Return to Tradd Street (Tradd Street Series #4)

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Facing her future as a single mother, psychic Realtor Melanie Middleton is determined to be strong and leave her past with writer Jack Trenholm behind her. But history has a tendency of catching up with Melanie, whether she likes it or not.…

Melanie is only going through the motions of living since refusing Jack’s marriage proposal. She misses him desperately, but her broken heart is the least of her problems. Despite an insistence that she can raise their child alone, Melanie ...

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Overview

Facing her future as a single mother, psychic Realtor Melanie Middleton is determined to be strong and leave her past with writer Jack Trenholm behind her. But history has a tendency of catching up with Melanie, whether she likes it or not.…

Melanie is only going through the motions of living since refusing Jack’s marriage proposal. She misses him desperately, but her broken heart is the least of her problems. Despite an insistence that she can raise their child alone, Melanie is completely unprepared for motherhood, and she struggles to complete renovations on her house on Tradd Street before the baby arrives.

When Melanie is roused one night by the sound of a ghostly infant crying, she chooses to ignore it. She simply does not have the energy to deal with one more crisis. That is, until the remains of a newborn buried in an old christening gown are found hidden in the foundation of her house.

As the hauntings on Tradd Street slowly become more violent, Melanie decides to find out what caused the baby’s untimely death, uncovering the love, loss, and betrayal that color the house’s history—and threaten her claim of ownership. But can she seek Jack’s help without risking her heart? For in revealing the secrets of the past, Melanie also awakens the malevolent presence that has tried to keep the truth hidden for decades.…

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Editorial Reviews

Kirkus Reviews
2013-12-19
Realtor and psychic Melanie Middleton is facing single motherhood in a haunted house she refuses to admit she loves, but it seems her pregnancy has awakened some malevolent feelings in at least one of the ghosts who shares her home. Mellie is sinking a fortune into her inherited mansion in Charleston, S.C., while trying to convince herself that she hates old houses. Newly pregnant, she has broken up with the father, Jack, a local best-selling novelist, since he won't tell her he loves her. Mellie is reconciled to single motherhood and has a posse of people around her to help, including her until-recently estranged parents, her best friend, and Jack's teenage daughter, Nola. Mellie shares an ability to see and interact with ghosts with her mother, which comes in handy when an infant's skeleton is found in the foundation during renovation work, an event that seems to awaken violent intentions in at least one of the many ghosts who live in her historic home. Working with the circle of friends and colleagues who've helped her solve ghostly mysteries before, Mellie races to untangle the complicated secrets of the past and the tragic story behind the tiny buried body, since the poltergeist's capacity for violence is escalating, threatening Mellie and her child. As she works through the web of past residents of the house, Mellie also finds herself confronting some personal demons, and revisiting relationships with friends, family and Jack, even while their research may uncover truths that threaten her claim on the house that she's fallen in love with. In this installment of White's Tradd Street series, there's nothing groundbreaking or surprising. White is a good writer and carries an intriguing story smoothly forward, combining a number of complex psychic, historical and romantic elements. Mellie can get tiresome (eat a doughnut, already!); the romantic he-loves-me-he-loves-me-not arc becomes annoying; and the historical mystery is somewhat convoluted, but overall, the book is an interesting, engaging read. More of the same from White and protagonist Mellie, which will please fans immensely.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451240590
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/7/2014
  • Series: Tradd Street Series, #4
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 82,502
  • Product dimensions: 9.90 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Karen White

Karen White is the award-winning author of sixteen previous books, including After the Rain, The Time Between, Folly Beach, Falling Home, and such Tradd Street novels as The Strangers on Montagu Street and The Girl on Legare Street. She grew up in London but now lives with her husband and two children near Atlanta, Georgia.

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INTRODUCTION

Melanie is only going through the motions of living since refusing Jack's marriage proposal. She misses him desperately, but her broken heart is the least of her problems. Despite an insistence that she can raise their child alone, Melanie is completely unprepared for motherhood, and she struggles to complete renovations on her house on Tradd Street before the baby arrives.

When Melanie is roused one night by the sound of a ghostly infant crying, she chooses to ignore it. She simply does not have the energy to deal with one more crisis. That is, until the remains of a newborn buried in an old christening gown are found hidden in the foundation of her house.

As the hauntings on Tradd Street slowly become more violent, Melanie decides to find out what caused the baby's untimely death, uncovering the love, loss, and betrayal that color the house's history-and threaten her claim of ownership. But can she seek Jack's help without risking her heart? For in revealing the secrets of the past, Melanie also awakens the malevolent presence that has tried to keep the truth hidden for decades..

