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Practical Melanie Middleton hates to admit she can see ghosts. But she's going to have to accept it. An Old man she recently met has died, leaving her his historic Tradd Street home, complete with housekeeper, dog - and a family of ghosts anxious to tell her their secrets.

Enter Jack Trenholm, agorgeous writer obsessed with unresolved mysteries. He has no reason to believe that diamonds from the Confederate Treasury are hidden in the house. So he turns the charm on with Melanie, only to discover he's the smitten one...It turns out Jack's search has caught the attention of a malevolent ghost. Now, Jack and Melanie must unravel a mystery of passion, heartbreak - and even murder.

Karen White, author of 10 award-winning novels, is a graduate of Tulane University and the American School in London. She currently lives in Georgia with her husband and two children. When not writing, she spends her time reading, singing, scrapbooking, carpooling children and avoiding cooking.

©2008 Karen White (P)2008 Listen & Live Audio, Inc.

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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Joanna
  • SCOTTSDALE, AZ, United States
  • 08-17-09

Pleasantly surprised

I really liked this book! I took a leap of faith in getting it, as I knew nothing of the author or narrator, but it turned out to be one of my favorite listens to date. I usually listen to detective thrillers, and that will no doubt remain my genre of choice, but this was a pleasant change of pace from the hard edged style of that type of mystery, and those rough (and sometimes brutal) characters. Good writing and the narrator was OUTSTANDING, with her melodic, southern drawl. A real pleasure to listen to her read. The mystery, like the entire book, wasn't terribly heavy, but it was so engaging that I found myself almost listening to it straight through. The paranormal aspects were believable (not hokey) and they gave a spooky ambiance to the story without being too much. Don't worry if you're squeamish - The Shining, this was not. It won't keep you up at night, but it had just enough scare factor to satisfy a reader looking for something with that type of twist. That was part of the enjoyment of the book. It was just a nice book. A good mystery with some ghosts thrown in, and a romance that actually had some honest-to-goodness chemistry. I would highly recommend it if you are looking for a light paranormal mystery, that is a very easy listen, and yet captivating enough to keep you truly entertained throughout the entire story.

48 of 51 people found this review helpful

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  • Sandra
  • St. Louis, MO, United States
  • 05-07-10

Simple, safe story...

This book was an easy "read/listen." There is nothing controversial, steamy, offensive, scary, or complex about it. If you are looking for a no-brainer, non-thought-provoking, easy listen, it is definitely worth your time. I enjoyed the story, but felt that it was really written on a level that would be safe for 6th graders (not that the story would interest 6th graders). So, it was not a "bad" story by any means, and the narrator does an ok job, it just did not instill much emotion at all (which is not always such a bad thing). I would like to give it 3.5 stars.

20 of 21 people found this review helpful

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  • Lisa
  • WHITNEY, TX, USA
  • 12-22-08

Enjoyable!

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. So much so that I stayed awake until 4:30 a.m. listening to it and still had to wait till the next day to finish it!

I've always been interested in the paranormal, whether "real" or fiction. This book incorporates the paranormal, budding romances, quirky characters and a message about coming back to "home" and roots.

Although the book came to a certain conclusion, the characters and their stories were left open-ended enough for a sequel and I hope that Ms. White intends to do just that.

In my humble opinion, this book is well worth the money. I'm certain that I will listen to it again and again.

16 of 17 people found this review helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars

A Breathe of Southern Air!

Set in South Carolina, this novel is a good mix of light mystery, ghosts and a dash of romance. The plot was somewhat predictable but not annoyingly so. While having bits and pieces of paranormal, the novel was not the blood and guts type. Personally, I found the narrator to have a good handle on her accent for the main character because it was rather contrived and "prissy". While Melanie Middleton starts out with a healthy dose of over-organization, bandbox wardrobe clothing sense--even to the point of wearing pink capris and fancy sandals to do gardening and historical house restorations--she does evolve! I think the accent adds to her character and found myself reverting to my southern accent after listening for awhile. Sure it's a bit "labored" but I think it adds to the southern charm regardless of whether or no you think the accent is genuine Charleston.
I enjoyed the book. It was a-hard-to-put-down-novel for me 'cause I kept wanting to see if I was guessing correctly or not. So long as your expectations are for a funny, light read, you should enjoy it. I just downloaded the next book in this series.

