Romance, Ghosts, and Mystery

4. Book review!

{This post is edited.  While typing it up, it was storming so my dog wanted my attention.  Meanwhile our bird was trying to help me type up this post.  I reread what I wrote so I’ve got to revise and edit what I typed up.)

When I was in New York last month, I was introduced to a new author.

My friend, Molly, and I were at Barnes and Nobles looking at Chick Lit books.  I finally decided on purchasing On Folly Beach written by Karen White.

Once I began reading the book, I could not put it down.  The book flipped between present day (2009) and World War II.  This book has both romance and mystery.  Most of all it had the beach.

However, this review is not about On Folly Beach, it’s about another book written by Karen White.

After finishing the book, I decided to find other books written by her because I really enjoyed her writing style.

That’s when I discovered the Tradd Street series that takes place in the historical area of Charleston near the Battery.

I borrowed the first book in the series The House on Tradd Street on Hoopla so I could listen to the book while driving and cooking.  I completed the book yesterday.

Hubby and I traveled to the Toledo Zoo yesterday.  I wanted to finish the book so we listened to it on the 2.5 hour drive.  We pulled into the parking lot as the story ended.  Talk about perfect timing.

Now onto the review about the book:

Melanie has inherited 55 Tradd Street.  The house needs to be renovated because it is in disrepair.  Melanie does not want the house because she is able to see and communicate with ghosts.  This house has ghosts – both benign and evil.

In the meantime, she meets Jack, an author, who wants to discover what has happened to one of the former inhabitants, Louisa, because she suddenly disappears at the same time as another citizen of Charleston, Joseph.

Meanwhile the mysterious Mark shows up.  Should Melanie trust him or not?  Jack believes she should not trust him.  He has a feeling that Mark is up to no good especially since he is the grandson of the Joseph.  Even though Jack warns Melanie not to date him, Melanie begins to date him.  How does the relationship turn out?  I’m not going to tell you.  You need to read the book to find out.

There is also some missing treasure.  Jack, Melanie, and her dad set out to find the treasure while trying to find out what happened to Louisa and Joseph.

I enjoyed listening to the story.

A couple of weeks ago, we traveled to Charleston, SC.  While there, I visited some of the places mentioned in the book.  I’m glad I got to see those places.

Here are some photos of the places mentioned in the book:

Top Left – St. Phillips Church

Top Middle – St. Phillips Cemetery

Top Right – John C. Calhoun marker (Not the actual grave)

Bottom Left – Queen Street marker

Bottom Right – Dock Street Theater

Have a magical day,

P.S.  Hubby and I started listening to the next book in the series on our way home from Toledo.
Mama’s Losin’ It

17 responses to “Romance, Ghosts, and Mystery”

  1. How do you have the pictures? Do you live there?

  2. How do you have the pictures? Do you live there?

  3. We went to Charleston a couple of weeks ago. It was my sixth visit to that beautiful historical city. We only visited a small portion of the city during this visit. It just happened that we visited places mentioned in the book.

    It was not until we got home that I realized the photos I took while on vacation were of places mentioned in the book. We even went into the Dock Theater for a moment so when I heard it mentioned in the book I got excited.

  4. Charleston is one of my favorite places! I haven’t been there in years (it’s a long drive from the mid-west). Such beauty and history. I think I must check out both books you mentioned. They sound like wonderful summer reads.

    1. It’s 10 hours from our house.

      1. about 16 hours for us. I grew up in Knoxville; 5 or 6 hours was totally doable for a weekend get away. We’ve thought about staying a few days extra when we visit my family, but haven’t done it yet. It’s on my someday list.

      2. We take 2 days to get down and 2 days back.

  5. I love that you got to visit the places you read about. How cool is that!?!

    1. Hubby and I are listening to the next story in the series. In that book, they mention the Hunley. We actually visited the Hunley while we were in Charleston.

  6. that’s cool you found a book about a place you’re familiar with!

    1. Yes, I’m happy that I found the book.
      Thanks for visiting my blog.

  7. Oh my goodness, I need to read this! Charleston is one of my favorite places, and I love a good ghost story.

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