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Thank you so much for checking out my stop on the My Father’s House by Rose Chandler Johnson Blog Tour! I was previously a huge fan of her devotional – honestly one of my favorites – and so I was really looking forward to her novel. Read on to hear more about it, see my thoughts, and find out where to buy a copy. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway!
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
I’d been looking forward to reading this novel for quite some time, I’m a really big fan of her devotional and looked forward to seeing her take her southern grace and charm and put it to work in fiction. I have to say I deeply enjoyed My Father’s House. The writing was as top notch as I expected and I found myself engrossed in every page. Lily Rose’s story was as beautifully portrayed and engaging as many of my other favorites, and I look forward to grabbing a print copy to have it take a place on my shelf. This book honestly portrays her journey after her fairytale fractures just as quickly as it begun and I couldn’t get enough! I highly recommend this for women’s fiction readers, as well as those who love a tale spun deeply in the South. I so hope we get more from this author!