The Strangers on Montagu Street by Karen White (2011-11-09) Hardcover – January 1, 1739
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Nola has given the ever chipper and stunningly handsome Jack a real run for his money. He begs Mellie to take her for a bit, and who can resist Jack's charm? Other than Nola, of course.
In an effort to bring them closer together, Jack's mother buys Nola an antique dollhouse. It seems like a great idea to draw the young girl into the family she's never known. But, as night falls, unnerving shadows are cast within its miniature rooms and daylight finds things--including the dollhouse family--in different places from where they are left. Melanie soon realizes a new family has moved in with its own secrets and personal demons, and their past is drawing Nola into their own inescapable darkness.
Wow! I didn't realize how much I missed this series until I sat up reading into the wee hours of the morning. The developing relationships between all the characters is just one fabulous aspect of an engrossing story the reader can't put down. Melanie's parents seem to be rekindling their romance, while Melanie and Jack are growing apart. Melanie's best friend Sophie disappoints her. Melanie's mother wants her to embrace her gift, while she is just wishing it all goes away. After the loss of her mother, the only parent she ever knew, Nola is rebuffing attempts to be drawn into Jack's family and circle of friends. Jack is being ignored by his publisher, which makes him unsure of himself--a feeling very foreign to the over-confident charmer.
Then you have this captivating story of the antique dollhouse and its connection to Charleston. As Melanie's maternal instincts toward Nola kick in, she's determined to uncover the history of the house and its occupants in order to keep her safe.
Karen White is a masterful storyteller who draws you in from the opening line. She weaves a fascinating tale steeped in family secrets and complex relationships taking place in one of the most historical areas of the south. I might have to change my planned reading schedule to grab the next book in this series, Return to Tradd Street.
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positives of the book as the growing relationships between the characters and you are genuinely pleased that everyone is coming together to support each other.