Monday, June 20, 2016

My Father's House--Book Review

                                                          My Father’s House

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 fa├žade 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

What I thought . . . 
After first few chapters I really got into the story.  I was for me a little confusing at first going from present to the past.  And a little slow going reading through the backstory of college years and romance leading to the main story line.    

The main story line of the book is about Lily Rose and her attempts to turn her life around after going through and emotionally and abusive marriage.   Miss Chandler did an excellent job of bringing a hard subject to life without being graphic or overly violent.    However this is a story for a mature reader.  Although it is not graphic the topic is for adults.  

It truly is a book of facing ones circumstances and struggling through to survive and thrive. 

There is a little romance too.  And a happy ending.  

I enjoyed reading My Father's House and gladly give it my 5 star rating.  

I received a complimentary copy from Litfuse in exchange for my honest review. 

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