Tuesday, July 10, 2012

{Review} "Lancaster House" by Taylor Dean


Title:  Lancaster House
Author: Taylor Dean
Publisher:  CreateSpace
Publication Date:  June 7, 2012
Genre:  Paranormal Romance
Format:  Kindle 447 KB  |  Paperback 304 pages

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 http://www.taylordeanbooks.com/ 
Author's Goodreads Profile:  Taylor Dean


Synopsis from Goodreads: 
Zoe Grayson needs a change. So, she moves to another state, purchases an old, dilapidated 1920s Victorian Mansion, and sets out to restore it to its former glory.  As she begins the restoration, she finds herself falling in love with the old house . . . not to mention its illustrious builder, Mr. Lancaster.  Zoe becomes obsessed with the house as she discovers its secrets; hidden rooms, secret passageways . . . and a mysterious man who seems to think the house is his.  Who is he?  More importantly, how does he live in her home unseen and unheard?

The unexpected answers leave her reeling—and questioning everything she’s ever known. To her dismay, Zoe’s actions land her in the local psychiatric hospital, scheming for ways to return to Lancaster House . . . and the love of her life.
Diving In...

This book sucked me in from the very first chapter.  Once I got started I literally put it down one time to make dinner for my family.  As soon as dinner was over I was back reading!  I probably read it in 3 hours, maybe a little more.

I have never read a book quite like this one.  I can't begin to describe to you how good it was.  When Taylor contacted me and asked if I would be interested in reading and reviewing it here on my blog, the thing that intrigued me the most was the old house.  I remember reading a Nora Roberts book a long time ago about a woman (I think) who bought an old house and was restoring it and I really loved that book.  So, I was pretty sure that I was going to like this one.  This one took me quite by surprise.  I wasn't at all prepared for the depth of the paranormal aspect of this story.  Just when I thought I had it figured out something else would happen to take the story that much deeper.

One thing is certain, Lancaster House is a main character in this story.  There is a little bit in the book about The Winchester House, I remember reading about it or seeing about it on a TV show.  I love how the builder of Lancaster House incorporated some of the things he learned on that construction site into the construction of his own home.  It gives Lancaster House some very distinctive characteristics.

I don't want to give anything away since this story is so unique.  This story is told from two points in time.  Zoe is in the present, in a place she doesn't want to be, telling her story to someone else.  The story flows really well from one to the other and when she was telling her story I felt like I was right there with her.  I was having a hard time not being really angry about what was going on in the present.  I was frustrated for her and I just wanted everything to work out.

Zoe is young and energetic and takes this huge house on without a single thought.  She walks right in to a house that the Realtor doesn't even want to go into and she sees it in all it's former glory and just knows that it's meant to be hers.  She moves in and gets to work without any hesitation.  Then odd things start happening, but at first she just chalks it up to exhaustion and thinks maybe she is just imagining it.  One night something happens that she just can't deny and her life changes.  She meets a mysterious man who seems to have been watching over her since the moment she walked into Lancaster House.

Zoe spends all her time working on the house and getting to know her mystery man to the point that she isn't even leaving the house at all.  She discovers things about him that leave her with more questions than answers and he isn't even telling her everything.  She searches out answers by researching the house and it's history, but even this isn't enough.

As the story goes back and forth from past to present, as a reader I was left wondering if she really is crazy! I know one thing is certain, I loved Andre and their love story is so romantic and original.  The whole thing is a little reminiscent of random episodes of some of my very favorite paranormal shows.  It's a theme that has been played on a handful of them, but I have never read a story with this theme.  It's really something else, I know that I keep saying it, but I just can't get it out of my head!

I was NOT happy when it ended, but there is a second book coming out this winter that will hopefully tie it all up nicely.  I can't wait to see how Andre and Zoe's story ends.  I wholeheartedly recommend this for anyone who likes paranormal books, you will not be disappointed at all.  It's not just a good story, it's really well written and just overall a great read.

There are really no content concerns, I don't think there was any profanity.  There are some kissing scenes and talk of being intimate, but no detailed love scenes in this one.

I am going to tell you one more time...click on one of those links up there and BUY this book.  You will not be disappointed and if you are then I don't think we can be friends anymore! (Just kidding...kind of!!)

*Disclaimer:  I was provided with a copy of this book courtesy of the author in exchange for an honest review.*

3 comments:

  1. This sounds like a very interesting read!

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  2. Thank you for your amazing review, Shelly. I'm so glad you loved it!

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    1. I did, it was amazing! I can't wait for the next one!

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