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 trusting in fate, letting go of the past, and believing in things that can't be seen.
MOVING TO A SMALL TOWN in Virginia is a big change for New York socialite Katie McCain. But when she stumbles across an abandoned 200-year-old mansion, she's enthralled by the enduring beauty of the neglected estate—and captivated by the haunting portrait of a woman in mourning.
Purchasing the property on a whim, Katie attempts to fit in with the colorful characters in the town of New Hope, while trying to unravel the mystery of the "widow of Lacewood." As she pieces together the previous owner's heartrending story, Katie uncovers secrets the house has held for centuries, and discovers the key to coming to terms with her own sense of loss.
The past and present converge when hometown hero Will Durham returns and begins his own healing process by helping the "city girl" restore the place that holds so many memories. As the mystic web of destiny is woven, a love story that might have been lost forever is exposed, and a destiny that has been waiting in the shadows for centuries is fulfilled.
Rich in emotion and poignant in its telling, Lacewood is an unforgettable story about love and loss, roots and belonging…and spirits of the past that refuse to be quieted.
A haunting story that connects the past with the present—and the present with eternity.
"Strong storytelling prose." - The BookLife Prize
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About the Author
Jessica James is an award-winning author of suspense, historical fiction, and military fiction ranging from the Revolutionary War to modern day. She is a three-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 collections all over the United States including Harvard and the U.S. Naval Academy. By weaving the principles of courage, devotion, duty, and dedication into each book, she attempts to honor the unsung heroes of the American military—past and present—and to convey the magnitude of their sacrifice and service.
James resides in Gettysburg, Pa., and is a member of the Military Writers Society of America, the Independent Book Publishers Association, and the Romance Writers of America.
When not writing, James stays active working part-time as a stagehand where she assists with shows ranging from country bands and stage plays, to operas, comedy acts and ballets.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
We meet Katie who is taking on a huge restoration in Lacewood, New Hope. As soon as she walked into Lacewood Manor, she had an instant connection with the place and property. She wanted to do this herself, wanting it to be like it was back in the day. Will helps Katie but he is more closed off and has a long past. He feels drawn to Lacewood like Katie. With survivor’s guilt he tries to move on. He knows Katie is who he needs in his life. The story moves pretty well between the time periods. Finding the treasures and letters, Katie leads us to the previous owners. It was nice to read Katie and Josh’s story. Well done to the author the characters and plot made for a nice read. Throwing in mystery, romance and twists it’s as if the pages are turning themselves.
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 Katie felt when she went in and I knew the story would be magnificent. Katie, herself, was super interesting to me too. We never really learned "everything" about her, but it was super nice to see someone want to step out of the spotlight and be "normal." The task that Katie took on restoring Lacewood was HUGE. BUT, I love how she wanted to do it herself and how she really wanted to make the place shine like it used to. Insert Will, he was so damn perfect for this story! I loved how he had this extensive past, and how he was just as tied to Lacewood as Katie. There was so much mystery to him too, I liked that he wasn't an open book. Katie had to truly work to find out who he was. There were so many layers to this book, and I love how Jessica went about them. I loved how we got to go on this amazing journey with Katie and Will. From discovering places on the property and in the home, to finding these treasures of the history of Lacewood and its owners. Now, I'm not a person who loves historical anything, in face, I usually avoid them like the plague. This story had me so intrigued though and I couldn't wait to see if Jessica would take us back to the civil war days and get to see things from Annie's perspective. Never in my life have I wanted anything more!!! The whole story was just so beautifully done. We got to learn so much about the Civil War, the story of Lacewood and we got to see Katie and Josh grow in so many different ways. The story was also so emotional and touching. I loved every single second!!!
(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) And the characters are frequently witty & amusing. At times the narrative left me a little confused as to what was going on, but continuing on filled in the context. (That seems to be a writing trend or something, but as a reader, I find plot jumps with backfill frustrating) The final chapter is effectively the epilogue. And it's satisfying, but oddly, it's all narrative with no cut scene or dialogue. I think including a happily-ever-after exchange of some sort between the main characters would have made it even better. All that said, it's a really well done "ghost" story, & I thoroughly enjoyed it. Clean romance level: passionate kisses Religion: MCs attend church, wrestle a bit with the question of God allowing bad things, some general spiritual references but all completely organic to the story & everything is open-ended. Only a determined anti-theist could complain. Use of "Lordy" & "Jeezus"