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Alternative Cover EditionASIN: B008EMKKYWISBN: 978-1475068689Same book, new cover!A Paranormal RomanceZoe 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 iAlternative Cover EditionASIN: B008EMKKYWISBN: 978-1475068689Same book, new cover!A Paranormal RomanceZoe 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....

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Lancaster House Reviews

  • Kathy
    2018-12-12 08:48

    4.5 Stars - Review to comeContent: Clean (mild language)

  • Kathy Jo
    2018-12-14 06:07

    From the moment that Zoe Grayson laid eyes on Lancaster House she fell in love and just had to have it! While most people saw an old, run down house that is quite possibly haunted, Zoe saw a gorgeous Victorian that is in need of some major TLC. Lancaster House isn't some ordinary old Victorian home. No... it holds secret rooms, doors that lead to know where, secret passages and lots and lots of secrets. Strange things start to happen at Lancaster House. Work that Zoe has started during the day is completed at night while she's sleeping. At first she thinks that she is beyond delirious and just forgot that she had completed it. She sets out to figure out what is going on. She purposely leaves work incomplete, only to discover the next day that it has been finished. What in the world is going on? Is there someone hiding out in her house without her knowledge?! Who is it and where are they hiding?! They just can't take up residents in her house! She refuses to allow it! One night she hears someone climbing her stairs. She rushes out with baseball bat in hand ready to do damage. But she is quickly over taken by a burglar. She knows that she's in real trouble and that there is no way she can get out of the situation unscathed. Enter in Andre... a mysterious man who appears out of nowhere. He rather forcefully tears the burglar away from Zoe and throws him out the window... to his death. Zoe can't believe her eyes! Did that just happen?! And where did this guy come from?! He just appeared out of thin air! To Andre's utter shock, he realizes Zoe can see him. How is that possible?! No. No! He can't dwell on that right now. He must get Zoe to call the police, tell them the guy attacked her, that it was self defense, and do not tell them about him. Ummmm. How is she going to explain THAT to the police?! Will they even believe her?! But with no time to waste, she does as she's told. From then on, Zoe is determined to figure out who and what Andre is. They spend as much time together as possible. Zoe and Andre soon find themselves falling in love. But how can they make it work? He's not human, he's not sure exactly what he is. Half-vampire, half-ghost. This will never work out. So Andre starts to pull away from Zoe. He refuses to let her ruin her life on something that she will never have with him. Breaking his promise of never leaving her, he disappears and refuses to show himself to her. Zoe can't handle it and takes matters into her own hands. Little did she know that her choice would land her in the local loony bin. How will she ever get back to Andre?! It doesn't matter. It's what she has to do. She just can't live without him. She WILL see him again, or die trying. Oh. My. Gosh! Someone please tell me why I waited so long to read this book?! I absolutely loved it and devoured it as quickly as I could! I am hurrying through my review so I can start book 2 right away! This one ends in a cliffhanger and I just HAVE to know what happens! Eeeeeeeeeek!Ms. Dean does an amazing job of sucking me into her books and taking me on a journey with her beloved characters. I can't wait to read more by her! And for my casting... *dreamy sigh* I absolutely love these two! What do you think?Content: Mild language. Mild violence. Attempted rape but doesn't go into detail.

  • PaulaPhillips
    2018-12-06 13:05

    Zoe Grayson loves decorating and old houses, so when she saw Lancaster House for sale and once she viewed inside she fell head over heels for the house. She could see it had so much potential. Over the next few months though, strange things kept happening around the house. It was almost like she had one of the elves from the story the Shoemaker's elves as all her jobs seemed to be finished. One night, she decided to stay up and got a fright. There was a man in her house. One thing leads to another and turns out that the man is, in fact, Andre Lancaster - the creator of the house who supposedly died over a century ago after his wife and her lover were murdered in the house. As people who aim to harm Zoe are killed, the police start to look at her as the main suspect but know that there is more to the story than what she is letting on. Can Zoe prove that Andre still exists or is he as the doctors say a figment of her imagination? Lancaster House is told from Zoe's perspective during her therapy sessions as she is currently in the Mental hospital after being diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. Lancaster House has something for everyone from dealing with Mental Health to Paranormal Romance and the Supernatural.

