The Christmas Spirits on Tradd Street

The Christmas Spirits on Tradd Street

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Title:The Christmas Spirits on Tradd Street
Author:Karen White
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The Christmas Spirits on Tradd Street Reviews

  • Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)

    After reading my first Tradd Street series book, I was not only hooked on Karen White's writing but on the series itself and the best part, is that the series keeps getting better and better as the characters grow, sometimes in painful, very realistic ways. The ghosts are creepier, the mysteries even more solid, and the relationships and bonds more endearing.

    I adore everything about this series and while Melanie sometimes frustrates me with her thought process, she is an endearing character

    After reading my first Tradd Street series book, I was not only hooked on Karen White's writing but on the series itself and the best part, is that the series keeps getting better and better as the characters grow, sometimes in painful, very realistic ways. The ghosts are creepier, the mysteries even more solid, and the relationships and bonds more endearing.

    I adore everything about this series and while Melanie sometimes frustrates me with her thought process, she is an endearing character who's growth is very much true to how most of us actually grow and learn, with lots of mistakes and bumps and bruises along the way.

    And while I can't say that I loved how this ended, with so much left unsaid, undone, and unfinished, I did adore the whole book and all the scary moments and happy things that did occur along the way.

    It reminded me all over again, why I love this series and will continue to read it and look forward to each new installment and hope that many more are still in the works and will be out there to devour because this is definitely a series that you will want to devour once you have started it. I can't recommend it enough for those that love a good bump n the night story and mystery that will keep you interested, turning the pages and on the edge of your seat in both anticipation and chills with what will come out of the dark next.

    *ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*

  • Julie

    The Christmas Spirits on Tradd Street by Karen White is a 2019 Berkley publication.

    Melanie is not exactly in the holiday spirit- so to speak- mainly because she’s harboring a secret from Jack, which is a big no-no, and she knows it, despite all of her rationalizations.

    She’s also dealing with renovations, an ongoing mystery, a bit of sibling rivalry, Jack’s publishing woes, and her constant craving for sugar.

    But, when it comes to her attention that

    The Christmas Spirits on Tradd Street by Karen White is a 2019 Berkley publication.

    Melanie is not exactly in the holiday spirit- so to speak- mainly because she’s harboring a secret from Jack, which is a big no-no, and she knows it, despite all of her rationalizations.

    She’s also dealing with renovations, an ongoing mystery, a bit of sibling rivalry, Jack’s publishing woes, and her constant craving for sugar.

    But, when it comes to her attention that there is the possibility of lucrative treasure buried somewhere on her property, and that her arch enemy is trying to locate it, she plunges herself into a revolutionary aged mystery full of intrigue and heartbreak, as she desperately tries to hold on to everything she holds dear.

    I just love this series! Melanie is such a human character- she’s realistically flawed, conflicted and maybe a bit damaged, but I still root for her even when I know she's headed for trouble. While I understand all this about Melanie, sometimes I think people are too hard on her, dismiss her, or take her for granted- which is why I suppose I still feel sympathetic towards her despite her self- sabotage.

    This installment has some truly interesting history, which was right up my alley. In fact, the mystery is one of the best in the series, in my humble opinion.

    However, the conclusion left me breathless and heartbroken!! AARRGH! I hope we won't have to wait too long for book seven!!

    Overall, I’m thankful for this holiday edition of one of my favorite series!!

  • Megan W. (pnwbookworm)

    I loved finally getting to go back and visit Melanie, Jack and the twins. I was so excited for another Tradd street story and for the most part I wasn’t disappointed. I loved seeing the twins older and getting into mischief and I enjoyed getting back to the other supporting characters. I also found the mystery to be delightful. It was well done and rich in history and full of creepy ghosts and a really creepy setting. Overall it was a pretty great book.

    *Spoilers Ahead*

    The one thing I didn’t

    I loved finally getting to go back and visit Melanie, Jack and the twins. I was so excited for another Tradd street story and for the most part I wasn’t disappointed. I loved seeing the twins older and getting into mischief and I enjoyed getting back to the other supporting characters. I also found the mystery to be delightful. It was well done and rich in history and full of creepy ghosts and a really creepy setting. Overall it was a pretty great book.

