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The Strangers on Montagu Street (Tradd Street Series #3)

The Strangers on Montagu Street (Tradd Street Series #3)

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by Karen White

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Charleston psychic Melanie Middleton discovers the past isn't finished revealing unsettling secrets in the third novel in the New York Times bestselling Tradd Street series.
With her relationship with writer Jack Treholm as shaky as the foundation of her family home, Melanie’s juggling a number of problems. Like


Charleston psychic Melanie Middleton discovers the past isn't finished revealing unsettling secrets in the third novel in the New York Times bestselling Tradd Street series.
With her relationship with writer Jack Treholm as shaky as the foundation of her family home, Melanie’s juggling a number of problems. Like restoring her Tradd Street house...and resisting her mother’s pressure to ‘go public’ with her talent—a sixth sense that unites them to the lost souls of the dead. But Melanie never anticipated her new problem.
Her name is Nola, Jack’s estranged young daughter who appears on their doorstep, damaged, lonely and defiantly immune to her father’s attempts to reconnect. Melanie understands the emotional chasm all too well. As a special, bonding gift Jack’s mother buys Nola an antique dollhouse—a precious tableaux of a perfect Victorian family. Melanie hopes the gift will help thaw Nola’s reserve and draw her into the family she’s never known.
At first, Nola is charmed, and Melanie is delighted—until night falls, and the most unnerving shadows are cast within its miniature rooms. By the time Melanie senses a malevolent presence she fears it may already be too late. A new family has accepted her unwitting invitation to move in—with their own secrets, their own personal demons, and a past that’s drawing Nola into their own inescapable darkness...

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
White’s third Tradd Street paranormal (after 2009’s The Girl on Legare Street) delivers powerful emotions, weird old Charleston architecture, and a hint of mystery as psychic realtor Melanie Middleton and her boyfriend, bestselling author Jack Trenholm, navigate their treacherous relationship. Nola, Jack’s 13-year-old daughter, adds an extra challenge by arriving on his doorstep from California after her drug-addicted songwriter mother’s suicide, with her mother’s guitar in hand and her mother’s comforting but restless spirit in tow. When sullen Nola becomes haunted by evil spirits living in a beautiful antique dollhouse that Jack’s mother gives her, tracking down the story of the house on which the miniature home is modeled becomes a priority. Charming and complex living characters, combined with unsettled ghosts that balance uncanny creepiness with very human motivations, keep this story warm, real, and exciting. (Nov.)
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Praise for New York Times bestselling author Karen White
“There is a rhythm to the writing of Karen White. It has a pace, a beat, a cadence that is all its own.”—The Huffington Post

“White’s dizzying carousel of a plot keeps those pages turning, so much so that the book can [be]—and should be—finished in one afternoon, interrupted only by a glass of sweet iced tea.”—Oprah.com
“White captures the true essence of Charleston by intertwining the sights and smells of the historic town with an enchanting story filled with ghostly spirits, love, and forgiveness…a once-in-a-lifetime series.”—Fresh Fiction
“This is storytelling of the highest order: the kind of book that leaves you both deeply satisfied and aching for more.”—Beatriz Williams, New York Times bestselling author of Tiny Little Thing
“Readers will find White’s prose an uplifting experience as she is a truly gifted storyteller.”—Las Vegas Review-Journal

Kirkus Reviews
In the third of White's series starring psychic Realtor Melanie "Mellie" Middleton, Mellie copes with the warring ghostly denizens of another Charleston historic home. Any jokes about her failure to predict the housing bubble aside, Mellie's clairvoyance is more the "Sixth Sense" variety: The dead people she sees are not just any dearly departed. The spirits she wrangles are an occupational hazard of owning "This Old House." As her 40th birthday approaches, Mellie's on-again, off-again flirtation with heartthrob Jack is off: he's dating her cousin, pretty-in-pink Rebecca. Mellie's mother and father, for decades estranged from her and each other, are back in her life, and she and her opera diva mother share ghost-hunting duty. Jack learns he has a 13-year-old daughter, Nola, when the teen lands on his doorstep. Since her mother, singer-songwriter Bonnie (a drug addict who committed suicide), told her that Jack deserted the two of them, Nola doesn't trust her father. (Indeed, his personality is so volatile that readers will wonder why anyone, including Mellie, would.) Nola finds shelter with Mellie, who notices Bonnie hovering nearby. As Mellie tries unsuccessfully to nudge Bonnie toward the light, poltergeists attack the antique dollhouse in Nola's bedroom. And no wonder: The dollhouse is a replica of a decaying mansion on Montagu Street inhabited by the last of the prominent Manigault family, Miss Julia, an ancient piano teacher. Mellie convinces Nola to take music lessons from Julia, and Julia asks Mellie to contact her brother William, who has been dead since 1938, the year that Julia's fiancé Jonathan also died, followed shortly by her parents, Harold and Anne. Ever since, Julia and her house have been haunted by the contentious ghosts of William and Harold. Although her visions of hollow-eyed Harold convince her he's evil, Mellie suspects that Julia herself is no angel, and that merely helping William and Harold to "move on" will not lift the Manigault curse. Additional ghost-sightings would be vastly more entertaining than the tepid romance subplot.

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Penguin Publishing Group
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Tradd Street Series , #3
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Meet the Author

Karen White is the New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty novels, including the Tradd Street series, The Night the Lights Went OutFlight PatternsThe Sound of GlassA Long Time Gone, and The Time Between. She is the coauthor of The Forgotton Room with New York Times bestselling authors Beatriz Williams and Lauren Willig. She grew up in London but now lives with her husband and two children near Atlanta, Georgia.