  • Sherry Fundin
    2018-12-16 05:09

    Zoe was in Serenity Hills because she had tried to kill herself. She was also accused of killing two men. Dr. Channing had taken over her care and was weaning her from the heavy medications she had been on since her admittance. When he told her there was no such thing as ghosts, she told him they had nothing to talk about. He asked her to tell him about Lancaster House. He didn't think she would answer, but she slowly began to tell him how she fell in love with the house and why she was so desperate to return to it.The realtor explained about the old Victorian home. It needed a lot of work. She tried to discourage Zoe from going in, let alone buying it, but Zoe could feel the house calling to her. For the second time she thought she saw someone in the window. She laughed with delight at the unexpected finds and oddities of the house. She was intrigued by its idiosyncrasies, the hidden rooms and secret passageways. She loved it. The real estate agent, Barbara, called the builder, Andre Lancaster, peculiar, but Zoe thought him amazing.The neighbor lady, Mrs Pearson, had come in with them and, while Barbara was busy on the phone, she told Zoe the story of the house. The builder's wife and a vagrant were found dead in the house. The husband was never found. Everyone thought the house was haunted. But that wasn't going to stop Zoe.After making the place livable, her first project was the banister. She worked late into the night, and even though she wanted to finish it, she quit with ten rails to go. In the morning she found it was done. She thought she must have been high from the fumes and turned her mind to the next project.When she arose the next morning, the piece of wallpaper she had deliberately left unhung, was put up. Also, during the night a blanket had been placed over her. Did she have an uninvited quest living with her? As she thought about it, all the acts were helpful and caring towards her, so she wasn't afraid, was she?Still... She went to the courthouse and got the original blue prints. She found the builder had intentionally created an illusion on the outside of the house to hide the additional room. She tore through the wall and found the wife's bedroom and knew she had been murdered there. But the room was covered in dust and no one could have been in there for a long time. So where was her elusive guest staying?That night someone broke in and attacked her. Zoe was surprised when another man came to her rescue.He was shocked that she could see him and speak to him. It wasn't long before she was wanting more than his help with the house. She wanted him. She wanted to see him, speak to him, be held by him.Where in the house did he Live? Why can't he leave? He had told her his name was Andre, but she had never done her research on the house, so the name held no meaning for her.She questioned if he really existed, but she felt his presence. He was physical, because she saw him, talked to him, touched him, loved him. She couldn't be imagining him, could she?4 - Would Highly Recommend To OthersThis was definitely a different twist on a vampire (?), ghost (?) or madwoman (?) story. I got about halfway through and thought WT. Never saw that coming. Now I get it, or do I?A psychological thriller that will keep you guessing. The minute you think you have the answer, you better think again.The plot had me guessing if HE was real or not, but I'm a reader, not Zoe, so it is totally feasible to me. The book was well written and I liked that it took a twist here and there. Not your typical vampire or ghost story. Or even that of a locked up mad woman. As soon as I thought I had it figured out, something else would happen and I would be wondering, what now? Definitely messed with my mind, had my head spinning. And still does.What would you do if you had an uninvited guest in your house? Would you believe it was supernatural or would you think your mind was playing tricks on you? Even though you felt him, touched him, kissed him, would you be able to hold to your belief while everyone is telling you that you are wrong? That is Zoe's situation.Zoe was confident in her knowledge of Andre, no matter what anyone else tried to tell her. All she cared about was being with Andre. He tried to make her see they couldn't have a relationship, that they lived in different worlds - his was supernatural and she couldn't join him there, or could she?I felt the doctor was arrogant and controlling, and I really didn't like him. He became obsessed with Zoe and lost his perspective. Maybe he's the one who needs help. lolShortly into the book, I thought, this will be a three. It quickly turned into a four, for the simple reason I began to read faster and faster. I had to know what was going to happen next. The writing was captivating and took me deeper into the story as it built to its suspenseful ending.The end will take you away. Just hope you don't end up in Serenity Hills with Zoe.I received this book in return for an honest and unbiased review.Lancaster HouseTaylor Dean

  • Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
    2018-12-17 07:56

    A Ghostly RomanceThe perfect Halloween book to read. Not scary but just this side of "normal". Paranormal! Although this isn't my favorite Taylor Dean book, it was still great and I was engaged beginning to end. Now I MUST read the next book!!

  • Melanie
    2018-12-01 07:08

    (4.5 stars) A paranormal romance sounded like a perfect Halloween read! An old house with lots of secrets that is supposedly haunted, psychiatric hospital, mysterious man, mystery and clean romance. It all sounded like a great recipe to me! We start with Doctor Channing, a psychiatrist in a psychiatric hospital, meeting with his patient, Zoe Grayson. She's believed to be schizophrenic and suffering from hallucinations and very dangerous. She's also believed to have killed two men and is suicidal. For two weeks, she's said nothing. She wants her house and life back, though, so she starts to open up to him. The story is told in flashback and we get her story piecemeal with commentary from Dr. Channing throughout. She starts by telling him about Lancaster House, and then we learn more about the mysterious man (Andre), her ex-fiance, and everything else that's happened to bring her to the hospital. Is Zoe sane or crazy? That is the question!Once I started reading, this book was hard to put down. I loved getting the story piecemeal and was anxious to find out what would happen next. There were also quite a few twists and turns. Zoe is likable and I felt that her obsession with her new life with Andre was realistic. She knew she would be viewed as crazy so tried to act normal but it became difficult. I loved reading their story and look forward to reading more! There are a few swear words and some passionate kissing which I consider clean. I recommend this to anyone looking for a great paranormal mystery with some clean romance! Mel's Shelves

