• Return to Tradd Street

  • By: Karen White
  • Narrated by: Aimée Bruneau
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (1,867 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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...

©2014 Karen White (P)2014 Recorded Books

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Where is the next?

A fun, quirky read with quick wit and a fast pace that kept me intrigued throughout. I quickly became attached to the characters right along with each of their bizarre and funny idiosyncrasies.

Melanie our main character is pregnant and has just turned down a marriage proposal from Jack, the father. She is a head strong gal who thinks he is just asking because of the baby. He on the other hand is in love with her and is hoping she will reconsider. Melanie is a phychic, her mother has the ability to tell the history surrounding objects and they both can see ghosts. The people of Charlotte, NC have their suspisions and there is plenty of gossip, but Melanies family knows how to keep their secrets.

The backdrop for this ghostly story is her inherited historical mansion on Tradd St., of course, and during some renovations that are being done, the remains of a baby are found in the old foundation. While forensics are being performed on the remains, the crying, ghost sightings and a complicated pregnancy, just about have Melanie at her wits end. While she is trying to hold it all together she is also having to deal with her aggressive best friend, her shallow, impolite cousin and a wedding, not her own, that has been thrust upon her.

Aimee Bruneau is the perfect voice for this Southern group and has just enough sarcasm to make the dry wit hit home. This series reviews get better as it goes along so I may read the one right before this one but I am looking forward to continuing on with it as the new books come out. Recommend to those who like cozy ghost stories.

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Satisfying Conclusion to this Quartet

I don't know if Karen White has any more adventures planned for these characters, but this book provides a very satisfying conclusion to the Tradd Street quartet. As genre fiction, Romance novels tend to be predictable. The question isn't where the author is taking us, but how she gets us there. What sets the top echelon apart is the writing. A few (Diana Gabaldon, Susanna Kearsley, and Karen White, for example) can write circles around many authors of more "serious" literature. Their plots, characterizations and power of description are a step above. Yes, the men tend to be tall, dark, handsome, available and incredibly patient, but that goes with the territory. Here Karen White melds Romance and Ghost Story genres into entertaining stories. Each of the four Tradd Street books could, theoretically, stand on its own, but the series is best appreciated when read in order. Enjoy.

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Satisfying addition to a fun series

What made the experience of listening to Return to Tradd Street the most enjoyable?

Karen White does a great job mixing paranormal mystery and romance, and it was very satisfying to have some plot lines resolved while still leaving room for re-visiting Charleston and Tradd St. The characters are very enjoyable, although their emotions, actions, and reactions become a bit repetitive and therefore tedious. This is especially true of Melanie, although the author does her best to remind us that Melanie is in effect, trapped in adolescence.

What did you like best about this story?

The series makes you visualize and want to see Charleston. My husband and I spent several days there last summer, and I came home and listened to the entire series again, so I have eagerly been awaiting this one.

Have you listened to any of Aimee Bruneau’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Aimee Bruneau perfectly captures the voices of Wells' characters.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes.

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DELIGHTFUL!

What a fun, interesting, Romantic & spooky book! I LOVED THIS BOOK! I was t sure what to expect & did t really have high expectations because I’ve been disappointed by all the other “Audible Escapes” books I’ve listened to. This one is different. Looks of funny sarcasm & real life situations described as funny as they often really are. I hope there’s more like this by this author. This was very much worth the time involved. I hated for it to end. Great characters who I actually cared about. Couldn’t wait to find out what would happen next. Please let there be more! Go for this one. It’s excellent!

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Pleasant light romance with a little paranormal intrigue

Romance stories alone don't hold my attention, but when mixed with my love of the South, and some interesting intrigue--in this case--a haunted house, this installment of that old house on Tradd street was satisfying.

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6 hours remaining

I still have six hours left of this story but I felt compelled to write an early review. It’s getting harder for me to finish listening to this story. The main female character makes me roll my eyes she’s so annoying. The story is jumbled I feel like so many things are going on and there are so many characters it’s hard to keep track of all of them. The narrator makes the novel lag more than the story already does. I will continue listening because when I start a story I like to finish it, but boy is this one a hard one! Hopefully, at the end I will have enough cause to edit or remove this review.

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Metaphor maniac

The basic story was bad and juvenile from start to finish. I have read two other books by this author that I liked but in this book Ms.White uses stupid, childish, unrelenting metaphors that are spread through the book “like sugar over a bowl of candy flavored cereal” I do not recommend this book.

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Last one

The juvenile,irritating actions of Mel toward Jack continues. Grow the hell up lady. This is my last book of this ridiculous series. Not finishing this deja vu, all over again, tripe.

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Karen White fan

I have read them all on hard back. past two years I do audiobooks and decided to go back to my old favorites. Not disappointed.

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What a tangled mystery!

So, yes, Melanie got throttled by a ghost again. But it was early on and easily forgotten. The rest of the story involves a tangled mystery with some DNA details that had me going back to re-read the explanation, to make sure I got it. I’m glad to see the story moving past some bad scenarios to deliver a solid story.