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The Strangers on Montagu Street 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 66 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Lynn F. for Readers Favorite "The Strangers On Montagu Street"(Tradd Street series book 3) by Karen White is a paranormal mystery novel I found hard to put down. The main plot of the story deals with Melanie who can see and talk to spirits just as her mother does. When her on and off boyfriend Jack shows up one morning with a thirteen year old girl he had just found out to be his daughter, things change quickly. When Nola¿s mother died of an overdose of drugs she left a letter and a ticket for her to go to her father in Charleston S.C. The only problem is this girl has plenty of hang-ups; first she hates her dad, she agrees to stay with Melanie,and she is a vegan. Now as they both try to adapt their lifestyle to this teenage hellion, Melanie finds out that Nola did not come alone. Not only did her mother's spirit follow her but a group of angry spirits were also there. When presented with a Victorian doll house that seems to be haunted, things start happening. What is the mystery of this doll house? Why did no one want to keep it? When they find the house on Montagu Street that the house was modeled after the mystery deepens. When Melanie finally lets Nola know her mother is there in spirit and Melanie can see her, Nola's attitude changes somewhat. I enjoyed this book very much and since Ms. White is a new author to me I scrambled to look up the rest of her books especially those in the Tradd Street series. I enjoyed the characters very much, especially Nola and Melanie. Melanie and her mother seem to be able to connect with her better than anyone else. I found humor throughout and romance too but it was mainly the mystery that really drew me to the book and the terror that they encountered. Having never talked to a spirit, I have been in homes that I know had to have a spirit there as one could feel the change in the atmosphere. That is what led me to read this book and I am glad I did. Of course the ending leaves one with the hope that there will be a forth book in the making. If you like books dealing with ghosts and spirits then you will enjoy this book and, like me, will be wanting to get the first two in the series.
Marchsnpw More than 1 year ago
I was lucky enough to receive an advanced copy of this at the SIBA Convention in Charleston. Having lived in that wonderful city for a few years, I miss it tremendously and I am naturally drawn to any book set there. Originally discovered Ms. White when I picked up her "Learning to Breathe" and have never been disappointed. Good pacing, a bit humorous, with a very natural sense of dialogue. I've heard several people complain about that the paranormal element is not being as deeply developed as it should be. While I enjoy the entertaining quality of the paranormal element and the touch of mystery, at heart, all of Ms. White's books are focused on the relationships between the living characters. The one's in this series might not be the sharpest people around, but as flawed as they are, I loved being able to spend some time with them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great series. Type of book you cannot put down,keeping you up all night......
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read the first two books and was highly excited for this book. It did not disappoint. I couldnt put it down. Love spending time with these characters. My only complaint is the ending makes you want to buy the next book and we have no idea when the next book is coming out .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The saga continues...a bit too slowly for my taste but I still anxiously await the next installment.
Gertt More than 1 year ago
The first two books were great, can't wait to read this, the third and final book of the series. If you haven't read this series yet, there's still time to read the first two books, The House on Tradd Street and The Girl on Legare Street, before November. Enjoy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Karen White has done it again with her third installment of the Tradd Street series. Thoroughly entertaining and a joy to read. I'll not go into the plot as others have already done so. Much was mentioned of the on again off again relationship of Jack and Mellie but one character not mentioned and who I have fallen hopelessly for is "General Lee".
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have enjoyed all books by Karen White. She uses real places in all the stories. If you are familiar with the cities, it makes it that much more enjoyable to read. It's easy to get into the characters and the author makes you excited to see what will happen next! Easy reads but so much fun!
hurricanej More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book so much I read it in one day.
ALY259 More than 1 year ago
This series is enjoyable for a vast number of reasons, to numerous to write them all. The details of the book make you feel like a neighbor peeping over the fence of the characters included in their lives. These books include paranormal, mystery and romance. I am already looking forward to the fourth in the series and hope a release date is soon shown.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't know why this book had a one-star rating. I loved the first two books in this series, and my only complaint is that there is such a lag between books.
KrittersRamblings 2 days ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings The third book in this series and as I said yesterday, I definitely agree that you should start at book one and I won't spoil anything in this review, but I say go back to my review on Monday and start with the series there. As I also said yesterday, the first few chapters definitely give the reader a little easy synopsis of the high points of the previous book and help get the reader "back" into this story, especially if you have been away from it for a bit.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just as good as all the other books in the series. Love the Charleston background, with the mystery and ghosts intertwined. Didn't want it to end, love the story of Nellie and Jack. Keep this series going please.
cammie3 More than 1 year ago
GREAT! The 3rd book in the Tradd Street series and another winner!
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The book is good. I really enjoyed the paranormal plot line and the characters are interesting. I do feel like she is trying to hard. I live in Charleston and it seems like she picked up a 1800's census and used every name she could find. Middleton, Maybank, Gibbes, Ravenel...we have Smiths like everyone else.
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maclean92 More than 1 year ago
This series is so entertaining and Book #3 does not disappoint at all. I cannot wait for Book #4.
bongie More than 1 year ago
Such a enjoyable read, love the creepy parts and can't wait to read the next in this series. 
scokeep More than 1 year ago
Loved ths series!  But Karen, you can't leaving us hanging.....when will #4 book be out?  We all need to know how things work out w/Jack and Mellie. :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can't wait for the fourth book in this series! I have enjoyed all of the books!