  • Sarah
    2018-11-22 09:04

    I don't usually read what pop culture refers to as "chick lit." I've never, for example, read a Nicholas Sparks book. But I'm still a sucker for romance, especially paranormal romance. The problem is that there is so much paranormal fiction hitting the shelves these days, it is really difficult to find one that is well-written. Even more difficult to find a story that is relatively clean.I must admit, I was pleasantly surprised to find such a well-written, fun paranormal romance in the indie-published Lancaster House by Taylor Dean. I was even more surprised to find out that paranormal romance was a new genre for this author, because the unique love-story is both charming and heart-felt.The story begins when Zoe Grayson decides her life needs a big change after experiencing several major losses. She sells her business, moves states, and purchases the rambling Victorian home, Lancaster House, with the idea that she can use her interior design skills to fix it up and sell it. Despite warnings from concerned neighbors that the house may be haunted and could spell bad news for residents, Zoe's fiery-spark of adventure and desire to prove herself leads her to purchase the home and begin renovations.When work Zoe begins is finished in the night, she begins to wonder if someone is hiding in the enigmatic house. When a mysterious protector comes to her rescue, she begins to wonder if she is crazy. Zoe's time in Lancaster House introduces her to love, is rife with adventure, and has her question the world around her in such a way that lands her in a mental institution.Lancaster House is a thought-provoking romantic read that isn't afraid to confront darkness, but doesn't wind up sliding down the shadowy slope that many current paranormal stories do. Dean's writing also brings the house to life, and you can tell that she did her research. Lancaster House becomes both a secondary character and a splendid setting for the story.Some critics are probably going to call this book out for making easy use of mythology to explain certain things. Although some of the explanation is a bit abrupt, I still found myself pulled into the story. Even the romance, which could easily have been cheesy, is real for the reader and you empathize with both characters.Although there are some repetitions and slight editing hiccups, Lancaster House is very well-written, especially for an Indie book. Literary snobs may look down their nose, but anyone who is looking for a compelling story or a fun Saturday-night romantic read will enjoy this book. I'd recommend it over at least 90 percent of the "romance" lit I've read this year and am very much looking forward to the next book in the series. In fact, I finished Lancaster House in a single evening, and I'll probably do the same with The Middle Aisle.

  • Laura Thomas
    2018-11-23 10:55

    To find out why Joy tried to kill herself, why she is under the care of Dr. Channing at Serenity HIlls, and why she is suspected of killing two men, we have to go back to the beginning.When Joy first laid eyes on Lancaster House, she knew she had to have it.She couldn’t wait to get started on the restoration. Couldn’t wait to bring the old house back to its former glory.The work was slow but rewarding. She was doing one room at a time. She would go to bed exhausted and rise to start again the next morning.After five hours of scraping and sanding the bannister, she took a lunch break. When she returned to finish up, she couldn’t believe her eyes. It was finished!She told herself maybe she was confused, being so tired and all.But the next night it happened again. She didn’t get the wall papering done.In the morning, when she came downstairs, it was finished.Now she panicked, racing through the house, but no one was there.Not one to be scared, she knows she can figure this out.Stop standing here like a ninny and figure this out. There has to be a logical explanation.But there isn’t. And she is beginning to think the former owner, Andre Lancaster, is still living in the house. Either that or she is going crazy.~Mini Excerpt for ya.“You can see me?” he asked again, his tone urgent.“Yes,” she whispered, unable to find her voice.For several seconds he simply stared at her, his eyes smoldering. She trembled under his gaze, her bottom lip quivering. One hand reached up, his motions slow, and cupped her cheek. He let out his breath and closed his eyes as if the feel of her did something to him.“I won’t hurt you Zoe.”~But how can that be? He’s been dead for many, many years.A really fun part of this story is the language. The slang from the 1920′s is quirky and I enjoyed reading how Joy figured out what Andre meant by some of the sayings.Stuff like giggle water is alcohol. Makes sense. And Bank’s closed which means no kissing.After you finish reading Lancaster House you tell me what you think. Is Joy crazy?Did she just make up Andre and their passionate affair to keep from being alone? Is Dr. Channing right in that ghosts don’t exist?So many questions and an ending that will let you decide, or not.I adored Joy and Andre and want a Lancaster House of my own.