    *Spoilers Ahead*

    The one thing I didn’t like, and was even mad about, was the ending. The epic relationship disaster between Melanie and Jack felt like a ploy to get me to read the next book and was not necessary. I also watched Melanie struggle with becoming a better person for the entire book, only to lose it in the end? There was enough drama and tension without that and it made me angry. I love this series and I’ll still read the next one but I’m going to be annoyed at that ending for a while.

  • Chris  C - A Midlife Wife

    Involved and crazy! Did Not like the ending. She needs to mellow out, be a parent and wife.

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    This new book picks up right where the last Tradd Street story left off. Ghosts are hanging around trying to tell a story and making themselves well known enough that you just have to listen.

    One thing that did catch me off-guard and kind of bothered me a bit is the fact that the main character is constantly overwhelmed and constantly surrounded by other people.

    Whether they’re

    Involved and crazy! Did Not like the ending. She needs to mellow out, be a parent and wife.

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    This new book picks up right where the last Tradd Street story left off. Ghosts are hanging around trying to tell a story and making themselves well known enough that you just have to listen.

    One thing that did catch me off-guard and kind of bothered me a bit is the fact that the main character is constantly overwhelmed and constantly surrounded by other people.

    Whether they’re digging in her yard, trying to steal her house from her, or volunteering her home for progressive dinners, I was exhausted reading about all of the activity. Not to mention relatives you can’t help but hate!

    It also made me a bit sad because Melanie never seems have time for the children and her husband which caused a huge rift. That lead to an ending that was less than ideal for me.

    A positive note is that the story is packed full of history and mysteries of the American Revolution and the town of Charleston. From crypts and mausoleums to creepy happenings going bump all times of the night and day, the exciting twists do keep you going page after page.

    Entertaining and fast-paced, this is one Christmas story that will captivate you all the way through.

    * copy received for review consideration

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  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    I simply adore Karen White and can’t miss a book, though I do have a few standalones saved for good measure.

    Melanie is back and celebrating Christmas with her husband and twin babies. At the same time, a Colonial era cistern is being excavated from her garden. But since this is Tradd Street, there are ghosts…

    …and the cistern has many that are now in Melanie’s house, and they aren’t really

    I simply adore Karen White and can’t miss a book, though I do have a few standalones saved for good measure.

    Melanie is back and celebrating Christmas with her husband and twin babies. At the same time, a Colonial era cistern is being excavated from her garden. But since this is Tradd Street, there are ghosts…

    …and the cistern has many that are now in Melanie’s house, and they aren’t really holiday (friendly) ghosts!

    …also, there are more relics to be found and cherished on Melanie’s property.

    The mystery was the strength of the book! I loved it, and it truly came to life. Each little piece of the puzzle came together in a way that was just right.

    The Christmas Spirits on Tradd Street was another wonderful visit to this historically rich and vibrant setting, and I loved that the holidays were sprinkled in for a special twist.

    I received a complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.

    Many of my reviews can also be found on my blog:

  • Holly  B

    I didn't realize this was sixth in a series, but it worked out fine. The author did a nice job of filling in the backstory. Really enjoyed the Charleston, NC setting with the history.

    Karen White has an easy writing style that allowed me to enjoy this Tradd Street mystery. The quirky characters, roaming spirits and "ghost" mystery were entertaining.

    Thanks to NG and the publisher for my review copy. This one published on October 22, 2019

    I didn't realize this was sixth in a series, but it worked out fine. The author did a nice job of filling in the backstory.  Really enjoyed the Charleston, NC setting with the history.

    Karen White has an easy writing style that allowed me to enjoy this Tradd Street mystery. The quirky characters, roaming spirits and "ghost" mystery were entertaining.

    Thanks to NG and the publisher for my review copy. This one published on October 22, 2019

  • Holly  B

    I didn't realize this was sixth in a series, but it worked out fine. The author did a nice job of filling in the backstory. Really enjoyed the Charleston, NC setting with the history.

    Karen White has an easy writing style that allowed me to enjoy this Tradd Street mystery. The quirky characters, roaming spirits and "ghost" mystery were entertaining.

    Now waiting for the next!

  • Deanna (A Novel Glimpse)

    Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

    I’m always excited when I hear Karen White is releasing a new book. It’s even more exciting when that book is part of a series I have loved and has a holiday theme.

