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The House on Tradd Street

The House on Tradd Street 
Author: Karen White
Publisher: New American Library
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Reviewed by:  Cheryl C. Malandrinos

 

Brilliant and engrossing, The House on Tradd Street by Karen White brings the reader through Charleston’s deep-rooted history and Confederate legends to uncover a story of passion, heartbreak, and murder.

Real estate agent Melanie Middleton visits with the elderly Nevin Vanderhorst just days before his unexpected death. Melanie isn’t much into historic homes–even though she sells them for a living. She much prefers new construction, free of the ghosts that she’s seen since childhood. When she inherits Vanderhorst’s historic Tradd Street home she is less than thrilled, but their meeting and Nevin’s letter about the mother he is sure would never have abandoned him encourage her to restore the house at 55 Tradd Street and try to unravel the mystery surrounding Louisa Vanderhorst’s sudden disappearance.

In walks stunningly gorgeous Jack Trenholm, a true-crime writer obsessed with unsolved mysteries. He believes that the diamonds from the missing Confederate Treasury are stashed inside the house. Using Louisa‘s story Jack is able to convince Melanie to let him help with the restoration of the house in exchange for allowing him to perform research for his next book.

Neither of them quite knows what they are getting into. An evil ghost also resides in the house on Tradd Street and it doesn’t want Melanie or Jack telling Louisa’s story. How far will this spirit go to keep a secret?

This book captured me from the very first sentence. Steeped in Charleston’s history and Civil War legends, The House on Tradd Street is a rare gem among paranormal mysteries. Exquisitely told, rich in descriptions, and filled with multi-faceted characters whose past lives are eloquently woven into each others, I was sad to read the last word of this moving novel.

White gets right to the heart of things by blending family secrets, love, legends, and the charm of the South, creating an emotional tale that will leave you begging for more. The cover art is strikingly handsome and truly completes one of the best novels I’ve read in my lifetime.

Lovers of southern fiction, paranormal mysteries, and moving stories that tug at the heartstrings will want to read The House on Tradd Street by Karen White.

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The Madhatter’s Guide to Chocolate

The Madhatter’s Guide to Chocolate Author: Rhett Devane
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Publisher: Rapid Press
Reviewed by: Cheryl C. Malandrinos

What do you get when you combine a small town in Florida with a mental institution on its main drag, some truly memorable characters, and a bunch of scrumptious southern recipes whose main ingredient is chocolate?

One amazing book, which you must read!

Hattie Davis ran away from her hometown of Chattahoochee as fast as she could, leaving behind the memories of life in a small town, a difficult relationship with her brother, and an annoying ex-boyfriend.

But when Hattie returns to Chattahoochee for her mother’s funeral, she finds her childhood friend, Jake Witherspoon has returned and made his home there. The memoir of an old family friend and Jake’s idea of a great new business make Hattie and Jake partners, but neither one of them understands how dangerous their venture might be.

Jake’s flamboyant homosexuality makes him the target of a hate crime. He is kidnapped and brutually beaten by two teenage boys with a secret. And once that secret is revealed, no one in Chattahoochee will ever be the same.

And amazingly for Hattie, Chattahoochee becomes the place where she finds love and the one corner of earth she can finally call home.

The Madhatter’s Guide to Chocolate is a touching and at times shocking tale of a small town’s revival. Rhett DeVane’s characters could easily be your next door neighbor, your favorite aunt, or the sibling you never quite got along with. DeVane wove these memorable characters together with an amazing plot and some down home recipes to create a novel which will leave you inspired by how much good can come from something bad.

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