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 lots of heart and as naive as the day is long, but with good reason. Her life prior to meeting Manuel Valenti had been sheltered and quiet. She lived for one thing, to be with her friend and travel the country and maybe even Europe, visiting national museums! A college dream. But when she meets Manny, plans change. Her world changes- everything changed and not for the better.
Lily Rose goes through a series of events that set off warning bells from the very beginning, but what's a girl to do when her heart leaps with its own desires instead of the ones God's planned for her life? Dive all in, of course, then ask questions later...
I enjoyed this read but it reminded me so much of Sleeping with the Enemy, a Julia Roberts movie from 1991. I appreciated the background information, but it made Lily Rose so weak to me. I understand she leaned on God to get her through, but I am such a different sort of gal. Her reactions were normal in the beginning, but she was so mousy to me- I wanted to climb into the book and throttle Manny for her! But then again, everyone responds differently to extreme situations.
And for anyone who says, you can't say that unless you've been there- Not only have I been there, I've also done that and left him a wreck! But that was the old me.
I related to this story; not in the degree that Lily Rose endured (I've never dated a lawyer), but it was very real. The final straw, planning and plotting an escape- all of it. What I loved more than anything about Lily Rose was, she prayed so much for Manny. That was beautiful. The bible says to pray for your enemies and she did just that. It was admirable.
My Father's House was a sweet story. Because a man would never threaten me, then walk in my house, not once but twice?! I'd have to say that country living isn't for me- number one. Number two, that part was just not real for me and kinda make my protagonist a bit on the dumb side. Regardless, the book was sweet and I may just keep it. On to the next novel!📚
Rating: 👓👓👓 out of 5 specs
*Sister Dear is next.
**Book provided by Litfuse Publicity Group, for an honest review.
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