  • Tammy
    2018-12-11 11:56

    Zoe Grayson has just purchased her dream house. A 1920's Victorian Mansion that she is going to slowly fix up and restore. She loves the old house with all of its secret passages and history. People think it is strange for her to live alone in such a big house but she has never been happier. With a hefty inheritance , Zoe can work on the house at her leisure and not have to worry about income. Then strange things start to happen. Is Zoe imagining things or is some unseen force behind it? Zoe meets and has an instant attract to a handsome. Who is he and where did he come from? He has obviously been living in her house but how does he come and go without her knowledge? Zoe tells us her story of love and heartbreak through her psychiatrist at the local hospital. Another wonderful book written by the wonderful Taylor Dean. Just when you think you have figured out what is going on, you are blow away with more surprises. Zoe is such a wonderful character. You feel for her and want desperately to believe her story. After you read this book you will believe in true love and that it can withstand anything, even time. A wonderful clean love story that will keep you up all night to finish reading it. I recommend this book to everyone. You will love it!

  • Heidi
    2018-12-02 07:06

    For me one of the most important parts of a book is the setting. While character development is vitally important and an interesting plot is essential, if I can't visualize the setting I have a hard time reading the book. That wasn't a problem here, Dean does a fabulous job creating a very vivid setting. In fact, she did such a great job that I wanted to actually leap into the book and visit the place, old and damaged or not. I loved the idea of secret hiding places and staircases that go nowhere and I'm a big fan of carved wooden features. I also really enjoyed Zoe as a character, a woman who is dealing with the grief of losing her father and the unfaithfulness of her former fiance, throws herself into renovating Lancaster House. I admired the fact that she didn't let her struggles from doing something she wanted to do. Of the strange things that start happening throw her for a loop, but she tries to deal with it the best way she knows how. I found the other characters interesting as well, especially Andre. The plot is definitely an intriguing one, which I enjoyed immensely, I found it very unique and compelling. I can whole-heartedly recommend this as a clean, intriguing romance with lots of mysterious elements.

  • Holly
    2018-12-09 07:12

    Wow! Another really clean romance from Taylor Dean! If you're looking for a paranormal romance that isn't smutty and gives you a warm fuzzy feeling inside, Lancaster House is the book for you. I was surprised at the direction that it took in the paranormal sense as I thought it was just going to be a ghost story. But there's much more to it than that! I found myself wondering if maybe the main character, Zoe, really was imagining things, but really hoping that Andre was real. I look forward to reading the sequel. However, my one complaint is that while the cover is pretty, I don't think it gives you much to go on about the story's plot. I don't normally judge a book by it's cover, but I think sales would improve if it sort of gave an idea about the book.

  • Lynn
    2018-12-15 06:55

    what can I say,back great book, reverting read, by the time I got to the end of the book new I'd be buying the 2nd

  • Michele
    2018-12-02 12:47

    Wow, a great ghost romance.Riveting to the end

  • Shelly
    2018-11-28 06:12

    The review was originally posted on my blog {Dive} Under the Cover ...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 things 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 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!!)

  • Lucy Harris
    2018-11-30 06:45

    I received this book in exchange for an honest review.I have to start by saying that this was the 3rd Taylor Dean book that I have read so far, my genres are usually, Paranormal, Horror, Fantasy and Sci-fi so Taylor Dean must have something special about her writing to lure me out of my comfort zone. That special thing is suspense and the true grit of her protagonists against all odds. I thought that Lancaster House would be a good opportunity to see if Ms Dean could carry her style through to a different genre and she can! Zoe, our heroine, is a young but accomplished woman. She is looking for a change due to some unfortunate events in her recent past and comes across the ultimate project, Lancaster House. Lancaster House is quite literally an architect's dream but has become neglected. It needs Zoe's designer touch to bring it back to life and that becomes her mission. During her first days at the house she discovers a little of the history surrounding it, not all of it good, especially the stories regarding the creator of the magnificent home, Mr Lancaster. However, Zoe slowly comes to suspect that she isn't alone in her dream home and that's where the real story begins.I really want to be careful with this review because there are many secrets to Lancaster house and it's progenitor that will reveal themselves as you go through Zoe's story. I don't want to ruin the surprises you will find in there.Needless to say, Zoe is one of Ms Dean's strong women, she is capable and happy in her own company, she doesn't need a man to feel fulfilled or to be rescued, if find this aspect of Ms Dean's writing very refreshing. Zoe isn't a damsel in distress, even when the situation is against her she still fights her corner, she takes matters into her own hands and deals with them head on. But just because she writes strong female leads doesn't mean that Ms Dean skimps on the males in her stories. Her bad guys are often so bad that it feels extreme, he heroines really go through the mill with them but we get rewarded with gentlemen who are practically perfect. They come into her stories like a breath of fresh air, they are supportive without being stifling, they know how to treat a lady without being patronising, they protect and allow themselves to be protected in return. I have fallen in love with every one of them so far and look forward to meeting the rest! Ms Dean's characters often have high moral values, especially where relationships are concerned but rather than this feeling uptight or sanctimonious Ms Dean makes it utterly romantic. Ms Dean's books show the reader the depth of love that can exist between a couple without having to resort to tawdry means. There is a delicious state of anticipation, of waiting and savouring that her books have which is against the current trend for 'romance' novels and I like it.As far as the paranormal aspect of this book is concerned I would say that Ms Dean has created a very different kind of 'monster' to those that we are used to, I am concious of trying to keep the big secrets hidden so I cannot say too much but I enjoyed Ms Dean's interpretation of the modern trend for paranormal romance 'heroes'.I would recommend Lancaster House to people who like a bit of romance and to people who like a bit of paranormal romance equally, I think Ms Dean has created a story where both types of reader would be satisfied. The book kept me gripped throughout, almost leading me to be late to my son's playgroup this morning so I could get to the end.... The characters go on a veritable fair ground ride of emotions and take you along with them which is really what you want from a romance book, paranormal or otherwise. I am very excited to start the sequel/continuation of the story in 'The Middle Aisle' and look forward to sharing my thoughts with you once more.Lancaster House

