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November 28, 2011 / Tracey

Review: The House on Tradd Street | Karen White

The House on Tradd Street is about Melanie Middleton, successful young realtor living in Charleston, South Carolina.  She is one of the most successful women in the business, prefers order, lives in a modern condo and ignores her ability to see ‘ghosts’.


During her visit to a client, Mr. Vanderhorst, at his historic residence on Tradd Street she notices a female ghost in the garden.  Her discussion with him doesn’t go to schedule, however she finds herself warming to the old man.  She is shocked to hear a few days later that he has passed away, and stunned to learn that he has left his historic crumbling house to her in his will.


The house must be lived in for at least 12 months, cannot be sold, and funds have been left for renovation and restoration.  Melanie enlists help from within her network of friends who are thrilled at the opportunity to see inside the Vanderhorst house and assist with the restoration.


The house comes with a mystery that Melanie wants to solve for Mr. Vanderhorst: the disappearance of his mother at an early age.  Enter Jack Trenholm who claims to be writing a book about the mystery.


This easy to read novel is primarily a mystery, with clues hidden in the past, and sub plots featuring historic restoration, a romantic interest and Melanie feeling several ‘presences’ in the house.  It was a light hearted read, and I enjoyed it very much.


My rating = ***1/2


That’s my four bucks!

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