ABOUT KAREN WHITE

After playing hooky one day in the seventh grade to read Gone With the Wind, Karen White knew she wanted to be a writer-or become Scarlett O'Hara. In spite of these aspirations, Karen pursued a degree in business and graduated cum laude with a BS in Management from Tulane University. Ten years later, after leaving the business world, she fulfilled her dream of becoming a writer and wrote her first book. In the Shadow of the Moon was published in August, 2000. This book was nominated for the prestigious RITA award in 2001 in two separate categories. Her books have since been nominated for numerous national contests including another RITA, the Georgia Author of the Year Award and in 2008 won the National Readers' Choice Award for Learning to Breathe.

Karen currently writes what she refers to as 'grit lit'-southern women's fiction-and has recently expanded her horizons into writing a mystery series set in Charleston. Her tenth novel, The Lost Hours, will be released in trade paperback by New American Library, a division of Penguin Publishing Group, in April 2009.

Karen hails from a long line of Southerners but spent most of her growing up years in London, England and is a graduate of the American School in London. She currently lives near Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and two teenaged children, and a spoiled Havanese dog (who appears in several of her books), Quincy. When not writing, she spends her time reading, singing, playing piano, chauffeuring children and avoiding cooking.

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

  • Why does Melanie hold out on Jack's marriage proposal? How do forces (human or otherwise) bring them together and continue to entwine their lives?
  • How does Melanie feel about her psychic gifts? Would you find them a comforting ability or an upsetting curse?
  • How does the author describe the psychic experience-what specific kind of activity arises? Is this how you would imagine a ghostly encounter (cold spots, movement in the corner of your eye)?
  • "There's no such thing as a stray feeling. I think more people are psychic than we think." Do you agree with this idea? How can you know for sure?
  • Why do you think Louisa remains at Tradd Street? Is she a protective spirit for Mellie and, later, her twins? How does she play a role in the events of the book? Do you think she unraveled the mystery of the lineage while "nesting"?
  • Discuss the role and types of mother and child relationships (by blood or otherwise) in this book.
  • "If you wait until everything's perfect, until all your differences have been settled and all the stars have aligned just right, then you miss your chance at happiness." Do you agree? How does Melanie's goal of perfectionism undermine her chances at love and a "peaceful" life? Do you think the experience of motherhood will adjust her expectations?
  • Were you surprised by the Gilbert's decision? Or the nerve of Marc to offer a bid?
  • Do you think Melanie made the best choice in the love triangle that formed between herself, Jack, and Detective Riley? What kind of futures could both men offer her?
  • Do you think the attic encounter will resolve Camille's presence? Why do you think Charlotte's spirit hasn't haunted the home after so much history and drama that occurred there?
  • Can you imagine Melanie one day giving up her business to consult on police cold cases? If you had a paranormal gift, would you offer up your services?
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Posted February 2, 2014

    Great as always!!!

    Great book with all kinds of twists and turns!!! Can't wait till we get #5!!!! Keep writing Karen!!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 25, 2014

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    I loved this book and I have now read 3 of her books and I am l

    I loved this book and I have now read 3 of her books and I am looking forward to more of her work. She brings the people in the books to life and makes them feel like family. I like the way she has brought in the lives of the other people in the book and the history of the towns. I am now reading Return to Tradd Street. She is now one of my favorite writers.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2014

    very good read!

    This was a good book to finish up the series. Im sure another one will come out.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2014

    Put the mlney in the mailbox

    For 005

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2014

    Love it

    Thanks for the ending happy that Mellie and Jack got married and had twins a boy for Jack and a girl for Mellie JJ and Sara hope there is more from this couple AWESOME book

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2014

    The words in this novel flowed together like so many rocks rolli

    The words in this novel flowed together like so many rocks rolling down a hill creating a distracting dust around everything.

    The overall plot is okay, especially the paranormal one. The characters as some mentioned are weak and annoying - especially the main character. My favorite is the contractor, he's a well thought out character and adds humor to the sometimes mundane. Overall, I think Ms. White needs to do herself a favor and find a new editor. She has interesting ideas but the writing reminds me of a teenage girl.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2014

    Never again !

