Friday, January 13, 2017

The Guests on South Battery (Tradd Street #5) by Karen White

 Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Expected publication: January 10th 2017 by Berkley
New York Times bestselling author Karen White invites you to explore the brick-walked streets of Charleston, where historic mansions house the memories of years gone by, and restless spirits refuse to fade away...

With her extended maternity leave at its end, Melanie Trenholm is less than thrilled to leave her new husband and beautiful twins to return to work, especially when she’s awoken by a phone call with no voice on the other end—and the uneasy feeling that the ghostly apparitions that have stayed silent for more than a year are about to invade her life once more.

But her return to the realty office goes better than she could have hoped, with a new client eager to sell the home she recently inherited on South Battery. Most would treasure living in one of the grandest old homes in the famous historic district of Charleston, but Jayne Smith would rather sell hers as soon as possible, guaranteeing Melanie a quick commission.

Despite her stroke of luck, Melanie can’t deny that spirits—both malevolent and benign—have started to show themselves to her again. One is shrouded from sight, but appears whenever Jayne is near. Another arrives when an old cistern is discovered in Melanie’s backyard on Tradd Street.

Melanie knows nothing good can come from unearthing the past. But some secrets refuse to stay buried....
 My Thoughts…
Ghosts, shadows, haunted dolls, mystery happening, old houses…. Sounds like a wonderful story and it is. 

While this is a series, this is the first book I have read in the Tradd Street series by Karen White.   Maybe I should have read the first 4 but I really did not feel like I was missing anything.    There were some relationships that I would have liked to know more about yet I enjoyed this book from the beginning to the end.    

Melanie… oh what an OCD character.   Her spreadsheets drove me crazy.   The need to micro-manage everyone and everything was insane.    But I liked her.   I liked that the reasons behind the spreadsheets was so she could keep involved in her twins lives while she was working.    I don’t think they were from lack of trust of  Jayne, the nanny.     Melanie was a character that knew what she wanted, trusted her instincts (even when she was wrong), and loved with her whole heart.   

The mystery part of the story was pretty easy to figure out.    It didn’t take me long to figure out who Jayne was and why she was left Button’s house bringing her into Melanie and Jack’s lives.     I was okay with that because it didn’t make the ending any less enjoyable. 

The story ended with all the i’s dotted and t’s crossed.     There is no cliffhanger or wonder what will happen next.    I’ll be looking for the next book in this series.

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