The Shop on Royal Street

Books on Tape. (Royal Street, Bk. 1). Mar. 2022. 14:08 hrs. ISBN 9780593552780. $95. M
Fans of White’s “Tradd Street” series will welcome this spinoff about Melanie Trenholm’s stepdaughter, Nola, now an adult making her way in New Orleans. Armed with a master’s degree in historical architecture and coping with some issues of her own, Nola finds a house that she instantly believes is meant for her. Despite Melanie’s trepidations, Nola purchases the historic fixer-upper and begins restoration. Reconnecting with Beau Ryan, who worked for Nola’s grandparents in Charleston, Nola must the two must face down history, confronting their own personal demons and the ghost of the woman who was murdered long ago in Nola’s home. Sophie Amoss, a New Orleans resident herself, perfectly voices the characters. The cliffhanger ending leaves the listener wanting more.
VERDICT This is a satisfying beginning to the new “Royal Street” series and will be especially appreciated by fans of the “Tradd Street” series. It will also interest those who like old houses, ghost stories, and determined Southern women.
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