    I have read many Karen White books but this will be the last.
    I loved The House on Tradd Street but this one not at all. Charleston is a beautiful city so full of history and pleasant people, I will continue to read about the city & the lovely area but not through this author. The whining and never-ending complaining from this central character, who was so much more likeable in the first Tradd St book, completely turned me off. I could not believe she had the character's feet swelling when she was only three months pregnant - no way.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2014

    Same old same old

    Same old same old. When i read the first few of this series, i feel in love with the writer. Now it sounds like the penelope plum books. Over and over again the same character, dense, doing stupid things, being self centered and a push over for people she doesn't even like. Im only half way through this and im so disappointed in this author. Enough already. Make the character grow up or let this be the end of our misery. This author writes well and i love the stand alones but no more of this boring, childish female. Please.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 7, 2015

    LOVE THIS AUTHOR! This is the first book I read by this author &

    LOVE THIS AUTHOR! This is the first book I read by this author & have since read several more of her books. I've read all the books in the Tradd street series & loved all of them! 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2015

    I am disappointed in the progression of this series. I like the

    I am disappointed in the progression of this series. I like the premise of this book but I'm sad that the author made Melanie into such a whiney, annoying character. It's ok for a woman to feel insecure but this was too much. And, after four books I am tired of the author's obsession with scorning Birkenstocks and organic food. I've read some of Karen White's other books and I'm surprised at all of the sillyness. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2014

    Hannah

    Me?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2014

    Midnight

    Id like to buy 004 barnes ave please

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2014

    Realtor to all

    Pick house and put the money in the mailbox

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  • Posted June 23, 2014

    I couldn't put this book down. A nice summer read that is full o

    I couldn't put this book down. A nice summer read that is full of adventure and charm.

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  • Posted April 30, 2014

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    I loved this next chapter in Mellie and Jack's life as they solv

    I loved this next chapter in Mellie and Jack's life as they solve another mystery surrounding the house on 55 Tradd Street, begin their family through the pregnancy of twins, and each finally discovers they've been in love with one another since they met--Jack finally tells her he loves her! And, they marry (twice) to complete the family they became when Nola came into their lives. I loved the journey of how almost losing everything forces both of them to decide what they really want--in life and love! 




    The question--is this the finally chapter, or will we get more?! Karen White is truly one of the most gifted authors in contemporary fiction! I highly recommend this book!

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  • Posted March 8, 2014

    As Usual Karen White Touches All Of The Emotions

    Perfect couple, perfect story, perfect mix of humor, fear and love. The perfect story, like a perfect family has to find just the right mix of all the elements to continue to gel. Karen White gets the measurements right time after time with Melanie and Jack, as well as all of the rest of the kooky, lovable family, friends and pets that make up this series. My sincere hope is that Karen finds many, many more stories to weave around this delightful ensemble.

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  • Posted February 21, 2014

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    A most excellent 5 star read! As usual, Karen is at the top of h

    A most excellent 5 star read!
    As usual, Karen is at the top of her game. This series just tickles my fancy. I love the southern setting. I used to live in the south and when I read about it, I miss it. I love The Tradd street series with its mystery, humor, ghosts and just a pinch of sexual tension that is so refreshing!!
    All of Karen's book are wonderful reads, I will continue to be excited every time I see she has a new one coming out.

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  • Posted February 10, 2014

    What fun to return to Tradd St.

    It was fun to return to Tradd St.,even though the reason for the discord between Melanie and Jack was a bit drawn out. Charleston, SC with its quirky residents, old homes, ghosts and traditions keeps you laughing and nodding your head in agreement. It is sad to be leaving Melanie and Jack but hopefully Karen White will begin to tell us stories about the new addition to their family!

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  • Posted February 10, 2014

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    Having not read the three previous books, I had no problem jumpi

    Having not read the three previous books, I had no problem jumping right into RETURN TO TRADD STREET. White shares enough history to allow you to follow along, but not too much to bore those who have read the series. I very much enjoyed getting to know the cast of characters in this novel, especially Melanie and Jack. I actually kinda loved the characters in this book. If the other books in the series are as good as this one it is no wonder why people wanted Karen White to continue the series.




    The novel has a paranormal element to it and I found it was a very balanced story. The paranormal was just enough, the story between characters was perfect, the right amount of mystery,  just a great balance to a really good book. The setting is in Charleston, South Carolina and White did a fantastic job of making me 'see' Charleston as I read. There was nothing about this book I didn't enjoy. You could read it as a stand alone, but gosh why would you? I am HIGHLY recommending RETURN TO TRADD STREET!

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  • Posted February 1, 2014

    Highly Recommended

    Return to Tradd Street was such a good book! It wrapped up so much from the first three, but left i open at the end for Ms. White to continue. It will leave you wanting more!

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