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    THE GUESTS ON SOUTH BATTERY by Karen White

    THE GUESTS ON SOUTH BATTERY by Karen White is the fifth book in the Tradd Street series. It is the story of Melanie Trenholm as she is returning to work as one of the top selling real estate agent after having been off for an extended maternity leave. Melanie and her husband, Jack, have had a lot adjustments to make after having a set of twins, Sarah and JJ short for Jack Junior, and having trouble finding the proper nanny. On top of that, Jack’s last book idea was stolen and published by none other than Marc, who is the husband of Rebecca, Melanie’s cousin. Jack is having writer’s block on what to write about next or to write period. Also the fact that they have a teenager, Nola, Jack’s daughter who came to live with him after her Mother’s dead, living with them and life is not only full but hectic at times. Jayne Smith, an orphan raised in the foster home system, had never meet Caroline “Button” Pinckney, the owner of the home she has just inherited according to Button’s will. Jayne’s dislike for old home brings her to Melanie to sell the house as soon as possible so she can buy a new, modern home with her unforeseen inheritance. At their first encounter, Melanie finds out that Jayne is a professional nanny and realizes that they both share so many of the same thoughts on childrearing. She seems to be an answer to her prayers. Jayne becomes the nanny for Sarah and J.J. After convincing Jayne that more money could be made if the house was renovated, Melanie oversees the process along with her good friend Sophie who she places in charge. It doesn’t take long for Melanie to figure out that there are lingering ghost, both good and bad, in the Pinckney house that are capable of not only scaring off workmen, but that can do bodily harm to the living. Jack starts researching the house’s history, the previous owners and trying to find more about why Jayne inherited it not only for Melanie but also thinking it may be a source writing a new book. Melanie recently reunited with her Mom, Ginette Prioleau Middleton, after many years of separation after her parent’s divorce, which Melanie felt as abandonment. Her parents even recently remarried. Both Melanie and Ginette seem to have the same “special” talents of seeing and feeling ghost. They find that they need to combine their same but sometimes different talents to try to solve the mysteries around Pinckney house before someone gets seriously hurt. They need to find out what they are trying to tell them and what they need so that they may pass over. Added to current event, there is the appearance of a gapping sink hole at Melanie and Jack’s home where an old cistern was found that must be explored with the help of the students of Pompain Hill Chapel Ease for historical significance, clocks are stopping everywhere at the same time, and phones that have been long disconnected are making phone calls. Plus it becoming more and more evident that Sarah may share some of the “talents” of her Mom and Grandma. Without spoiling the ending, I will say you will discover several surprises along the way. You definitely won’t be disappointed with how things turn out and like me you will be hoping that there will be a book six in this series to see what adventures are in store for Melanie and Jack next time. Although part of a series it can be read as a standalone. This is the first book I have read in the series and first book by this author and I had no trouble with learning the characters in the book or keeping up with the storyline. The book in intriguing, spellbounding and will having you turn pages to see who, what, when or how is going to help solve this mystery. While the paranormal is not my normal genre to reach for, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and will definitely be searching out more books by Karen White.
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    Great read

    Oh so great!. Need to have another book soon! Love all the characters. Melanie is my favourite but Sophie is a good second.
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