Sunday, March 9, 2014

Return to Tradd Street by Karen White

4.5 Star

Facing her future as a single mother, psychic Realtor Melanie Middleton is determined to be strong and leave her past with writer Jack Trenholm behind her. But history has a tendency of catching up with Melanie, whether she likes it or not.…

Melanie is only going through the motions of living since refusing Jack’s marriage proposal. She misses him desperately, but her broken heart is the least of her problems. Despite an insistence that she can raise their child alone, Melanie is completely unprepared for motherhood, and she struggles to complete renovations on her house on Tradd Street before the baby arrives.

When Melanie is roused one night by the sound of a ghostly infant crying, she chooses to ignore it. She simply does not have the energy to deal with one more crisis. That is, until the remains of a newborn buried in an old christening gown are found hidden in the foundation of her house.

As the hauntings on Tradd Street slowly become more violent, Melanie decides to find out what caused the baby’s untimely death, uncovering the love, loss, and betrayal that color the house’s history—and threaten her claim of ownership. But can she seek Jack’s help without risking her heart? For in revealing the secrets of the past, Melanie also awakens the malevolent presence that has tried to keep the truth hidden for decades.…

Sabrina-Kate - 4.5 Star

This was the first time I have read anything by Karen White though it probably won't be the last. I have to admit that this wasn't a topic of book that necessarily intrigued me but it wasn't something that I wasn't interested in at all either. I am certainly glad that I did give Return to Tradd Street a chance as I truly did enjoy it and enjoyed the author's writing style very much.

The book was about a lot of different things but the author tied it all together quite nicely. The fact that this was a book in a series and not the first one didn't deter me from enjoying it, and I didn't feel that I lost out as things that had occurred in previous books were explained yet not overly so. I liked this because I feel like I could go back and read the other books without having the ruined by already knowing all of the details.

The one thing that made me initially pause when I picked up this book was the fact that it had an element of the supernatural (ghosts) in it which can often make me groan out loud as I can't say that I ever find it to be realistic and I am not a fantasy type fan. Yet this book made somewhat of a believer out of me as I only found myself shaking my head in disbelief a mere two or three times instead of the many more that I was actually expecting.

Part sweet love story, party mystery and all heart, I recommend Return to Tradd Street to anyone who like a bit of a frisson while reading.

Thank you to NAL Trade for our review copy. All opinions are own.

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