Return to Tradd Street

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Return to Tradd Street

Tradd Series, #4

I’m going to be honest, this was a DNF for me.

I tired. Boy, how I tired. I just couldn't get past the annoying heroine.

Here’s what happened leading up to me calling it quits.

Melanie is pregnant and has apparently split with the baby’s father, Jack. She’s also has the ability to interact with spirits, and apparently the house she randomly inherited has had it’s share of skeletons discovered, so when the remains of a baby are unearthed in her foundation, she’s bombarded with ghostly incidents. Then a long lost relative shows up claiming that the house is rightfully his.

Add into the mix the Melanie’s constant squabbles with Jack, the fact that we learn more about her morning sickness than what’s actually going on in the book, and the inability to connect with the characters, and I finally had to shut the book for good.

I’m not sure if it was because I started in the middle of a series or if the characters just didn't mesh with me, but I had a hard time connecting with the characters which, in turn, made it hard for me to get into the book.

As this is a series, Melanie and Jack already have an established history/relationship so the book opens with what apparently must be the fallout from the previous book, and the two are at war with each other. Snippets of the fallout are slowly revealed to the reader, but to become fully invested in this book and the characters, it seems that the previous book should be read.

To make matters worse, Melanie is pregnant with Jack’s child and she seems to be in denial about the entire situation to the point where she comes off as whiny and annoying and right when the writing finally starts pulling you in, Melanie starts again. And the fact that she is constantly called ‘Mellie’ is just plain irritating.

Honestly, I thought the mystery aspect of the novel would be enough to keep my attention, after all, I do love me a good mystery novel, but I just couldn't bring myself to continue reading the book. I even tried to skim ahead thinking it would improve over the course of the novel, but sadly, it was still the same.

Book Blurb for Return to Tradd Street

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.

Night Owl Reviews Aug, 2014 2.50