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Return to Tradd Street Audiobook

Return to Tradd Street

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.
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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...

©2014 Karen White (P)2014 Recorded Books

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    Cheryl Munford, TN, United States 01-12-14
    Cheryl Munford, TN, United States 01-12-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Another great story!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Return to Tradd Street to be better than the print version?

    I can't say, as I rarely have time to sit down to read.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Return to Tradd Street?

    Of course, when Mellie agrees to marry Jack!


    Which character – as performed by Aimee Bruneau – was your favorite?

    Mellie


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Sure


    Any additional comments?

    I have been waiting for the next book to come out for so long now. I've really enjoyed the others in the series. It did take me a bit to remember where the last book left off though since so much time has passed since I listened to it. I think I most enjoy these books because they are mysteries that intertwine gold ole' Southern history in its truest form with a light touch of romance. The narration is spot on.

    Recently, on a business trip to South Carolina I decided to drive to Charleston to see how much it differed from my childhood memories and those that I envisioned in the book series. Upon my first turn off of the main thoroughfare I found myself on Legare St. I couldn't believe it! What are the chances? It never occurred to me that those streets actually existed. It was amazing, but I didn't have an address and couldn't decide which of the many beautiful homes the stories would have referred to. Its for the best, must leave something for the imagination.

    I hope the author doesn't let so much time pass before the next one!

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    Susan Bartonville, TX 03-31-15
    Susan Bartonville, TX 03-31-15 Member Since 2012

    Myst/thrillers, some contemporary and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.

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    "Where is the next?"

    A fun, quirky read with quick wit and a fast pace that kept me intrigued throughout. I quickly became attached to the characters right along with each of their bizarre and funny idiosyncrasies.

    Melanie our main character is pregnant and has just turned down a marriage proposal from Jack, the father. She is a head strong gal who thinks he is just asking because of the baby. He on the other hand is in love with her and is hoping she will reconsider. Melanie is a phychic, her mother has the ability to tell the history surrounding objects and they both can see ghosts. The people of Charlotte, NC have their suspisions and there is plenty of gossip, but Melanies family knows how to keep their secrets.

    The backdrop for this ghostly story is her inherited historical mansion on Tradd St., of course, and during some renovations that are being done, the remains of a baby are found in the old foundation. While forensics are being performed on the remains, the crying, ghost sightings and a complicated pregnancy, just about have Melanie at her wits end. While she is trying to hold it all together she is also having to deal with her aggressive best friend, her shallow, impolite cousin and a wedding, not her own, that has been thrust upon her.

    Aimee Bruneau is the perfect voice for this Southern group and has just enough sarcasm to make the dry wit hit home. This series reviews get better as it goes along so I may read the one right before this one but I am looking forward to continuing on with it as the new books come out. Recommend to those who like cozy ghost stories.

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    Gina Winter Apex, NC USA 01-12-14
    Gina Winter Apex, NC USA 01-12-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Satisfying addition to a fun series"
    What made the experience of listening to Return to Tradd Street the most enjoyable?

    Karen White does a great job mixing paranormal mystery and romance, and it was very satisfying to have some plot lines resolved while still leaving room for re-visiting Charleston and Tradd St. The characters are very enjoyable, although their emotions, actions, and reactions become a bit repetitive and therefore tedious. This is especially true of Melanie, although the author does her best to remind us that Melanie is in effect, trapped in adolescence.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The series makes you visualize and want to see Charleston. My husband and I spent several days there last summer, and I came home and listened to the entire series again, so I have eagerly been awaiting this one.


    Have you listened to any of Aimee Bruneau’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Aimee Bruneau perfectly captures the voices of Wells' characters.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah 08-14-15
    Sarah 08-14-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Another Fabulous Book"

    Loved the story. Couldn't put it down. Felt I was there top

    Ready for another.

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    C'est Moi! Upper Midwest USA 06-14-15
    C'est Moi! Upper Midwest USA 06-14-15

    Quilting Cook

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    "Pleasant light romance with a little paranormal intrigue"

    Romance stories alone don't hold my attention, but when mixed with my love of the South, and some interesting intrigue--in this case--a haunted house, this installment of that old house on Tradd street was satisfying.

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    Debbie Oklahoma, USA 03-19-15
    Debbie Oklahoma, USA 03-19-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Thoroughly Enjoyed!"
    What about Aimee Bruneau’s performance did you like?

    I thought Aimee did a wonderful job with this book.


    Any additional comments?

    Great story and excellent reader!

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    Scott Moss Beach, CA, United States 02-03-15
    Scott Moss Beach, CA, United States 02-03-15 Member Since 2015

    Wine, food and travel writer, editor, and aspiring novelist.

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    "Satisfying Conclusion to this Quartet"

    I don't know if Karen White has any more adventures planned for these characters, but this book provides a very satisfying conclusion to the Tradd Street quartet. As genre fiction, Romance novels tend to be predictable. The question isn't where the author is taking us, but how she gets us there. What sets the top echelon apart is the writing. A few (Diana Gabaldon, Susanna Kearsley, and Karen White, for example) can write circles around many authors of more "serious" literature. Their plots, characterizations and power of description are a step above. Yes, the men tend to be tall, dark, handsome, available and incredibly patient, but that goes with the territory. Here Karen White melds Romance and Ghost Story genres into entertaining stories. Each of the four Tradd Street books could, theoretically, stand on its own, but the series is best appreciated when read in order. Enjoy.

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    Amazon Customer 12-20-14

    Eclectic, fun, zesty. Life is too short to not live fully.

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    "A Pregnant Mellie takes on the Gilberts"

    Overall, the story was a good wrap up to the Mellie and Jack story. Mellie's character pulled me in during The House on Tradd Street; she's a successful free spirit who didn't feel compelled to accept another's vision for her life. The character banter voiced by Aimee Bruneau is superb. Funny, distinct voices that bring you into the story.

    There were some unexpected turns in the book. The Gilberts, in my mind, were supposed to be money/estate grabbers. I enjoyed and cheered on Mellie's family and friends as they tried to chase them off with stories of palmetto bugs and the cost of repairs with the estate. Without giving too much away, I'll say that I was pleasantly surprised with the ending to this plot line.

    The book did leave me a little confused about the main character. Pregnancy does generally bring about changes in a person's life and habits, but Mellie did a 180. She was never aggressive, but she was firm, thoughtful and found ways around other people's manipulations of her life. In Return to Tradd Street, she acquiesced a little too quickly for me. Jack's character did show a major change (buying a family car), but otherwise, his character was very consistent. Their relationship was very interesting, as usual, and I found myself wishing for more time with just these two.

    Overall, I did enjoy the book, and the ending was just what it needed to be. It did feel a little rushed, but good characters always leave you wanting to spend more time with them.

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    Nancy 05-29-14
    Nancy 05-29-14
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    "My favorite!!"

    I was delighted to find another book in the House on Tradd St. series! This one is my favorite so far! (and I hope Karen doesn't wait too long befoer writing another!) Suspenseful as always, I also found myself laughing out loud at times. It was delightful!!!!

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    funigrl1961 04-26-14
    funigrl1961 04-26-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Whole Series"
    What made the experience of listening to Return to Tradd Street the most enjoyable?

    One of the best series I've ever read. Loved the southern accents and the storyline. And it flowed wonderfully. A Must Read!!!


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