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What “Christmas Spirit” on Tradd Street?!?!
Reviewed in the United States on November 2, 2019
This one dragged. Lacked the humor of the previous books and I am so sick of Marc Longo running off with few to no consequences. I can get over Melanie’s constant fawning over Jack’s looks and his constantly kissing her to avoid talking (but then gets mad when she doesn’t tell him everything instantly? Really?!?!) - but there are some serious issues here that replay in every book to the point of it not being cute but predictable and aggravating.
As for Melanie and Jack? Let me get this straight, he can hang out at the bar and order ginger ale while perusing the drink menu (recovering alcoholic) and not tell his wife - but she tries to handle a problem while he’s down with the flu and suddenly he can’t trust her anymore????
And her mother with her history - thinks Melanie was wrong as well? Seriously?!?!
The constant battering of how awful Melanie is or thinks she is has become annoying. Her quirks and emotional reactions stem from a pretty traumatic childhood and everyone around her just makes fun of her or shames her for it.
The mystery was okay... felt rushed. More ghostly interaction might have spiced it up.
The ending? Total trash. Seriously. Right before Christmas? With children? Not to mention Nola’s harsh childhood and these two “parents” are so myopic all they can do is think of themselves - this is mainly aimed at Jack. After all they’ve been through together nobody takes into account anyone else’s stress levels between finances, shady people trying to steal their house, friends wanting help, and wait - the holidays, too?!?!!
Jack is kind of a jerk by the end. Melanie needs a spine.
I’ll read the next book because I’ve read them all. I hoped that Melanie and Jack married would stop the stupid tug-of-war with one of them leaving their house every time someone doesn’t tell them the new mystery twist within 5 seconds of learning it.
If the last book doesn’t provide a happily ever after I’ll have zero interest in reading any of the author’s other endeavors. It’s annoying.