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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 brokFacing 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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ISBN : 9780451240590
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Number of Pages : 336 Pages
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Return to Tradd Street Reviews

  • Julie
    2019-01-19 23:01

    Return to Tradd Street by Karen White is a 2014 NAL publication. As they say, ‘All good things must come to an end’, and so with a heavy heart, I started the last book in the four part Tradd Street series. I predicted, in a review of a previous book in this series, that Melanie might never regain the control of her very orderly, planned right down to the last detail, organized life again, but I never would have imagined things turning out quite like this. Personally, I recommend reading this series in order to truly appreciate the character growth and understand how Melanie first came to own the house on Tradd Street, how she met Jack, the reason she loves ABBA, and has OCD tendencies, and of course her inherited psychic gifts. Melanie is forty years old, pregnant, and unmarried. She and Jack had a falling out, but when she informed him she was expecting his baby, naturally he did the honorable thing and proposed marriage. However, Melanie refuses him, with good reason, but her heart is broken into little pieces. Exhausted and emotionally drained, Melanie has no patience for ghosts, but when the bones of a baby are found on her property, she is once more mired in an ancient mystery, while coping with a frenzy of media attention, and a shocking announcement from her doctor regarding her pregnancy. I had never read a novel by Karen White until I started this series, and had no idea what to expect, but I have to confess I never would have thought I'd be this pleased with the series. I love ghost stories, romance, humor and stories set in southern locations, so I suppose all those elements combined in one story easily won me over. This last installment gives the series a solid send off as we follow along with Melanie’s pregnancy, her ups and downs with Jack, her run ins with Rebecca, while revealing a tense historical tale that will reveal horrible truths, but set the record straight once and for all. I loved the way the story ended, which was simply lovely, and I have to say I was very proud of Melanie and how far she has come since first meeting her, and it’s nice to know she is truly happy now. I am so thankful I found this series and will seek out any other books by this author I can find.

  • Angela
    2018-12-27 06:09

    It is such a disappointment when female authors choose to make their female leads weak. Mellie is a strong, confident, capable single woman. But she is reduced to whining, being insecure about her looks and obsessed with food. She had a very difficult upbringing and that is plently of explanation as to why she did not accept Jack's marriage proposal, turning her so weak is an insult to her and those of us that have waited a very long time for our happy ending.Sadly, it was a disappointing ending. The Gilbert's mystery was the most interesting part of the story and yet the conclusion of their part was too rushed and lacked truth. I feel as though Karen White only wrote this book for the many people who love Mellie and Jack. And that she is not among us. Mellie was the same character from the first book, never having learned anything about the people she loves nor about herself.

  • ✨Susan✨
    2018-12-27 05:10

    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 psychic, 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.

  • Elizabeth
    2019-01-01 05:54

    I won this book in a Goodreads First Reads contest.It's #4 in a series, but I thought it worked well as a stand-alone book. It was well-written and in the vein of Janet Evanovich and Nora Roberts. I was enjoying it until the end, but even along the way some things bothered me. SPOILERS BELOW! I'm not sure it's the author's fault, but what is it with a female character constantly talking about what she's eating and feel guilty about wanting sweets (in this, while pregnant!)? I was so tired reading about Melanie' struggle to resist donuts - even after the babies. Again, more of a social flaw than the author's. I just wish she'd left it out. I couldn't handle how clueless this supposedly intelligent woman was over Jack's love. Perhaps I should read the other books. I was also annoyed over her refusal to acknowledge her father's issues with the trust money. She seemed like too much of a planner to be surprised by any financial issue. The ending. A DOUBLE wedding. Who has a double wedding in real life?And finally, I enjoyed the supernatural elements, mystery, and side characters. But why would a ghost that could communicate with the living (through SPEECH) offer up some terrible riddle instead of explaining what happened? All in all, this was a good book. I'm happy I won it and will recommend it to others, but these tropes and clichés of the female genre have got to stop! The author seemed to be a better writer than that!

