Friday, October 25, 2019

Review for The Christmas Spirits on Tradd Street by Karen White

 Published October 22nd 2019 by Berkley Books

The Christmas spirit is overtaking Tradd Street with a vengeance in this festive new novel in the New York Times bestselling series by Karen White.

Melanie Trenholm should be anticipating Christmas with nothing but joy--after all, it's the first Christmas she and her husband, Jack, will celebrate with their twin babies. But the ongoing excavation of the centuries-old cistern in the garden of her historic Tradd Street home has been a huge millstone, both financially and aesthetically. Local students are thrilled by the possibility of unearthing more Colonial-era artifacts at the cistern, but Melanie is concerned by the ghosts connected to the cistern that have suddenly invaded her life and her house--and at least one of them is definitely not filled with holiday cheer....

And these relics aren't the only precious artifacts for which people are searching. A past adversary is convinced that there is a long-lost Revolutionary War treasure buried somewhere on the property that Melanie inherited--untold riches rumored to be brought over from France by the Marquis de Lafayette himself and intended to help the Colonial war effort. It's a treasure literally fit for a king, and there have been whispers throughout history that many have already killed--and died--for it. And now someone will stop at nothing to possess it--even if it means destroying everything Melanie holds dear.

My Thoughts…

I am not ready for Christmas and was relieved that this isn’t a sweet, sappy story about a family buying presents, decorating, and celebrating Christmas.   This is a story about a house haunted, the lady of the house can see the spirits, and of a family doing whatever necessary to keep their family intact and living in the house they call home.   

Melanie, the mother and wife, was a part-time person.   She was involved in so many things that she didn’t have time to give anything her entire attention.   The fact that there was a hole in her backyard due to a Sistine being buried there did nothing to ease her anxiety.    Melanie was not able to spend the time she wanted with her family and kept BIG secrets from her husband.   I didn’t like how much she was pulled in so many directions and that she never had time to just be.  

The history and mysteries were amazing.  I was pulled in and intrigued by all that was happening with it.   The story of the American Revolution and the happenings in Charleston were important to the history and solving the mystery of the treasures is a perfect story to tell.   The spirits gave clues, the people who tried to solve the mystery did a great job of putting them together, and I had no clue as to what was going to happen.    

The Christmas Spirits on Tradd Street is a fast paced book, with history, and amazing characters. 

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