"...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
Rose Chandler Johnson's "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.
This is southern story with a lot of conflict going on (isn't that the truth of us southerners?). Not my favorite read, as there are some blurred lines when it comes to character behaviors (in a Christian book). I don't want to give anything away, but I was disappointed with the development of Lily as a whole.
Just not a book I'd recommend.
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.
Posted by Dominique Burleson at 6:43:00 AM