2020 John Esten Cooke Award for Southern Fiction
Finalist in HOLT Medallion Award contest
Finalist Greater Detroit Area RWA Booksellers Best Award
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
Took me a minute to get into it, but once I did, I LOVED it!!
Mystery, Romance and more
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.