  • Eric Townsend
    2018-12-13 05:47

    Lancaster house appeared to be a paranormal that included elements of romance, or at least that is what you would discern from the cover, the blurb “are you ever really alone” and the summary. However, once you get into the book that notion is quickly dispelled. This is a paranormal romance, and a good one, I only wish that it would be a bit more forthright with that knowledge. Maybe Dean didn’t feel that the book would do as well in that niche, maybe it wasn’t even intended on being so romance-heavy, but regardless of the reason Lancaster House is chocked full of romance. Maybe even a bit too much.Look, if I know I’m going to read a romance, as I do on occasion (Ethan & The Skeleton Song come to mind more recently, The Dark Lord certainly a while back) I’m more than up for it. However, when I expect paranormal aspects, maybe a little bump-in-the-night feel to the book and I’m thrown into one lovey-dovey scene after another I am going to be a bit thrown off, if not put off. Lancaster House opens in the psych ward, eventually having the main character, Zoe, tell her story. I love psychological elements and when the descriptions began about the awesome house (I’m a sucker for Victorians & secret passage ways, who isn’t?) I was hooked. Then came the reveals of another presence and I was intrigued, a solid start. Then she finally “meets” Andre, aka Mr. Lancaster, and seems to be enamored from the onset. You know what I’m thinking then, oh no, the dreaded insta-love. Please, anything but that, not again.Luckily I would call this romance about a 4 on the insta-love scale, 1 being a full on slow build-up, 10 being they practically began marriage plans on eye-contact. There were enough issues and developments (I mean that in a good way) to make the romance develop at a relatively normal rate. Combine that with a certain “barrier” and a 1920′s old-fashioned mindset and you have a recipe for a good romantic setting. The strength of the love grows a bit too quickly for my taste, though when you have the ideal match and guy I guess I understand, but that is admittedly what puts it at the 4/10 on the scale.The plot for me is the issue. It could have been an interesting tale, especially after some certain other types of beings were revealed, if not for the romance completely consuming the characters. The psychological bits back in the present were really interesting, and possibly were my favorite parts outside of perhaps the descriptions of the house, but they were fleeting. The ending seemed hurried after such a big build-up and that too was a shame.Where those elements frustrated me, the characters did not. Zoe was an excellent MC. She was too innocent and accepting, but she was aware of it and was actively working on it. She was certainly intelligent, had a stubborn/defiant streak and a temper when she needed it. While she was overly dependent on Andre after a while, her character didn’t lessen, just the plot around her did. As for Andre, sure he’s the “ideal guy” in many ways, but he was flawed enough (outside of the obvious) to make him seem realistic in the personality sense. He’s old-school and it works for him and the story, but he’s also quirky and that keeps him from being an old mind in a younger body.Lancaster House, despite its flaws, was written very well. That, the characters, and the potential for more of the paranormal aspects make me want to give The Middle Aisle, the sequel to Lancaster House, a shot. I’m admittedly as intrigued to find out what will happen to Zoe and Andre next as the psychiatrist Wade is. If you are into a paranormal romance that is a bit more heavy on the romance side then by all means I’d recommend Lancaster House. Just don’t go into it with a ghost-story mindset because this is not that book. I’ll probably be giving The Middle Aisle a look in the near future, I’m just too darn curious.Rating: 2/5

  • Mandy
    2018-12-13 09:58

    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. I really enjoy Zoe as a character she reminds me a lot of myself because when my mom passed away I pushed myself to keep busy however I didn't buy an old house but it sounds like a great idea. I've not read many ghost stories in the past so it’s still a new subject to me but I’m a new fan. I love the relationship with Zoe and Andre even though he’s from the 1920’s their relationship is very sweet he’s kind of the perfect guy except he’s not human. I think the author does an amazing job of creating a story teens as well as adults will enjoy. The book is beautifully written it was easy for me to see what Zoe was seeing I felt like I was there with her. I really loved the story and I’m thrilled to have the next book so I can know what happen to Zoe and Andre.

