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Lancaster House

3.95  ·  Rating Details  ·  196 Ratings  ·  62 Reviews

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 disc
Paperback, 304 pages
Published June 7th 2012 by Createspace
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Sherry Fundin
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 despe ...more
Feb 15, 2013 Heidi rated it it was amazing
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 nowher ...more
Feb 14, 2013 Tammy rated it it was amazing
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 mee ...more
Laura Thomas
Apr 24, 2013 Laura Thomas rated it it was amazing
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 ne
Feb 13, 2013 Sarah rated it really liked it
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-pub
Mar 19, 2013 Holly rated it really liked it
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 r ...more
Megan Tiscareno
Jan 18, 2015 Megan Tiscareno rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
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
Sheena Renee
Jun 01, 2015 Sheena Renee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 24, 2014 Lynn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2014
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
Jan 22, 2014 Michele rated it it was amazing
Shelves: not-at-library
Wow, a great ghost romance.Riveting to the end
Jan 22, 2014 Linda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 06, 2013 Charissa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013
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 ...more
Lisa Miller Chandler

Lancaster House
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4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 · rating details · 92 ratings · 48 reviews

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 secr
Carly Fall
Nov 07, 2012 Carly Fall rated it it was amazing

The 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 TL
Tressa (Wishful Endings)
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 bel ...more
Kenneth Harris
Feb 11, 2013 Kenneth Harris rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-books, fxtion
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 psyc
Eric Townsend
Aug 12, 2013 Eric Townsend rated it it was ok
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- ...more
Mandy Sickle
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 fi ...more
Nov 29, 2012 Simone rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This book really took me by surprise. You know the saying “don’t judge a book by it’s cover”? Well this is that book! Zoe moves to California for a fresh start. She uses her inheritance to purchase a rundown 1920’s Victorian mansion. Taylor Dean describes this house so meticulously that you can see it in your mind’s eye. Strange things begin happening in the house, the stove shuts itself off, the half wallpapered walls are suddenl ...more
Nov 06, 2013 Melanie rated it it was amazing
(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
Jul 10, 2012 Shelly rated it it was amazing
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 blo
Bridget Koan
Jun 29, 2013 Bridget Koan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: r2r
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 f
Feb 22, 2013 Christy rated it it was amazing
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 underta
Lucy Harris
Jul 04, 2013 Lucy Harris rated it really liked it
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
Andrea Guy
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. Th
Jessica Adkins
Jul 07, 2012 Jessica Adkins rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Brandy Corona
Sep 20, 2012 Brandy Corona rated it it was amazing
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 reall
Sep 27, 2012 Englishrose rated it it was amazing
An enthralling tale that was skillfully crafted to keep you on the edge of your seat. Wonderfully created in a re-telling format, the author draws you into the world of Zoe Grayson, leaving you gripped in her story while leaving a niggling of doubt as to her actual sanity. The romance is sweet and tender and curl-your-toes kind of wonderful. Good characters created a chemistry all of their own, creating their own world and giving credibility to the psychiatrist's doubts. A few good twists help k ...more
Nov 24, 2014 Tia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Well written and well executed. A lovely way to play out Zoe's story. Imaginative and contemplative. Very good follow through.
Apr 01, 2013 Katiria rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites-books
Whoaaaa what a very intresting and intriguing book Lancaster House was for me it is the first book I read about ghost Looovvveeeee it!!! The ending Ooo the ending I read the excerpt to the secound book and I can't wait and very excited to read the secound book Middle Aisle I have to read more about Andre! I know alot of people didn't like the cover for Lacaster House but I absolutely love and adore the cover I love the colors and I thought it is a very unique and beautiful cover that actually co ...more
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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.
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“It isn’t right that one human being can hold such power over another. One person’s reality is another person’s crazy. Aren’t crazy people just regular people who don’t fit into someone else’s version of normal and acceptable behavior?” 4 likes
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