  • Sandra
    2019-01-24 01:53

    This is a book that I received from Goodreads and I have to admit that I was a little leery as it was about the paranormal and was also the 4th book in a series that I had not read. I needn't have worried as within a few pages I was caught up in the story and couldn't put it down. The setting is Charleston, South Carolina in a historical old home with its share of ghosts and the main characters are warm and "quirky". There is romance between Melanie and Jack who can't see what is in front of them, the warmth of family who have grown past difficulties and a strength of character which bring peace to a spirit wronged in her youth by the loss of her babies and life. I am looking forward to reading the previous 3 books of the series that led to the "Return to Tradd Street" and recommend this read for anyone who likes a little paranormal, romance and history with their tea.

  • Judy Collins
    2019-01-01 07:18

    Return to Tradd Street was definitely my favorite in the series as have read them all, among many of Karen White’s books. I purchased from audible.com and the narrator was excellent, capturing the slow southern charm of Charleston, SC. (a hotel consultant, have clients in Charleston; love visiting for work and pleasure. One of my favorite cities in the south).As usual, loved the witty and humorous characters and lines; this book could be read as a standalone; however, you will want to read them all! I love Melanie (40 yr old) – psychic Realtor, living in this old historical home in Charleston with ghosts given to her by a man (she had only visited the home once before he died and was left the home).She and writer (and playboy) Jack go back and forth with their love relationship which always keeps you laughing. Had to finish it quickly- enjoy White’s writing style and her love of the south! Hopefully, we will hear more from this fun couple!

  • Dee Gurganus
    2019-01-16 23:17

    Ms White definitely has a winner with "Return to Tradd Street". After the first page, I could not wait to find out what would happen next and I was not disappointed being spellbound until the very end.As a follow-up to the previous Tradd Street stories, this book is excellent. All of the characters continue to build their relationships. But as with any good sequel, this book could stand on its own. Although I cannot imagine, someone reading it who had not read the other three books not wanting to read the previous stories. I hope this is not the last story of Jack & Melanie and the wonderful stories of Charleston and its ghosts.

  • Kathy Duncan
    2019-01-02 02:19

    I loved this series through and through and am eagerly looking forward to the fifth book. Just one bone to pick. There were no death certificates in South Carolina in the 19th century. In fact, there are no 19th vital records in South Caroline: birth, death, marriage certificates. Too many of my family originated in South Carolina, and the lack of marriage records is the bane of my research life. I know this seems like a small thing to get nit-picky about, but for those of us who muck around in old documents, it was a glaring error that Yvonne would not make!

  • Patty
    2019-01-07 02:18

    Return to Tradd Street is the fourth book in the series of books about Tradd Street. It pulls the other books together nicely. It is easy to read a book by Karen White. I did find this book a bit slower than the 3 previous ones, but still a good read.

  • Lori
    2019-01-07 05:02

    Karen White is by far my favorite Southern writer... her stories are always fun & entertaining!!! I've really enjoyed this series...

  • Jess
    2019-01-17 06:07

    Whoohoo! Now to start book five!! *girl shriek*

  • Donna
    2019-01-09 23:16

    This book is the 4th one in the Tradd Street series by Karen White. Now I love Karen White. Two of her books are among my favorites. While this series is not that, they are still quite enjoyable. I like the MC, but she has some annoying traits. I love some of the stronger characters as well, because they offer a nice balance against Mellie's weaknesses. The paranormal thread in this one was done well. Some of this was predictable, but I was still pulled in and cared about the outcome, so for that reason, this gets 4 stars.

