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Lacewood: A Novel of Time and Place

4.46  ·  Rating details ·  227 ratings  ·  68 reviews
A love story that spans centuries…
Two people trying to escape their pasts find a connection through an old house—and fulfill a destiny through the secrets it shares. Part love story, part ghost story, Lacewood is a timeless novel about love and loss, roots and belonging, and spirits of the past that refuse to be quieted..


Kindle Edition, 348 pages
Published June 18th 2019 by Patriot Press
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Deanne Patterson
Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow, this book!
This is the first book I've read by this author as I've just discovered her but she writes of one of my favorite subjects, the Civil War. I can guarantee you it won't be the last book read by her.
I was mesmerized by this book.
The haunting prose made me want to read it all the way through in one go.
The house took on a life of it's own, hauntingly beautiful, brilliantly described I felt as though I were there in the house as secrets are uncovered and we have a better understanding o
Candace Tidwell
Jun 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Jessica James has provided another beautiful storyline that will immerse you in history and might even teach you a thing or two. Although the book takes place in present time she gives you glimpses of the past throughout the book. Once I started I couldnt stop.
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: james-jessica
What a FABULOUS book! Two broken, lonely people who are seemingly brought together by an off-the-beaten path, dilapidated grand old Civil War era house. Through dogged determination and just plain stubbornness, intrigued by the lost history of the previous occupants of a home that she was inexplicably drawn to, our heroine slowly makes discoveries of those lives who preceded her in a house that zealously holds tight to its secrets. Our hero is a former occupant of the tiny town where time seems ...more
N.N. Light
New York socialite Katie McCain has no idea how much her life would change by one drive down a dusty road. One look at the neglected Lacewood mansion in disrepair and she knows she has to own it. Something calls her to the small town of New Hope and as she tries to fit in, she meets mysterious Will Durham. He vexes her at every turn, making her feel less than capable of restoring the Lacewood manor, but there’s something about him that tugs at her heartstrings. The mystery surrounding the Widow ...more
InD'tale Magazine
Adjectives to describe “Lacewood” might include emotional, poignant, beautiful, heartfelt, haunting, unique, or unforgettable. They would all be true. This is a lovely story.

Read full review in the 2019 May issue of InD'tale Magazine.
Virginia Campbell
"Lacewood: A Novel of Time and Place" is an intriguing, involving, and haunting romantic tale from superb storyteller Jessica James. With her immaculate eye for historical detail and her beautifully-descriptive writing, she sweeps readers into a past world which is deeply entwined with the events unfolding in the present day. An impulsive escape from big-city emptiness takes Katie McCain on a search for her family roots in Virginia. Lost and confused after a wrong turn, she she unexpectedly come ...more
Jun 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
(4.5 stars) - my kind of ghost story

This is a lovely story of healing & hope with a hint of spiritual guidance in the paranormal as well as Providential sense.

Katie & Will have both been damaged in different yet similar ways. (Warning: Katie cries. Easily. A lot.) They meet & find that they are at a point in their lives where they are each what the other needs.

The mood building is nicely done - spooky but not fearfully so, for the most part. (I tend toward anxiety & it didn't stress me at all)
Betty Downs
Oct 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Reels you in

An amazing book about the past, present and love that never dies.I loved it and you will too. I was sucked in and had to find out the mystery behind the forgotten house.
Oct 20, 2020 rated it liked it
I liked the storyline and the history in this book, but I picked it up thinking it was a Christian fiction. Although it did mention God and trust in a higher power, it did have a few swear words and other things that I just don't expect in my Christian fiction.🤷‍♀️
May 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I fell in love with this story. I loved how Jessica James started with modern day and then took us back to the days of the Civil War, and then brought us back to modern day. The story is extremely well written and I felt as though I were there in each scene watching it unfold. I fell in love with the characters and I read each page with anticipation of what was going to happen next. I honestly did not want the story to end.

I received and advance readers copy and this is my honest and unbiased r
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved the book and didn’t want it to end.
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I don’t usually care for contemporary romances, but I fell into part one if this book- which turned out to be the ‘Present’...which soon opened the door to the PAST—Part Two. I loved it. It too me to the Virginia lines with the Civil War. The characters were, by now, fascinating and already well known to me.
It truly was a story of how the past and present walk alongside each other...and how there is a master plan. Highly recommend—as I do with all Jessica James’ historical ro
This is an awesome book, looking back into our history. Katie had no idea what she stumbled onto when she found Lacewood. The old house helped her find the much needed healing she needed and to reconnect with her own history. Taking a look back into the Civil War and how it affected their many loved ones, was just what Katie and Will both needed to uncover the demons they were covering up. This is a fantastic story! I would recommend this one to anyone. Thanks Jessica James, I have enjoyed many, ...more
Jun 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm just in love with this story! It's the kind of story I've been craving for a long time
I purchased the paperback at a book signing event in Gettysburg, PA. Prior to the event, doing my research on the attending authors, most of whom write 'sexy, steamy, rocker and biker romanotica (romance/erotica)'. Then I came across Jessica Jame's information and read the blurb for Lacewood and immediately preordered.
I'm not a civil war history buff. I do love history and historic fiction though - I just
AC Squared Book Blog
Jun 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I had no idea what to expect when I started reading this. I am not a big historical fan, but it sounded so intriguing! I LOVE old homes and I loved the idea of finding out the history of the owners. It is sooo hard for me to express in words my love for this book, but I'm going to try!