14 of 15 people found this review helpful

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  • Nathalie
  • Saint-Marc, QC, Canada
  • 01-11-09

A new kind of ghost story

Seldom have I heard (or should I say read?) such a captivating story. Ms. White has a way of keeping us addicted and not want to turn it off till the end. Her writing is witty and I have often burst out laughing during my daily walks (I'm glad I live in the country!).
To anyone who likes a good ghost story with unexpected twists and turns, but without excessive
dramatization, this story is for you. I'm looking forward to reading (or listening) to other Karen White books.

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  • Maria
  • Citrus Heights, CA, United States
  • 03-06-13

A Wonderful Story

I was hesitant about this book, but I am so happy I purchased it. The story revolves around a historic old house, a young woman who inherits it, and ghosts that won't let the past be buried. A little light romance, nothing graphic makes this a story that you can listen to without your headphones.
I thoroughly enjoyed the story, the only scary part was the evil ghost at the end, but you expect bad doings from evil.

Narrator was just fine, I was so invested in the story that I have no complaints about the narrator.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • Carolann
  • Oxford, MI, United States
  • 12-30-08

Good Writer-Terrible Reader

The author did a really good job of building the suspense of this novel. I could not get by the terrible syrup sour reader. The accent was awful.
I would have liked the author to expand on the characters "Sophie and Chad." They were in the storey but did not come to life. So as the reader;they became stick people in the story.

I look forward to watching this writer develop......she has excellent potential.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Beverly
  • Naples, NY, United States
  • 01-19-11

Shallow main character

Although the story description seemed interesting I was hoping for something more. The main character, Melanie, is so annoyingly shallow and stuck up that I didn't enjoy much of anything she said or did. She was just too concerned about her hair and nails, her makeup, her clothes and her "rightness" in all situations that I was just plain in a hurry for the story to end.

11 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • kay
  • GERMANTOWN, TN, United States
  • 10-05-10

A Waste of a Credit.

This is the worst book I have every listened to in my three years at audible. I downloaded it because of all the rave reviews and unfortunately didn't listen to the sample. The narrator absolutely has the worst southern accent since Vivian Leigh played Scarlett O'hara. The characters are tissue thin and the descriptive phrases such as --"he lowered his legs to the floor before he stood up" (really--how else does one stand up?) sophomoric.

Next month I will be much more careful before hitting "add to cart"!

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Kept me enthralled

First, I want you to know that I am squirming in my seat because, instead of writing this review, I really want to be purchasing any other book by Karen White and listening to it ASAP.

However, this audiobook was a bit of a wild card for me and I want to make sure that this little jewel doesn't get passed over. When I first started listening to it, I wasn't yet sure if I'd made a mistake. I was focusing on problems I had with the narration, which I will address later in the review.

I loved this book! It not only had a great plot and provided such a beautiful multi-sensory description of Charleston that it made me want to move there, not less visit.

It is also the best modern haunted house story written since "The House Next Door" by Anne Rivers Siddons. Stephen King once wrote a book about the genre of ghost stories in which he said that the best story lines are those which contain not only a supernatural (inner) threat, but also an external threat - whether it be a blizzard, a villain or the IRS. (Oops, those last two examples are redundant, lol!)

Also, and I don't remember if King said this or not, but she layers the thrills in a way that, rather than slamming us in a way that discredits the story line, it begins quietly and naturally. I am referring to the supernatural aspects of the story, but it is also true of the secondary, everyday threats in the story as well.

It left me thrilled, satisfied and ready for another of her books.

Now for the narration:

Aimee Bruneau, to my ears as a born Texan, nailed the Charleston accent, but sounded as if it was a skill she had just learned. I don't know if she is a Southerner who has lived elsewhere for many years or if she perhaps had difficulty creating separate "voices" for the characters, but it sounded as if she paused to take a breath before she read certain lines. It made me lose concentration on the plot at first, because it seemed to me that she even "lost" the accent at times.

Another problem I found with the narration, and Bruneau is NOT the only performer with this issue, is that I got the feeling that she were reading the book for the first time. Many lines were read with completely different expressions than I would expect. If it happens once or twice, I figure it's just me. But with this audiobook (and a couple of others) both the expression and the cadence of certain lines made me feel that they had caught the narrator unprepared.

Further, and this is not her fault as a narrator, there were fairly long gaps of "dead air." I had to check my iPod a couple of times to see if it was still running - the silences could be that long.

I don't want to dump on her, but it is a bit of a put-off at the beginning of the book. I'd hate for anyone to stop listening too early to get so involved in the plot that the narration doesn't distract from a gem of a story. (So to speak.)


2 of 2 people found this review helpful