  • Walt
    2019-01-13 01:13

    I have to admit that I’ve been going nuts about this story for a couple of years. I was immediately captivated with the Tradd Street series when the first book debuted in 2008. The idea of Charleston-based real estate agent who specializes in old homes and has the ability to communicate with the spirit world offers a lot of material. Finding out the book was going to be a series excited me more. I thoroughly enjoyed the second book and then whined when I learned it would be two years before the third book came out.I would have started the fourth book as soon as I finished the third, if I could have. I was miffed when I learned I would have to wait another two years for the final piece of the story.Karen White did not disappoint is this final installment. I enjoy her other work (On Folly Beach being my favorite title), but the Tradd Street series is definitely her best overall. Watching Melanie’s and Jack’s love-hate relationship over the first three novels makes a reader wonder if they will finally get together. The tension doesn’t stop in this book and it’s a good read. However, watching Melanie deal with during her pregnancy the loss of her gift of communicating with the spirit world brings even more depth to the story. I highly recommend this book. However, if it’s your first introduction to the series, you might try them in order. You’ll be through all four in a month because you won’t be able to put them down.And the best part is that you won’t have to wait years to read successive installments.

  • ChrisCarroll
    2019-01-19 04:53

    So fun! ~~~~~~~~~From the very first page I knew this was gonna be a great read. It’s unique, fun, and a little bit quirky, but that’s what’s great about it.Definitely not your run-of-the-mill mystery because this one includes ghosts and people that can see ghosts and hear them. Talk to them and feel them. It also includes some wacky family members, a crazy relationship of sorts. Oh, and a pregnancy that was a little unexpected that brings out some interesting problems.I have a love-hate relationship with Jack myself. So I can understand what know when he was feeling. He tends to be a little overbearing and makes a lot of assumptions and that kind of makes me crazy. But towards the end of the book, I definitely warmed up Jack. He is a sweetie and definitely someone you want to get to know.The author did a fabulous job with this story. A sweet southern story that brings you the charm of the city, spooky mystery, and a lasting romance that satisfies.Even though it’s part of a series I really didn’t feel too lost. She’s great at doing some backstory fill in and created a interesting and captivating story that I couldn’t put down. Even my husband has what I was reading that had me ignoring him. LOLfull review - http://amidlifewife.com/return-to-tra...

  • Sarah Thacker-estell
    2018-12-28 02:57

    Overall, I found this a disappointing turn for Karen White. All the quirks that made the character of Melanie Middleton so interesting, particularly in the first book, were just annoying in this one. I found myself wishing she would just shut up and grow up about 20 pages in. The story itself also wasn't as engrossing as the first three in this series. I hope this is the end of that series and hope White has a better effort up her sleeve for her next book.

  • Kammie
    2019-01-24 02:00

    I have been eyeing these books for quite awhile, but haven't bitten. I'm not sure why because the Tradd Street books seem like they would be terrific stories. I'm glad to be getting this one!

  • Wendy
    2018-12-28 05:53

    This is my favorite of the series so far. The main character, Mellie, has developed exceptionally from whiny and annoying in the first book to a more relatable independent, but now vulnerable with some insecurities, woman of 40. The relationships are more developed and the family line intrigues are more interesting. Being set in Charleston adds to the charm of this series. As with all friends and family, there are the truly annoying characters that make one wonder why anyone would ever take their call, but we still do. There are so many situations that are identifiable and endearing and less of the "convenient" (need to forward the plot) situations. The ending was a little too quick but this is an easy, charming read

  • Mary
    2019-01-15 00:53

    This was another fabulous romp in this delightful series. Well written, very funny and sweet, a bit cheesy and predictable, but with a perfect wrap up ending.