    If you’re not familiar with Karen White or the Tradd Street series, it revolves around Melanie Trenholm and her ability to communicate with ghosts. Melanie lives in Charleston, South Carolina where the rich history of the area makes for some

    Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

    I’m always excited when I hear Karen White is releasing a new book. It’s even more exciting when that book is part of a series I have loved and has a holiday theme.

    If you’re not familiar with Karen White or the Tradd Street series, it revolves around Melanie Trenholm and her ability to communicate with ghosts. Melanie lives in Charleston, South Carolina where the rich history of the area makes for some interesting paranormal interactions. There’s also some romance (Melanie & Jack), family relationships, and mystery to add to the fun. I will warn you that you can’t just see the words “Christmas Spirits” in the title and jump right into reading this book because you want holiday themes. While the mystery is new, the characters and their relationships are not. You would be completely lost. I have good news for you, though — the Tradd Street series is a fun read and you won’t be mad if you go back and read it from the start.

    So, what did I think of The Christmas Spirits on Tradd Street? I had some mixed feelings. I’m going to lay them out for you in a way that makes sense to me.

    The writing: Karen White’s writing never fails to pull me in. It did have moments where things felt slow to me, but I think that’s because of some of the feelings I had for one of the characters. Otherwise, Karen White left me on the edge of my seat wondering how it was all going to turn out.

    The characters: Melanie is same old Melanie. She’s quirky. In all of the other books that worked for me. In this one, it did and it didn’t. I just feel like her character needed to mature a bit. Melanie’s stayed stagnant throughout the entire series. Now, she’s married with children and her family and friends are still having to manipulate her to act like an adult at times. I did love how all of her relationships and the relationships around her have grown. It was fun to see how the gang reacted to her.

    The mystery: This was my favorite part of the book. As always, I was enthralled with the mystery and how the ghosts related to it. It’s what kept me reading when Melanie was driving me nuts. I refuse to say more because I’m not giving anything away.

    The end: I loved how the mystery wrapped up. It was perfection. All of the pieces of the puzzle revealed themselves in a great way and fit perfectly. What I didn’t love was how everything else ended. There was a cliffhanger that irritated me. I got it, but it wasn’t a fun way to end the book. Now I have to wait for the next book and I’m hoping it’s not going to be a long wait.

    As you can see, there were some great things and some that drove me nuts. If you’re a fan of this series, you are going to want to read it no matter what.

  • Kira

    3.5 stars

    Melanie is seeing ghosts and keeping it a secret. Jack is having troubles with his publisher. Marc is causing lots of trouble in their lives.

    The characters are the best part of the series. Melanie and Jack are a great couple, but they don't feel like a team most of the time. Melanie constantly withholds information from Jack. It's annoying because there isn't a good reason for it and it the cause of most of the relationship issues between them. Being married and being a mother has

    3.5 stars

    Melanie is seeing ghosts and keeping it a secret. Jack is having troubles with his publisher. Marc is causing lots of trouble in their lives.

    The characters are the best part of the series. Melanie and Jack are a great couple, but they don't feel like a team most of the time. Melanie constantly withholds information from Jack. It's annoying because there isn't a good reason for it and it the cause of most of the relationship issues between them. Being married and being a mother has changed Melanie. Her constant desire for junk food is mentioned too often.

    The mystery was entertaining. A new character was introduced that helped with the case. There was a twist at the end, but there were a few hints that indicated it would happen. Everything with the mystery was solved, but there was a cliffhanger involving Melanie and Jack. His reaction at the end seemed extreme, but I'm looking forward to see how everything gets resolved in the next book.

    I received this from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  • Gail

    As a huge fan of this series, I was very much looking forward to this book. And while the mystery itself was compelling and well written as always, I find myself losing patience with the main characters. Jack and Mellie are middle-aged with small children at this point. I hope the author will stop placing their relationship in peril as a device to keep bringing readers back for the next book. It is disappointingly manipulative to the reader and makes these two "adults" very unlikeable.

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    As a huge fan of this series, I was very much looking forward to this book. And while the mystery itself was compelling and well written as always, I find myself losing patience with the main characters. Jack and Mellie are middle-aged with small children at this point. I hope the author will stop placing their relationship in peril as a device to keep bringing readers back for the next book. It is disappointingly manipulative to the reader and makes these two "adults" very unlikeable.

    Full Disclosure--NetGalley and the publisher provided me with a digital ARC of this book. This is my honest review.

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