  • Moon Shine Art Spot ~ Lisa
    2018-11-25 13:10

    Lancaster Houseby Taylor Dean (Goodreads Author)4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 · rating details · 92 ratings · 48 reviewsA PARANORMAL ROMANCEZoe 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.MoonShineArtSpot's Review:I loved this book from the moment I saw the cover... It was immediately creepy & after knowing a haunted old mansion was involved I was hooked. I have always loved old houses & the thought of hidden rooms & antiques still in it... HEAVEN. I immediately liked Zoe & her get it done attitude when it came to repairing the once beautiful old house. I also liked that she didn't freak out over all of the unfortunate things happened that brought her to Lancaster House & her determined new start in life. She had been through a lot in life and deserved a break. I fell in love with Andre myself when he made his appearance. Lancaster House is a very original and beautiful story. I loved the writing so much I am just about wordless. It is the perfect love story with the paranormal element making it perfect for me (not a romance lover) because it added excitement, suspense, unexpected elements that just kept on getting better.Taylor Dean's writing was so descriptive that I have my own little pictures of Lancaster house in my head. I finished this book in about 2 days which says alot about it. I usually read a few books at once when I kind of lose interest in one, I switch to the other making notes along the way, but I never lost interest in this astonishing story for a minute. I held my breath like a love sick kid at points & a scared kid at other points. Lancaster has definitely made it to one of my favorite stories of all time. I was provided a copy of this book for an honest review.

  • Carly Fall
    2018-12-04 11:55

    MY REVIEW - 4.5 STARSThe first thing about this book is that it needs a new cover. The cover as it stands now (with the hand) simply doesn’t do this book justice.Now, on to the content of the book.Zoe is a 25 year old who has had a rough few months. I felt her pain, and can’t image two major life-altering events such as the ones she went through at that age. She’s an interior designer that has come into some money, and when she finds the Lancaster House with its oddities and the need for some TLC, she is sold.Andre is the original builder and owner of Lancaster House, which makes him the resident “ghost.” As Zoe starts to rehab the house, he can’t help but join her, and needless to say, this freaks her out. Eventually, they meet and the attraction is immediate.I loved the way this story was told, which was from Zoe’s perspective as she talks to her psychiatrist. She’s intelligent and well-spoken, but sometimes her defiance came across as a little childish to me, but it was easy to forgive her for it because I'd act a little childish as well in her position.Andre…I was immediately in love with I couldn't put the book down in love with him... and my only regret was that we never got a true glimpse into his head. And when it was revealed what he was, it felt a little like a “jump the shark” moment, yet as the story came together, I became more accepting of it, and understood why the author did it. But honestly, the story would have been wonderful without that detail being added.There were a few things I didn’t understand about the book, but I can’t go into it without revealing spoilers, and obviously they didn't bother me enough to lower my rating of the book.This book is well written, and the author was descriptive enough to make me feel like I really, really want to visit Lancaster House for...real. Unlike other reviews I read of this book, I absolutely LOVED LOVED LOVED the ending. Maybe one more scene could have been added, but I closed my Kindle with a big smile on my face and felt like the story was finished. And that I wanted to read it again.There are very few books I read anymore that stay with me, but Lancaster House did. I absolutely adored this book, the writing, and the characters. I am looking forward to reading the sequel to see where Andre and Zoe go from here.This book was provided to me by an author representative for an honest review. I was not compensated in any way.

  • Tressa (Wishful Endings)
    2018-12-02 12:05

    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. To me this was a very interesting story at the beginning with solid details that ended up being just a general paranormal adult romance.I would categorize this as an adult book because of content. There were no specific details, but lots of kissing and making out besides some other suggestive content and intimacy is talked about by the three main characters. There is also attempted rape and some violence.Source: Received a free copy from a book blogger for this book's tour.