  • Kvkeith laurie
    2019-01-05 01:07

    (this was an advance reader copy) Melanie Middleton, a woman who has always needed order and control, finds her life spinning out of both, as she finds herself pregnant, unmarried and once again faced with bones in her house. The realtor that is an expert at selling historic homes in Charleston, now lives one - a situation she never wanted, when she has the inherited talent of seeing, hearing and smelling ghost inhabitants. Ghosts aren't the only thing threatening her sense of order; Mellie is constantly reminded that the man she loves, writer Jack Trehern, had responded to her declaration of love with, "I'm sorry". Jack is still a very present force in her life, reminding her that it was she that refused his proposal. With her heart swelling as much as her "cankles", Mellie tries to resolve the mystery of the small baby's bones she has found, and deal with the confusion she feels as she faces pregnancy, a teenage musical prodigy roommate, her mother's and father's re-emerging sex lives and one very dangerous and disturbed ghost.Karen White returns to the Tradd Street series and the Charleston setting is so strongly drawn that you can smell the roses and hear the southern manners dripping molasses. Ms. White does a great job cutting the southern sweetness with the acerbic reality of a pregnancy that is not all glow and dill pickles. I love the fact that Melanie experiences some of the more "real" aspects of doubt, swelling and all-day-morning-sickness. Even though Melanie's anal need for organization is completely explained by her (now sober) alcoholic dad and missing-in-action mother, it at times was driving me crazy (and I am organized). However just when I wanted to smack her, the author did so for me; smacked her with some chaos or embarrassing accident out of Mellie's control, and then we got the pleasure of seeing Jack pick her up - pregnancy swelling and all.You don't have to read the previous books in the series to enjoy this; KW did a great job explaining the background as she went along. I love southern settings, ghosts and complex women. Since the story is from Melanie's point of view, you derive the other characters' emotions and backgrounds subtly. Some of them were really funny; when Melanie says something really obtuse and they look at her in patent disbelief, you get the picture pretty fast. I wish Jack had more "fleshing out"; he was a steady stream through the whole thing and I would have enjoyed seeing him get upset (or sexy) more often. When he did lose it with his daughter, Nola, he was more interesting. That didn't keep him from being a sexy guy that you would root for, even as you wanted to knock both of them in the head.This was a wonderful read and a really great addition to the series. You really want to read the next one to see if the offspring inherits the ability to see ghosts and lead mom and dad on a merry chase.

  • Sue
    2019-01-09 05:58

    Read in 2014, but I listened this time. The audio was excellent I highly recommend it.Excellent series, rating is Characters/Personal interactions 5, mystery 3.75 (they were busy with the personal), voicing 5.Metadata: Southern, Mystery, Ghosts, Historical, Family, Romance (Romance being last because it was just a flicker in books 1 & 2)I loved this series, the characters really made this story shine, the mystery in this novel was probably the weakest of the series. But, I think if you read the series in order you were dying for this book and it didn't disappoint. Mellie/Jack and the cast of characters are top notch, Mellie's neurotic tendencies work with this story, Jack is clueless at times but seriously wonderful as well, Nola... what can I say ... can I adopt her and the rest of the family really grows on you. This series at the time of this review is 4 novels in length, a clear beginning, middle and end. This series makes a historical mystery with ghosts shine, just look at books 1 and 2. KW has committed to three more novels in this series and I do see this series returning more to book 1 & 2 format and plot development. Though knowing this cast of characters, a ghost will throw a monkey wrench into the personal I can practically guarantee that.If ghost turn you off, it's not a series were the characters talk to the ghosts, it's more that the ghosts leave clues that using historical references and a bit of detective work the characters unravel the mystery. Enjoy this wonderful series and if you can listen to it on audio, the voicing is excellent.

  • Millie
    2019-01-01 07:06

    Won this book from Goodreads. It was the 4th in the series and I was surprised that I was able to pick it up and start reading and the fact that I hadn't read the previous 3 didn't seem to really matter. The book grabbed me and I wasn't able to put it down. Mellie was kind of funny the way she kept trying to deny her love for Jack. I kept wondering if she was going to take it too far and lose him forever. The ghost in the story just made it more exciting and it wasn't so far fetched that it was unbelievable. It was a nice balance of a believable bunch of haints in a house.I like the fact that it was tastefully done and a book that isn't too raunchy for me to pass on to my Mother in Law. Seems that so many books are these days.The story had just the right amount of twist and turns without leaving the reader confused. The very end got a little mushy for my taste but that the only real complaint I have and due to the fact that it was just a few pages not really anything to complain about at all. I loved it and want to read them all now! Thanks Goodreads!

