Review: Return to Tradd Street by Karen White

January 3, 2014 NAL, Paranormal Fiction, Review 6

  • Series: Tradd Street (Book 4)
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: NAL Trade (January 7, 2014)
  • ISBN-10: 0451240596
  • Source: Publisher

Melanie Middleton is struggling to get on with her life after refusing Jack’s proposal.  Pregnant and determined to raise the child on her own, Melanie is determined to complete the necessary renovations to her home before the baby arrives. She’s completely unprepared for the pregnancy and motherhood, not to mention the loss of her ability to sense spirits who have not passed on.

Sleeping is already a challenge given her current stress level, but one night she’s awakened to the sound of an infant crying. Certain that this has something to do with her pregnancy and is nothing she should be concerned with, Melanie goes back to sleep.  Unfortunately, she should have taken notice. While a renovation crew was working to repair the foundation to her home, they uncover the body of an infant, buried in an old christening gown.  Melanie is determined to uncover the mystery of the baby’s death, uncovering a history riddled with lies and deceit, not to mention an angry spirit determined to keep these secrets buried. What she reveals not only leads to the infant’s identity, but also potentially her claims to ownership of the very house she is trying to renovate.

This novel serves as a very bittersweet ending to a series I have truly grown to enjoy. I’ve become quite attached to Melanie and Jack and am quite invested in their future (together or not).  The author has continued, in this novel, to create a series in which readers are drawn to, not only because of the ties to the supernatural and the rich history of Charleston, but because of the incredibly genuine characters she has developed and nurtured over time.  I absolutely adored the Southern settings and customs.  What’s a story set in the South without a bit of spiritual history?

If you haven’t had the chance to embrace this series, I do highly recommend that you do so. I do recommend that you start at the beginning of the series and follow it through in order. While the author does provide a small bit of back-story, it is my opinion that you are missing out on a lot of you skip out on the earlier books in the series.  I’ve broken the series down below (including my reviews, if applicable). Bottom line: this novel, and this series as a whole, is a rich and beautiful collection of Southern fiction. Highly, highly recommended.

The Tradd Street Series:
The House on Tradd Street
The Girl on Legare Street
The Strangers on Montagu Street


6 Responses to “Review: Return to Tradd Street by Karen White”

  1. Sarah (Sarah's Book Shelves)

    I’m so glad to hear this is a good one! I loved The House on Tradd Street and The Girl on Legare Street (still need to read Montagu). And, I too was hooked on the relationship (or non-relationship…whichever it was at the moment) of Melanie and Jack. Can’t wait to finish this series!

    • Jenn
      Twitter: jennbookshelves

      This is definitely one of my favorite series! So sad to see it end!

  2. Kailana

    I have been planning to try this series for ages, but just haven’t got around to them. Hopefully this year I will get a chance to read book one.

  3. Heather
    Twitter: BookAddictHeath

    I love this series too and I think Karen White ended it SO well with this book. Although did you notice at the end of the book, there were hints about another installment? That would be great – I too am attached to Melanie and Jack!

    • Jenn
      Twitter: jennbookshelves

      It did seem like we might hear more about them, but Karen’s website definitely says this is the last of this series. Maybe a apin-off series?