  • Linda
    2018-12-06 11:01

    I was given this book by the Author for my honest review.I have to say WOW!!! This book was different from Taylor Dean's other books but it was still fantastic. I was not expecting this book to be about what it was and was pleasantly surprised. I don't usually like the paranormal books and this was a paranormal romance that I loved. It was wonderful. With any of Ms Dean's books you get a love story and this one was no different in that respect. It kept me on the edge of my seat and wanting more and more of the story.Zoe bought Lancaster House to get away from her old life. It was built in the early 1920's by Andre Lancaster as a gift for his bride. Zoe goes through so much after she moves into this house and ends up being held against her will in a psychiatric hospital for attempting suicide. She wants to get back home and back to the true love of her life so bad. She tells Dr Channing about all the things that went on in Lancaster House, about the hidden rooms, the man that she fell head over heels in love with. The two people that got murdered for trying to hurt her. She is suspected of covering up for someone due to the murder of the two men but the police never find anyone there but Zoe. Her father had passed away and she had caught her fiance with her best friend and Dr Channing thought that may have something to do with what Zoe went through and what she thought happened in the house.Will she find her way back to her home and to the love of her life? Does someone live there that could hurt Zoe? This book will have you wondering if it is real or her imagination going wild. It was wonderfully done and did not disappoint me in any way. I was so into this story and could not wait to get to the 2nd in the series to find out if things were as they seemed or if Zoe is really losing her mind. Do ghosts really exist? Read Lancaster House and The Middle Isle(reading now) and find out or decide for yourself. It is a story you won't forget for a long long time. A most definite 5 star story with no mistakes or dragging parts anywhere. It kept me wanting more and more all the way through. If you love Taylor Dean's books you will LOVE this one. If you don't you probably haven't read one yet. Wonderful story, wonderful story!!!

  • Kenneth Harris
    2018-12-09 04:57

    I bought Lancaster House on a whim, thinking that the synopsis sounded cool and the cover was nifty. I can usually get into haunted house stories and am rather fond of trying author I've never heard of, so I figured I would give this one a shot. Taylor Dean did not disappoint!I'm typically not a fan of paranormal romance, which is ultimately what this turned out to be -- but this one is far better than most I've read. The book is framed by a mental health setting. A woman is being held at a psychiatric ward and recalls her tale to her therapist, whom is convinced she is crazy. I was so wishing the book narration would switch to first person for the woman's tale. It begins to. She starts telling her story in first person with quotations around her dialogue, but then it switches back to third. But that's okay. That's what makes fiction great! Writers are diverse and such are their styles.The narrative is well-planned with a few twists I didn't see coming (no spoilers!). What won me over with this book was the central character: Zoe Grayson. Typically, in a paranormal romance novel (ahem, Twilight), the narrator lacks logic or reacts to the paranormal in an unbelievable way. Zoe Grayson, however, is spot on. She's a logical, well-developed character who helps carry the reader through the book effortlessly. No wonder Zoe won Andre over -- she captured my heart from very early on in the book. She's easy to sympathize with and easy to care for. IMO, one of the biggest compliments a writer can receive is "forming well-developed characters." Taylor Dean is distinguished in doing so. There were a few things in the book that irked me at times, but nowhere near as many as most paranormal romance books -- though this had more of a "haunted house" feel than paranormal romance. There are some very cool representations and interpretations of the paranormal.I recommend this title, indeed. I've already bought the sequel!

  • Christy
    2018-11-17 07:53

    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! So when I was asked to be in this tour, I gladly accepted!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!

  • Bridget Koan
    2018-12-13 11:01

    I received this book from the author for an honest review.Wow. I was blown away by Taylor Dean's book "Lancaster House." The prologue grabbed me, and I immediately knew it was going to be hard for me to close my Kindle and stop reading. From the storyline to the writing, I liked it all and wasn't disappointed.Taylor created the main character, Zoe, as being someone I could relate to. Although I didn't find myself feeling sorry for Zoe because of her strong nature, I could relate to her intense feelings. I was drawn to Zoe desperately wanting to know if she was crazy or a sane person with the unfortunate luck to have bought a haunted house."Nothing is what it seems in this house," is a quote I liked from "Lancaster House." And nothing is what it seems with the book too. I liked that I couldn't predict what would happen next. And the scene with Adelle in Chapter 7...I didn't see that coming! You will have to read the book to know what happens, which I highly recommend you do.I really liked the way Taylor wrote about the house. I could visualize everything in my mind, which is what I love about reading! From the hidden rooms to the staircase that went nowhere, I found myself wishing the house was real because it would be amazing.I've been reading a lot of romance novels by indie authors, and this book seemed like a good change from the usual. I was expecting a ghost story with a little romance, and was surprised and thrilled with the twists. I look forward to reading more from Taylor Dean, especially "The Middle Aisle."I'll now leave you with my favorite quote from the book: "In Lancaster House, anything is possible."

