf
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Julie D.
Jun 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Okay, I'm going to start off with a warning about this book. DO NOT start reading it before going to bed because you will not be sleeping. Seriously! I started reading this book at 11:00 pm one night and literally stayed up until I finished it, which was 6:30 AM! I just could not put this book down!!!

Lily Rose has grown up with a daddy who loves her and makes her feel cherished. When he dies suddenly, her world is turned upside down. Her mother, who hasn't been the same since her older brother m
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Debi Lantzer Stout
Apr 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
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
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Joan
Jun 07, 2016 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this novel that is sort of of a coming of age story of a young southern woman. It also explored the themes of spousal abuse, divorce, and restoration.

Lily Rose had an idyllic childhood in the south. Her father doted on her and she glowed under his attention. But then he died when she was sixteen and her life was in shambles. A handsome man promised the attention she craved. His facade soon fell to pieces, as did the marriage. Abused and broken hearted, Lily Rose has a decision to make.
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Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
3.5 Stars

My Father’s House by Rose Chandler Johnson is captivating in its Southern gentility. Words lilt across the page, iced with a Georgia drawl that makes you wish for a wraparound porch and a tall cool glass of lemonade. (I had neither the porch nor the lemonade at hand, but I made do.)

Family beats at the heart of My Father’s House – those we’re born into and those we gather around us. In Lily Rose Cate’s case, it’s the family she’s gathered around her that makes for the most compelling cha
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Peggy Leach
Sep 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love

I loved this book. Having been divorced and not having known what a good marriage is really like , it made me feel good.
The characters are so real that you feel like you're right there with them.
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Amy Bradsher
Jun 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Lily struggles to face the world after her father's death, but there's something compelling about her journey that makes My Father's House fascinating. Characters make or break a story for me, and I have little patience for them when they seem to be continually making poor choices, as Lily often seemed to do in the beginning of the book; but Lily charmed me such that I turned page after page, reading quickly, intent on finding out her fate.

There's something likeable about Lily. Part of it is her
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Melanie
Aug 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book starts out with an overview of the life of Lily Rose Cates. She has great memories of her father and is devastated by his death. After graduating from college, she takes a trip to New York City to visit her cousin Maggie and meets Manuel Valenti, a handsome Italian waiter. They have a whirlwind romance and get married but she quickly realizes that she made a mistake. She loves him, though, and is willing to work things out with him, but she has some tough decisions to make.

This book st
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Amy
Jun 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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
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BookzBookzBookz
May 02, 2016 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Romance Lovers
Recommended to BookzBookzBookz by: Litfuse Publicity Group
"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 l
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Karen Korb
Jun 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
My Thoughts On The Book: I took my book on a beach vacation. I wanted something to read while sitting under an umbrella listening to the surf. I almost put the book down because the story started out a bit slow but then when I least expected it the sweet little romance became a thriller and the pace picked up and I could not put it down. The honest truth was I didn't want to put it down! I was quickly drawn into the idyllic small town life in the South. The reader finds themselves in a place whe ...more
Amanda
May 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, 2016
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 Chris
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Carla
Jun 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A powerful story of love, hurt, forgiveness and survival. When Lily lost her Father, she lost so much more. She was constantly on the search of that replacement love. She thinks she has found this in her husband, a man she sees as perfect. But under this façade is more hiding, which she quickly learns. The man she thought was perfect and who would love her forever is as far from this as possible. It doesn't take her long to realize she needs to leave and with some help from an old family friend, ...more
Margaret Tidwell
Jun 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
FTC: I received a free copy of this book from Litfuse in exchange for my honest review. I received no other compensation and the opinions expressed in this review are one hundred percent true and my own.

My Father’s House by Rose Chandler Johnson was a book I wasn’t sure if I was going to like when I started it. I always hate when I am not certain if I will like because I hate forcing myself to read books that I don’t like but let’s get on to this book. By the end of the first chapter, I didn’t w
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Aspasia
Lily Rose Cates had a mostly idyllic, small-town childhood: an older brother who was a ready playmate and with whom she was extremely close to, a loving and protective father, and a mother who suffered from unrelenting grief and depression. Lily's father unexpectedly passes away leaving Lily to emotionally flounder throughout the rest of high school and into college. Unfortunately Lily's sweet nature and sheltered childhood do not prepare her for the harsh realities of the world. She falls head ...more
Charity
Jun 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Hmm, this one was a very different and somewhat difficult read for me. The story starts off slow and at times I was tempted to put the book down but something kept me reading. About chapter 5 or 6 it really started to pick up. Though fiction novels are my favorite, this one almost sounded more like a memoir, but definitely a good one. Lily Rose is such a good character. At times making you want to tell her where to go or how to respond, while at other times she has such a strength. It made me re ...more
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