  • Ami
    2018-12-28 03:13

    This latest installment of the Tradd Street ghost stories was not my favorite. To me the entire novel just felt over written and over-wrought. How many times do I have to read about the main character depriving herself of anything delicious because she's pregnant? And how often do we need to read about her obsessive compulsive schedule making? We get it. Melanie likes her doughnuts and spreadsheets- and is that so horrible? Evidently, according to every other character in the book, it is.If less time was spent on these ridiculous details and more on the actual plot and character development, perhaps the novel wouldn't have left a slightly bitter taste in my mouth. Maybe this needs to be the last book in the series, or perhaps Karen White needs a break from the world of Tradd Street for a while.

  • Cheryl
    2019-01-17 02:58

    Ok, it's a sappy series but I like it. Mellie is a pregnant, irritating woman that is in love with a very patient, gorgeous man named Jack. It's full of old houses, ghosts, romantic tug of war, a couple of bad guys, a couple of good guys, a relative that is consumed with the color pink, and old South charm in Charleston. Is it the end of the series? Only Karen White knows that for sure but this book ties the first three books into a nice ending....for now.

  • Michelle
    2018-12-25 03:17

    LOVED this one!Finally, Melanie saw the light, so-to-speak. I kept wishing that I could reach thru the book & pop her on the back of her head. LOLAnd, Nola, sweet, kind Nola.... What she did for Melanie & Jack & the twins was AMAZING! *I cried waterfalls!!!!* She's a great kid. And a beautiful soul. Marc Longo is such a HUGE douche..... OMG, that guy.....This is such a great series. I cant wait for more. Received this as a Gr giveaway.

  • Mary23nm
    2019-01-01 03:59

    This is a great series and interesting read, despite the fact it's formulaic. It would be 4 full stars for me, but I subtracted one-half point for (view spoiler)[ it's repetitiveness and trying to make the heroine/Melanie solely at fault in their relationship, when they could just TALK to each other! (hide spoiler)]

  • Michele
    2019-01-07 01:14

    Love this series and this installment gave the fan in me such a great tying up of loose ends. I laughed aloud and tears came to my eyes more than once. Karen White has a such a gift....the way she can write this series as well as her other books which are so different. Can't wait for the next book.

  • Sherry
    2018-12-27 01:23

    Babies, both real and ghostlyIn Return to Tradd Street, Karen White continues her series featuring Melanie Middleton, real estate agent and reluctant ghost whisperer. In this entry, the action shifts back to the house she inherited in the first book, as new ghosts appear when work on the house’s foundation exposes the bones of a baby. Mellie also has to deal with her complicated feelings about her pregnancy and her feelings for the father, Jack.Return to Tradd Street features the same elements as the other books in the series—plenty of ghosts, malevolent and otherwise, and plenty of relationship drama, too. I didn’t enjoy this novel as much as the others, though. For me, there was just too much of a focus on Mellie’s pregnancy (and all its physical side effects) and on her feelings about Jack. Maybe if the author hadn’t chosen to have the book cover her entire pregnancy and childbirth I wouldn’t have minded so much, but choosing to spread the action out over seven months really diluted the urgency of the ghost story. (Those ghosts were remarkably patient waiting for her to figure out what was going on with them.) Or maybe it was Mellie’s inability to admit that she and Jack belonged together over that same seven-month period. Her stubbornness and refusal to admit her feelings just wore me out after a while.Still, if you’re a fan of the series, this is pretty much required reading, particularly if you’ve been waiting for the payoff in Jack and Mellie’s romance. If you’re new to the series, don’t start here; you’ll need to begin with The House on Tradd Street, since Mellie’s story really builds throughout the books. And, if you’re a fan, don’t be afraid that the resolution of the romance will end the series. The author sets up new avenues for Mellie to go ghost hunting during the story, and the epilogue suggests that she’s got more in store for Mellie.An ARC of this novel was provided by the publisher through Goodreads in exchange for an honest review.