Everything about the Lacewood property had me completely hooked from the moment Katie went inside to look around. You could tell home much history there was to be told! I absolutely loved the instant connection Kat
Merissa (Archaeolibrarian)
Jun 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: womens-fiction
Lacewood is a standalone story where the main character and setting is a house. Set in Virginia, the reader learns about the Civil War, and what it was like during that time for all involved. Annie, one of the characters from the past, is from New York, so she has a bit to contend with! Katie, from the present, is also from the 'North', but has her roots in the Virginian soil.

There was information about Katie, but nothing too much about what she did prior to being at Lacewood, just that she was
Jun 10, 2019 rated it liked it
- Received an Advance Reader Copy in exchange for a fair review -
2.5 stars.
A quote (from ARC):
«“But you know how small towns and young boys get along. New Hope was too slow and too boring. He was always the type to run toward risk. As soon as he was able, he joined the service.”»

A handsome guilt-ridden hero, dealing with survivor’s guilt, in a story about a place – Lacewood, New Hope – and American history, this book left me indifferent and didn’t really hold my interest, although I found Annie
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lacewood: A Novel of Time and Place is my first introduction to Jessica James and her books. After reading this one, it will not be the last. I enjoyed Katie's story and how she solving the mystery of the past. I was not sure about her at first but she quickly grew on me and I could not put the book down.
I loved Lacewood: A Novel of Time and Place and I am giving it a well deserved five plus stars. I highly recommend it.
Fabulous read!
I received this book from the publisher. This review is 100%
Brittany Vantrease
I loved reading this book! I hope that it will be turned into a movie, someday if it isn't one already.

The writing is magnificent. It's easy to read, it's interesting, and there is a story to it that is more than just a romance thrown together. The writer really took the time to build the characters and the story.

The book is written in modern time where Katie McCain stumbles upon an old mansion in Virginia. The house calls to her and so she buys it, no questions asked and without caring about
Jun 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
She needed a new place to rebuild so she goes to a new town where she finds a old house which she falls in love with. There is a mystery about the previous owner. She tries to find out what it is. He returns home and he may just be able to help her heal. See if he will

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Linda Plenge
Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Great book!

Loved characters and visuals of house! I would recommend to everyone. Pain, sorrow, history and love, this book has it all!
Heather W
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this story and loved going back in time to the Civil War to try to solve a centuries-old mystery. A wonderfully descriptive story of love and loss.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Jessica James had me from page one with this book. I loved everything about this book the couple of ghost sightings, the genealogy, the shadows of the past, the mystery, the friendship, the healing ETC

The story is described so clearly you can see everything in your minds eye as if you are actually there. The book was not overly described with useless descriptions f people, places, and things that lend nothing to the story. I personally really appreciate that.

Reluctant New York socialite Katie M
Ellen White
Jun 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The beauty of Lacewood captures you as Katie describing with that first look, not the dust and neglect over the years.
The peace and quiet, the healing she was needing. No more being waited on, the work now was her working on her own home.
Will comes to help weed the back acreage for her, a cottage, he wants to rent. A man of few words, also wanting the pease and quiet .
These two are drawn to one another. An unease he didn’t know how to handle, or a protection he felt needed, toward her.
As she
Terri Peer
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was gifted to me by my mom and I am glad she sent it as I would have missed out on a wonderful story. From the first page I was hooked. I wanted to know more about Kate and Will and then I wanted to know what happened with Annie and Jon. The story takes place in present day Virginia with Kate and Will but Annie and Jon lived in the same house during the Civil War and it was interesting to think about how the present day walked in the same places as those who came before them. Every tim ...more
Phyllis H. Pajka
Aug 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The best novel I've read in a long time. You felt like you were actually in the situation and part of the book. The story was really good and the characters were great and sometimes funny. I guess being a born and bred Virginian had some impact on me and the fact that my great, great grandfather died in Petersburg during the War but not from bullets. Typhoid killed him. I have the only picture ever taken of him and it was made in Petersburg and he was in full uniform. I'm going to look up some m ...more
Rebecca Hill
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
**Review coming soon**
Jamie Jack
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was ok
I am not quite sure what to make of this book. I think the author had an interesting premise, but it was not fully realized on several fronts. I found the first part of the book to be so dull that I almost did not continue. Nearly 10% of the book is just taken up with how the heroine got to New Hope and her walk around Lacewood manor. Another significant portion just following this seemed to just detail home repair and the heroine's growing involvement with the future hero. Things get more inter ...more
Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
Katie McCain is a New York socialite daughter with a demanding mother and agent. But she’s tired of all the nonsense that goes with her glitzy lifestyle. While on a trip to DC, she rents a car and drives into the Virginia countryside, hoping to find her grandmother’s old home. A place where she spent childhood summers. She gets lost and ends up on a back road looking at an abandoned mansion. The local sheriff finds her and lets her into the place to look around—and she falls instantly in love wi ...more
Joan Hall
Aug 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
I wasn’t sure what to expect from Lacewood, but I was pleasantly surprised. The book begins when New York socialite Katie McCain makes an impromptu trip from DC into the Virginia countryside in search of her grandmother’s home and stumbles upon a two-hundred-year-old abandoned mansion. Katie purchases the property on a whim and leaves behind the New York social scene. She soon discovers the house has secrets and longs to learn about its past inhabitants, especially the “Widow of Lacewood.” Katie ...more
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Jessica James is an award-winning author of suspense, historical fiction, Christian fiction, and military fiction ranging from the Revolutionary War to modern day.

She is a four-time winner of the John Esten Cooke Award for Southern Fiction, and was featured in the book 50 Authors You Should Be Reading, published in 2010.

Her novels appeal to both men and women and are featured in library collecti

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