  • Charissa
    2018-11-18 08:44

    Crazy...or not? This is the question you will ask yourself when you finish this awesome book. The main character, Zoe Grayson, is in a mental hospital after trying to kill herself. The petite, beautiful, seemingly sweet young woman is considered unstable and dangerous, as there are two dead men associated with her. As the story starts out with Doctor Channing doing therapy with her, he is leery and very careful with her. As weeks and months go by, Zoe begins to trust the doctor and tell him her story of Lancaster house and her true love...and it is very surprising.What causes the doctor pause after months of therapy is that he cannot categorize Zoe's illness; she defies psychology and seems sane to him. But how can he believe her insane story, even though the police and the physical evidence he gathers from trips to Lancaster house, the `haunted' Victorian house Zoe has been restoring, seem to verify the authenticity of her words?I loved this author's writing style. She built up the characters with great care so that they became dear friends, and drew out the mystery and suspense in this paranormal tale clear to the end. Even though I was completely satisfied with the ending, I still haven't answered the question...and am very anxious to read the sequel, Middle Aisle.

  • Jessica Adkins
    2018-11-18 10:59

    Wow! What an intense and refreshing book! It pulled me in form the very first page! It has everything from suspense to mystery and yes, of course, romance! This book kept me on edge by keeping me guessing to the very end! Lancaster House is not your same ole paranormal romance that we all have come to know and expect! Oh no! There was no way I could have guessed all the twists and turns that are held in this book! It left me surprised and very satisfied with the the whole story! I guarantee you have never read any other book that is remotely like this one (well at least I sure haven't and I have read a lot of books!)I really didn't know what I expected before I read it but once I started it, I literally could not put it down until I was at the very last page! I would definitely recommend this book as a must read! And I cannot wait until I get to read the second one in the series!

  • Andrea Guy
    2018-12-08 10:51

    Can I just say WOW!I was totally enamored of Taylor's Sierra, when I read it awhile back, but Lancaster House is even better.Taylor weaves a story that will have you sitting on the edge of your seat.Zoe is an interior decorator who wants to restore Lancaster House and resell it, but once she starts working on it, strange things start to happen. Strange things that make her question her sanity, and then she meets Andre.Andre is a new twist on a paranormal creature, part vampire and part ghost. There's a lot more to him then meets the eye.The two fall in love as they restore his old home. Yes, Andre is Andre Lancaster the man who built Lancaster House.Sound exciting?Well it gets better, this story is told by Zoe as she's recounting it to a psychiatrist after a suicide attempt.Yeah!This is really a gripping read and one I recommend highly! Taylor Dean is on my list of must read authors now.

  • Megan Tiscareno
    2018-11-26 11:48

    After my New Years book binge, I had to unfortunately return to work (sob) and was slowly trucking through books. As I'm scrolling through my queue on my Kindle, I remembered that I had two more Taylor Dean novels that I had not yet devoured. I ALMOST judged this book by the synopsis, I admit. I'm not a big paranormal romance person... I've passed up many Kindle books for this reason alone. But based on the amazing T. Dean experience I had thus had, I delved in deep. I'm so glad I gave Lancaster House a chance. The story is different and not what you would expect. But it still has the qualities of a great read: developed, round characters, complex plot, and suspense. Dean carefully crafts Lancaster House with flashbacks that transition smoothly and carefully. While Lancaster House ends on a cliff hanger, the sequel, The Middle Aisle, is already out so you can delve in and find out just what happens to Zoe and Andre.

  • Sheena Renee
    2018-11-27 07:09

    First, let me say, I LOVE Taylor Dean! She is one of my favorite story tellers. This is the 4th book of hers that I have read and probably my favorite. Taylor Dean writes stories that are romantic, imaginative, emotional, and unpredictable. They are beautifully written and the characters are well developed and easy to love.Lancaster House is the only book of hers that has a sequel (YAY!) and it's the only one that I know of that has a touch of paranormal. This book had me guessing all the way up until the end! It's an amazingly creative story and almost impossible to put down. Although, there's a sequel, it doesn't end with a cliff hanger... the story could have easily ended beautifully with Lancaster House. But once you read this, you will definitely want to run and grab the next book, The Middle Aisle.

  • Brandy Corona
    2018-11-20 07:12

    Lancaster House is amazingly written and such an original story. I was Zoe and Andre's number one fan from the beginning, they are an amazing couple, and Taylor easily conveys their love in this story.Taylor made Zoe so likeable and so easy to sympathize with. You just want to tell off all the people who are so adamant about calling her crazy. Of course she's not crazy you want to scream at them! (Or at least I did, but I get really involved in novels if you haven't been able to tell) : )I really can't say enough about Taylor Dean and this novel. She has created such an epic story of paranormal romance that you don't even realize that it is a paranormal telling. I ended up feeling so bad for Zoe because to me, all she deserves is to be happy and to be with Andre. It is a beautiful love story that you ABSOLUTELY MUST READ!!!