  • Jennifer Vido
    2019-01-12 03:02

    In the fourth book of The Tradd Street Series, Melanie Middleton faces her biggest personal and professional challenges yet. Despite being pregnant with Jack Trenholm’s child, she rejects his marriage proposal amid her family’s disappointment. Furthermore, the stress of work continues to build up as she frets over her expanding waistline. When the historic home she has inherited begins to wreak havoc on her dwindling budget, her fear ratchets up a notch. The final blow is delivered during the latest repair job when the remains of a newborn are discovered in the foundation. With this development the house’s spirits become unsettled and unruly. Understandably, Melanie’s desire to uncover the truth behind the mysterious babe’s death consumes her every waking hour. After the spirits conjure up some violent tricks, she calls upon Jack for help. Melanie starts to question her decision to remain single when the close proximity between the exes stirs up suppressed romantic feelings. As the couple digs deeper into the Vanderhorst family’s past, the rightful ownership of the Tradd Street home comes into question. Even with Jack’s assistance, Melanie soon discovers only she can determine the path her life will take.Return to Tradd Street beautifully captures the essence of the rich culture of historic Charleston through the familiar locales and area customs depicted in the novel. White’s poetic skill for storytelling evokes passionate tears of joy and sadness from the reader as the destiny of Melanie and Jack’s relationship finally unfolds. One of the most endearing plot lines in the story involves Melanie’s evolving relationship with her parents. With the power of forgiveness, the hardship of lost love, and the tenderness of kindred souls, this novel truly encompasses the best writing of White’s career.

  • Karen
    2019-01-24 03:15

    I only liked the first book in this series. The following stories just kept disappointing me. Ok, you can read my review on the other 3 books, but basically it is this....Mellie is the most annoying female lead I have ever read! The storyline is always quite captivating, but Mellie and her annoying whiney childish ways totally turned me off of this author. The first book her quirks are able to be brushed over. BUT, as she continues to act like a complete IDIOT (gee, how did I get pregnant? Oh right, the red dress. UGH). The lack of adult communication between her and Jack was the last straw of my patience. I also understand an author wanting to keep the characters explained from book to book in case they aren't read as a series and instead as a stand alone book, BUT my goodness! Us readers are not idiots! We can follow a story, or put the pieces together ourselves. I kept solving tidbits of the mysteries way before the characters did and that is a very annoying thing to happen in a book. The author is supposed to throw you off, or let you know the answer at the same time the characters learn it. But never before!!!!! UGH. I borrowed the last 2 books from the library so I would not waste any more money on this author. I knew after book 2 that I should have not wasted my valuable reading time either, but I guess I'm a glutton for punishment. I was THRILLED to return the book to the library so that I could be DONE with this series!!!!!

  • Andrea
    2019-01-08 00:58

    I loved this book. I really hope that she ends up writing another book for Melanie and Jack. This one pretty much exceeded my hopes of what would happen. Her writing is just wonderful. Update: This was my second time reading this book and I fell in LOVE all over again. I'm reread this book in anticipation for her 5th book coming out in a couple of weeks. I just can't put the Tradd Street books down. I literally just read all 4 of them in a matter of a week, basically. And now, I have to wait a couple more weeks until the 5th book comes out. She basically created the world's best book boyfriend when she wrote Jack. He's everything anyone would ever want. And you want to scream when Melanie doesn't accept his marriage proposal. But then they end up getting married in the end and the world is set right again. When I first read the book, I was a bit disappointed on how they got married - in a hospital room while she was in labor - but after reading it the second time, it was fitting for these two. Timing was never right for them and suddenly, it was. I've absolutely fallen in love with Jack, Melanie, and General Lee. (I envision Karen's dog, Quincy, when reading scenes with General Lee). I've fallen in love with the setting of book, Charleston, SC. My husband and I went to Charleston on our honeymoon and fell in love with the place. I can understand why Karen White fell in love with the area as well. Cannot wait for book 5!!