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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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  • Susan
  • Bartonville, TX
  • 03-31-15

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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  • Scott
  • Moss Beach, CA, United States
  • 02-03-15

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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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.

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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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This series is a hoot!

Karen is so great at making characters that you can get attached to. There were parts I laughed so hard and others I cried. You just want to take the main character and shake her sometimes lol. This is a good read.

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THIS SERIES IS SO WONDERFUL

I love this series it gets better with every book! it gives that wonderful fuzzy feeling it's so many books like these days. I hope there are more to come.

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Loved this series

What did you like best about this story?

I listen to books while I'm pushing paper around all day in my own office. I get interrupted a lot so it's nice to have a book with a love theme going through it but nothing over the top. The whole story through out has been wonderful. I'm so intrigued by Charleston that I started looking at real estate South of Broad online. WOW! Talk about history. If I ever win the lottery I will for sure be moving there. In the mean time I would very much like to visit.

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

Melanie, of course. However, I really appreciate that she changed her voice for each character. It was easy to follow who was meant to be speaking...which I can lose track of when I'm working as well.

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

Yes, I'd actually listen to it in the car as well. All four books are just too long to do it in one go.

Any additional comments?

I'd give the books 5 stars but lets face it, nothing is perfect. I'd give it a strong 4.5 though.

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Like weak moronic women? This series is for you

The characters are just totally unbelievable and stupid. I'm so glad this series was free, and I also now know why it was.

Those who get published should actually have to have some talent. Karen White should at the very least pick up, AND READ, a copy of Rebecca before she considers writing another word. She claims to have been a voracious reader growing up, but in order for that statement to be true she must have counted comic books and the backs of cereal boxes.

Writing crap like this should be illegal.

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love this series

This series based in my old home of Charleston is full of fun mystery and history. I love this one especially!!!

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thoroughly enjoyable

love the characters and the descriptions of Charleston. it has made me want to go there and explore it for myself.