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review 2017-11-30 00:00
Sweet Indulgence: A Charleston Harbor Novel
Sweet Indulgence: A Charleston Harbor Novel - Debbie White The hardest choices are always better when a spoonful of sugar is thrown in for good measure. Debbie White indulges the proverbial sweet tooth with a heavy sprinkling of heart and a tasty sense of humor. Sweet Indulgence is decadence at it's finest. Life, romance, humor and honest to goodness pleasure, with a little wisdom for good measure. With tempting chemistry, lovable characters, witty dialogue and fantastic writing, Sweet Indulgence becomes the perfect recipe for a memorable treat.
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review 2017-04-06 16:00
Charleston: A Keepsake by: Antelo Devereux Jr.
Charleston: A Keepsake - Antelo Devereux Jr.

My husband and I will be visiting Charleston this summer. I was shocked to find this awesome photography book on NetGalley and thrilled when I was accepted to receive  copy.

 

The pictures in this book are fantastic. This book really gives you a wonderful look at Charleston. I loved the southern charm of the buildings. One of my favorite photos is on page 91 it is a brick wall with a huge oak tree behind it. It just really spoke to me. I was raised southern and in small towns. Now I live I Florida and we visit St. Augustine a lot. The photo's in this remind me of St. Augustine. I know I am going to love visiting Charleston. I can't wait to see the places in this book in person.

 

I received this book from the Author or Publisher via Netgalley.com to read and review.

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review 2017-01-15 05:26
The Guests on South Battery
The Guests on South Battery (Tradd Street) - Karen White
Tradd Street #5
ISBN: 0451475232
Publisher: Penguin/Berkley
Publication Date: 1/10/2017
Format: Other
My Rating: 4 Stars 
 
The queen of the South, Karen White returns following Flight Patterns (2016) landing on my Top 50 Books of 2016 list and (2014) Return to Tradd Street (Tradd Street, #4) with the continuation THE GUESTS ON SOUTH BATTERY (#5) with more mystery, history, spirits, a twist of paranormal and dark family secrets.
 
"There is always a way to look past the bad to see the good."

Set in the Holy City - historic Charleston, SC, we pick up from the last book with Melanie (Middleton) and Jack Trenholm, settling into marriage with a busy lifestyle and twins, Sarah and JJ (Jack, Jr), and Jack’s daughter, Nola, a sophomore at Ashley Hall. Nola is also interested in a boy named Cooper which Jack must warm up to.

They are the owners of a historic home on Tradd Street (an interesting story from previous books), with its quirks and their dogs. The restless dead had left her along for almost a year as Melanie settled into her new life as wife and mother without the distraction of spirits needing her for something.

Jack is a bestselling author (charming, funny, and irresistible) and Melanie, a successful Realtor, is returning to work after her maternity leave. They are coming up on their first year as parents. Melanie is having a hard time finding and keeping a nanny since she likes things a certain way with her routines. This has been the reason she has been delayed getting back to work, much later than she planned.

Melanie’s first day back, feeling a bit insecure, not having lost all the baby weight, she lands a new client, Jayne Smith from Alabama, who has recently inherited a prominent historic home, the Pinckney mansion. Being an orphan, she is not related to the owner and hates old homes and has never been to Charleston.

She wants Melanie to sell it and find her a new one. Something fresh and new with lots of metal, glass, and stone. Ironically, she is a qualified nanny and does not mind Melanie’s attention to order and details. A match made in heaven.

However, Jayne is not so sure she wants to move into Melanie and Jack’s house since it is also old and historic until she decides about her own living arrangements. However, she soon learns it feels like a home and feels comfortable there.

Melanie and her mom (both with psychic gifts) decide they want to try and discover the past of the house, to warn off the spirits for Jayne to possibly decide to hold on to the home since there was a lot of history. After all, it was on South Battery near the corner of Legare, a huge white house with the portico and columns.

Button Pinckney was an acquaintance of Melanie’s and a good friend of both her mother and mother-in-law. They all went to school at Ashley Hall years ago, and her mom had attended the funeral.

Why would Jayne inherit a home from a stranger? Jayne was raised in the foster care system and was never adopted. Melanie liked her and wants to help. If they can warn off and rid the house of spirits, evil, and ghosts- maybe Jayne will decide to keep the house.

Melanie had a flash of déjà vu, since a man Vanderhorst had left her his crumbling old home that she did not want or need either, not so long ago. She knows all too well about an albatross of a house left to an unsuspecting stranger.

