Excerpt & Review: Lancaster House by Taylor Dean

About the book

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.


Check out an Excerpt from Lancaster House

“What would you say if I told you there is no such thing as ghosts?”Doctor Channing wanted to get a rise out of Zoe again today. Her answer would be telling. Had she seen the error of her ways all on her own? Had she realized the extent of her delusions?

“You don’t beat around the bush, do you?” Her hands gripped the arms of the chair until her knuckles turned white.


“What would you say if I told you they do exist?”
His hopes for an astounding recovery plummeted. “I would have to disagree.”
“Then we have nothing more to talk about, do we?”
“Sorry, you’re not off the hook, Zoe.”
Zoe’s demeanor changed and her eyes stared into the distance, as if she was lost in
thought. “It’s real—it’s all real,” she whispered, her eyes haunted.
“Tell me, Zoe. Start with the purchase of Lancaster House.” Several minutes ticked by and he began to think she wouldn’t answer, but then, in a timid voice, her story began to spill forth.
“It’s a stunning house, everything I’d ever dreamed of owning . . .”


The Review

Overall, this was a pretty good read! Lancaster house starts out with Zoe Grayson getting assigned a new psychiatrist as nobody else has been able to work with her. Through her recounting the events that happened to land her into the psychiatric hospital, we are told the story of the Lancaster House.

Zoe decides to buy this house and renovate it back to it's old glory.The author did an amazing job describing this house and the details were very accurate for a 1920's home. She very accurately portrayed what the Lancaster House would look like. and I thoroughly enjoyed reading about it. You are talking to an HGTV addict over here, okay?

The characters in the story, Zoe, Andre, and to an extent even her doctor I found all very likeable in their own way.I liked the fact that Dr. Channing seemed to genuinely care for and want to help Zoe. My only issue is that Zoe seemed a bit too co-dependent. But I get it, when you are in love, sometimes you can become that way when things are new and you are passionate and  just want to be with the other person.

I think that the author created a great romance, but with a bit of a twist. It was definitely not one that I was expecting either. I found it to be an interesting and intriguing read and look forward to seeing more from Taylor Dean.

About the Author

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 that she had a passion for writing, specifically romance. Whether it’s paranormal, contemporary, or suspense—you’ll find all sub-genres of romance in her line-up.





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2 Responses

  1. Hello J.A.! Just wanted to say thanks for the great review. I greatly appreciate you featuring Lancaster House on your blog. I’m glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for reading and reviewing Lancaster House!

    • Thank you for stopping by! I will be sure to post the review elsewhere after work today! Best wishes with the rest of your tour!

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