“A brilliant, chilling series debut, featuring a Charleston real estate agent who loves old houses-and the secret histories inside them.Practical Melanie Middleton hates to admit she can see ghosts. But she’s going to have to accept it. An old man she recently met has died, leaving her his historic Tradd Street home, complete with housekeeper, dog-and a family of ghosts anxious to tell her their secrets.Enter Jack Trenholm, a gorgeous writer obsessed with unsolved mysteries. He has reason to believe that diamonds from the Confederate Treasury are hidden in the house. So he turns the charm on with Melanie, only to discover he’s the smitten one…It turns out Jack’s search has caught the attention of a malevolent ghost. Now, Jack and Melanie must unravel a mystery of passion, heartbreak-and even murder.”
What can I say about this book that has not already be said? I just loved it. Melanie has a gift, she can see ghosts. She specializes in selling historic houses but she hates them really because of all those ghosts looking at her. Nevile Vanderhorst calls Melanie to his beautiful but very old Charlestone house on pretext of wanting to sell it. But little does she know that the old man actually will leave the house to her. Her inheritance includes a dog, a housekeeper, some money for the renovation of the house and a request to unravel the secret of his mother’s disappearance. When Jack Trenholm, a very handsome writer who wants to write about the history of the house (or so he tells Melanie) – she has to work really hard not to get attracted to him. Melanie doesn’t intend to do what Mr. Vanderhurst wants her to do, but somehow she gets caught up in the story and is more than eager to found out what really happened to Nevile’s mom.
At its heart it is a ghost story but there is also a lot more to this story. The way different people (or kids) react to their mother’s leaving them is also explored. Melanie’s mom left her too and so did Nevile’s. Whereas Melanie detested her mother and did not want anything to do with her father, Nevile believed that something great would have happened for his mother to leave him, he still loves her and would go to his grave and still want to know the mystery. It was good to see Melanie accept her ability and move forward and start accepting and healing. There is a lot to love in this story. I am glad I had the chance to read this because I want to read more by this author and especially this series.