In Karen White’s remarkable novel Return to Tradd Street, a woman goes in search of clues in a neighboring house. This is the fourth novel in the Tradd Street series, but the fifth one is coming soon! Catch up with as we share this exciting novel!
Meet Melanie Middleton, a forty year old Realtor from Charleston who is facing two problems. She’s pregnant and something is going on behind Mr. Vanderhorst’s house. Located at 55 Tradd Street, no one has lived in that house since the day Nevin Vanderhorst died. Melanie is doing all she can to prevent anyone from owing it. One day, she has visions of a white bonnet and gown, also a baby and cradle. Melanie meets Irene and George Gilbert who claim to be descendants of Mr. Vanderhorst. They want to own rights to his home. Melanie doesn’t believe it at first, but the Gilberts show her a yellow bonnet as proof. Could this bonnet be the same one in her vision? It turns out; the bonnet belonged to a woman named Susan Bivens who owned a shop in the 1860s. Is someone trying to protect the house? Meanwhile, Melanie and Jack Trenholm, have a history which is complicated due to her pregnancy and the past. Also, Melanie reunites with her estranged mother after thirty-three years. Will Melanie be able to find the clues to all these problems, and make peace with the past?
Return to Tradd Street was a book that I enjoyed it more than I thought I might, after reading The Time Between. Mrs. White continues to be flawless in her writing. The plot draws you in because the reader wants to relate to the visions that Melanie has and what they mean to the story. The chemistry that she has with her Mother is nice to see, because she has been out of her life since Melanie was a child.
Making peace with the past seems to be a recurring theme throughout the novel. For example, Melanie making peace with her family. The characters are likeable and grow, as the story continues.
I can’t wait for the next in the series of Tradd Street novels!
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