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The romance is sweet and tender and curl-your-toes kind of wonderful. ~Jennifer, Clean Romance Reviews

I guarantee you have never read any other book that is remotely like this one. ~Jess, Book Liaison

A book you'll want to read again! ~Laura, FUONLYKNEW

From the Author

Lancaster House is not a book I'd planned to write. I never intended to venture into the world of Paranormal Romance. However, it's the favorite genre of one of my daughters. She called me one day and issued me a challenge. She said, "Let's both write a short paranormal story and see what comes of them." I told her I didn't want to write anything paranormal, my mind just doesn't go there. But by the time we hung up I had promised to think about a plot.

At about this same time I was glued to American Idol, watching Adam Lambert take the competition by storm. I loved his "Mad World" performance in the season finale. He sung on a fog shrouded stage while wearing a vampire-like costume. Believe it or not, this image spurred my imagination and started me on my way to writing Lancaster House.

To my surprise, I really got into it. I grew up visiting the Winchester Mystery House on occasion (located in San Jose, California), and the place sparked countless stories in my mind. In my childhood I also had the opportunity to explore the Hayes Mansion (also in San Jose, California). In fact, my parents were at one time considering becoming the caretakers, long before it was restored. Lancaster House contains many things I remember from exploring the nooks and crannies in these houses.

I also couldn't resist adding a little family history into my story. For example, my grandfather drove across the country as a young boy of sixteen, saying it was the best thing he ever did.

Of course, in the end, Lancaster House far surpassed a short story and quickly became a novel. I have my daughter to thank for it.

Product Details

  • File Size: 4742 KB
  • Print Length: 308 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Taylor Dean Books; 2nd edition (June 24, 2012)
  • Publication Date: June 24, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008EMKKYW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #386,566 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Taylor Dean lives in Texas and is the mother of four grown children. Upon finding herself with an empty nest, she began to write the stories that were always wandering around in her head, quickly finding she had a passion for writing, specifically romance. Whether it's paranormal, contemporary, or suspense--you'll find all sub-genres of clean romance in her line-up. For more information about Taylor's books, please go to www.taylordeanbooks.com

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Zoe is looking for a new start. Her father, her only living parent, recently passed away leaving her all alone, but with a fortune. Shortly thereafter she becomes engaged, but then finds her fiance cheating on her. Devastated, but wanting to move on, she sells her business and moves to California where she finds an old Victorian house to renovate. She has a passion for old houses and this one has amazing details that she can't wait to restore. She is warned that the house is haunted, but who believes in things like that?

I was immediately drawn into Zoe's story. It is told as she is relaying events to her psychiatrist, Wade, while she is being treated for schizophrenia. I loved the details about the house. I also really felt the frustration of both Zoe and Wade as they try to work things out, since each believe their own side of things. I was also interested to find out if the house was really haunted and the story behind that. As I read I thought I was reading a regular ghost story and then it tells what happened to the resident ghost and I really didn't see it coming. It was a complete surprise. I think it's great if an author can do something like that, but make it feel fairly realistic.

However, then the story changed for me. I felt that the love-at-first-sight thing and a lot of the conversation between our heroine and hero were a little forced and lacked substance. I also thought Andre was a little like a stalker in some ways, but Zoe was completely fine with everything, which doesn't quite seem natural to me. Also, some things didn't make sense to me (the whole process with Zoe being held at an institution because she attempted suicide and having no rights or anything and some other inconsistencies in the story) and many things are never explained.
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Lancaster House by Taylor Dean is an amazing book! It is so creepy in a good way! When I saw the cover, I was like, eh....what is this about? But I read the synopsis and was like whoa I need to read it!

Zoe Grayson is an awesome, strong female character. She's been through some rotten circumstances yet manages to rise above them and go for what she wants. What she wants is to renovate old houses and sell them for profit. Her first undertaking of an old Victorian mansion leads her far beyond her wildest dreams.

I loved when the house was first being described....hidden rooms, staircases that go nowhere? ROSE RED! That was my first thought :) The Winchester House! That was my second thought. Then Ms. Dean actually included the Winchester House in the book. I loved that. I knew right then that this was going to be wonderful.

The further I got into this story, the more I loved it. The way that the story is told is unique. It is Zoe telling her story to her psychiatrist. So right away we know that the house led Zoe into madness.....maybe.

None of the characters in the story feel like they are put there just for fillers. This is something in writing that I love. It makes me crazy when there are so many secondary characters that you can't relate to the main characters since the focus is everywhere. All of Lancaster House's players are important. They are all well-developed and believable.

Each detail of Zoe's story leads you further into her world. Is she really crazy? Are you? Do you believe her story? I hope that each and everyone of you reads this book. Even if you don't win you need to get yourself a copy! If you love mysterious love stories, this is definitely the book for you!

It is so compelling and moving and amazing! I give it 5 stars!
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I received Lancaster House in return for an honest review from Laura @ Colorimetry as part of the Lancaster House tour. Zoe Grayson’s life hasn’t been easy her father passed away from a heart attack a few months ago, and she walked in on her fiancée cheating. So needing to reinvent herself she purchases a rundown 1920’s Victorian Mansion with the plan to restore it to its glory. She’s warned when doing a walk through that the house is haunted but as long as it’s a ghosts and not spiders she’s fine with that.

When Zoe moves in she puts her everything into fixing the house hiring all the right people and doing the work herself. It’s the morning after she started on the Banister that she finds someone has finished up where she started. She brushes it off thinking she was just too tired to realize she had finished it. When it happens again she’s sure someone else is living in a secret room in the house so she sets out to figure it out. It’s when she meets Andre she assumes he’s living in the house and when she starts to uncover his secrets he puts her asleep.

The pair starts to form a strong connection overcoming a burglar attack, as well as an attack from her crazy ex-fiancée. The more Zoe learns about her mystery man as the story unfolds. Will his secrets be too much for her to deal with? Will they finish restoring the Lancaster house? Will Zoe be arrested in the two strange deaths’ that happened at the house?

Wow such a fantastic book. It captivated me right from the start with the enchanting story of Zoe and Andre. I found the concept interesting because Zoe is telling the story to Dr. Channing at the psychiatric hospital who assumes she’s created Andre to cope with everything she’s dealing with.
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