We meet up with Dr. Sophie Wallen-Arasi, professor of historic preservation at the College of Charleston, and Melanie’s mom, Ginette, as well as Melanie’s annoying cousin and Jack’s ex-girlfriend, Rebecca—plus her husband, Marc Longo who stole Jack’s book idea, the story of a disappearance and a murder that occurred in the twenties in her house and made it into a runaway bestseller (with Jack being dropped by his publisher as a result).

An ongoing mystery of the Pickney house. Button never married. She had an older brother-Sumter. He married Anna, another classmate and they had a daughter. She died when she was a child. Anna and Sumter divorced shortly afterward and Anna remained in the house with Button. She died about ten years later. Sumter never remarried and moved to New York after his divorce.

Melanie’s parents have recently remarried and have a good relationship. In the meantime, Melanie lets her old insecurities get in the way making her jump to the wrong conclusions. We also meet up with Detective Thomas Riley and he helps Melanie run a background check on Jayne for the nanny job and he seems to like Jayne. Melanie and Ginette are curious why a generous philanthropist decided to give her entire estate to a deserving orphan.

However, Melanie and Ginette get more than they bargained for with ghosts of the past at the old Pickney mansion. From chilling spirits, haunting ghosts, a cat, a disturbing antique doll, a hanging, a past mental illness, warnings to go away, and desperate cries of help— Jayne, Melanie, and Jayne may have more in common than they may know.
 
Under the mold, falling plaster, spirits of the past, and its sadness, they soon realize there must have been happiness before the tragedy within the walls. It may be worth the chance of a new beginning. Houses are like people. They all deserve a second chance at happiness.

Old secrets which have been buried, all come to the surface. A decades-old mystery to be solved with a shocking conclusion.

As always, Karen White is multi-talented, writing southern women’s fiction, mystery, suspense, paranormal, romance, literary, and historical, crossing many genres. Always love her tales of Charleston and the dark family secrets of the South. I especially loved the reference to Wendy Wax (very cool) —another favorite.

Charleston is such a beautiful city with its historic architecture, and always love catching up with familiar landmarks. Well-crafted and engaging. An intriguing twisty mystery with paranormal elements, enjoy catching up with familiar characters. I enjoy Jack and Melanie’s relationship and the dramas of their lives. If you love history, southern fiction, and ghost stories you will enjoy the series.

Having read and enjoyed all the books in the series, highly recommend them all! In addition to the reading copy, also listened to the audio version (nicely done as always), narrated by Aimée Bruneau, with a charming southern accent.

Looking forward to the next- hoping we hear more about Jayne's mysterious past. 
 
Cannot wait for The Night the Lights Went Out (cover love), Coming April 11, 2017.

A special thank you to Berkley and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

JDCMustReadBooks
Source: www.judithdcollinsconsulting.com/single-post/2016/06/04/The-Guests-on-South-Battery
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review 2016-03-18 00:00
Charleston Past Midnight
Charleston Past Midnight - Christine ... Charleston Past Midnight - Christine Edwards Calla Hart is a pretty tough girl. Calla and her brother pretty much had to take care of themselves when they were young. The kids used to tease and pick on her because she was 'poor white trash' and now she is still having a hard time of it. She is living in a bad neighborhood and working as many hours as she can. Once night leaving late she is grabbed by two men who try to kidnap her so they can have a 'good time' with her.
Severin Beauvais is a vampire and has lived for several centuries. Severin happens to see Calla and the two men fighting and Severin comes to her rescue.
Severin finds that he is attracted to Calla in a way he has never been before to a women. Calla is all fight still and finds out that night that Severin is a vampire. So used to leaving a hard life she doesn't think nothing of it and asked to be taken home. A week later Severin can't get her out of his mind and goes to be with her. There we find that his enemy has also spotted Calla and finds she has a skill that he wants. So it becomes a fight to save Calla...and for Severin and her to fall in love.
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review 2015-09-23 20:03
GO READ!
Our Man in Charleston: Britain's Secret Agent in the Civil War South - Christopher Dickey

I had high hopes for Our Man in Charleston and Christopher Dickey did not disappoint!  As someone who loves history, people who do not care for it are beyond my comprehension.  I think that if more people were exposed to history as written by Dickey's pen, a lot more people would fall in love the way I have.

Dickey's extensive research is penned in a way that creates a world for people to become part of.  He blends history into the realm of fiction without letting his tale become a complete work of fiction.  Historical fact offered to people as an action filled, thrilling spy novel.  It simply does not get any better than this!

What are you waiting for?  If you are drawn towards the American Civil War and the history of abolitionists and their foes OR you are drawn towards intriguing spy adventures, go purchase this book!

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