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on Feb. 22, 2013 :
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!
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Feb. 21, 2013 :
Thank you to Prism Book Tours and the author for providing an e-copy of this book…
Cover: I admit, that if I have discovered the book by myself I might not have been interested in reading the book… As some know, I firstly judge a book by its cover… But this is one of the books that made me think that judging them by the cover is not enough…
The cover is actually unique… It reminds me of abstract paintings…
She’s a very determined person… She was very intent on restoring Lancaster House to its former glory… She was also a very strong woman… She doesn’t let her mistakes ruin her life… For me, she actually uses her bad experiences to learn… She was also a very logical woman at first, because she was always thinking possible scenarios to explain strange events…
Things I like in the story:
The story actually was making me guess almost all the time… I didn’t know what to expect (except maybe for Wade’s reactions =) )… I also liked the writing style… It’s not every day that you read a story that is a story told by the protagonists… It was actually kinda cute… And throughout the story I can’t help but feel that there will be twists in the story… Maybe one of the twists in the story is the addition of another paranormal creature… I really thought it was only about ghosts, but *******s? It actually made my eyebrows rise and be skeptic… But in the end it all worked out…
Things I didn’t like in the story:
Actually there is only one thing that I didn’t like in the story… And that is the giving of too much details… I know it might not be a problem to most of you but for me I find it annoying… It’s because I don’t really have a good imagination when it comes to details… Give me a few and it will be alright for me… Anyways, the details were only provided during the first chapters when Zoe was still new to the house…
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on Feb. 20, 2013 :
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!
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Nov. 13, 2012 :
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.
Well it gets better, this story is told by Zoe as she's recounting it to a psychiatrist after a suicide attempt.
This is really a gripping read and one I recommend highly! Taylor Dean is on my list of must read authors now.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)