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 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.
Review of Lancaster House:
Lancaster House has its strengths, and it has its weaknesses. I'm torn, because I like the concept: I love the detailed descriptions about the house, the non-traditional heroine that Zoe is, and the interweaving of 1920's slang in the dialogue. But at the same time, I wasn't too keen on the execution (the shifting of tenses, the intrusion of brief modern-day scenes within the main story reminiscence, and the heavily wrought descriptions of character attitudes that seemed to conflict with their words).
I've been gleefully planning my own first house recently, and so the imaginative Lancaster House within the novel really captured my attention. Even without the love story, which gives backstory on the house, it would have made for an excellent and compelling character within the tale. And the detailed descriptions of the architecture and interior design makes it clear that historic houses are a passion of Taylor Dean's. I found myself wanting to explore the house, as Zoe does, opening every door and enjoying the sheer surprise of it all. I'm not an interior decorator, but I share Zoe's enthusiasm for restoring the house to its former glory.
I also appreciate the way that Zoe reacts to having a ghost in the house with her- I wound consider her level of disbelief to be normal (which doesn't always happen in a supernatural story). As a reader, I believe what Zoe believes (she's the narrator, after all), but the sequel,The Middle Aisle, looks to question Zoe's sanity, and therefore her story, and that has me intrigued. I recommend Lancaster House for lovers of supernatural romance, old Victorian homes, and light mysteries.
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