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Source: Review copy from NAL
Rating: ★★★★☆

Now that I’ve caught up with reviews of the holiday books I read over the last couple of months, the rest of this week and all of next week will be reviews of books I read since last summer that I hadn’t had a chance to review until now.

First up is Return to Tradd Street, the fourth book in Karen White’s Tradd Street series.

Please note: This review is for the 4th book in the Tradd Street series. There are no spoilers for this book, but there might be spoilers from the previous three installments.

Karen White has long been on my list of favorite authors, and I don’t know why I waited so long to continue this series. Return to Tradd Street, book four in the Tradd Street series, continues to follow psychic Realtor Melanie Middleton as she struggles with her feelings for writer Jack Trenholm and the renovations on her historic home in Charleston, South Carolina. When the novel opens, Melanie is still angry with Jack and determined to take on parenthood alone. However, Jack is equally determined to be in his child’s life, and when he hires Melanie to help him find a bigger house, she finds that she can’t get rid of him.

Meanwhile, the ongoing renovations at 55 Tradd Street unearth the remains of a newborn buried in the foundation, which explains why she has been hearing a baby cry throughout the house. But soon a more sinister presence reveals itself, and Melanie must uncover the source of its unrest despite her psychic abilities being dulled by pregnancy. As if her relationship troubles, pregnancy at 40, and ghosts aren’t stressful enough, Melanie’s inheritance of the Tradd Street property is called into questions just as it is finally starting to feel like home.

I love the way White brings together romance, humor, and a suspenseful ghost story in the Tradd Street series, and Return to Tradd Street didn’t disappoint. As soon as I started the book, I realized how much I’d missed Melanie, Jack, his teenage daughter Nola, and even Melanie’s inherited dog General Lee. After having visited Charleston — and, of course, Tradd Street — on vacation two years ago, I was better able to picture the setting, and that made reading it even more enjoyable.

I’ve always found Melanie a bit over the top when it comes to her need to control everything, but it’s endearing and funny, especially when she expects that she will be able to control every aspect of a baby’s feeding and sleeping schedule. And of course, I loved Jack, especially when he refuses to give up and accepts Melanie, flaws and all. As always, the secondary characters, especially Nola and Melanie’s best friend Sophie, are a breath of fresh air (and a much needed dose of reality for Melanie), and the ghost story was clever and believably written.

I immediately started book five, The Guests on South Battery, after finishing this book (stay tuned for my review tomorrow), and I can’t wait for the next book in this series.

Other reviews:

The House on Tradd Street

The Girl on Legare Street

The Strangers on Montagu Street

Disclosure: I received Return to Tradd Street from NAL for review.

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