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My Father’s House

My Father’s House

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.


Talk about a book drawing me in! I was enchanted by LilyRose from the beginning and very much wanted to know how her story unfolds. My Father’s House is at once a sweet romance and a page-turning thriller. Kudos to debut novelist Rose Chandler Johnson for a job well done!”
—Ann Tatlock, award-winning novelist, Christy award winner and author of Sweet Mercy
“Fast-paced and entertaining, Rose Johnson crafts a debut novel that is sure to delight readers.”
—Alice J. Wisler, award-winning author of Rain Song and How Sweet It Is
“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


Lily Rose had an idealic childhood, met the man of her dreams and after a fairy-tale proposal her life seemed to be heading toward happily ever after- until it wasn’t.

Rose Chandler Johnson’s debut fiction novel is full of southern charm and flair, but this is not a fluffy, funny read. As the main character’s marriage begins to unravel, the novel delves into some darker issues. Chandler weaves a story of love, loss and discovery. Themes of faith run strong throughout the novel as the main character makes her journey back to the small town where she grew up and the God she thought had long abandon her.

This book does contain some mild language and for that I’m giving it 4.5 tall glasses of iced sweet tea out of 5.


Rose Chandler Johnson

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.

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